accessible containers

gurley157fs(zone 7/8sc)February 7, 2005

Just found this great site! Many of you may already be using this idea but just in case:

I use 50 gallon plastic drums cut in half. Holes are drilled around the bottom for drainage and the half-barrel is filled halfway up with packing peanuts (to keep it from being so heavy). The top half of the half-barrel is filled with planting meduim. This creates a planter that is approximately waist high when you are in the sitting position and is accessible from all sides. I also have 3 two hundred gallon planters that were used to transport palms to be planted at a local airport. I use them to plant my tomatoes, peppers, and so forth. In the winter they hold cabbage and lettuce and sometimes I just use them as a holding container for things that I don't know what to do with yet. The big planters are about waist high when I am in the standing position.

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janice__(Z 7)

Hi, thats a good adea.I'll have to try that one !Janice__

    Bookmark   February 16, 2005 at 7:18AM
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Where can one get 50 gal plastic drums?

    Bookmark   February 27, 2005 at 8:00PM
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gurley157fs(zone 7/8sc)

I used to get them from a farmer that I bought hay for my horses from. My 'horsin around' days are over though. So I had to ask hubby for suggestions.

First of all, if you do a net search, he said it's 55 gallon plastic barrels ( the 50 was incorrect). He suggested restraunts that buy cooking oil or paint stores.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2005 at 8:34PM
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chrisanne1(Z6 SE PA)

I guess you could use plastic trash cans if you can't locate any 55 gallon drums. They're pretty cheap at Home Depot, Lowes, Walmart. I just recently had to throw away about a roomful of styrofoam peanuts as I couldn't find a local business that would accept them for recycling. Hadn't really thought about using them as drainage medium in containers...

    Bookmark   March 9, 2005 at 3:09PM
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oakleif(z6 AR)

another good idea to make the rounds again

    Bookmark   April 3, 2007 at 5:16AM
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