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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 16, 2010
8:14 AM

Post #7633264

I just came from BigLots and bought these for 8 bucks each.Light weight but careful they chip if banged around.
The green ones were less than 3 bucks ea.

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ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 16, 2010
8:15 AM

Post #7633268

Christmas Tree Shoppe
These are heavier and cost 10 bucks they are about 12 " made from a combo of clay and a recycled fiber of some kind

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gilraen
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

March 16, 2010
12:12 PM

Post #7633711

Cool. There's a Big Lots on my way home from work. I'll stop and see.

Thanks!

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 16, 2010
1:04 PM

Post #7633801

Choices here were not a nice as last year.
RATFOOD
San Antonio, TX
(Zone 8b)

March 17, 2010
12:14 AM

Post #7635251

I just bought 2 huge ones from Walmart for $25 each. They are 22" round at the top, but they are NOT sturdy by any means...

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 17, 2010
1:41 AM

Post #7635272

I'll be drilling holes in mine today. Thats the nice thing about them.Easy to adapt for drainage.
rutholive
Tonasket, WA
(Zone 5a)

March 19, 2010
7:16 AM

Post #7640490

I got a 22" diameter resin pot at Costco for $23,00, Haven't got the drainage holes drilled yet. I am planning to move my fig tree from a smaller pot into the 22" one as soon as weather is warm enough outside for it to be put out on my deck. It has been 25 degrees the past two mornings, so don't think it will be warm enough right away.

Donna

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 19, 2010
7:23 AM

Post #7640506

Your zone is close to mine. Thats a great buy.I havnt seen anything 22 inches for less than 40 dollars.
revclaus
(Judith) Denver, CO
(Zone 5b)

April 2, 2010
5:05 PM

Post #7675259

I got a 22" pot at our local Costco for $20 and snapped one right up. At that price it's going to fit in whether I have room or not!

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 3, 2010
1:41 AM

Post #7676252

Absolutly.
I have a rule not to pay more than 30 bucks for any planter no matter whay size.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

April 3, 2010
5:58 AM

Post #7676457

My new rule, imposed last year, is not to ever buy any of the really heavy ceramic planters. The older we get the heavier those containers get.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 3, 2010
6:00 AM

Post #7676459

Amen. I tip mine on their sides for the winter.
revclaus
(Judith) Denver, CO
(Zone 5b)

April 4, 2010
7:38 AM

Post #7678956

Mine are all lightweight, except for the dirt, and they stay upright and outside all winter. They have to perform or they're outta here. I just discovered I have tendonitis in both shoulders, partly from carrying heavy pots and bags of dirt around. Gotta get a dolly!
monkapotamus
Winston Salem, NC
(Zone 7b)

April 19, 2010
3:38 PM

Post #7718986

I have maybe 5 big planters that I found at Home Goods. They weren't 'dirt cheap', but are the sort of thing that would have cost vastly more at the big box stores or the nursery, and IMO the HomeGoods ones often are better looking.
bookie71
Anchorage, AK

June 16, 2010
9:53 PM

Post #7895766

Seeing my neighbor's upside down tomato planter, I have been cutting the bottom out of milk jugs and trying different things (upside down) I have lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, zuccini and strawberries. It's early, but they appear to be doing really good. The zuccini is about twice as big as the zuccini in the raised beds.
I saw an add for a "potato grower" at one of the seed companies, the more I looked at it the more it looked like a kitty litter bucket. The potatoes that I planted there are about 5 times as big as the ones in the garden.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

June 17, 2010
2:55 AM

Post #7895944

we bought one of the green bags advertized on TV it was five bucks.
We have cherry toms in it.the plant grows upright anyway.
Yuska
San Antonio, TX
(Zone 8b)

June 20, 2010
2:04 PM

Post #7905618

This seems like a good project to try -

http://tipnut.com/patio-paver-planters
markblanchard13
Camp Hill, PA

June 20, 2010
4:54 PM

Post #7906052

I check department stores that dabble in lawn and garden as a seasonal product. My local favorite is Boscov's. They have nice ones, and when they are on sale I stock up.

About this time of year they mark them down to at least 50% off. Gotta git rid of them to make room for the snow blowers and winter coats!!!

Celene

Celene
Columbus, OH

June 23, 2010
8:06 AM

Post #7913203

I have good luck with tag sales. Mid-August or so, when the poorly-planted annual containers sold by big box stores are all dead, people sell off the containers. I bought over 50 containers, nothing smaller than a gallon and two of them were 40", for under $30 last year.
revclaus
(Judith) Denver, CO
(Zone 5b)

June 23, 2010
10:32 PM

Post #7915573

Wow! I could even afford that!
angedawn47
Lake Charles, LA

June 25, 2010
2:59 AM

Post #7918771

My local nursery sells used pots for 18 cents for one gallon, 25 cents for two gallon, 35 cents for three gallon and on up. Not bad at all.
revclaus
(Judith) Denver, CO
(Zone 5b)

June 29, 2010
9:53 PM

Post #7932041

Are they black plastic? I'd like to get some attractive foam pots, but I don't see them anymore.
angedawn47
Lake Charles, LA

June 29, 2010
10:27 PM

Post #7932086

Yes, they are black plastic. I need them for all the plants that I've started.

I found some reasonable ceramic pots at Ross's earlier this year.
LiseP
San Antonio, TX
(Zone 8b)

July 8, 2010
10:03 AM

Post #7952480

Check to see if your area has a Habitat Home Store (run by Habitat for Humanity). It operates like a Goodwill for home and garden (construction, remodel, etc.) type stuff and also has a lot of new things that were just surplus or ununsed. I saw some fairly big pots for just a few dollars and other things that could be helpful to a home gardener.
sylguy
Austin, TX

July 9, 2010
9:09 PM

Post #7956550

I plant in everything, hubby hides his boots!

For little plants lately I took a tip from another thread and went to Goodwill and got a cute little primary color assortment, and now that I can drill 'em my self (see my thread "Drilling Pots for Dummies") where I put it out there and got lot's of great help.

In this group, I especially love the red latte cup and saucer. The Cylinders are Pampered Chef and are upward of $19.99 on Ebay, and I paid $2.99, each. The latte cup and saucer were $1.99, as was the tapered blue. The lime, whole thing was $1.99 and I just saw it at HD for $2.99 and $1.99 the saucer, and it had a hole

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gingerlily
Paxton, FL
(Zone 8a)

August 26, 2010
6:03 PM

Post #8064145

Check Lowe's right now for some good buys on nice big pots. I have found they are marking down some of these 40 - 60 dollar pots to $15. I bought one lightweight one and one heavy ceramic one so far. My daughter lives in Jacksonville, FL and found different ones at her Lowe's. She picked up five big ones for $15ea and two small ones for less than $4 for me. Then she went to a store called Garden Ridge (no plants just a lot of decorative pots and other stuff/ as well as cheap books, etc.) and found some pots 75 per cent off. So she bought my Christmas and is so excited. If I could go visit right now while that sale is on, I'd get my Christmas too.

tapla

tapla
Bay City, MI
(Zone 6a)

August 27, 2010
7:34 AM

Post #8065135

Ohhh do I need to crow!!! Every year a large, upscale nursery op very near my home has a 'tent sale', with a real tent. There are always some really great bargains. Wed, I bought a set of 3, large high-fired glazed ceramic pots - top quality stuff - guaranteed frost-proof. They were marked $124.99, 89.99, and 59.99, and I got all 3 for just under $50. They probably hold 5, 4, 3 gallons, respectively. I've taken advantage of sales like that at this particular place many times on other items. I bought a very thick, 40" diameter x 14" deep solid copper vessel that was supposed to be used as a fire pit (last year) for $30 with the iron stand. It was marked $240. I use it as a water feature & it looks great. Needless to say, when Aug comes I watch hawkishly for the tent to go up as I pass each day on my way home.

Al
gingerlily
Paxton, FL
(Zone 8a)

August 27, 2010
12:34 PM

Post #8065545

Wow! Al, sounds like super, super finds at fantastic prices. Maybe I better check that place in Pensacola that has huge beautiful pots and see if they have a sale any time soon. I think all they sell is pots and they are expensive, like over $100. Hadn't thought of that but I do need to check.

tapla

tapla
Bay City, MI
(Zone 6a)

August 27, 2010
5:59 PM

Post #8066072

Lol - this particular place starts devoting all their indoor space to Christmas decorations, starting in Sep, so each year they have a legit "everything must GO" sale. Good luck - I hope you're as fortunate as I. ;o)
Al
ardesia
Saint Helena Island, SC
(Zone 9a)

August 28, 2010
8:09 AM

Post #8066881

I stopped at a Garden Ridge in NC this year and found, even at full price, their heavy ceramic pots made in Viet Nam were inexpensive as compared to orther places including the big box stores. The most expensive ones they had were $99 but these were huge, 4'+ tall pots. Most were in the $40 range and they were 20" to 24" across. I stopped back about a month ago and picked some up on sale, they were 50% off then, wish I were back there now.

As inconvient as the heavy pots are, it is windy where I live and the lighter weight pots blow over easliy. I put the heavy ones on dollies and while they do roll across the deck sometimes, they rarely blow over.

Where is the Garden Ridge in Jacksonville? My son and his family live there.
gingerlily
Paxton, FL
(Zone 8a)

August 28, 2010
10:58 AM

Post #8067101

ardesia, Garden Ridge in Jacksonville is on Atlantic at Monument Rd. across from the Regency Square Mall. I noticed they have 3 in NC and 1 in SC at Greenville I believe. They have a website--gardenridge.com--where you can find store locations.

I like the heavy ones for the same reason. If the plant in the pot gets a little top heavy in those lightweight ones, over they go in a light wind. I just use hand trucks to move them around when I need to.
ardesia
Saint Helena Island, SC
(Zone 9a)

August 28, 2010
1:23 PM

Post #8067298

Thanks, I'll have to check them out next time I am down there. Jacksonville is only 3 hours away, Greenville, SC and Charlotte, NC are both around 4 1/2.

I got this pot there on sale for $10. It is about 18" high and very heavy.

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

August 29, 2010
3:06 AM

Post #8068203

I have a weakness for containers.I also have to stop buying them until my old fiberglass crack so much they are useless.
gingerlily
Paxton, FL
(Zone 8a)

August 29, 2010
1:05 PM

Post #8068912

Well, ge1836, if you can find them on sale cheap enough, gotta gettem while the price is right. That's my motto anyway.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

August 29, 2010
4:19 PM

Post #8069257

I agree.
docgipe
NORTH CENTRAL, PA
(Zone 5a)

August 29, 2010
4:34 PM

Post #8069285

My fifty year old son loves to do the yard sales. He grabs the good containers for me when he finds them. His top price is two bucks. His last capture was a coal bucket for a quarter. If it proves to be a real old one I may not drill this one. LOL

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

August 30, 2010
1:54 AM

Post #8069878

Great idea docgipe.
gingerlily
Paxton, FL
(Zone 8a)

August 31, 2010
8:55 AM

Post #8072552

I do that too, docgipe, find neat containers at yard sales. I've always got the eagle eye out for something I can put a plant in or on.
docgipe
NORTH CENTRAL, PA
(Zone 5a)

August 31, 2010
5:57 PM

Post #8073520

My problem is largely the simple decision that has to be made when I ask myself...how much is enough? I seem to do a lot of things with addictive vigor. Pot collecting can get out of hand for me too. LOL

Then I take a load to the landfill so I can collect some more. My trailer is nine feet by fourteen feet with twelve inch sideboards. Fully loaded it costs me only twenty bucks to visit the landfill receiving station...that is piled high and sometimes with added sideboard height.
gingerlily
Paxton, FL
(Zone 8a)

September 1, 2010
5:15 AM

Post #8074135

Goodness, I've picked up good pots at the landfill. Not fancy ones, but big functional ones.
janemarierose
Utica, NY
(Zone 4b)

September 12, 2010
3:34 PM

Post #8095251

I just purchased some 22inch pot from ome depot for 13.00... insulated too! I bought 10 of them!! Nice looking!

JM
sylguy
Austin, TX

September 12, 2010
8:46 PM

Post #8095839

jane...what color?
janemarierose
Utica, NY
(Zone 4b)

September 13, 2010
10:28 AM

Post #8096715

terra cotta

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janemarierose
Utica, NY
(Zone 4b)

September 13, 2010
10:30 AM

Post #8096720

They were normally 23.00 or 26.00 not sure...but I thought it was a good deal!

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

September 13, 2010
10:46 AM

Post #8096743

They are nice.
sylguy
Austin, TX

September 13, 2010
12:41 PM

Post #8096947

OOOh, I'd better beat feet to my HD and see if I can score some. That's my fav, the thick ones...& looking like clay, all the better, THX.

Celene

Celene
Columbus, OH

September 14, 2010
5:07 AM

Post #8098216

Scoooooore! Yesterday I found someone setting up for a garage sale, she had two large stacks of large to medium plastic terra-cotta and grey planters, the ones that look sorta real if you don't look too closely. I asked her if she'd take $40 for all, so I got 36 24" to 8" planters, and she threw in two glass plant stakes, a hummingbird and a butterfly.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

September 14, 2010
5:29 AM

Post #8098253

WOOOOAW Looks like a winter project.
docgipe
NORTH CENTRAL, PA
(Zone 5a)

September 14, 2010
7:26 AM

Post #8098435

The only thing you missed was the partridge in the pear tree.
sylguy
Austin, TX

September 14, 2010
6:44 PM

Post #8099642

Wow, ge, you really did score...lucky you.

I passed by a Gsale this spring and got an iron wall hung planter with 3 large half round bays, for $5.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

September 15, 2010
2:25 AM

Post #8100056

slyguy! It wasnt my score ,alas.
I am on notice from DD 'No More Containers'

Celene

Celene
Columbus, OH

September 15, 2010
4:30 AM

Post #8100130

LOL...I am apparently on notice, too.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

September 15, 2010
4:37 AM

Post #8100138

If you spread them out in your gardens,no-one will notice.
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 15, 2010
7:52 AM

Post #8100433

Do any of you have advise on an inexpensive way to easily move the containers? I want to be able to wheel my container tomatoes in and out of my garage. We have far more warm days in winter then cold ones but when it gets cold it gets really cold.

I have some small metal troughs that have rusted through a little on the bottom and I was going to put wheels on the bottom but I'm not sure if that will work.

Normally I just carry/drag the containers but after a few frosts I loss my ambition.
Thanks

Celene

Celene
Columbus, OH

September 15, 2010
11:40 AM

Post #8100785

I use a garden wagon.
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 15, 2010
11:44 AM

Post #8100791

I would need alot of them.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

September 15, 2010
12:05 PM

Post #8100827

I use a hand truck.
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 15, 2010
2:43 PM

Post #8101016

I just don't want to have to keep picking the things up thats the same as dragging and the troughs will be too heavy once I get the soil in. I did look at casters and they weren't too expensive. I may try that. That way I can keep them outside and not dread taking them back in when a cold front is blowing through.
sylguy
Austin, TX

September 15, 2010
9:33 PM

Post #8101574

Some folks in my moms old neighborhood had a contraption a bit longer than a car and about 4' wide, on big wheels. They had a rim to keep pots on and a tall crossmember, like a closet rod built on it about 6' high on which they hung hanging baskets. They's use one garage and you'd see them wheeled out on nice days.
TX_gardener
Brady, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 16, 2010
3:18 AM

Post #8101732

Sylguy, that sounds like something one of my neighbors used to have; it really looked convenient. Of course, it helps if one has a garage!
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 16, 2010
10:46 AM

Post #8102357

I have the garage.
sylguy-Kinda like a trailer?
jbrickm
Atlanta, GA

September 16, 2010
6:25 PM

Post #8103180

revclaus wrote:I got a 22" pot at our local Costco for $20 and snapped one right up. At that price it's going to fit in whether I have room or not!


In August, my local Costco had these 22" resin pots for $9. I snapped up 8 of them. Very lightweight but sturdy.
sylguy
Austin, TX

September 17, 2010
9:06 PM

Post #8105243

Not a trailer...no hitch, just a pushme pullyou.
gingerlily
Paxton, FL
(Zone 8a)

October 2, 2010
5:34 PM

Post #8133751

The handtruck has become a lifesaver for me. You don't have to lift them, just tilt enough to get the hand truck under the pot. A lot better than lifting or push me pull me. If you have them all on concrete the casters will probably work fine, but if you are going across dirt/grass, you would need some large casters to keep from getting frustrated with it.
sylguy
Austin, TX

October 2, 2010
7:36 PM

Post #8134030

Even my handtruck casters squash down sometimes. I have even pulled pots around on those green tarps...just we the grass, and slip-n-slide! :D
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 2, 2010
8:06 PM

Post #8134086

I'll think of something I just really want to overwinter tomato plants in containers, still thinking of putting casters on the bottom of small troughs. I wouldn't even bother if we had a lot of cold days but when its 40* in the AM and 85* in the afternoon I want to give it a try.
Lisa
Landperson
Santa Rosa, CA
(Zone 9a)

October 4, 2010
3:18 PM

Post #8137317

The Dollar Tree has exceptionally fine 2.5 gallon plastic containers with handles for ...right...$1.00 each. They aren't meant for planting, but my drill puts nice fat holes in the bottom. They come in black, blue and red, and so far this season I have bought at least 40 of them... (The gophers have made such terrible inroads into my 1/2 acre that I am digging all sorts of stuff up and making sure that I have spares in containers just in case they take something I can't replace. And nothing goes into the ground without a gopher wire basket either...sigh...)

Susan
sylguy
Austin, TX

October 5, 2010
10:30 AM

Post #8139220

Euw! I had gophers in Ca. and they are real pests.

Squirrels here are my annoying little friends...they chomp down on geraniums like salad, and recently chewed enough on the TV, Dish cables to interfere with the signal.
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 5, 2010
11:41 AM

Post #8139318

Don't tell me your from Ca too? Where abouts?
bookie71
Anchorage, AK

October 10, 2010
10:18 AM

Post #8148355

I watched my 91 year old neighbor show his son-in-law how to move a heavy pot (filled with soil and plants). He had son-in-law tilt it, then he took a "grain scoop" type shovel and pushed it under the pot and drug it to where they wanted it. It seemed too simple
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 10, 2010
11:38 AM

Post #8148457

Good Lord his SIL must be in his sixties so at 46 I should be able to manage it. lol Its not really that they are heavy its because I could (if I let myself) have a lot of them. Maybe I'll get it out of my thick head that I don't need to over winter tomato plants.
I do have the grain scoop. Thanks for the suggestion Bookie, since your in Alaska maybe I shouldn't complan about the cold : ) but it sure beautiful in your neck of the woods.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

October 10, 2010
2:40 PM

Post #8148833

91?
I'm nearly 75 and think I cant do anything.
We need a thread for gardeners with age and arthritis issues and pass along tips on how we manage garden jobs.
TX_gardener
Brady, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 11, 2010
3:52 AM

Post #8149772

ge, mostly I manage slowly and carefully and wish for those younger, stronger days (or a helper with a strong back and weak mind ... :)

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

October 11, 2010
4:12 AM

Post #8149779

Slower gardening seems to be the way I do things now.
Also gardens are smaller and no new spaces, just gardening what is underway.
Many cleanup chores dont get done for months.
TX_gardener
Brady, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 11, 2010
4:14 AM

Post #8149782

Speed's not all it's cracked up to be! Slower gives us more time to 'enjoy the moment.'

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

October 11, 2010
4:23 AM

Post #8149788

I feel the distance from the garden to the tools in the garage gets longer every month.
rutholive
Tonasket, WA
(Zone 5a)

October 11, 2010
6:49 AM

Post #8149988

I agree with all of the above messages. And now I have I think a pinched nerve in my lower back. I was in the hosp. twice last week end, Oct. 3 & 4th. Saw 4 different Doctors, 4 different diagnoses, and prescriptions. A friend brought me home Mon. noon. Haven't seen a Dr. since then. Left a message with my Dr.'s nurse, never heard back from anyone., so have been my own Dr.!!!!! The pain is bad, but I have a high pain level, and with the help of a few Tylenol have been able to live with it. The pain killers the Drs, prescribed did not help at all.

I am seeing a special home Dr., that other people have recommended, this week. and beginning Physical Therapy. Hiopefully will get relief soon. Can't do much of anything garden related. Temp down to 35 this morning and frost predicted for tomorrow. All of my potted plants are still on the deck. The fellow who other years worked for me has been on vacation for more than 6 weeks. He worked 4 hours for me in that time. Not much help. But you understand why I move slowly.

Donna
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

October 13, 2010
9:10 PM

Post #8155013

Sherman99 in the California forum says she has discovered that pot belly pig poo drives away gophers.
tikipod
(Ang) Bremerton, WA
(Zone 8b)

December 6, 2010
6:25 PM

Post #8247695

I get my containers at Home Depot, Lowes or a local store. Next year I will get most, if not all, of mine from HD or a local nursery. The nursery has plastic pots in sizes or shapes that are hard to find in the colors I need. HD has basic ones for cheaper than other places.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

December 7, 2010
2:24 AM

Post #8248028

I put the plastic ones in fancier planters. I also put plastic inside terrecotta just to keep the natueral look.
I dont plant in Terrecotta ,they dry out too soon.
Texasgal77
Baytown, TX
(Zone 9a)

December 24, 2010
10:19 PM

Post #8275940

I get mine from the dollar stores, 99 cent only, etc.

If they have a lip on them you can put the tip of a cane under it and pull it to where you want it. If not, then you can make two holes in the side and attach a piece of rope thru and knot it on the inside. (Good for the thin black ones that plants come in from the box stores.

Then you can pull it with the cane. For the really big ones I have my son use the "dolly".

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Jeanne

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

December 25, 2010
1:15 AM

Post #8275958

I use a hand truck with a rectangle shaped plastic tub. I can get more than one plant in it plus a bucket of compost.
hellnzn11
Rosamond, CA
(Zone 8b)

February 5, 2011
8:05 PM

Post #8356396

I just saw this thread. I am trying to picture the milk jug idea at the top of the thread for upside down planting? You cut the jug, then what? Cut holes all around for plants to spill out of and hang them? I am really interested in doing more upside down gardening on my chain link to give the rabbits and gophers less to mess with.

I would love to see pictures of that and the kitty litter potato box too if you have pictures.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 14, 2011
7:09 AM

Post #8425959

Chrismas Tree Shop. They dont have a huge assortment yet but mid April I will check again

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DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 14, 2011
4:58 PM

Post #8427139

Watch out for garden store closings or end of season sales, at least in places with a harsh winter. These pots from Franks (some 12 inches high) were $3.00.

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cindylove
Lewisville, TX
(Zone 7b)

March 14, 2011
5:02 PM

Post #8427147

I don't know if you have a Calloway's Nursery but I like their containers better than anywhere here. They are expensive but I usually wait until they go on sale & best of all, all are ceramic so they last longer & require less watering than some other planters I've had.

I also belong to a few "Freecycle" groups so I watch for anyone giving away their planters...the price is great.. "Free"!! hahahaha
DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 14, 2011
5:16 PM

Post #8427173

And my best haul, from Milaegers in Racine, were these. Big enough for cannas, brugs and roses. They have a width of 20 inches and a depth of over 18 inches, are heavy enough to withstand 80 mph winds, and I paid $12 each for them!

If you go on websites like Arizona Pottery you'll find the 12 inch ones listed for $29-$41 - not including shipping, and the larger ones that I have for over $100! I found mine there for $200!

And I agree about Freecycle - fantastic. Lots of people who are moving simply can't take these things.
I need help to lift mine from the car. Went without the help (oh, my aching back!) but they are gorgeous.

Donna M.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 14, 2011
5:27 PM

Post #8427192

Stunning, Donna.
DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 14, 2011
5:42 PM

Post #8427219

Thank you Pirl, you're sweet. But when you spend as much time grazing at garden centers as I do, you're bound to come across beautiful and functional things. They have excellent drainage. And the cost included the saucers.

I find that you have to be careful about what you throw away. Everything is not replaceable, or replaceable for reasonable amounts of money. I was moving and thought about selling the pots or leaving them behind. They are now worth hundreds of dollars, and I can use them for mature peonies, roses and other goodies when I reach (I should say REACHED) the point at which there was any space left in the ground. And, as you can see, they are great for stretching your zone (notice the little rollers on the carts on the bottom that allow me to roll them into garage or house). No more lifting!

Donna M.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 14, 2011
6:54 PM

Post #8427438

Lifting ended for me two years ago. They just get too heavy though the pots are beautiful.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 15, 2011
3:09 AM

Post #8427806

I am not looking at ceramic. There is just no place to store them in winter.
A snoooty greenhouse near me had a 1/2 price sale. Their 20 inch fiber planters were marked down to $60.00 I bought 1 ,never went back.
I will check Big Lots in a couple of days.
DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 15, 2011
3:13 AM

Post #8427809

Pirl, I hear you. I'm ready for traction. And ge, you are right about storage in winter - the same with terra cotta. I take the lilies out of their pots and put them in my minifridge, and then put the pots in the back of the closets. But everyone doesn't have room.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 15, 2011
3:42 AM

Post #8427824

I'll keep that sequence in mind. I have an over abundance of pot lilies and did store newly arrived bulbs in November,in pots in the garage. SIL has a claime on the garage fridg. Beer rules.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 15, 2011
5:37 AM

Post #8427965

Funny, Jo Ann!

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 15, 2011
5:49 AM

Post #8427977

Do you think if I dig and pot for storage in the garage in boxes with insulating newspaper they will winter thru?
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 15, 2011
6:08 AM

Post #8428011

Which plants do you want to hold over the winter in the garage, Jo Ann?

Both Lantana and Strobilanthes made it through the winter here in the indoor porch, around 60 (much cooler at night).

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 15, 2011
6:53 AM

Post #8428113

I want to dig some of my Tiny Snowflake lily bulbs and store them in pots.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 15, 2011
7:15 AM

Post #8428151

You can try to store them in a pot that you put in a box, by an interior wall in the garage, providing the temperature is right.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 15, 2011
8:17 AM

Post #8428256

Yup thats what I remember doing with the November order from B&B's.
This was my trip to Big Lots. If you have one near you its really reasonable and there are a lot of planters that are well designed and decorated.
I also saw 18 to 24 inch wide trellises for $14.00
Wider ones 36 inches I think for $18.00 all were 72 inches high.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 15, 2011
9:40 AM

Post #8428382

The closest one is about an hour away. It's one of the many stores we'd like to come closer to us.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 15, 2011
9:42 AM

Post #8428386

Big Lots and Xmastree shoppe are my gaves for inexpensive seasonal stuff.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 15, 2011
9:49 AM

Post #8428396

Cape Cod and Maine have Christmas Tree Shops, not Long Island. We always stop there at least once on our trips.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 15, 2011
10:15 AM

Post #8428440

I go at spring and crismiss.Nice containers for gifts.
I bought really inexpensive candles there and nearly burned down the house. I am investing in real beeswax candles for this season.
Parafin is cheap but burns fast and uneven.
amethystsm
belleville, NJ
(Zone 6a)

March 19, 2011
12:37 PM

Post #8436548

Ikea has big plastic pots in bright colors: 19" diameter x 14" tall are $14.99 and 19" diameter x 19" tall are $19.99
I also got some nice pastel painted buckets there - i think they were 6" or 8" diameter for $1.99 (which don't seem to be on the website), and there are larger ones too.
Here's the link:
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/departments/outdoor/17899/
i am in a place where i would like to do window boxes, but the holders for them seem really expensive - like $20? I've just started looking - does that seem right? Any suggestions on a cheaper way to do window boxes? (We are in a 2nd floor apartment.)
thanks!
amy
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Celene

Celene
Columbus, OH

March 19, 2011
2:34 PM

Post #8436708

I can't do window boxes, none of my windows are well-situated for that, sorry I'm no help :(

I did find some very well-priced ceramic planters at Marshalls today. Under $15 for all sizes, and some are 2 gallon-ish. I hate it when they have gargantuan draining holes, but that's what plastic canvas is for...
DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 19, 2011
4:07 PM

Post #8436866

If you want window boxes, check out garage sales. And do bear in mind that they require tons of water, but that's not really a problem. Water holding crystals will make that easy.

Donna

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 20, 2011
1:57 AM

Post #8437638

good tip,reminds me I have crystals to mix with soil in smaller planters.
toni5735
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

March 29, 2011
11:28 PM

Post #8459713

If you live in Wisconsin or Illinois there's a store called Hobo (Home Owners Bargain Outlet) that is selling 24" planters w/free saucer for $6.99. Plastic, clay color and really BIG. I bought 3 today. I also bought some of that Miracle Mulch (coco coir) that expands to 2.5 cu. ft. for $3.99.

Here's the ad:

http://www.hoboonline.com/locations/storelocations.html


Toni


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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 30, 2011
2:38 AM

Post #8459778

What a score.
snorkelpop
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

April 6, 2011
2:28 PM

Post #8476434

You might consider Grow Bags.There is nothing cheaper, and they're so convenient. I started out building self-watering plant boxes, and they were great additions to my garden. Since then, however, I've evolved into becoming a Grow Bag supporter.

Peaceful Valley Farm and Garden Supply is one supplier of Grow Bags. They have Grow bags in nine sizes, from one quart (3"X3"X7-1/2") for $0.15 to 30-gallons (20"X19"X28") for $2.49.

My suggestion is that you try Grow Bags. They're self-standing after being filled, but if you want something more attractive, you can always build little boxes for them. In the picture below, you'll see one 5-gallon Grow Bag and the small self-watering plant box I built last year. A larger plant box (4'X8') is to the right. A box to surround your Grow Bags would be much easier and cheaper to build.

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 20, 2011
2:48 AM

Post #8508041

Heads up- Christmas Tree Shop is having a Patio and Garden sale.
these tall ones were $30 ea. 10% off if you buy 2.

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toni5735
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

April 20, 2011
4:00 AM

Post #8508118

Those are nice, good find. I love tall planters. We don't have a Christmas Tree Store here. The only ones I've ever seen were the temporary seasonal storefronts set up around the holidays. Can't say I've seen many of those either in the last few years except for the Halloween stores.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 20, 2011
4:17 AM

Post #8508165

Christmas Tree Shopps arent everywhere butthey should be.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

April 20, 2011
6:07 AM

Post #8508394

Yes, they should be!

We stop at them on Cape Cod and in Maine just to enjoy them and get good deals.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

April 20, 2011
10:12 AM

Post #8508849

Its hard to find well designed inexpensive stuff. They have some drech but much of the merchandise is nice. I buy planters there.
Candles last year but cheap meant they were parifine.Nearly burned the house down.
Lilyofthenight
Victoria, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 7, 2011
1:49 PM

Post #8546096

This was a long thread... so I skimmed most of it. My best finds for pots have been at Hobby Lobby at the very end of growing season. What they have left is usually around 75% off. Also yard sales, flea markets, and side of the road where peeps are selling Mexican wares. Good Luck!

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

May 22, 2011
9:16 AM

Post #8579389

New to DG and saw this thread...in Central FL the best place for pots is Old Time Pottery...clay pots are really the cheapest anywhere. They carry them in all sizes. The have lots and lots of pots at great prices. But not sure the store is out of Florida. I see old pots at garage sales also...and don't forget to take a drive on trash day...you'd not believe what people put out by their trash cans.

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Celene

Celene
Columbus, OH

May 22, 2011
12:25 PM

Post #8579733

I feel kinda guilty, but I totally scored at an estate sale. 22 clay pots, with saucers, assorted sizes but mostly 6-8", $4.
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

May 22, 2011
3:21 PM

Post #8580129

Yes, I have a lovely pot I picked up in the garbage area on the street of a neighbor. It was resin and looked like it had been kicked real hard with a very large booted foot.

I pounded on it from the inside with a rubber hammer, got the indentation back out and then painted the pot with stone scape spray paint. Looks fantastic. Dent does not even show up.

At least it was the pot that was kicked and not the dog. Sharon.
curvesarein
Kingman, AZ
(Zone 7b)

May 26, 2011
1:42 PM

Post #8588929

Yard sales are great or goodwill. But please don't take your unwanted pots to the landfill if they can be refurbished and used. Painted, mosaic , faux finished. Offer them on Freecycle for your community. Just go to Freecycle.org and join your city. Ask for pots too, all free. Even plants.

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

May 27, 2011
1:27 AM

Post #8590094

We have freecycle here.
Computers,paint,cardboard, batteries.You name it.
Lilyofthenight
Victoria, TX
(Zone 9a)

June 1, 2011
7:53 PM

Post #8602969

Hobby Lobby has their half price sale going on right now. It was going on last week as well so it may be wrapping up soon. As of today it was still in effect.

RickCorey_WA

RickCorey_WA
Everett, WA
(Zone 8a)

June 14, 2011
6:17 PM

Post #8630840


ge1836:

>> We need a thread for gardeners with age and arthritis issues and pass along tips on how we manage garden jobs.

DG has a whole forum:

Accessible Gardening Discussion Forum
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/f/disabled/all/

I was surprised how many of us are along in years. But many of the people who post in "Accessible Gardening" have real health issues, and are doing what it takes - whatever it takes - to continue gardening.

Brave souls!

Corey
rutholive
Tonasket, WA
(Zone 5a)

June 14, 2011
9:22 PM

Post #8631200

Corey, you are right. It is not easy for me to get around in my yard now. I celebrated my 85th birthday last week by going to see my Dr. whose office is 6 hours away. The Dr. who did the complicated total revision of my left hip joint, which was the third surgery on that joint. I am lucky that my youngest son who lives 5 hours distant, has been able to make the so far 5 trips to come and get me and take me to the Dr. The surgery was March 14. I am now again able to walk without use of walker or cane, but slowly and carefully.

So I still feed my many birds, and do as much gardening as I can. A neighbor fellow works for me doing the heavy work that I can't do, but only works 4 or 5 hours a day, a couple of days a week. He walked a couple of old apple bins that have been sitting on my place but out side of the fence, walked them into my enclosed yard, and we made them into raised beds. They are 4 x 4 x 2feet high. so very easy to take care of without me having to bend over and cause my severe arthiritic back to hurt.

I am doing square foot planting in them. I put small stakes in around the edges and used baler twine to mark the square foot spaces. Each bin is16 squares, so I can grow lots of veggies and a few flowers in each bin,. We got the bins filled and ready for planting May 23, and I have eaten quite bit of different salad greens already.

Donna

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

June 15, 2011
1:48 AM

Post #8631350

Corey! I found the forum.Thanks for shining the light nthere.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

June 15, 2011
6:05 AM

Post #8631586

Donna - I applaud your gardening spirit and your surgeon's work! You are the spirit of gardening and I wish you many happy hours tending to your plants.

Celene

Celene
Columbus, OH

June 15, 2011
7:40 AM

Post #8631718

Donna, you inspire me, I hope I'm gardening at you age! If I were closer, I'd come help out.

RickCorey_WA

RickCorey_WA
Everett, WA
(Zone 8a)

June 15, 2011
11:13 AM

Post #8632168

>> left hip joint, which was the third surgery on that joint ... I am now again able to walk without use of walker or cane, but slowly and carefully.

>> So I still feed my many birds, and do as much gardening as I can. A neighbor fellow works for me doing the heavy work that I can't do,

>> raised beds. They are 4 x 4 x 2feet high. so very easy to take care of without me having to bend over

That's great, it sounds like you're coping wonderfully. I hope the recovery is continuing. It feels so much better when things are "getting better", even if it is frustratingly slow.

One thing they taught me while I had a temporary condition: you have to get the "most bang for your buck". Think hard about what is most important to you, what you really get the most pleasure form. Then think realistically about how much of what types of phsyical activity "cost" your body the most, and how you can do the things you like best in ways that stress your body the least.

Then make the hard choices, and don't anything that uses up your physical abilities unless YOU really care about them. Watch out for thoughts like "I really should ..." or "I always used to ..." or "I'm embarassed about having to .." . When the body changes, our behavior has to change. Real maturity and strength and courage mean facing facts so you can do what's most important.

Then "cheat"! Be really ceative about finding ways to do what you want while minimizing the impact. A 2-foot-tall raised bed is a great example! Changing the layout of you kitchen or putting a swivel chair somewhere, or adding a thick stiff cushion to some chair might save you a few steps or some of the stress in sit-to-stand. Getting a "reaching stick", or keeping one in each room, will save you some effort that you can tyhen "spend" on an extra 10 minutes tending flowers.

Sorry to preach. I hope your hip gets so much better, soon, that you don't need to worry about things like that.

Corey




WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

June 15, 2011
8:26 PM

Post #8633262

Great input Corey.

I have been trying to figure out to install a hook in the sky so I can hang a rope on it. That is all I need and I could keep my balance and also get up off the ground. Best to all of you. Sharon.
rutholive
Tonasket, WA
(Zone 5a)

June 16, 2011
9:01 AM

Post #8634026

Thanks Corey for your inspiration. I am really enjoying my apple bin planters, and eating lots of fresh organic greens.

Donna
revclaus
(Judith) Denver, CO
(Zone 5b)

June 16, 2011
4:38 PM

Post #8634756

Corey, sounds like the voice of experience. Great advice. I moved into a senior home a year and a half ago, and last year I only had three pots. This year I've graduated to seven containers, some big, some smaller. You know what? Now that I'm allowed only what I've got, I find it's just enough to keep me happy and not enough to make me tired. Was looking at shoulder surgery, and seven containers is way better than the 45 or 50 I had before. I only need two big watering cans of water rather than six or eight! A lot easier on my shoulder. And I asked my son if he could help me this year. He did all the heavy stuff, and I sat and watched. I did the fun stuff! Whatever it takes...

Judith

RickCorey_WA

RickCorey_WA
Everett, WA
(Zone 8a)

June 16, 2011
5:17 PM

Post #8634848

Thanks very much. I was overwhelemed when my abilities decreased, and I had TOO big a yard. Now I'm getting some strength back, have a much smaller yard, and am much happier.

>> figure out to install a hook in the sky so I can hang a rope on it. That is all I need and I could keep my balance and also get up off the ground.

Yeah! The closest thing I've seen is like a little padded kneeler, with steel handles for climbing back up. Only two problems: I want to garden, not pray, and also it looks a little light-weight to handle 280 pounds.

Another scheme is to always have something sturdy and stable within easy crawling distance - or reaching distance. Like a very stable chair or solid concrete planter. Then I can kind of crawl up onto it, like a slug crawling into a pot.

When they invent personal-size anti-gravity "suspensors" like they had in the movie version of Dune, I'm in the market!

Corey
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

June 16, 2011
5:30 PM

Post #8634875

I can sit and garden, on the ground, for hours at a time but getting up is often a chore. That kneeling thing didn't work for me or my husband. It doesn't allow for freedom of arm movement to each side.

In the last few years my back aches terribly after deadheading, especially low plants. I've given away hundreds of daylilies to lessen the grief.

I've really come to enjoy gardens that tend themselves, like this one. I need more of them!

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RickCorey_WA

RickCorey_WA
Everett, WA
(Zone 8a)

June 16, 2011
5:39 PM

Post #8634899

All I can think of is: a long, long pair of shears so you don;t need to lean over.

I built one raised bed above and to the side of a deep trench. Originally the trench was for drainage, but the pleasure of planting and picking without bending now has me wondering how I can dig deep slit trenches around as many beds as possible.

Not just a raised bed: a sunken pathway.

"Fortunately", the clay is so hard that it supports a straight up-and-down wall as if it were concrete.

I wonder what it looks like from the next yard: a guy walking around, seemingly buried waist deep in the ground.

Corey
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

June 16, 2011
5:51 PM

Post #8634926

That does paint an amusing picture, Corey!

I just deadhead less frequently than in former years when I was more insane. If I'm going to be photographing flowers I always deadhead first. Photos look so awful with dead flowers in them.
revclaus
(Judith) Denver, CO
(Zone 5b)

June 20, 2011
3:51 PM

Post #8643133

Yes, this year the deadheading is killing my back. I used to have a garden seat I could use, but now the old knees make it hard to get up from the seat. Bummer. I bought a bunch of petunias this year because I just loved the new ones I found. I forgot they had to be deadheaded (grandifloras), and now if I don't do it every day they look crappy.

RickCorey_WA

RickCorey_WA
Everett, WA
(Zone 8a)

June 20, 2011
7:04 PM

Post #8643499

This may not do much for you, but I get some help by putting a really thick, hard foam cushion onto any garden chair I use often. (A big block of packing foam from work, it doesn't compress much.)

That raises my butt around 5" and make sit much easier to get up again.

Your milage may vary.

If you drag the chair around, tie the cushion down.

Corey
revclaus
(Judith) Denver, CO
(Zone 5b)

June 21, 2011
10:40 AM

Post #8644750

Wish I still had it! That's a great idea.
rutholive
Tonasket, WA
(Zone 5a)

June 22, 2011
7:07 AM

Post #8646516

This year because of my surgery of Mar. 14, I wasn't able to do much gardening. So volunteers have been a great garden help. Cheat grass is my worst problem. Trying to get rid of it. It is pulled up and put in my burn s STOVE. It really is a heating stove my husband built many years ago. Has filter pipes, screens, etc. so not butning scraps can escape to start a fire. After the cheat grass is dry it burns easily.

I am eating well out of my applebin raised beds. It is amazing how much can be grown in the two bins--16 1 foot squares, in each bin. I am just about living on the wonderful different green, and very little bending , as the bins are 24" high.

Donna
revclaus
(Judith) Denver, CO
(Zone 5b)

June 22, 2011
3:03 PM

Post #8647467

That sounds like a workable system, Donna. Wish the management here would let us use raised beds. Our pots will have to do, and all we can grow is flowers. Fortunately we have a dining room with fabulous chef for one meal a day.

Celene

Celene
Columbus, OH

July 15, 2011
12:37 AM

Post #8693364

Michael's has some flower pots--no drainage, so better as a decorative sleeve...60% off. They had been on sale, so 6" ceramic earth tone striped glazed pots were $1.13.

RickCorey_WA

RickCorey_WA
Everett, WA
(Zone 8a)

July 15, 2011
2:30 PM

Post #8694399

They are too heavy to move, but mortar or glue together 4 paving concrete stones into a square box (8x16" or 12x12")

Corey
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

July 15, 2011
9:58 PM

Post #8695203

You can drill a hole in the bottom with a diamond drill. Mother Winter

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