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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...)
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
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
>> 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, 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...
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.