Our annual end-of-summer contest is here, come on down to the Dave's Garden County Fair!

Dollar Store Garbage Cans

Woburn, MA(Zone 6b)


We got an idea this year to use the dollar store waste basket $1 each for some of our garden. You can use a sharp object to poke holes in the bottom of the container.

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Bay City, MI(Zone 6a)

Heat a nail or large screw while using pliers ore Vise-Grips to hold it and MELT a hole through the bottom near the side. It makes the container stronger - much less likely to fail due to a break-out from a weak hole.


Woburn, MA(Zone 6b)

I did have one break out where a hole split and later the whole basket. I was using a bead reamer from jewelry making to make my holes.

Bay City, MI(Zone 6a)

I use a lot of old prescription pill containers for rooting cuttings. I keep a cheap soldering gun handy on the work bench & just poke holes in the bottom as I need them. It's amazing how often I want a hole in something plastic so I can anchor a branch or plant to it or push a wick through it to help drain excess water from the soil.

Good growing!


Anza, CA(Zone 8b)

Great idea!!

Lubbock, TX

very pretty!

Arroyo Grande, CA(Zone 9a)

The dollar store is a great place to look for gardening supplies. For a while there I was buying plastic trays that held 12 / 4" pots perfectly from there. I was crushed when they stopped carrying them, but I see they have them back this year, yipee. They also have lots of good plastic bowls and such to use for tufa or cement pot molds!

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