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indyfilmz
Asheville, NC
(Zone 7a)

February 10, 2006
3:07 PM

Post #2035014

I've had to wean myself off coffee (sob sob) and I'm drinking a good tasting hemp coffee-like drink --the THC has been removed!--which comes in an attractive brown shiny metal container. I know I will have to make a bunch of holes in the bottom for drainage, but is there any reason why I couldn't use it as a container? I like the look of hippie elegant (something really spiffy next to something that looks dragged from a dumpster). Indyfilmz
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

February 10, 2006
3:22 PM

Post #2035044

Long ago, on a visit to Mexico, there were rows and rows of Tomato cans (big ones, about the size of 3 lb. coffee cans) and they were loaded with geraniums. It was so beautiful that 24 years later I can still see it in my mind. They were up on second story balconies, across roadways, everywhere there was space. You go girl!

rose318

rose318
(Patti) in Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

February 10, 2006
5:21 PM

Post #2035296

I have seen a magazine with this same idea. They also used galvanized buckets and tubs too. It is a really nice look. You can plant all kinds of plant in them. It is also a great way to recycle these cans, and keep them out of ours dumps. Please post some pictures if you can. I would love to see them. *S*

Good luck.
Patti


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4xthefun
Corpus Christi, TX
(Zone 9a)

February 11, 2006
12:01 AM

Post #2036208

I have some and I think they look nice. Kinda shabby chic I painted mine white and drilled holes in the bottom. They are weathered now which makes them look even better I think.

Laura

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woofie
Chewelah, WA
(Zone 5a)

February 11, 2006
3:39 PM

Post #2037519



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rose318

rose318
(Patti) in Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

February 14, 2006
3:41 PM

Post #2044418

Here some pictures from the Containers Gardening Magazine. I just love this magazine.
Patti

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rose318
(Patti) in Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

February 14, 2006
3:53 PM

Post #2044439

Here is another picture from this magazine It has wonderful ideas, and with great ways to recycle too. Enjoy!

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indyfilmz
Asheville, NC
(Zone 7a)

February 14, 2006
11:39 PM

Post #2045305

Rose, have those containers gone rusty? Wouldn't that be bad for the plant? Indyfilmz

rose318

rose318
(Patti) in Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

February 15, 2006
12:19 AM

Post #2045357

I don't know how it would affect the plant to be honest. Good question.
Patti
Ccino42
Drumheller, Alberta
Canada
(Zone 3a)

February 15, 2006
1:19 AM

Post #2045477

Rust is usually good for plants.
beaker_ch
Columbia Heights, MN
(Zone 4a)

February 15, 2006
4:45 AM

Post #2045819

Love the trash cans.

trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

February 15, 2006
1:10 PM

Post #2046071

isn't the rust like iron, which plants love?
PerennialGirl
Winnipeg, MB
(Zone 4a)

February 16, 2006
6:34 PM

Post #2049079

Patti, I remember that article in the magazine about the trash cans for tomatoes. It said it was becoming the in thing to grow things in the cans and that tomatoes especially luv getting their feet warm in them.
:) Donna

rose318

rose318
(Patti) in Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

February 16, 2006
10:24 PM

Post #2049591

Donna,
The magazine is over a year old , and I just can't part with it. I think it would be too hot here in Houston to put tomatoes in trash cans. I think I would end up with soup. LOL
Patti
PerennialGirl
Winnipeg, MB
(Zone 4a)

February 16, 2006
10:52 PM

Post #2049654

I'm definitely going to try it this year.
:) Donna
beaker_ch
Columbia Heights, MN
(Zone 4a)

February 17, 2006
2:25 AM

Post #2050064

I use a galvenized trash can for my bird seed and every year I toy with the idea of painting it. Finally, I just hid it behind the Hydrangea. But now I'm thinking about it again. I wonder if there are any products that could be used to stencil on metal. Anyone know? I'm not exactly Ms Arts and Crafts, but I've stenciled on word before and I really liked how it came out.
PerennialGirl
Winnipeg, MB
(Zone 4a)

February 17, 2006
3:10 AM

Post #2050170

I know there is metal paint you can buy at Michaels.
Sendone2me
Orlando, FL

February 23, 2006
4:35 PM

Post #2065831

You can buy metal paint in most any store Walmart. Fran

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