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Unique Planters
« on: April 06, 2016, 04:58:35 AM »
Sometimes it's the small incremental steps that count. I haven't attained the status of a toilet planter...yet..., but I now have two trashcan planters (note: it's surprising what you can find on trash day if you're not too proud to curb shop). I have ornamental pepper plants in them. And, no, the cans aren't filled completely with potting soil. Half of the volume is empty milk jugs. I'm debating on the best placement for them so I can share them with the viewing public. I figure I might as well give the neighbors something to gawk at... ;D
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Re: Unique Planters
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2016, 07:15:55 AM »
So you go curb shopping on trash day and come home with some pretty nice trash cans????s

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Re: Unique Planters
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2016, 07:22:24 AM »
i would avoid anywhere near the curb...
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Re: Unique Planters
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2016, 03:46:28 PM »
Zook

LOL.  I usually leave the empty cans on the curb  ;D  One of my neighbors is moving and left these out to be disposed of.  I quickly ran over and asked if they were really throwing them away.  Yep - they didn't want them.  You don't have to twist my arm.  I grabbed them and ran.  LOL.
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Re: Unique Planters
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2016, 07:12:43 AM »
OK now its clear.. 8)

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Re: Unique Planters
« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2016, 08:54:21 AM »
hey orange...did you drill drainage holes in these or since they are so deep just letting the water pool in the bottom?

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Re: Unique Planters
« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2016, 08:28:45 PM »
Drainage was an easy issue to solve.  The older looking can had an area on the bottom that had rusted through.  The other already had holes drilled - it was previously used to store pool toys. 
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Re: Unique Planters
« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2016, 11:01:39 PM »
then yes, it sounds like they were destined to be planters  :)

does the metal getting hot really dry out the dirt?  are they harder to keep watered being that deep?

hmmm...being that deep maybe next season you might want to try potatoes.  might get too hot tho...

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Re: Unique Planters
« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2016, 08:13:35 PM »
I'll have to give an update on whether they get hot.  Right now they're in partial shade.  As for watering, I do have to water every second or third day.  As we move into summer, I suspect I'll be watering every day.
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Re: Unique Planters
« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2017, 05:33:43 PM »
Another addition to my "unique planter" collection. It was a pass-a-long from a neighbor who was remodeling. And, in case you were wondering, the paint color is rosemary green. Yes, I realize "porcelain planters" aren't for everyone, but I enjoy the subtle humor.  I'm also fortunate that my wife is willing to put up with me and my garden eccentricities :)  Phase 2 will be to add potting soil and plants, but that will have to wait for Spring. In the meantime, I'm giving it two thumbs up.
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Re: Unique Planters
« Reply #10 on: January 02, 2017, 08:15:49 PM »
hi orange

did you have to add additional drainage holes in the bottom of the tank?  what kind of flowers will you add?  i think the top is screaming for something that will 'overflow' lol

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Re: Unique Planters
« Reply #11 on: January 03, 2017, 02:57:25 AM »
Woodchip -

Your drainage question is a good one.  We get HEAVY rains here, so I'm going to keep an eye on the drainage before I plant anything.  All the "guts" are removed from the tank, so any residual water will flow to the bowl, then subsequently out the drain line.  It's the bowl where water might collect.  Potentially, a few inches, anyway.

I had the same thoughts on plants, too.  Maybe some ornamental grasses with trailing petunias......  I'm still mulling it over.  The real challenge here is the heat of our summers.  The sun can fry potted plants and rapidly dry out the potting soil. As we get to June, I may have to move the planter to a different location where it doesn't sit in the direct sunlight.

I'll keep you posted.

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Re: Unique Planters
« Reply #12 on: May 19, 2017, 08:58:42 AM »
hey orange...how about an update?  what did you put in there?  how did it do with the rains?   

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Re: Unique Planters
« Reply #13 on: May 19, 2017, 09:46:04 AM »
Orange you can tell Chip is flush with antisipation🙄
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Re: Unique Planters
« Reply #14 on: May 19, 2017, 10:47:27 AM »
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Re: Unique Planters
« Reply #15 on: May 20, 2017, 06:28:34 AM »
"The toilet's overflowing. Fantastic!" Now there's a phrase I never thought I'd hear myself say ;)  The toilet planter is chugging along.  And, so far, retaining too much water hasn't been an issue.  Give me a few days and I'll report back, though.  We're expecting heavy rains through the early part of this week.
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Re: Unique Planters
« Reply #16 on: May 20, 2017, 01:23:13 PM »
orange..that is the prettiest toilet i ever did see.  :)



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Re: Unique Planters
« Reply #17 on: May 31, 2017, 05:16:06 AM »
Most would feel crappy,
But the Moss Rose is happy,
Living life to the fullest,
In its humble abode the garden commode,
Thrive where you're planted.

Walt Whitman is probably rolling over in his grave right now 😉. It's a good day in the garden.
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Re: Unique Planters
« Reply #18 on: May 31, 2017, 05:39:17 AM »
The flowers look very content in their planter.
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