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Where To Find Free Gardening Containers

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Yes . . . Free !!

All fellow gardening enthusiasts will remember a time when they were caught off guard with no containers to start planting their spring bulbs, summer annuals or even their seedlings of vegetables.

Free containers would have been a godsend if only we had known where to look! Recycling has become a way of life for many, out of economic hardship, personal choice or the mere fact that it makes sense on every level.

Free garden containers can be found all around our homes (with some imaginative thinking), but what about finding good, free gardening containers outside your home? Here are some suggestions that will not only save you money, but help the environment at the same time!

Recycle Used Containers

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Greenfingers at work . . . . The skips by the side of the road are worth checking

WHERE TO LOOK

Skips / Dumpsters

OK, so maybe not everyone’s idea of fun, but a Wealth of free gardening containers can be lurking in these places. Check along the side of the road, parking lots, or even underground apartment blocks. It is amazing what people throw away! With a little cleaning some of these free items will make fantastic gardening containers!


In my apartment complex, I have seen planters of all sizes in terracotta, plastic and ceramic dumped in or by a skip. Thinking outside the box for gardening containers, skips and dumpsters are a great free way of picking up suitable items. If you go looking in them, think “If it has a bottom, it’s a possibility”. Steer clear of any large tubs that would have contained chemicals, for example paint.


Below are Recycle Bins of different colours denoting the different recycled materials

Recycle Bins -

With recycle bins separated into glass, clothing, garden cuttings, plastic, paper and cardboard, it is always worth checking for any old plastic gardening containers, newspaper or interesting glass bottles or jars that have been discarded.


Remember to carry a pair of disposable gloves with you in case you feel the urge to dumpster dive unexpectedly in the bins and skips!

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These are the assortment of containers I got Free when my dad moved house.

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Creative Planting . . .

House Moving

Recently my dad and his partner were moving house. They decided that they were not going to take certain items that included many great gardening containers!


As they were up for grabs, I jumped in to claim them and ended up with 20 great containers that will certainly be used and have only cost me some elbow grease at the end of the day. Result!


People moving house quite often will leave items not travelling with them by the sides of the road and the most common items are indeed plant pots, so take a drive it could be very productive!


Friends and Family

If you share a passion for gardening with friends or family, they may be planning on some landscaping and planting. Many people discard the plastic containers or trays the bought plants are sold in so why not tell them you will take them off their hands?


You may be on board to lend a helping hand in their re planting so they will probably be only too delighted if you take the “empties” home.


Garden Centres and Landscape Gardeners

When garden centres offer a landscaping service, it is an ideal place to pick up used plastic plant pots which were used by the landscapers. Equally, if you know private landscape gardeners, mention that you will take any of their used pots. They will be delighted to pass them on.

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Any place serving coffee is bound to have an abundance of milk containers!

from my good friend Bill Holland

Petrol /Gas Stations

When they sell cut flowers, quite often the buckets holding the flowers are discarded and thrown out. If that is the case they are only delighted for you to take them off their hands.

Supermarkets

Cut flower buckets are thrown away or sold ultra cheap. Morrison’s (chain in Great Britain) sold them at 99p for 10!

Deli, Supermarket Deli

These places will use catering size plastic containers from wholesalers in a variety of products such as mayonnaise, butter and BBQ sauce. Their turnover of containers will be high so they should have a regular supply ready for recycling.

Restaurants/Fast Food

Use catering sized containers the same as deli's do for mayonnaise, sauces, coffee etc . . . . If you don’t ask you won’t get! If you already have a relationship with your local restaurant its worth asking the Manager.

Tip - Remember if you have any family or friends working in any of these businesses, get the word out! I have a friend working in a restaurant and get great sea shells for planting or craft use and have also availed of big plastic catering tubs.


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Recycle pie tins, coffee cup sleeves and toilet rolls to make your own seedling trays.

From my Good Friend Bill Holland -

  • Frugal Gardening Tips: Living Simple
    Why spend money on gardening when everything you need you already have? There are many ways to have a fruitful garden and not spend loads of cash.

.Bakeries -

The Bakeries often throw away as many as 20 5,10 or 20 gallon buckets on a daily basis. Any bakers in the family?


Corner Shops/Convenience Stores

Often having a take away food bar, these stores are excellent places to try for the catering buckets. If you ever pick up take out coffee, grab some of the coffee sleeves and hang on to them for your recycling! Many will sell cut flowers and dispose of the buckets when flowers have sold through, why not check them out for these container freebies at the same time!


Local Recycling Centres

This is where they separate the different types of recycling products. Milk cartons for example are great for starter plants. Just cut the tops off the carton and they are ready to go. At the Recycling Centre they are plentiful here for free!The centre should be delighted you are taking some initiative and helping the environment at the same time.

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The Cornell Cooperative Extension Program -

http://ccetompkins.org/about-us I checked out the Tomkins County program in New York, however the program is available all across America, connected with no less than 67 Universities.

Originating through Cornell University in New York, this program offers incredible resources, help and guidance to communities.

One such initiative is the plant pot recycling program that with a donation, gives out free used plastic plant pots of different shapes and sizes from seedling starter trays to hanging baskets.

They even have terracotta pots and large ceramic containers at times, depending on what has been donated.

The other fantastic idea I found with them is the Free Seed Cabinet program.

They accumulate all different seed packets (i.e. flowers, herbs and vegetables) and you are then able to take up to 10 packets in one go for free. How awesome is that!

Containers for Free online

Harringay Community Onlinehttp://www.harringayonline.com/ An online community site in London, England that is a one stop shop for all things within this neighbourhood and also serves Crouch End, Hornsey, Stroud Green and West Green. There is a free section were all things including plant containers are available totally free. From a posting I saw, a girl was giving away an assortment of gardening containers (approximately 50) for free and only required they be collected

The Freecycle Network http://www.freecycle.org/ With over 9 million members worldwide, including America, Great Britain, Ireland and Australia, this is a non profit organisation at local level where people can give and receive all types of products for free. The idea is to keep good stuff in circulation thereby avoiding the landfills.

Friends With Thingshttp://friendswiththings.com.au/ Connecting suburbs across Australia in all 8 states, this online site is a terrific place to share skills and knowledge, borrow items and give away items for free. While researching I came upon a member who had an assortment of plastic plant pots free of charge for anyone interested. It is a great site to get involved with at local level and it is all about working together as a community, perfect for any newcomers to a neighbourhood in Australia

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Free containers are very much available all around us if we need them and are prepared to really look. Along with being able to recycle, I love the versatility container gardening offers and have found some great ones through many of these avenues. How about you?

I would love to hear any additional ideas you have as to where to get containers for free, so please feel free to include them here in the comments section!

Happy Planting and Recycling!

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Wherw To Find Free Gardening Containers Comments

Janisa from Earth on July 11, 2020:

Thanks for the tips! I usually use empty yogurt containers (I love yogurt so I eat it on an almost daily basis) or other plastic food containers. Your article contains an impressive amount of other alternatives, so I'll definitely try some of them out the next time I'm planting something new

Nivas from Salem on October 03, 2015:

Thanks for sharing the great info Suzie..... Really worth reading this great info....Thanks once again..

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on May 15, 2015:

Thanks for these suggestions, Suzie. I'll check them out and ask my brother if he had any I can use. My apartment complex recently have a recycling dumpster bin as of last week. I'll check it out the next time I recycle my stuff. Voted up for useful!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on April 21, 2013:

Hi StoneCircle,

AH . . .a fellow DUBLINER from another Dublin!! LOVE it! Is it New Hampshire?? I am intrigued! Lovely to have your comments and good to know your local landscaping company useful for sourcing big containers. Happy hunting and cheers for the thumbs up votes on this, much appreciated!!

Susan McLeish from Rindge, NH on April 21, 2013:

Glad to see I am not the only one that goes looking for items to grow plants in. I found that the local landscaping company helps me greatly when needing really big pots.

Thumbs up & interesting.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on February 19, 2013:

If you go to the learning centre you will find out all the information on hubs and how it all works as there is a wealth of good useful info there. i spent days reading it so you should take a look. It is the drop down menu when you scroll over your username at the top of the page in the black bar. good luck!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on February 19, 2013:

Thanks Manahil like you enjoyed this hub.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on February 18, 2013:

Thanks I will be sure to drop in!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on February 18, 2013:

Your most welcome Manahil thank you for visiting!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on February 18, 2013:

Hi Manahil,

Thanks for visiting and commenting!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on February 17, 2013:

Hi sg,

Lovely to see you and your comments i always enjoy! i love container planting as i can move it reasonably easily apart from the big heavy ones! I was driving by a farm up the road the other day and they have hundreds of tyres on top of haystacks and all i saw was containers!! LOL Many thanks for the congrats I was shocked but thrilled as a new writer on the scene it is so humbling to receive. Thanks for the votes and shares, always gratefully received!

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on February 17, 2013:

So many great ideas! I am always on the lookout for gardening containers. I use them mainly for my flower beds. I have used broken pots that have been discarded by the flower store. Old buckets are great too. Congratulations on HOTD! It is well deserved! Voting this up++ and sharing! :)

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on January 19, 2013:

Hi ishwaryaa,

So nice to see you, thanks very much for commenting! Glad you enjoyed these tips and ideas that I have used myself. Appreciate your congrats on hotd, it came as a surprise and I was thrilled. Many thanks for your votes, shares and pin, how lovely of you!!

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on January 19, 2013:

Another wonderful hub about container gardening! Your hub is packed with so many helpful ideas - no wonder that it got the well-deserved HOTD! Belated Congrats! Way to go!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up & pinned

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 26, 2012:

Hi aykianink,

Thanks for the compliments! If you check out hubber homestead bound she has great dividers you are able to use once you give appropriate credit. The hub is about creating line dividers and tells you exactly how to do it, so check it out, it's excellent!

aykianink on October 26, 2012:

Forgive me if this has been asked, you have 88 comments already (WOW). How do you do the flower divisions per section? They look nice and really spice up the hub:-)

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 23, 2012:

Hi Rebecca,

Thanks for that, Yes I was delighted! The beauty of container gardening is you don't need to have a garden to enjoy a few plants. I love having even a few pots of herbs in the kitchen and are easy to do. Appreciate your commenting! :-)

Rebecca on October 22, 2012:

Hey, just saw that you got Hub of the Day about a week ago... congratulations! (I'm a little slow, I know :) ) I don't have a garden or anywhere I can really keep flowers, but it's a great Hub and great info for if I ever live someplace with a garden!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 17, 2012:

Hi prasetico,

Thanks for reading and I hope your dad finds some useful ideas here! There are so many great things we can use for container gardening. Appreciate the votes as always Pras!

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on October 16, 2012:

Very informative hub and you have great idea. My father loves gardening. I'll show this hub to him. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up!

Best wishes, Prasetio

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 14, 2012:

Thanks very much for dropping me a comment Levertis Steele!

Much appreciated :-)

Levertis Steele on October 14, 2012:

Awesome ideas, tips, and illustrations. Thanks for sharing!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 14, 2012:

Hi J.S,

Great to have you comment here! Much appreciated! Delighted you found it informative and useful. It is something I really enjoy and hope it translated well. Cheers for the VU and share :-)

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 14, 2012:

Hi Mary,

Lovely to have you comment and I must link up your cat litter one to my container hubs, great idea to use it Mary.

Appreciate all your votes and sharing! :-)

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 14, 2012:

Hi coffeegginmyrice,

Welcome and many thanks for your great, informative comments! I have been living in my apartment the past 5 years so know what its like to be restricted for garden space! Recently I moved out of the city to the countryside to my partners which has lots of space so have no excuse to get planting up my containers! Styrofoam is a great idea and unknown spy has a great hub on recycling with it, check it out! Thanks for your interest! :-)

JS Matthew from Massachusetts, USA on October 13, 2012:

This is a great Hub with tons of great information and useful links! Congratulations on the Hub of the Day! Well deserved! Voted up and shared.

JSMatthew~

Mary Hyatt from Florida on October 13, 2012:

Congrats on your well deserved HOTD! I do a lot of container gardening. My neighbor gives me her emtpy cat litter buckets and they make a wonderful plant container. I wrote a Hub about doing that. You can put a plant in almost anything I've found.

Great Hub. I voted it UP, and will share.

Marites Mabugat-Simbajon from Toronto, Ontario on October 13, 2012:

Very nice. I wish I have a wider space to garden. I'm not buying any plant containers for next spring. Fall and winter will be enough time to gather suitable container ideas. Thank you Suzie for coming up with this hub. I am too a second-hand hunter and user. My kids would say, "mom you can throw those away." I say, "no, because I can use these and you will too one day." Now, how 'bout McDonald's french fries' packaging? These can be little seedling baskets too. I like the varied spaces of a styrofoam too like those that come with new purchased electronics; it will give different shapes/divisions for seedlings. Styrofoams are non-toxic to plants.

Cheers, Suzie!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 13, 2012:

Hi Stephanie,

Welcome and many thanks for your lovely comments! For seeds even egg cartons are great or many of the things in this hub or my other container ideas hub. Thanks again for your input and support.

Stephanie Bradberry from New Jersey on October 13, 2012:

This is great information to help us gardeners prepare for the next season. I always looked at used items in my house and wondered if anything would grow in them. But now I will be a bit more adventurous since I plan on starting some things from seed for next spring/summer.

Congratulations on your Hub of the Day!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 13, 2012:

Hi RTalloni,

Appreciate your good wishes here, thanks for reading and commenting. Delighted to hear you found some good info! :-)

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 13, 2012:

Hi Eddy,

Thanks a bundle for reading and commenting - glad you enjoyed! Have a great weekend too!!

RTalloni on October 13, 2012:

Congrats on your Hub of the Day for this on finding free gardening containers. Landscapers surely are glad to pass their used pots on to takers, but thinking outside the box can give us interesting results! Good stuff here. :)

Eiddwen from Wales on October 13, 2012:

A great hub and here's to so many more to come.

Enjoy your weekend.

Eddy.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 13, 2012:

Hi Vinaya,

I appreciate your kind words my friend in Nepal! Hope you got some new ideas to try out! Thanks most sincerely :-)

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on October 13, 2012:

Suzie, congrats for well deserved HOTD! I loved your ideas very much.

Cheers

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 13, 2012:

Hi vespa!

I was thrilled to find this awaiting me this morning. Thanks so much for your continuing support, my recipe guru! In my latest hub on shopping posted last night, I have a link to your pot roast recipe as its an excellent addition to the hub. :-)

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 13, 2012:

Hi tillsontitan,

Thanks so much for your warm comments! Great idea for moving up sizes with friends or family in pots! Appreciate your input and votes greatly!

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on October 13, 2012:

Suzie, glad to see one of your awesome hubs won HOTD! Congratulations and have a great weekend!

Mary Craig from New York on October 13, 2012:

Congrats on your HOTD! After reading this great hub its easy to see why you were granted this accolade. So many great ideas, some we would think of, many we would not! I like your idea of keeping in touch with friends...as we re-pot and move up to larger sizes we may be able to swap with other who are a size above or below us! Loved the photos too.

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 13, 2012:

Ah Sunshine!

What a lovely comment, I thank you for your support, lovely to see you and I am delighted you enjoyed this recycling idea for planting! :-)

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 13, 2012:

Hi Happyboomernurse!

Thanks very much for such a lovely comment! Glad you found it useful in different ways. Very appreciative of your votes, have a great day!

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on October 13, 2012:

Once again you share excellent ideas to "go green" and I thank you! Congrats on your HOTD which is well deserved! :)

Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on October 13, 2012:

Congratulations on earning the Hub of the Day accolade for this comprehensive, well written hub that's a win-win for the environment and the budget of any avid gardener using these tips to find unique containers.

Voted up across the board except for funny. Thanks for sharing this info.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 13, 2012:

Hi moonlake,

Appreciate you stopping by, thanks for your support and votes :-)

moonlake from America on October 13, 2012:

Congrats on hub of the day. All great ideas. Voted uP!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 13, 2012:

Hi MJ,

LOL . . .You are so full it as usual! LOL You make me laugh you do!! Thanks oh petrol head follower hope you got some greenfinger ideas to use for your new hobby of planting!

Perhaps you may be able to utilise some used tyres, v8 engine parts or even find a car or 2 in a scrapyard to plant!

Thanks again, appreciate all the votes of confidence and sharing!

mjkearn on October 13, 2012:

Suzie

WHOOPIE DOO DA DIDDY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Go Suzie, Go Suzie, Go Suzie. You go girl.

Huge Congrats on HOTD.

So well deserved for such an awesome hubber and Rising Star.

Oh yes I do think so. You've definitely got the gift of the gab, the blarney and Irish eyes are all smiling today.

Stellar job. Voted up, ticked, shared, G+'d and Rocketing Skyward.

Next stop HP Staff, ha.

MJ.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 13, 2012:

Hi Bill!

Thanks buddy appreciate the support, I was stoked to find this when I woke!

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on October 13, 2012:

Hi Suzie. Congratulations..... Well deserved. Keep up the great work.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 13, 2012:

Hi radomcreative!

Appreciate your thoughtfulness! I was delighted to wake to this surprise! :-)

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 13, 2012:

I just came back to stay congrats on getting HOTD for this fabulous article!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 13, 2012:

Hi pstraubie48,

What a fabulous surprise to wake up to finding this was HOTD! Thanks so much for commenting and glad it was useful. Appreciate you bookmarking!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on October 13, 2012:

This is a great collection of resources and ideas. I am always looking for new suggestions and ideas for gardening. I am bookmarking this so I can come back to it later for a reread.

Congratulations on hub of the day.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 12, 2012:

Hi Jill, Appreciate your opinions here, thanks very much for commenting! I thought the free seed and container programme was a great idea, wish it was available here! :-)

Jill Spencer from United States on October 12, 2012:

Wow! Great ideas. The free seed cabinet program particularly interests me. What a wonderful resource this article is!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 11, 2012:

Hi Sarra,

Thanks very much, Appreciate your comments! So many do the dumpster diving now, even if it is "shades of grey" about doing it!! LOL Cheers Sarra for the energy and enthusiasm!

Sarra Garrett on October 11, 2012:

Voted up useful and awesome. You have some awesome ideas and I have gone 'dumpster diving' many times. However, the trick is not to get caught as in many places it's illegal. I'm a firm believer in recycling and making multiple uses out of one thing. You Go Gurl

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 09, 2012:

Hi iguidenetwork,

Welcome and thank you for your generous comments. Glad you enjoyed these ideas!! :-)

iguidenetwork from Austin, TX on October 09, 2012:

These are wonderful ideas! And a double benefit for our environment too -- you avoid throwing unused bins, and plant greens on them as well. :)

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 07, 2012:

Hi Peggy!

What a great find and great tip! it can really pay off keeping your eyes out! It can be so worthwhile and save you a heap of money. People can still enjoy the pleasure and satisfaction gardening brings without breaking the bank needlessly. Thanks so much for your comments and experience, much appreciate your votes and sharing :-)

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 07, 2012:

Great ideas for finding free gardening containers. It is amazing what people discard! Just several weeks ago a neighbor put out loads of plastic gardening containers for the garbage pick-up and these were the type sold in nurseries for $30 to $50 and more! I scrambled across the street and put them in my garage and then kept some and gave most away to others who wanted them. So keeping an eye out on garbage pick-up days is also a good way to find items! Up votes and sharing.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 07, 2012:

Hi Steph Sev108,

Thanks for visiting and commenting! Appreciate your support :-)

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 07, 2012:

Thanks, glad you are enjoying!

Stephanie Marie Severson from Atlanta, GA on October 07, 2012:

Thank you for a bunch of awesome ideas. Great Hub!

Brandy Oliver from PA USA on October 07, 2012:

It is fascinating for someone who never left the states;

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 07, 2012:

Thanks so much Busymommylist!

Lovely to receive these lovely comments I appreciate your interest in this and your kind words on my work!

I don't know about fascinating but varied that's for sure! Many thanks again for sharing, pinning and support! ;-)

Brandy Oliver from PA USA on October 07, 2012:

Wow!! This has been one of the most informative posts I have read in a long time!

Thanks for all of the ideas;)

I am sharing on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. My readers and friends will go crazy over this hub.

Actually, I enjoy several of your posts. You have such a fascinating life and I am so happy you are sharing your travels and tips here.

Thank you!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 07, 2012:

Hi Ajeet,

Thank you my friend, glad you are a fan of container gardening! They really add interest to a space, indoor or outdoor. Appreciate your comments and visit! :-)

Ajeet from Mumbai, India on October 07, 2012:

Aha! Container gardening. My favorite kind :) Thanks for this hub.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 06, 2012:

Hi jessefutch,

Welcome and many thanks for your comments! Hope it helps provide a few tips for your Indoor planting! Thanks for your votes and shares!

jessefutch from North Carolina on October 06, 2012:

Very cool ideas! It's almost time to start our indoor planting rituals too. Great timing. Thanks for this useful hub. Voted and sharing.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 06, 2012:

Cheers, Debby hope it works out for you! :-)

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 06, 2012:

Hi Jeff,

Glad you enjoyed! It is amazing what you can find for free if you want, isn't it? You should check out billybuc's hub on frugal gardening if you like gardening. Awesome ideas and tricks. Appreciate your comments votes and share!

Debby Bruck on October 06, 2012:

Many thanks, Suzie. I may give it a go in containers. Thanks!

Jeff Boettner from Tampa, FL on October 06, 2012:

Great Ideas SuzieHQ! I hate spending money on items that can be found for free. This one getting filed under "reference". Interesting, up, and sharing.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 06, 2012:

Hi Debby,

Garlic is good in containers and mid Oct onward is the time to grow all the way to April. They are a hardy little plant so they should be fine in low temps. I have moved some of my container plants to by the house for some wind protection. Hope this helps!

Debby Bruck on October 05, 2012:

Dear Suzie ~ Thanks for the instructions. Now, why didn't I think of that. Too easy! I'll have to check out the suggested HP. I'm wondering if you could make that type of container and plant some garlic and get bulbs in the spring? What do you think? Would they freeze in the winter? Blessings, Debby

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 05, 2012:

Hi Funom Makama,

Lovely to have you visit - glad you found some useful ideas here! Appreciate your comments :-)

Funom Theophilus Makama from Europe on October 05, 2012:

Great ideas and fantastic tips.. Thanks for the share

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 05, 2012:

Hi rbm,

Many thanks for visiting this, lovely to get your comments! I know busy bakeries definitely do chuck out gallon size containers, hopefully some near you will be happy for you to take them off their hands! thanks for your votes and feedback!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 05, 2012:

Hi Marlene!

Thanks so much for checking this out - I found the online info very interesting when researching I have to say. I am sure there will be more localised sites too! Thanks again for your comments :-)

rbm on October 05, 2012:

Lots of great ideas here, thanks! I have to talk to some bakeries now, didn't know they throw away buckets every day.

Great hub, really comprehensive. Voted useful.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on October 05, 2012:

These are really great ideas. The online resources are most helpful. I'll be checking those out, for sure.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 05, 2012:

Hi radomcreative,

It is great to know that you can actually get free things out there for plants if you want them. I found the online sources very interesting and had no idea they existed. Thanks for reading and I appreciate your thoughts, comments and support! :-)

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 04, 2012:

What a great comprehensive resource! So many simple ideas here. Thanks for sharing.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 04, 2012:

Hi Bill,

Good to see you - Thanks so much for visiting here, I always look forward too your wise words and support! Will be pinning ( got my pinterest at last!) your Italy and Birds of Prey. Thanks as always my Massachusetts mate!! :-)

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on October 04, 2012:

Great ideas Suzie. How creative. You are on a roll, keep it going. Great photo selection. VU, sharing, etc...

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 04, 2012:

Hi teaches!

Great to see you as always! It is amazing what we can use if we think about it. It is also a great way of getting kids involved in learning about gardening, doing a fun project or as an interactive party idea that won't break the bank. I did some with my nieces and nephew and they loved it, planting up little bulbs or painting containers. Appreciate your comments and great support :-)

Dianna Mendez on October 04, 2012:

What a great way to recyle tossed items. I like all of the ideas you presented and the photos show some creative uses as planters. Well done!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 04, 2012:

Hi Bill,

Glad you picked up some info! Cheers for that - appreciate your thoughtfulness my friend! :-)

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 04, 2012:

Wonderful ideas as always....featuring this one on my hub for tomorrow

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 04, 2012:

Hi vespa!

Your a star - thanks so much for your great feedback.It's great when you can really make use of things, something my mum was great at doing. Appreciate your comments as always my friend!! :-)

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on October 04, 2012:

These are great ideas. I love searching for other's castaways and turning them into something useful. It's so eco-friendly and fun, too! Thank you for another useful and interesting hub.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 04, 2012:

Hi TT,

Me ol' mate from the sticks!! LOL Hope all is well with you, great to see you my drinking buddy! Fun to do and research places online. Appreciate your votes and constant support! Have pinterest now so will be pinning some of your classics!!!! :-)

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on October 04, 2012:

Awesome ideas, Suzie! Voted up and shared.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 04, 2012:

Hi crystaleyes,

Thanks for stopping by and commenting! Just a way of showing that containers are all around us if we choose to accept them! Appreciate your votes and views!! :-)

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 04, 2012:

Hi Debby!

Good to see you, glad you found this article interesting! The pots crooked look is easily done, believe it or not by centralizing a pole in the earth, put your base plant pot over the pole through the drainage holes and thread the pots through. One hubber here Krysanth has a hub on making one too you could check out!

Thanks so much for comments and support!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on October 04, 2012:

Hi Rajan,

Thank you my friend, glad you enjoyed this and found some useful tips! I am so appreciative of your comments, support, votes and shares!

crystaleyes from Earth on October 03, 2012:

Great ideas, i wanted some containers for my kitchen garden.. very useful indeed! voted up, interesting and useful.