So I’ve never stopped reading gardening books. Awesome freebies Mavis! So in stealth like fashion I quickly scooped up all the buckets I could carry {I didn’t want to leave the pots unattended to look for a cart} and headed over to the cashier stand. One day I went to see what Starbucks had near their dumpster, and saw a lady with the Ann Taylor outlet unpacking merchandise in their office near the back door, which was open. If we have any unusable, it goes to the animals, so check with gleaners for some chicken chow. On my way there I went around the back of a few big stores looking for packing peanuts or Styrofoam in the trash. I’ve brought them up to the cashier, wanting to know the price and pointing out the fact the pot has been damaged. I always assumed they were kept and reused. Home depot does not have to return anything that is not sold or damaged as greeenhouses realize plants are alive and things do happen. I lived in Mpls/St. I wished you lived closer to me! Wash out first dry and then i add backing soda and often spray then with white vinegar, swish around rinse and dry same with the lid. But lately they moved their dumpster, and I haven’t been able to get any more plants. Thank you for supporting One Hundred Dollars a Month. Liquor stores are the jackpot for boxes. I now have a beautiful planter that holds 30 buckets and they are all full of herbs and veggies. I am sad to say that most grocers no longer give away old produce due to the chance of illness/lawsuits. I live in a 100-year old house with a double-lot yard in East Oakland, California, where the whole block was once an orchard. FREE Shipping. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. That was until I saw what he was doing and very graciously offered to take them off his hands. You can also go to Mc Donalds or restaurants for all kinds of cardboard boxes to spread out over your garden area with a layer of cardbosrd, newspapers, mulch. ANOTHER PLACE to get Pots and buckets is GARBAGE DAY for any town around you……. I live in the Lowerf Hudson Valley also and would love to pick up some pots from you. Liquor stores have the best sized boxes for using, unless I need bigger boxes. I’d take the tops off, remove the rubber gasket in the lid and bring that inside, then leave the buckets and lids exposed to the elements for a couple months. Thanks for all the comments. I can’t find them anywhere! Sure enough, Home Depot was selling the common black plastic pots for almost $10. This is the first time I’ve read your wonderful blog, so you may already be privvy to this, but I noticed you have some chickens… My mom found out that the grocery store in her town tosses “old” produce very regularly, and they are happy to give it away to people for their animals. I bought a few, took them home water them wirh love and they started living up, just hat how people are so in a hurry to throw stuff out. We have enough equipment to germinate seeds for years, plus give away equipment to our contract gardening partners. Learn how your comment data is processed. … they’re PERFECT moving/shipping size and clean as a whistle. And then there’s always Craigslist. I will have to ask him if he can get the pots for me…by the way, Lowe’s gives him killer deals on broken bags of potting soil etc..we never pay full price for should ask at HD if they do that as well. Most people with cattle are happy to get rid of them. Good for plants that will be moved often or transported. It is amazing how much food goes to waste in this country. Flower Pot, ZOUTOG 1 Gallon Pots for Plants, Nursery Pots with Drainage Hole and Tray, Pack of 10, Plants not Included, Green 4.6 out of 5 stars 273 $16.99 $ 16 . I also had the good fortune recently of asking a landscaper crew if they were going to Keep their empty” pots and was told, if I pick them up, I was welcome to them. Any feed store should have them. I talked to one of the sales people if I could have them at lower price or free (just to save those seedlings) – I was told that they are all for trash that they don’t give it away or sell it at lower price. I picked up a couple of these and tried everything I could think of… even storing bleach in them, could never get the smell out…. I love this site for all the (free) helpful information. buckets are school kitchens. I have collected soooo many Pots, Flats and big Containers over the years that it is now time to scale down! I asked him if I could have some and he asked me how many!! Any solutions? Not a bad price , but free is much better in my world. Only 20 left in stock - order soon. Ask your local farmers if they have any empty mineral buckets (more like a tub). It is a horse stock tank. Wet newspapers and leave a couple of days. They are 16” long, 10” wide and 8” deep. Well, not perfectly level, but good enough. No one gives ANYTHING away in New Zealand! People are certainly welcome to take as many as they want to. It’s been on my porch all winter but will become mulch for our raised beds this spring. Hope this helps you as it does for me!!! Over here (Kuwait) I randomly find great stuff near trash piles, aka plant pots and such. If you have empty pots you can leave them in the alley. Shoot – I think I offered too much but still a great discount. It sure save mea lot of money. Some of the most reviewed nursery pots are the Hydroponics Organic 5 Gal. Pretty cheap at local nurseries or even Home Depot. Sometimes the company where i work has catered lunches for their meetings and they always give me their plastic bowls with the plastic lid…these make great terriums for seed starters – my cantalope is doing great! My husband works for Lowes (we don’t say Home Depot in our house) and the deals he gets would make your heart swoon! Ranchers are thrilled to get rid of the! Yor’re so BRAVE! I also picked up 13 glass “walls.” must have been someone’s sunroom. In a related subject: Because family member is on dialysis at home the solution comes in very good, heavy cardboard boxes. As far as open bags of soil, fertilizer, mulch etc, we give a % of based on the amount gone. Our Lowes used to do that, but we had some customers ruin it. I thought I’d try the Lowes here in Bloomington (as their website says 1700 stores participate in the recyling gardening container program). I usually get my plastic pots on the side of the road and some had the wire hanger too! But 2-3 days later I found someone giving away a bunch. Paul, MN, and the large supermarket grocery stores there also give away throw-away vegetables to pet owners. For more information, please see my disclosure policy. 5 Gal. I use the egg shells also. And I learned some great new things too. Great score! We can get the black pots that you are talking about from our local garden centers for about $1 per pot. We love our dried tomatoes! And last but not least is to call any Landscaping/ Tree Guys around [ who install Trees and Bushes] and ask is they have any Pots they would like to part with~. Just call the school to find out who is in charge of the kitchens. All nursery pots … I don’t remove those large stickers…it takes too much time and the end result is usually not very attractive…I use a wallpaper print I like and cut out an area to cover the label… spray glue it on…then spray, or brush over it with a waterproof outdoor clear acrylic… They aren’t giving them away now. Required fields are marked *. Lift a corner and peel carefully. Viagrow VHPP500-10 5 gallon Round Nursery Pot, 10 Pack. So – – after seeing this done a few times, we stopped. The boxes were just the right size for me to be able to move on my own. Shop great deals on Garden Nursery Pots. Works like a charm on price stickers as well as removing black marker from things you buy at a resale shop. I am a brand new grower, and can never get carrot roots to grow from scraps, but the tops grow well, then when I plant the carrot, it lasts three days and the tops wilt. I just love your blog. why pay anything for pots when you can get them free that is if you know someone that has horses or cows. You’ve got plants growing! A bonus was that they were painted yellow, the same color as my stucco home, so they’re perfect. Wahooo what a find! My animals would’ve loved that produce! See other Gro Pro products. When you take it out, pickle smell will be gone. 😀, A pic of half the bricks. She had a large stack of battery boxes already flattened. Just go ask for the project manager and tell them you’d like to haul away their scrap for them. You can also try WD40. I was disappointed and was so sorry for those seedlings. AGAIN TIMING IS THE KEY. Currently planted with onions and garlic. Any farm store would have it. I’m trying to garden without spending money that I do not have. We have a chicken joint here that has 5 gallon buckets with lids ( I use them for storage too!) I just did the same thing here at my college, I noticed the gardener had place a bunch of the black plastics around as place holders but he also had many more standing by. I used to have pigs and chickens when I worked at Food World grocery store over 20 years ago. Use them for their intention, and your getting a free box though. Try rubbing alcohol. Try using limesone to neutralize it. The last time I was given a significant discount. For my garden paths I pick up the plastic cover sheeting that comes with the bundles of lumber at HD and use it as a weed barrier HD just throws the stuff in the trash. Only the tops grow. For free. She dumped her coffee grounds into her flower beds everyday, and she had beautiful flowers. Fill the bottom with rocks/sand/other fill to keep from having to waste lots of good garden soil and to provide better drainage. No complaints about bedtime at all. I love the bulb plants from the spring plants, and I’ve gotten bulges as cheep as $0.50, with a nice pot. Taco Bell stores have two dumpsters-one for garbage and one for boxes. These standard, hard-to-beat pots are re-usable. For a plastic pot? … We don’t get any assistance like food stamps (although, I must admit, I wish we could! The same time that most folks are setting out their Annuals, Veggies or Trees & Bushes is when to look.I have gotten sooooo many that way! I tried your technique once at Walmart in late spring 2013 when they were throwing pallets of sad looking pack of flowers. POT & SAUCER SET. so I found another sales person – this one said the same thing and their reason was that they’ll return it to their supplier so they can get their money back. As a child in the 80s, I grew up enjoying the smells at the gas station. I was told a few years ago that commercial nurseries could not re-use pots because of possible disease spreading. I know that is silly the will not give away anything where i live either. The only plant that survived was the ghost pepper. I promised it was for the animals, but they wouldn’t allow it. If any adhesive is left, use orange oil to remove it. I told him that except for the plant earth we just bought, I hadn’t spent a dime on any pots, shelves (one’s a discarded rattan shelf and one a pallet) or anything. Go to the USPS web site & they have flat rate boxes, that you can order for free & your post man just drops them off to you in a few days… There are ones that do cost on the same pages but you will see all the ones you should ever need where it shows the price it is like this $0.00 (free), no shipping charge or anything just completely free. May leave them in the container as there’s too much rock in the yard to plant them where I need to plant them. We also go to the dump every May when they have piles of free compost. They would come in and deliberately poke holes in it to get 50% off. There are no chemicals that are harmful in them – the tubs do not have holes – you’ll have to drill out your own holes in the bottom but they work very well with above ground gardening. Typically when plant get wimpy looking they are thrown out. I have 3 in my back yard and my daughter just received 4 from her brother-in-law. I tend to be chicken little sometimes. By Mavis Butterfield on April 22, 2012 - 171 Comments. IMO, Goo Gone’s benefits were way under proportion to the knockdown, brain-killing fumes. I put baking soda and hot water in mine. That is not cool. … so next time you are the grocery store. Our eyes cought the culprit. From $1. Premium Nursery Pot 10 Gallon. USPS needs our collective support, not waste of resources. I put my seeds right into the cardboard and keep it moist. would give her a crate of greens like outer lettuce and cabbage leaves, Overripe or, soiled vegetables for her chickens every Saturday FREE..It was not a chain store as there was only one by same name in town. I did not know that Home Depot gives away their plant pots. I put some aside in case I needed them later and put the rest up on free craigslist. Our McDonald’s also gives away their used coffee grounds. Thank you so much for the information about HOMEDEPOT “Recycling Program” on used nursery pots. YEARS ago I – um, I mean, a “friend” – used to pick up the 3-day shipping boxes, turn them inside out, tape them back, and use them for regular shipping! Heat the labels up with a blow dryer and they will possibly peel off easy. They’ll start multiplying and creating new plants. Phooey. And are those nasturtiums in the gutters? You can find plants and seeds on craigslist also. The P. O . $21.99. Dia Black Black Plastic 7 Gal. My daughter and son in law gives me theres. I’ve gotten free pots from new housing developments after the landscaper has finished and left the pots behind with the trash. They decorate the inside of businesses with plants, like the ones you see in the malls and other businesses you go to. We’ll let you know what we’re up to, and you can tell us how we’re doing. My only question now is, how do I know what to put in the soil so that it is effective but inexpensive? THE IMPORTANT THING TO KEEP IN MIND IS THAT THESE SHOPS WILL BE TOSSING THESE OUT IN LATE SPRING OR EARLY SUMMER [ WHICH IS PASSED THE TIME YOU MAY NEED THEM] SO I ALWAYS GO A GET THEM AND THEN HAVE THEM TO USE FOR THE NEXT YEAR. ... Rollback & clearance items, exclusive products, and Walmart offers. They asked how much & when I said $2 each they said ok. labworkauto Nursery Pot 1 Gallon 1 Gal 2 Gal 3 Gal 5 Gal 7 Gal 10 Gal 15 Gal Nursery Container Injection Molded Pot Fit for Plants Soil Growers or Hydroponics (10,15 Gallon) 4.7 out of 5 stars 50. He was telling me just come look. I’m involved in a group that gets veggies and fruit that the organic health food store is gonna throw out and then cooks hot vegan meals with them (after cutting out any bad bits of course). My husband asked if he could have them for a planter he was building for me. A peacful night to all. Any tips for getting the actual plants for free? Works for me. Research “composting” on the internet and articles there will tell you what ratios of green material , Brown material, etc to use. We get 30 a month. Thanks and Happy Gardening! Please… Omg why would you think they would be after you… Paranoid.. don’t you think they have better things to do besides Chase somebody getting boxes after all you are recycling. I’m really excited now. We have four large round and four oval stock tanks that we got off Craig’s list, Yesterday my oldest daughter brought us a pickup load of composted horse manured and Nursery pots for gardening are a staple of indoor growing. They feed minerals to their cattle and it comes in these big tubs. x 9.5 in. Although I have come to the conclusion it doesn’t hurt to ask, they normally will say yes, and who cares what they think because they don’t know me. We planted shrubs a few years ago and kept the pots and cut the bottoms off and use them around newly potted garden plants till they are established good and to help keep rabbits away from them. A good portion of my perennial garden is from “alley specials.” I also score free split bags of bird seed and chicken feed. Connect with us on your favourite social networks. I use kitty tidy cat litter boxes to plant in.just drill holes in bottom and keep lid to store soil for next year.they stack beautifully and free.the boxes make great trash boxes too.I leave handle on for easy moving.only problem I’ve found it can’t get label off so I cover 28th pretty contact paper, What brand of green house is that and where did you get it. The wide variety of garden pots available on Walmart Canada ensures you can find the ideal appearance to complement the atmosphere of your home. So my neighbor suggested getting free concrete blocks to build a wall on the sloped side. SAUCER. I ask for one, and have NEVER been refused! … anyways also in the floral dept at frys or krogers… they have vegetables an fruit n floral seeds they must get rid of once a year. It will let water through but the weeds dont come through. They might even help you load it up. When I was growing up, there was a very dear neighbor who would shop at a local grocery store and the produce dept. That’s right and it’s for a good reason. That was suppose to say⤴️. Write me here [ if its OK with Mavis….???] Availability: In stock. This way you have time to sort them, clean them or ‘barter/ trade or give away’ with other Garden Buddies who may need them! Knowing I needed to find a bunch for my greenhouse, I excitedly asked him where he found the black plastic pot. Hoping that I’d find a store not too far away, I called the Greenwood, Indiana store to ask. What are the shipping options for nursery pots? I’ve found that stores like Kroger’s will deep cut the price on their plants after they become unsellable. (sigh) One of the few things I miss about the States. Lowes informed me this weekend that they send pots back to the growers for “credit” or something like that. We all have our unique talents. Yesterday, I went to the Home Depot to pick up a gallon of stain for the garden boxes. Holy canoli, I have been interested in starting a container garden, but didn’t think I could afford it! Also– Its good to check out any FLORISTS or smaller GARDEN CENTERS [ not stores the size of Lowe’s!] How to remove labels off buckets and jars. Hello, Holly! “Knock yourself out.”. I try to buy my eggs only in the cardboard cartons. In fact the one I get mine from the owner uses them himself to plant his tomatoes in. Nursery Trade Pots (4.02 Gal / 15.19 l) 10-Pack, Personal information provided may be collected, used and disclosed in accordance with our, Manage Walmart Rewards MasterCard Account. They are great for starting seeds. It’s glorious, and is at dollar tree! Checked out Craigslist, and at first, the only concrete blocks I found were for a price. Phoenix AZ, Your email address will not be published. Hi and thanks for sharing! Linda. I found larger boxes in dumpsters behind office buildings. 🇺🇸#maine #th, I only have a limited amount of ornaments to offer, #easylikesundaymorning Mug by my friend @suetirrel, Calling all hookers, I just added this 1621 Gobble, Finally finished. Anyway got some really good plants that are still thriving. 10 gallon pot; Sold each; Black pots… Highly effective and non-toxic. We used to have a “dump” store at our local dump where people could put usable stuff and others could take it. I do the same thing too. We (hubby and I) just had a conversation about thta yesterday. I just read your posts about boxes & yes I to refuse to pay for them. I hauled away three truckloads of plug flats, 2, 4, and 6 inch pots, 3,4,6 and 9 packs and nearly new 12 to 16 foot 2x4s. Also, NEVER pay for boxes! WINDOW PLANTER. Other pots I pick up off the streets, use all kinds of items for pots in my container garden. You see, we make – I think it’s 175% within poverty level. I have found the boxes that bananas come in are great for moving boxes. Score! Believe me, it does not take up that much space and it saves a lot of money. Get up-to-date information on weekly flyer features, Rollback & clearance items, exclusive products, and Walmart offers. Try your local cattle rancher or feedlot manager. Gro Pro Premium Nursery Pot 10 Gallon. We’ve grown green beans with great success in them, also tomatoes, and flowers, too. 507 sold. 40 assorted veggie plants. Do you know the mailing places, shipping supply places, etc. They would throw out so much food from deli and produce, it made me cringe. The boxes were heavy-duty and on the small size, perfect for heavy stuff like plates or books, so I gladly took those off her hands. Gro Pro Premium Nursery Pot 10 Gallon; Skip to the end of the images gallery. I just purchased flowers on clearance at Lowes. Well I am glad that this worked out for you. Roses can be done the same way. PS- If any one is near me [ in the Hudson Valley of NY State] I have PLENTY of Posts to share….. Thanks for the info! Poke a hole in the bottom and use either plastic or cardboard cartons. Lisa. lol I save large prescription bottles and was having an awful time with the labels. They have a big banner in the garden department. You can also fill it up with water and add some vinegar…works well with pickle jars, milk jugs, orange juice jugs…etc. I would never give away plastic frosting buckets(or sale) them as a person whom had been given a free bucket used it for food purposes and had sued for getting his customers ill. what a contradiction.. its already being used for food purposes.. makes ya think huh? Then I started looking around. I consider myself extremely lucky to have a boyfriend who owns his own landscaping business; if only for the black plastic pots LOL !! I was sharing this so if folks who need any help giving or receiving you can contact a Gleaners near you. Personal information provided may be collected, used and disclosed in accordance with ourPrivacy Policy. Is that even possible to keep them in large pots? it works as well or better then black plastic or the commercial weed barrier. No luck, either. If someone has already scored all the frosting buckets at the local bakery, try the local pub for pickle buckets. Holy canolies Batman, who on earth would PAY for a black plastic pot I thought. Some of us work hard at saving money, some of us work hard at making money, some of us work hard at saving money and making money. labworkauto Nursery Pot 1 Gallon 1 Gal 2 Gal 3 Gal 5 Gal 7 Gal 10 Gal 15 Gal Nursery Container Injection Molded Pot Fit for Plants Soil Growers or Hydroponics (10,15 Gallon) 4.8 out of 5 stars 39. this worked and fast! 59. I started a veggie garden this year and while at my local nursery, I noticed a stack of plastic pots next to their dumpster. Baking soda and vegetable oil. This year 2016 farmers can no longer have there orchards gleaned due to the chance of illness/diseases. Cheap and easy: I have healthy vegetables just on my balcony…. On the forest path was a mama deer and her two fawns. I scored over 200 5 gallon pots and several dozen 1 gallon containers as well. I suppose I could soak them in my bath tub. He probably has a very strong work ethic and is ambitious, he is probably very busy spending much of his time at working very hard to support his family, from your description it sounds like he is doing very well at his job. Viagrow Heavy Duty Hydroponic 11 in. That should do it. There were 11 left so I asked if they would mark them down more if I took all 11. I wouldn’t be the gardener I am today {or maybe not a gardener at all} if it weren’t for a few gardening books I picked up years ago. Just ask & you can get all you need. I’ve also used the same method and brightly colored construction paper, then use permanent magic marker to print the plants name on it…makes the buckets look much nicer. We also set plant material out there that is not what we consider salable. I got married on Ocras. Fat and baking soda. I drilled holes in it and use it as a large container in the garden. On the way there I passed by a  man who was carrying a black 5 gallon plastic pot. These are the round, plastic nursery pots seen at nurseries everywhere, but rarely for sale. He doesn’t get many of the 5 gallon containers but when he does I take those to. labworkauto Nursery Pot 1 Gallon 1 Gal 2 Gal 3 Gal 5 Gal 7 Gal 10 Gal 15 Gal Nursery Container Injection Molded Pot Fit for Plants Soil Growers or Hydroponics (10,7 Gallon) 4.7 out of 5 stars 50. Yada Yada Yada, “Can I have these?”  “Suuuuure” she said, obviously unaware of the riches I was holding in the form of black plastic pots. I am doing compost on the balcony so I don’t buy any healthy soil. With the Tidy Cat buckets I drill drainage holes in the bottom and they make good bright yellow planters. I hate to pay for useful things that other people throw away and I hate useful items going into the land fills. I had picked up a Gardenia at less than half price simply because the leaves had somewhat withered due to lack of watering. Sorry, this webpage requires JavaScript to function correctly. Now all I can think about is how, Browse our wide selection of plastic or biodegradable plant pots, nursery containers, decorative planters, tree pots… Thank you for that very useful info. Not only did I get a boatload of large black plastic pots for the greenhouse from the Home Depot, but I also stopped by the Albertsons bakery department and asked if they had any cookie or frosting buckets they wanted to get rid of. 🙂. So I did cause it was like 9 dollars. I work for Lowes (in the Garden Center) and we recycle the pots. ), and everybody says, “Gardening is the way to go!” Well, for me, gardening seems expensive! Did you know the Home Depot has a “recycling” program? We will definitely keep this in mind each and every time we make a trip there. Taco bell….all food comes in bags IN the boxes. Score! My grandmother showed me this. I will definitely look into that and Lowe’s as well. I started a veggie garden this year and while at my local nursery, I noticed a stack of plastic pots next to their dumpster. Please email me @ They are food grade so I did not have to worry about any paint or other hazardous chemicals. The house is on a hill and already had two raised beds in the yard, one of bricks and the other concrete blocks, which I completed filled with herbs and veggies. 🙂 In the gutters I am growing, lettuce, carrots, radishes, spinach and strawberries. We are a manufacturing leader in the horticulture industry. I am a volunteer Gleaner for many years, but have been a Gleaner since before i could walk. Then ask them. Did you know that you can make thick slices of tomato, cut up your bell peppers and let the seeds dry a few days, etc., stick them in potting soil, keep them fertilized, and WHAMO! Someday they will be a greenhouse. Along the lines of half-price items, when my husband worked at a fertilizer sales company, they would sell broken bags at at least half-price. 69. Yup, we’ve used those cat litter buckets for a couple of years. So are flats. Fast & Free shipping on many items! If u live on the west coast and near a frys food store or u live towards the east krogers go to the floral dept… they have plenty of really nice black buckets. They don’t ‘recycle’ gardening containers or allow the customers to take them home. Did he just say $9.42 each? If you want to come peel off my labels you are more than welcome too. I was thrilled that they would not go into the land fill and I got something for free that many people throw out. I just found a cheaper way to remove labels than GooGone and the like. Oh yes, yes they do Bob. I refuse to pay for boxes. Pretty bright and rather unsightly, but we just put then in a sunny place where we don’t have to look at them out our dining area windows.