Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]
Plastic containers / trash cans? Toplef10Plastic containers / trash cans? 1zd3ho10

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.

Plastic containers / trash cans? I22gcj10Plastic containers / trash cans? 14dhcg10

[/td][/tr][/table]
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» What are you eating from your garden today?
by OhioGardener Today at 7:47 pm

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing MAY 2019
by trolleydriver Today at 7:34 pm

» Seeds to rehome. Anyone want these?
by OhioGardener Today at 6:40 pm

» Tomato Tuesday - 2018 & 2019
by VJ72584 Today at 6:30 pm

» Wednesday Wisdom - SFG Foundation
by sanderson Today at 6:19 pm

» First garden in Alberta
by Luvslions Today at 6:17 pm

» Birds of the Garden
by countrynaturals Today at 3:17 pm

» Weeds in the compost
by OhioGardener Today at 10:48 am

» Fifth Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver Today at 7:56 am

» California's Drought
by Kelejan Today at 6:05 am

» Any Strange and Wonderful Visitors? Photos please!
by sanderson Today at 1:20 am

» Famous Gardening Quotes
by sanderson Today at 1:19 am

» Microbes...you gotta see this one !!!
by has55 Today at 12:15 am

» The end of a old garden era
by Cajun Cappy Yesterday at 10:20 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by Cajun Cappy Yesterday at 10:16 pm

» World Square Foot Gardening Day July 21, 2019
by sanderson Yesterday at 2:36 pm

» has55's R & D Journey
by has55 Yesterday at 11:47 am

» The SFG Journey-Johnson Su Bioreactor for composting, No turning
by has55 Yesterday at 11:27 am

» SfG Journey:using freezer for SFG bed
by has55 Yesterday at 11:20 am

» Sweet Potatoes
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 10:12 am

» Thinning sprouted plants
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 9:50 am

» New England, May, 2019
by Pikagirl Yesterday at 6:25 am

» N&C Midwest: May 2019
by sanderson Yesterday at 3:07 am

» Hello from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
by sanderson Yesterday at 1:20 am

» Butterfly Junction
by countrynaturals 5/20/2019, 10:27 pm

» Happy Birthday!!
by sanderson 5/20/2019, 2:49 am

» Brix tests for nutrition density
by OhioGardener 5/19/2019, 7:42 pm

» Catastrophe in my garden.
by Scorpio Rising 5/19/2019, 1:26 pm

» SFG Journey: Plant Health Pyramid
by has55 5/19/2019, 8:57 am

» I have really been missing yall!
by sanderson 5/19/2019, 3:52 am

Google

Search SFG Forum

Plastic containers / trash cans?

Go down

Plastic containers / trash cans? Empty Plastic containers / trash cans?

Post  butterwhat on 8/6/2014, 2:42 pm

I am interested in starting to compost in plastic containers or trash cans.  Does anyone have any experience with this?  I'd especially love to see any pictures of your bins!
butterwhat
butterwhat

Posts : 23
Join date : 2014-06-27
Location : Eastern PA, Zone 6

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Plastic containers / trash cans? Empty Re: Plastic containers / trash cans?

Post  sanderson on 8/6/2014, 5:21 pm

I know there are a few folks here that have, or have had, barrel composters. Maybe they will speak up on their experiences.
sanderson
sanderson

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 17800
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 70
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

View user profile https://connect.xfinity.com/appsuite/#!!&app=io.ox/mail&

Back to top Go down

Plastic containers / trash cans? Empty Re: Plastic containers / trash cans?

Post  faari on 1/17/2015, 4:41 am

We did pay for them, they aren't cheap but to find some that are fresh, and not sitting on a shelf in a big box store for who knows how long is a blessing!!
faari
faari

Posts : 1
Join date : 2015-01-17
Location : usa

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Plastic containers / trash cans? Empty Re: Plastic containers / trash cans?

Post  AZDYJ2K on 1/28/2015, 1:52 am

I live in Chandler, AZ and the city gives us free compost bins made out of old trash and recycling bins.  The city cuts the bottom half off and drills half inch holes around the container.  They drop them off at your curb by request.  Great program.
AZDYJ2K
AZDYJ2K

Male Posts : 169
Join date : 2010-05-28
Location : Chandler, AZ USDA Zone 9A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Plastic containers / trash cans? Empty Re: Plastic containers / trash cans?

Post  has55 on 1/28/2015, 4:40 am

@AZDYJ2K wrote:I live in Chandler, AZ and the city gives us free compost bins made out of old trash and recycling bins.  The city cuts the bottom half off and drills half inch holes around the container.  They drop them off at your curb by request.  Great program.

Now that a city investing in its citizen and the environment.
has55
has55

Posts : 1996
Join date : 2012-05-10
Location : Denton, tx

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Plastic containers / trash cans? Empty Re: Plastic containers / trash cans?

Post  sanderson on 1/28/2015, 4:47 am

I would just hope the city thoroughly washed and scrubbed the used containers. Amazing what some folks put in waste containers - used motor oil and fluids, pet poo and litter not bagged, cleaning fluids, etc.
sanderson
sanderson

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 17800
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 70
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

View user profile https://connect.xfinity.com/appsuite/#!!&app=io.ox/mail&

Back to top Go down

Plastic containers / trash cans? Empty Re: Plastic containers / trash cans?

Post  jimmy cee on 1/28/2015, 9:51 am

I personally see no problem with plastic containers as a compost saver, however one needs to aerate. mix, water and cover if needed.
My tumbler is only used during winter when I am able to move it close to the house for table scraps.
My 2 compost piles, I wouldn't give up for anything.
I've learned a little and hope to learn lots more regarding composting in the future.
To me composting is as much fun as gardening.
Plastic containers / trash cans? Tumble11
Plastic containers / trash cans? Garden11
Plastic containers / trash cans? Compos10
jimmy cee
jimmy cee

Certified SFG Instructor

Male Posts : 2101
Join date : 2013-02-16
Age : 83
Location : Hatfield PA. zone 6b

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Plastic containers / trash cans? Empty Plastic Storage Bins

Post  brianj555 on 11/16/2017, 11:53 am

I realize this thread was leaning towards using plastic for compost bins, but I was wondering how you guy's feel about using 10 gallon plastic storage containers for tomatoes?
Walmart has a Sterilite 10 gallon storage bin on sale for right around $4.00.  This would be a much more reasonable price than purchasing any 10 gallon planters that I have found.  The bins are about 14" tall and 18" x 12" rectangular.  
I have read a little about the possibility of some of the products used to make the bin could leach out into the soil.  I was wondering what would be the difference in that and any other plastic container used for plants if any? 
 I also thought about lining the container with garden/weed fabric, but it seems like the stuff could also leach out through that.
Then I thought about lining the bin with a thick outdoor garbage bag, but that is also plastic.  
What do ya'll think?
brianj555
brianj555

Male Posts : 444
Join date : 2017-08-22
Location : Zone 9 - Mississippi

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Plastic containers / trash cans? Empty Re: Plastic containers / trash cans?

Post  countrynaturals on 11/16/2017, 2:20 pm

@brianj555 wrote:I realize this thread was leaning towards using plastic for compost bins, but I was wondering how you guy's feel about using 10 gallon plastic storage containers for tomatoes?
Walmart has a Sterilite 10 gallon storage bin on sale for right around $4.00.  This would be a much more reasonable price than purchasing any 10 gallon planters that I have found.  The bins are about 14" tall and 18" x 12" rectangular.  
I have read a little about the possibility of some of the products used to make the bin could leach out into the soil.  I was wondering what would be the difference in that and any other plastic container used for plants if any? 
 I also thought about lining the container with garden/weed fabric, but it seems like the stuff could also leach out through that.
Then I thought about lining the bin with a thick outdoor garbage bag, but that is also plastic.  
What do ya'll think?
I use whatever I have and never think about what it's made of. Shame on Me! Embarassed My only complaint has been that after a couple of years they get brittle and crack/crumble into uselessness. Mad I have read that fabric planters are awesome cuz they let the roots breathe, but I've never tried those. geek
countrynaturals
countrynaturals

Female Posts : 4134
Join date : 2016-04-12
Location : Redding, CA

View user profile http://countrynaturals.com

Back to top Go down

Plastic containers / trash cans? Empty Re: Plastic containers / trash cans?

Post  CapeCoddess on 11/16/2017, 3:50 pm

I often wonder about the plastic food-grade buckets that I sun-warm the water in. Even though they are food-grade will they eventually leach into the water as they get brittle? And what about the PVC hoops and plastic netting dripping down onto my MM and plants. And on and on it goes...
Rolling Eyes
CapeCoddess
CapeCoddess

Posts : 6788
Join date : 2012-05-20
Age : 63
Location : elbow of the Cape, MA, Zone 6b/7a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Plastic containers / trash cans? Empty Re: Plastic containers / trash cans?

Post  sanderson on 11/16/2017, 3:58 pm

Brian, Here's my take / experience with plastic containers. I use 16 gallon totes for sweet potatoes. They are solid dark colors so the sun doesn't get through and heat up the Mix. Keeping the roots cool is important. The dark plastic is probably loaded with plasticizers. Shocked

As far as tomatoes, I plant extra ones in 5-gallon food-grade white buckets. The problem with white plastic is that it allows sunlight through and the moist Mix can get too hot. So, I wrap them in regular aluminum foil and top with chopped bedding straw to keep the roots cool. Summer plants - hot heads and cool feet. Wink

____________________________

Find more about Weather in Fresno, CA
Click for weather forecast
sanderson
sanderson

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 17800
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 70
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

View user profile https://connect.xfinity.com/appsuite/#!!&app=io.ox/mail&

Back to top Go down

Plastic containers / trash cans? Empty Re: Plastic containers / trash cans?

Post  brianj555 on 11/16/2017, 4:22 pm

@sanderson wrote:Brian,  Here's my take / experience with plastic containers.  I use 16 gallon totes for sweet potatoes.  They are solid dark colors so the sun doesn't get through and heat up the Mix.  Keeping the roots cool is important.  The dark plastic is probably loaded with plasticizers.  Shocked

As far as tomatoes, I plant extra ones in 5-gallon food-grade white buckets.  The problem with white plastic is that it allows sunlight through and the moist Mix can get too hot.  So, I wrap them in regular aluminum foil and top with chopped bedding straw to keep the roots cool.  Summer plants - hot heads and cool feet. Wink
ok.  Great!  Do you find that your 5 gallon buckets are large enough?
brianj555
brianj555

Male Posts : 444
Join date : 2017-08-22
Location : Zone 9 - Mississippi

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Plastic containers / trash cans? Empty Re: Plastic containers / trash cans?

Post  sanderson on 11/16/2017, 5:13 pm

Yes. Several of us use buckets for tomatoes (extra tomatoes for me). I personally start off with Mix 2/3 of the way up to the first ring, removing leaves as they grow taller, filling with more compost until the buckets are filled to the first ring. The aluminum foil fits under the ring. Others use the orange HD or blue Lowes buckets.

____________________________

Find more about Weather in Fresno, CA
Click for weather forecast
sanderson
sanderson

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 17800
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 70
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

View user profile https://connect.xfinity.com/appsuite/#!!&app=io.ox/mail&

Back to top Go down

Plastic containers / trash cans? Empty Re: Plastic containers / trash cans?

Post  brianj555 on 11/16/2017, 9:38 pm

@sanderson wrote:Yes.  Several of us use buckets for tomatoes (extra tomatoes for me).  I personally start off with Mix 2/3 of the way up to the first ring, removing leaves as they grow taller, filling with more compost until the buckets are filled to the first ring.  The aluminum foil fits under the ring.  Others use the orange HD or blue Lowes buckets.
So the plastic HD and Lowes buckets also need to have something between the soil and the side to keep it from leaching?  
I noticed for about another $1.50 each, I could get those 10 gallon root bags.
Plastic containers / trash cans? 73aa6d10
I would like to use these, but I’m guessing they wouldn’t last more than a couple years and even though I would like the extra room the 10 gallon would give the roots, it would take twice as much MM.
brianj555
brianj555

Male Posts : 444
Join date : 2017-08-22
Location : Zone 9 - Mississippi

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Plastic containers / trash cans? Empty Re: Plastic containers / trash cans?

Post  sanderson on 11/16/2017, 10:33 pm

In the 16-gallon storage totes for Sweet potatoes, I only have commercial weed fabric at the bottoms and a few inches up the sides. Just to keep the MM from washing out the bottoms. Same for the 5-gal buckets.

____________________________

Find more about Weather in Fresno, CA
Click for weather forecast
sanderson
sanderson

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 17800
Join date : 2013-04-21
Age : 70
Location : Fresno CA Zone 8-9

View user profile https://connect.xfinity.com/appsuite/#!!&app=io.ox/mail&

Back to top Go down

Plastic containers / trash cans? Empty Re: Plastic containers / trash cans?

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum