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    Free pots from Lowes

    I dunno if this is common knowledge or what, but I figured i’d share this.

    So I went to Lowes looking for a few things, including the cheap little plastic seedling pots most places carry.. And after a thorough inspection, found out Lowes didnt carry them. So I grabbed a big bag of sand and some other stuff in the outdoor garden center and went to the counter outside to pay, Where I then saw a few big plant racks covered in used pots and trays, with a sign that said “recycle your used pots here”. So I told the lady at the register “Hey, I was looking for those kind of pots, but looks like you don’t carry them?”.. The lady said “Yeah, sorry.. But if you want some go take as many as you want, just remember to bring any pots back to recycle once your plants outgrow them”. So I was like SCORE! And grabbed a few stacks. Just got done cleaning them all in soapy bleach water and counted em, ended up with 35 free pots, ranging from 3″ to 10-12″ big rubber ones. So yeah, I dunno if this is a regional thing, but might be worth checking your local Lowes for used pots if you’re in need of some.. Definitely saved me a few bucks.

    I got free pots form my local grocery store. I’ve never looked for them at Lowes though. I’ve only been there once actually. 😛

    At my lowes there’s a big cart of stuff in the back they throw away, even death cube containers and plants that look okay. They don’t let you take them, even though it’s technically garbage. As lime slide once said, they’re all “hey, he’s stealing our trash!” but they do. so unfortunately they might not be so nice at other lowes.

    I dunno if this is common knowledge or what, but I figured i’d share this. So I went to Lowes looking for a few things, including the cheap little pla

    5 gallon buckets as pots

    so now that we’ve figured out that we will indeed have space for my babies in the new place, I’ve begun repotting them.

    I went to 3 different nurseries, all told me that they’d give me as many 2-3 gallon pots as I want, for free. but they can’t give away their 5 or 7 gallon pots at all. not even if I paid them. my father in law tells me there’s one that will sell them to him, for 8 bucks each.

    at lowes, their cheapest 5 gallon pot is 10 bucks. but their 5 gallon buckets are $2.50 each! so I bought some of those, drilled 5 3/4″ holes on the sides and 4 on the bottom, and used those.

    the wife hates it because they look tacky, but form follows function. plus now she has an excuse to look up a new project on pinterest: decorating buckets. personally I think they look kinda cool, but I’m an engineer, not an architect.

    before I did all of them and risked screwing something up, I repotted 3 of them as a test. I transplanted a 7pot, one of the ghosts, the habanero (left to right in the picture). and I did not wash the roots because they have pods on them and I wanted to minimize the shock. I just pulled them out of their original pots as gently as I could and dropped them in the buckets and filled in dirt around them.

    I was amazed at how long it took to water them in. literally like 4 gallons each. but then again each bucket took almost a full bag of dirt to fill in, and that’s a lot of dirt to get wet and get air pockets out of.

    gonna do the rest this weekend if nothing scary happens to those between now and then.

    now, the questions: does anyone have experience using buckets? is there anything I need to look out for when I do the rest? should I have used rocks on the bottom to aid in drainage? are 3/4″ holes big enough?

    so now that we've figured out that we will indeed have space for my babies in the new place, I've begun repotting them. I went to 3 different nurseries, all told me that they'd give me as many 2-3 gallon pots as I want, for free. but they can't give away their 5 or 7 gallon pots at all. not even if…