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Topic: Planters from vintage tins, cannisters, and percolators and such, thoughts?  (Read 528 times)
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« on: May 12, 2013 07:35:25 AM »

So I have a stock pile of vintage chrome and aluminium cannisters, percolators, and other such metal goodies I want to plant herbs in.  I am working in my head to think of a way to protect them from the obvious watering and protect my edibles from the metal.  I was thinking this might work:

Line inside with a plastic
Bottom layer some rocks for drainage
Add landscaping cloth next
potting mix on top of that

Do you think that my herbs will be happy and healthy this way?  I see tons online for upcycling metal containers for planters, but none address the water on metal issue.  Has anyone done this and not adding anything to keep the water away from the container?  Am I being overly cautious then?

Any thoughts, experiences, or suggestions are welcome.  I am making these for myself and as gifts. 

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« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2014 08:57:43 AM »

First off, these sound like adorable gifts. I want one. Smiley

I don't have a ton of experience with this, but I did plant some flowers in a metal tub on our patio. And even though I had done a layer of rocks at the bottom for drainage, there was still a big water problem. I ended up having to start over and hammered a few holes in the bottom so that the water definitely had a way to escape. After that, things improved quite a bit! So I would make sure that the drainage issue is addressed with any  container you end up using.

I just read an article that said there was no problem in planting food stuff in galvanized buckets -- the zinc there is hardly traceable, and the plants actually kind of like it. Not sure if chrome or aluminum would pose a health risk, but like you said, you can always try lining it with the landscapers fabric and see how that works out. This sounds like a fun project! Cheesy Good luck!
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