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« on: June 16, 2015 07:11:36 PM »

A friend was using one of these as a firepit, and I got inspired.  After setting several up as planters, I told a couple of people, and they told a couple, and next thing I knew I couldn't get them any more.  Stock is back up now, fortunately.

What am I talking about?  The steel tubs inside washing machines and dryers.  $5 each at my local appliance recycler/repair shop.  Some dryer tubs are stainless steel (no rust), most washer tubs are enamel and have a central post that makes them better for shallow-rooted plants (unless you want to remove it with a grinder or something).  I sprayed these with the cheapo paint I had on hand.  Doesn't cover well, but blends better than white.


freshly planted with herbs


6 weeks later (even the cleared area has gone green again)
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« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2015 09:49:21 PM »

What a great idea! And lots of drainage holes and air intake for the plants. I like the firepit idea as well. Are tubs often replaced in still-serviceable washers, or are these from the junked out ones?

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« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2015 03:31:40 AM »

I think they're all from junkers--not much can go wrong with a steel tub.
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