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Anupama
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Can anyone help me with suggestions on where i can get plastic containers for growing veggies and fruits. I have to start from scratch such as containers for germinating seeds, box containers for greens and 20lt buckets required for  veggies. I have cement pots but very difficult to maneuvre and expensive& heavier as the size increases. I would like to use waste buckets of paint etc which may work out cheaper.Where can i buy such stuff.

 

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For paint buckets i have seen near city market area of bangalore, though i havn't bought one. You can check with them. What I did for myself is retained all putty buckets, thinner drums from painters after their work got over during my construction of house.

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Anupama said:

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Can anyone help me with suggestions on where i can get plastic containers for growing veggies and fruits. I have to start from scratch such as containers for germinating seeds, box containers for greens and 20lt buckets required for  veggies. I have cement pots but very difficult to maneuvre and expensive& heavier as the size increases. I would like to use waste buckets of paint etc which may work out cheaper.Where can i buy such stuff.

 

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Anupama


Hi,

 

Go to any of the plastic container manufacturer's website such as http://www.milanplast.com/cont.htm and ask them where you can buy their products in your city. They generally give you the distributor's name and phone number. Call the distributor and place your order.

 

I got my plastic containers at around 55% of the price it sold by retailers.

 

-Srikanth

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Raman said:

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Varsha Enterprises is the best bet as they sell all kinds of items. For paint buckets i have seen near city market area of bangalore, though i havn't bought one. You can check with them. What I did for myself is retained all putty buckets, thinner drums from painters after their work got over during my construction of house.

Regards,

Raman


Hi,

 

I have been a regular at Varsha and I agree they have variety when it comes to pots. Last Saturday I was on SJP and SP road to purchase takeout lead. After that I went around to Kumbarpet/OK road junction, and found lot of shops selling plastic items. Some of them did have pots not a lot when it comes to variety. I use black colored pots and could not find any but there were enough brown colored green planter pots. 

 

The green planter-5 black pot at Varsha is Rs 65/- before bargain, and the same sized brown one at Kumbarpet was 48/-. Usually brown pots are costlier than black for what ever reason! I am sure you all see the difference in price on a single piece. It was already getting dark and did not have much time to go looking around but I am sure some additional effort will lead us to a bargain basement price on pots in comparison to Lalbagh and Varsha. 

 

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Raman said:

Hi ,

Varsha Enterprises is the best bet as they sell all kinds of items. For paint buckets i have seen near city market area of bangalore, though i havn't bought one. You can check with them. What I did for myself is retained all putty buckets, thinner drums from painters after their work got over during my construction of house.

Regards,

Raman


Hi Raman, 

Could you pls share info regarding used paint buckets, where in city market area have you come across these. I would like to buy some. 

Thanks, STS

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Hi,

 

I bought a couple of large drums from a local waste paper shop (about Rs 50/- each); no guarantee they will have but you could visit a couple of bigger shops in your area. Another place, I have found paint buckets is on old madras road near Brigade Metropolis; I have not enquired the price but can find out and let you know.

 

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terraceroses said:

Hi,

 

I bought a couple of large drums from a local waste paper shop (about Rs 50/- each); no guarantee they will have but you could visit a couple of bigger shops in your area. Another place, I have found paint buckets is on old madras road near Brigade Metropolis; I have not enquired the price but can find out and let you know.

 

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kvs


I tried at many of the waste paper shops for paint or putty buckets but was unlucky. It could be pure coincidence that its not available when I ask. Would appreciate if you could get back on the price. 

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Hi,

 

Ok. Here is what I managed to find:

- at some junk shops these are periodically available. The junkyard owner quoted me Rs 40/- per kg. But is not sure when he would get some.

- So, I tried a painter that I knew. He said that he typically sells off the old paint buckets (20ltrs) ones to restaurants for either Rs 90/- (taller ones) or Rs 60/- (wider ones).He said I would have to let him know and when he has stock, he will give me.

If you are interested, let me know I will source them.

 

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Hi, I have just started on this quest to have my first terrace garden. After reading the various posts in this Weblog, I went to City Market and got my first plastic containers to set the ball rolling. The plastic scrap dealer's shop is located near the gate of the Vegetable Market off Avenue Road (there are 2 of them there). I should have got his telephone number as it'd have helped you but alas......
After some haggling, I paid Rs. 60 each for the 20 litre used paint containers and Rs. 45 for the 10 litre graphic ink buckets. Shellled out a further Rs. 200 to bring them home by auto (could not gather courage to take the car to the area because of the scary traffic).
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terraceroses said:

Hi,

 

Ok. Here is what I managed to find:

- at some junk shops these are periodically available. The junkyard owner quoted me Rs 40/- per kg. But is not sure when he would get some.

- So, I tried a painter that I knew. He said that he typically sells off the old paint buckets (20ltrs) ones to restaurants for either Rs 90/- (taller ones) or Rs 60/- (wider ones).He said I would have to let him know and when he has stock, he will give me.

If you are interested, let me know I will source them.

 

Thanks

kvs


Hi kvs, 

 

Thanks a lot for this info. I managed to get hold of the painter who did some work at my home couple of years back. He has promised to get me some paint buckets. I am hoping he will and keeping my fingers crossed.

If that does not work out, I will get back to you.

 

Thanks,STS

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Shankar said:

Hi, I have just started on this quest to have my first terrace garden. After reading the various posts in this Weblog, I went to City Market and got my first plastic containers to set the ball rolling. The plastic scrap dealer's shop is located near the gate of the Vegetable Market off Avenue Road (there are 2 of them there). I should have got his telephone number as it'd have helped you but alas......

After some haggling, I paid Rs. 60 each for the 20 litre used paint containers and Rs. 45 for the 10 litre graphic ink buckets. Shellled out a further Rs. 200 to bring them home by auto (could not gather courage to take the car to the area because of the scary traffic).

Hope this helped.

Cheers, Shankar


Hi Shankar, 

 

Initially I had similar fear when taking car to city market but I always managed to find road side parking space between the townhall-city market stretch. You could also try parking in Unity bldg. 

Last Sunday after walking thro the Sunday-mandi, I went to Kumbarpet where there are lots of shops selling plastic items. The planter-12 size black pot was available for Rs. 30 and brown pots for Rs. 40. The quality seemed fine to me for the price. Depending on what you plan to grow, you could consider these cheaper pots as well.

 

Regards, STS

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Hi,

I have another cheap suggestion. You could also use the (Bisleri) water cans  20L that comes these days. You could talk to your water supplier as he might have some old unusable cans. I have collected few from my water can provider, they cost very cheap approx 15 to 20/-. I have cut away the neck part of it and started using. You can also try asking some old paper shops, they might get you. I am not sure where you can get these in bangalore.   To view the pictures,

http://picasaweb.google.com/10.....directlink

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Hi Sri:

What a wonderful idea! I am going to try and get some today itself. Do you cut them with a saw? Thanks & regardsSmile

Satish

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These all sound like great tips, but how safe is it to be using paint buckets and graphic ink buckets for growing fruit and veg?

Aren't there remnants of unpleasant or hazardous chemicals in there?

Thanks!

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You can use cement bags as well, after washing them.

I have a few tomatoes & eggplants growing happily in it. It looks a little odd may be for some people but, I guess it's the most cheapest option available..Smile

 

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Satish said:

Hi Sri:

What a wonderful idea! I am going to try and get some today itself. Do you cut them with a saw? Thanks & regardsSmile

Satish


Yes, earlier I used the Hack saw blade that you get in electrical shops. That was bit slow process. There is another better way - heat the blade/knife and then cut them. finding it easier.

 

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hello gardening enthusiasts! i started off with two 3x3 storage boxes i had for under the bed storage. made out of wood, but not used anymore. yesterday i purchased 25 20 litre used paint buckets at 70 bucks a piece at raidurgam, near gachibowli in hyderabad. i have a lot of beans, capsicum and bhindi seedligs which need transplanting and they like a little more space. on another note... how many of these seedlings can be planted in each pot / bucket? 

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The whole idea of being green is not to use things that are bad for the environment.

Summary:

  1. Instead of buy plastic we can look for used plastic around the house, with scrapdealers, used paper mart (bangarwala or paperwala). They have plenty of old 5 liter cans.
  2. Search up paint guys for old paint buckets. If the bucket is still wet, you can leave it to dry, then scrape the old paint out using a knife or any other tool (be careful). The rest in not harmful and will not mix with mud.
  3. Search for water can suppliers for the cans they dispose.
  4. Old washed cement/ sand bags.
  5. Reuse 2.5 liter plastic bottles for hanging pots, small plants.
  6. Glass bottles or glasses.
  7. Fill mud in old shoes and grow plants.
  8. Make you own cement pots. http://geekgardener.in/forum/m.....-planters/
  9. Old children toys. Use a screwdriver to open it up.
  10. Old jeans. Stitch up the ends and use as hanging pots.
  11. Old utensils. Think before anything is sold.
  12. Books. http://dornob.com/paper-back-p.....or-plants/
  13. Rubber vehicle Tyres, after cutting to size.

Damn!!! They are so many ways to innovate and recycle. Its great to see so many ideas on this forum.

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arundati said:

hello gardening enthusiasts! i started off with two 3x3 storage boxes i had for under the bed storage. made out of wood, but not used anymore. yesterday i purchased 25 20 litre used paint buckets at 70 bucks a piece at raidurgam, near gachibowli in hyderabad. i have a lot of beans, capsicum and bhindi seedligs which need transplanting and they like a little more space. on another note... how many of these seedlings can be planted in each pot / bucket? 

Not sure about the beans but Capsicum and Bhindi grow big. So, one per plant is all that you can grow.

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