Return to the Frugal Gardening Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Ideas for a big bowl planter cheap?

Posted by alys Zone 5 1/2 - MO (My Page) on
Wed, Mar 29, 06 at 11:06

This is a great forum...you folks all seem to be able to come up with great, frugal ideas!

I just took a bunch of overgrown bushes out of the front of our house. There is so much river rock in the bed I don't want to actually plant anything in the ground again. What I have in mind is a bowl planter, big - about 36" or more across, but relatively shallow - 24" or so.

I can't find anything but commercial concrete planters like that and they cost a fortune! It needs to look nice, but I can't afford $600 for planters! Any ideas where I could get something else and maybe dress it up myself to make it look better? I'd considered barrels...but the house isn't country or rustic at all.


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Ideas for a big bowl planter cheap?

Try your question in the hypertufa forum, they might have some ideas for you.


 o
RE: Ideas for a big bowl planter cheap?

Have you considered a tire planter? Here's the link on the instructions. The tire gets cut & then pulled inside out, you can leave the rim on and have a pedestal type flower planter or no rim and it looks like a big bowl. They can also be painted. It's surprising how pretty they end up looking especially once plants are in and trailing over the edges.

http://www.wuvie.net/tireplanter.htm or google "tire planter"

Heidi


 o
RE: Ideas for a big bowl planter cheap?

I absolutely love this idea, my Better Homes Project book shows this tire planter with the rim & they've sprayed one with a rust color paint & another beaten metal spray paint. You can't believe how nice they looked!


 o
RE: Ideas for a big bowl planter cheap?

  • Posted by alys Zone 5 1/2 - MO (My Page) on
    Mon, Apr 3, 06 at 13:18

Thank you for the ideas!


 o
RE: Ideas for a big bowl planter cheap?

Hypertufa will definitly work. or even concrete. Here is a concrete birdbath i made over a snow sled and a square planter i made over a milk crate.

carey
Image hosting by Photobucket

I broke off a piece of the square planter trying to move it to soon but it should be easy to fix.


 o
RE: Ideas for a big bowl planter cheap?

Could use an old small satllite dish? Either as a form for the hypertufa, or as a container itself, with appropriate paint or other camouflage?


 o
RE: Ideas for a big bowl planter cheap?

I saw a show on TV a long time ago that took those giant stainless silver bowls that you have in your kitchen where 10 bowls fit in one. You know the ones. They sprayed the biggest bowl with pam cooking spray (so the concrete wouldn't stick to it) - then put concrete in the bowl maybe 1/3 full and then put one of the other bowls (sprayed in pam on the outside) inside the other bowl and concrete and squished the concrete up the sides of the big bowl till it reached the top. He then put a bunch of rocks or bricks in the little bowl to keep it weighed down and let the concrete set for a while (NOT fully) but enough so that the concrete would keep its shape when you remove the two bowls.


 o
RE: Ideas for a big bowl planter cheap?

Use a pilates ball as your mold for the hypertufa. It's roughly the size you need.


 o
RE: Ideas for a big bowl planter cheap?

Either galvanized or plastic culvert pieces work great. You can find them on craigslist or through a local contractor....I got a 48" x 6' piece of galvanized culvert for $25.00 - had it cut into 3 planting beds.

Here is a link that might be useful: Culvert Planter


 o
RE: Ideas for a big bowl planter cheap?

How about recycling a grill?

There are always dead webber kettles or gas grills out on garbas day around here. Just bury it up to the leave of the surrounding rocks/soil and nobody will know what it is!


 o
RE: Ideas for a big bowl planter cheap?

If you are in an area with any livestock, a long oval galvanized sheep water trough makes a good planter. It's a good height and a good size.

They actually come in either metal or Rubbermaid plastic. Right in the neighborhood of $100 new.

Sometimes, if you put a want ad on Craigslist, you can get a used one that has rusted through the bottom for a few pennies, or even free.

I suggest using it without painting it and just plant something trailing along the edge. But you can use a spray can of metal paint to change the color.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Frugal Gardening Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here