This is my annual PSA: Now is the BEST time to grab free gardening containers!
The next time you’re at any big box store (where they go through mass quantities of plants and have to put those containers somewhere) ask someone working in the outdoor nursery if they have any containers to spare.
They may also have a “recycle shelf” where people drop off containers they don’t need. In fact, you can check out the list of 8 Places to Find Free Containers if you need more ideas!
I scored on this two years ago and was so amazed at how easy it was to find free containers for your garden. Seriously, save yourself the hassle next spring – right now you can get gardening containers for free!
I always say, there is absolutely NO REASON to buy plastic planting containers. There are so many ways to repurpose items that you already have – empty cans, kitty litter buckets, milk jugs, coffee cans, egg shells, and even 2-liter bottles.
And if you plan to start your seeds indoors next winter/early spring, one of my all-time favorite containers to find for free are the long flats you often see “pony packs” of flowers in.
Not only are those trays easy to handle and will fit on a bench or folding table nicely, but they’re perfect for starting seedlings. Especially if you use soil blocks or those cute little Jiffy pellets I love so much.
Anyway, everyone is throwing away this time of year – Free Gardening Containers are everywhere. Plan ahead, grab what you think you’ll need, and tuck them away for next spring. You’ll be so glad you did!