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25L or 5gallon pots

Any one know where I can find either free or very cheap 25l/ 5 gallon buckets/ pots like paint and cleaning liquids come in? Want to make some self watering pots and these seem to be the most used, people seem to make it appear easy to aquire them but I am coming up blank. I got some of the flower pots at morrisons but would love some bigger buckets to use.


  • Marco_Panettone
    Depending on where you live you might be able to pick up big empty cooking oil tins from takeaway places, often in the evening from next to rubbish bins! They're 20-25l.

    We've used them as plant pots for some veggies with some success.
    It's only numbers.
  • SailorSam
    SailorSam Posts: 22,754 Forumite
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    Have a drive around any of these industrial sites where they have units let out to different small companies and you may see old barrels and drums sitting outside.
    I put petrol in my tank once (it was a diesel) and had to drain it, so just went into one of thee places and asked for a few, they were glad to get shut. They may need a good cleaning depending what was in them.
    Liverpool is one of the wonders of Britain,
    What it may grow to in time, I know not what.

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  • youngie
    youngie Posts: 999 Forumite
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    try asking on freecycle maybe a local decorator would have some
  • Ambidou
    Ambidou Posts: 96 Forumite
    I'll second the takeaway route, the one behind us constantly throws out big 40-50L cans that were used to store rapeseed oil. Other than that, i get mine from the local allotment association for free, might be worth asking them, HTH
  • GreenTricky
    Some great suggestions guys, will check out the take aways
  • Marco_Panettone
    You should be able to get a good variety from takeaways. Of the 6 we have we have 4 different colours and 3 sizes!
    It's only numbers.
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