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Is anyone green fingered on here? I have got a large filing cabinet and took the draws off it. I am going to paint and turn into a large planter. The wheels are on order and I am now wondering what would be the best plants to put into it. Any names or pictures would be great.

julie781x
3 weeks ago
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EmmaWright762

My first thought is that the roots would bake when the weather is hot due to filing cabinets being made of metal. Filing cabinets are best used as bbq smokers Julie. I guess if you're determined you could try painting the outside white but I still don't think it's a good idea.

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Lynibis

EmmaWright762 that is the first thing I thought of and probably why most planters are wood or some sort of pottery. I didn't like to make a comment as I could offer no advice to Julie. I suppose it might be a wooden filing cabinet, I have one with two draws and it would look nice on it's back as a planter.

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julie781x

EmmaWright762 Interesting I got the idea from Alan Tishmark when he did up a garden for someone. Never thought of the heat.

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julie781x

Lynibis It is a metal one I’m doing but I do have a wooden one upstairs. I’ve ripped the metal one to bits now so need the wooden one.

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Lynibis

julie781x maybe you could insulate the metal one quite thickly with polystyrene. Maybe Google 'can plants withstand the heat of metal containers'

or what would be good to line it with.

I think it is great you are recycling. Don't forget to drill some small holes in bottom or layer with pebbles or old broken pots.

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julie781x

Lynibis i have been collecting polystyrene for the bottom . Just been on Google and they are talking about waterproof foam . Also a paint. I have drilled holes in the bottom and waiting for castors to arrive . I have got pottery I have collected so will be putting that in.

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Lynibis

julie781x well done, you seem to have thought of everything and I am sure the end result will be stunning.

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Kitty10

Maybe a more tropical style plant for the heat..I have just been working on a large planter box.and used the polystyrene packaging from a parcel to line the bottom of it..but I did put holes in planter and polystyrene for drainage..

A mini palm in middle and some canna plants around it..definitely love your idea though x

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Lynibis

Kitty10 so do i. You could really go to town and paint the outside with flowers or abstract design if artistic. I paint my fairy garden fairies and sprinkle glitter on them while it is wet. They really sparkle in the sun.

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julie781x

Kitty10 Thank you great ideas. Might go to the garden centre and ask . Was trying to keep the cost of the plants down but might be worth paying extra with the time I will be spending on it.

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julie781x

Lynibis great idea . I have used nail varnish that I wouldn’t use on smaller ornaments. Will have to practice on the artwork though . Thank you 😊

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Kitty10

julie781x see if your neighbours are willing to help by giving you some cuttings or bulbs..my neighbours here wouldn't help where I live now but where I use to live..we were always swapping x

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Kitty10

julie781x also what about some Mediterranean herbs lavender. Rosemary. Or you could build a cloche and turn into a mini green house with tomatoes and basil x

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julie781x

Kitty10 great idea. I am picking up some polystyrene up this afternoon from my local lighting shop. Thank you 😊

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JoTarpley

julie781x This isn't the UK but it sounds similar and it might give you ideas, hope it helps x

www.hobbyfarms.com/uf-hack-turn-a-filing-cabinet-into-a-planter/

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julie781x

JoTarpley Thank you . I am trying to collect everything and starting it Tuesday . I like this though. 😊

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HEDGEHOGS

Not too sure how this would work but what about some veg or herbs, Green beans, Parsley, Peas,

Peppers, Potatoes or Radishes?

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julie781x

HEDGEHOGS That another great idea to have a herbs and Veg. I am going to give a go at one of the draws after I’ve done the cabinet to see what it looks like and I will be trying herbs. It’s going to have legs on and if I am happy with it I will do the other three. Thank you.

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