Comments (6)
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
PRO
Worley Construction, Inc.

Nothing beats metal...try a ag store for livestock watering...last for years...longer than us...can find used ones on Craigslist and they look better new shinny ones. If you have to go new...use murtaic acid to speed the rusting process.

2 Likes    
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Melinda Kenney
I sprayed the interiors of my crates with a clear coat sealer. I used smaller pots to plant my flowers and put those inside the crates. Wooden and wicker containers and baskets can mold and mildew easily too, so try to use plants for sunny areas if possible.
1 Like    
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Lindsey B

I blogged a few years ago about using shipping crates as planters and outlined 4 things you can do to prevent/delay rot - mine are now 5 years old and going strong. Check it out: Converting Shipping Crates to Planters

1 Like    

Related Stories

Spring Gardening 9 Beautiful Early Spring Container Gardens
Capture the fleeting beauty of spring ephemerals with snowdrops, daffodils, pansies, sweet-smelling hyacinths and more
Full Story
Gardening Guides 14 Beautiful Container Gardens for Shady Spots
These dynamic potted plant combinations thrive in partial to full shade — perfect for the porch or a shady bed
Full Story
Gardening Guides Succulents in Containers: The Ultimate Easy-Care Mini Garden
Show off your succulent collection with these 10 container design ideas for indoors or outside
Full Story
Most Popular How to Grow Vegetables in Containers
Get glorious vegetables and fruits on your patio with a pro’s guidance — including his personal recipe for potting mix
Full Story
Trees 10 Top Trees to Grow in Containers
These container-friendly trees make great specimens for pots on the patio or marking an entrance
Full Story
Fall and Thanksgiving 10 Standout Fall Container Gardens With Seasonal Pizazz
Ingredients like preserved leaves, berries and pumpkins add color and interest to potted designs
Full Story
Fall Gardening 12 Fresh Fall Container Designs for Your Home and Garden
Embrace autumn with creative plant arrangements bursting with color, foliage and texture
Full Story
Fall Gardening 9 Ways to Refresh Your Summer Container Gardens for Fall
Transition potted displays from summer to fall with long-lasting foliage, dramatic grasses and standout blooms
Full Story
Gardening Guides 10 Sizzling-Hot Summer Container Gardens
Use these dramatic combinations to create standout displays for your patio, porch or entryway
Full Story
Gardening Guides Blooming Container Gardens That Welcome Butterflies and Bees
Attract pollinators with one of these colorful nectar- and pollen-rich container combinations
Full Story