I am not a pack rat, but i could not pass this up. (pics)

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  1. bob clark

    bob clark A man's man

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    I am not a pack rat but i could not pass on these tubs. 10 for $2.00 total. thats .20 each. now what do i do with them? they are pretty heavy plastic ,no holes in the bottom yet and are 24" across the top.

    when they came up at the auction all i could think about was what a good deal,i bet the folks on the puter could help me put them to good use.

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  2. bob clark

    bob clark A man's man

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    they smell like molasses. i bet they used to have a mineral suplement for cattle in them
     

  3. ladycat

    ladycat Chicken Mafioso Staff Member

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    One possibility is feed storage.
     
  4. TwoAcresAndAGoat

    TwoAcresAndAGoat Well-Known Member

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    water tank for livestock

    field feeder for livestock

    chick brooder

    fountain base

    small swimming pool for penned ducks or geese

    turn it upside down and cut a hole in it for a nice house for small birds or animal.
     
  5. TexasArtist

    TexasArtist Well-Known Member

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    I have one like that and I use it next to the wood stove to hold the wood in the winter. It really helps keep the dirt down. If yours are smaller then maybe kindling in them? The one I have had a tree in it.
     
  6. Barb

    Barb Well-Known Member

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    Well, your right Bob - they're tubs for supplying mineral to cattle.

    Now what to do with them if you don't want to use them for that?

    I use some to catch rainwater for the garden

    You could grow something in them - tomatoes? Cukes? Potatoes?

    How about using them to grow early plants outside for the garden. Put a window over the top and you have a little greenhouse. Or a late fall garden of lettuce & radishes etc. If it got real cold put the window over. Hmm, maybe I'll do that myself.

    Put chicks in?

    They're good to give a dog a bath in.

    Or if all else fails, get some cattle. The bulls like to practice fighting on them. The favorite thing is to overturn them when they're full of mineral. Rotten animals. :grump:
     
  7. GrannyG

    GrannyG Well-Known Member

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    Wow, they look great for container gardening. That is what I would use them for.
     
  8. MoonShine

    MoonShine Fire On The Mountain

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    Good find,Bob...you really can't have too many buckets and outdoor containers,IMO.
    I like the water catching idea...you could have them all around your garden for convenience. And,of course,they would make great plant containers.
     
  9. MELOC

    MELOC Master Of My Domain

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    my sister would be feeding her horses from them. my neck hurts from that first pic, lol.
     
  10. TYLER DURDEN

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    fill with cement stick in a pole or use as a footing.
     
  11. uncle Will in In.

    uncle Will in In. Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Some companys at one time charged a deposit on these tubs. Probably not on these, but I'd check on it before doing too much with them.
     
  12. crystalniche

    crystalniche Well-Known Member

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    Bury one in the ground up to the rim and you'll have a mini water garden. Add a couple of goldfish etc.
     
  13. FourDeuce

    FourDeuce Five of Seven Supporter

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    Be careful about what you use them for at first. I know somebody who bought some used plastic tubs at an auction and used one to hold water for their garden. It seems the tub might have been used before to mix some herbicide or some other agricultural chemicals, because the stuff burned their plants. :Bawling:
     
  14. Terry W

    Terry W Duchess of Cynicism

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    Muck buckets, small composting/vermiculture bins, nesting holes for outdoor ducks, hens, etc...)turned on side( Trash collectors= placed in strategic locations gosh-- you really have a find!!! And I though getting a brand new, metal cabinet with a clear door and a drawer, ventilation on the back for 5 bucks was great ( it will make a great brooder for the keets I have coming) All I will need to do is stick my reptile basking lamp in it!!
     
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    john#4 Well-Known Member

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    Cut the bottom out of one. Make compost, when don just lift tub and compost will slide out.
    John#4
     
  16. tamatik

    tamatik Well-Known Member

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    YEP..We raised our baby chix in them
     
  17. Sgt.Sausage

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    Trees. Our local hardware sells small "dwarf" varieties of citrus trees that don't normally grow in our area -- gets too cold too darned early for 'em. I've been looking for something "on the cheap" like these to plant them in. Can sit 'em out on the porch when the weather's right, and bring 'em indoors when it gets too cold for 'em. The pots they come in don't look big enough to last when they get full grown.

    Twenty cents each. That's a deal. I'd have jumped on 'em in a heartbeat.
     
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    Yours too? :p I'd say container gardening right off the bat...
     
  19. bugstabber

    bugstabber Chief cook & weed puller Supporter

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    Thanks for posting this Bob. My husband has a stack of them and was wondering if I wanted them. I was thinking of a strawberry tower, but that would use a lot of fill, and lawn space too. Lots of good ideas here!
     
  20. Jim-mi

    Jim-mi Well-Known Member

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    Put them out in the rain to wash them out then put them away in the barn cause one day the ole light bulb idea will come on with "Now I know the reason why I got those things"


    What ever you do---------Do Not Kick The Bucket...............

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