Create a Mobile Container Garden

Add portable green space to your patio using galvanized metal trash cans and casters.

Contribution By Brian Patrick Flynn, Decor Demon


Create A Mobile Container Garden

Materials Needed:

  • metal trash cans
  • empty 2-liter plastic bottles
  • casters
  • screws
  • nuts
  • drill
  • drill bit
  • potting soil
  • plants of various sizes and habits (tall, short and cascading)
  • pressure-treated lumber
  • tape measure
  • marker
  • gardening gloves

1. Select Trash Cans

Select a combination of tall, medium and low metal trash bins. Keep in mind that groupings work best in odd numbers.

2. Add Drainage Holes.

Use a drill and drill bit to add about 5 holes in the bottom of the trash can to allow for drainage.

Drill Drainage Holes

Drill Drainage Holes

3. Attach Casters.

Measure proper spacing for casters with tape measure, then add mark with marker. Drill holes, then attach casters with bolts and screws. For reinforcement of extra-large trash cans, attach a strip of pre-cut, pressure-treated lumber to bottom before attaching casters.

Attach Casters

Attach Casters

4. Add an array of plants.

Add a complementary selection of tall, short, and cascading plants.



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Purchasing a home is one of the largest purchases most people make in a lifetime. Selecting the right real estate agent essential for a smooth transaction. For the best possible experience consider a professional’s background, personality and responsiveness. Take time to find an expert. Look for experience and good chemistry.

Qualities to look for in a realtor:

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Interview at least three agents.

Feel free to “shop” until you find the perfect person for the job!

Questions to ask when interviewing a prospective realtor:

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  2. Ask the agent how he or she would market your property. Understand that some agents may prefer to first tour your home. Then put together a customized marketing plan to present at a later meeting. If they can’t suggest a clear strategy when asked, consider interviewing other candidates.
  3. Ask the agent how often you should expect to hear from him or her. Know how and when you will communicate to avoid unrealistic expectations.
  4. Ask how long the agent has been licensed and how many buyers and sellers he or she has helped.
  5. Ask about designations. Interest in continuing education is a strong indicator of motivation and professionalism.
  6. Pay attention to the agent’s listening skills. Does he or she cut you off before you’ve finished a sentence? There’s nothing worse than looking at houses you have no interest in. Or having your home on the market too long.
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