Some years ago, in pre-earthquake times, our city council reinvented our recycling collection system and suggested that we reuse our old recycling bins for other purposes e.g. garden containers. Ever willing to be the responsible, greenie citizen I did as suggested. I not only recycled my own bin but I also managed, for a miniscule cost, to obtain other folks’ unwanted containers from the recycling centre. I have at least 8 of these sturdy recycled, recycling bins. Not all of them are in use at the one time and not all are used for plants. One is serving a useful purpose as a comfortable day bed for the cat. This, of course, is not the cat but Jack the dog, wishing he were a cat. (He finally realised that he didn’t fit the bill or the bed)
As for the other bins re-purposed lives; I have had mixed success, in past years, with planting in the containers. This season, I have flowers in some and potatoes in others and zucchini and nasturtiums in another. Today, I harvested one of the containers of potatoes and I was thrilled with the harvest.
They look slightly second class, like their home of the past few months, but we ate most of them for dinner tonight; boiled, with a little salmon on the side. They were bliss. There is nothing more delicious (chocolate excepted) than a new potato more or less straight from garden to plate.