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Posted 10/24/2011 11:19:30 AM
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Howdy,

with winter already here (edmonton, ab) .. I was thinking of using coffee cans (tin i think they are made of) to grow some herbs...

Im wondering if this is a bad idea or not..

any advice?

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Posted 10/24/2011 4:22:22 PM
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A lot of people use cans, to start their plants. Scrubbed  out and disinfected with bleach. I would be afraid of metals leaching out. I have cut down plastic Sobe bottles, and used them. They worked well.
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Posted 10/24/2011 6:56:04 PM
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yeah im basically worried about rust....
will it rust if its covered with dirt though? doesn't it need oxygen to rust?

but leeching out, is tin bad for you ? I mean i get my coffee in there..

hehe.. maybe Ill use plastic containers instead ;p

thanks Debbie
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Posted 10/25/2011 2:29:27 PM
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you could always take some wax paper and line the can before you put soil, main thing is don't forget to put some holes for the water to drain out
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Posted 10/25/2011 7:05:44 PM


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I remember when I was a kid my uncle used to start plants in coffee cans. The only drawback I can see is root rot if you don't have drain holes.

Ken

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Posted 10/26/2011 9:17:37 AM
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I use plastic to start plants but would use the tins if I had more of them. Plastic can leach out chemicals also you have to know the number codes on the bottom of the containers. I know you are not supposed to reuse water bottles.

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Posted 10/27/2011 9:01:06 AM
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Well the local convience store saves up the community coffe sugar and creamer cans. We get two folds out of them. Not only do we get 24 cents per proof of purchase for our son's library at school, but then we cut it in 1/2 and use the other side to grow or store items in.
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Posted 11/27/2011 7:29:42 AM
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We start seeds for small plants like herbs in leftover paper egg cartons. When ready to plant we cut them apart and plant the paper bottom in with the plant. The paper stays pretty moist and a small slit in the bottom before planting allows root expansion.
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Posted 1/2/2012 12:54:05 PM
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I use yogurt cups, they seem to work well for me. I also have friends save them for me.
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