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Project by Vallyncia posted 05-13-2011 12:59 PM 2967 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last weekend my husband and I took apart our old, rusty BBQ and turned it into a roomy balcony planter. It was simple enough – we just removed the lid, took out all the grills, etc, inside the BBQ, lined it with poly (it was pretty rusty, after all!), and then filled it with potting soil.
Now I use the part of the BBQ that used to contain the propane tank for storing my pots, there are plants on the BBQ shelves, and I am planting seeds and seedlings in the dirt in the hopes that, in a couple months, the BBQ will be overflowing with plant life.

-- Gardens are a form of autobiography. ~Sydney Eddison

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posted 05-13-2011 04:33 PM

fantastic! storage space, shelves and a garden plot all in one.
Can you get any better than that?! Nicely done

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 05-13-2011 05:22 PM

Cool. I like it. I like it. I love recycling and making something useless into something useful and beautiful at the same time. Well done.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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posted 05-13-2011 05:32 PM

Great re-use of the BBQ. I have seen this done bf and it is very effective, especially for a balcony space. You have a good start on your garden…..I know you are going to enjoy it. Don’t forget to share some pics when it’s full of blooms. :)

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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posted 05-13-2011 08:48 PM

Great idea! When I was young, my mother recycled our old barbecue into a cactus garden. She had an assortment of native cacti that bloomed every year. The barbecue kept the little plants at a height that was easy to see. We had it for years until suddenly the bottom fell out when the metal rusted through.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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posted 05-14-2011 03:28 AM

Very cool idea!!
Sandra :)


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posted 05-14-2011 07:20 AM

What a great recycling job you have done.Looking forward to seeing it when the flowers grow.

-- Bon,Hastings, 5a....Always room for one more

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posted 05-14-2011 01:05 PM

Most think this is a really cool idea….but I think it is hot!

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau

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posted 05-14-2011 04:26 PM

Thanks everyone! I can’t wait to post pictures of it filled with plants :)

-- Gardens are a form of autobiography. ~Sydney Eddison

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posted 05-22-2011 10:58 PM

wow what a wonderful way to reuse a grill! Can’t wait to see it filled with plants!

-- Athena, Georgia, new to gardening and parenthood

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posted 05-23-2011 01:38 PM

Fabulous idea!!!!! And yes, please post photos of it again once those plants grow!!! Gonna have to steal this one from you for sure!!! Thanks for sharing this one!!

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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posted 05-27-2011 01:13 AM

So, what did you plant in it? Herbs and stuff that you might have once seasoned grilled things with?

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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posted 06-15-2011 05:05 PM

I have planted rosemary, parsley, basil, sweet peas, sunflowers, and nasturtiums. I’ll be posting more pictures soon! Thanks for all the comments. I am really happy with this planter – it holds enough soil and plants for me to actually feel like I have a real planting bed on my balcony, instead of just small containers.

-- Gardens are a form of autobiography. ~Sydney Eddison

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