Milk crates as plant holders --- my adaption to prevent containers from falling


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Maybe no biggie, but in the past I've had trouble keeping my lily containers [and other containers] from falling off the crates. Probably because my pond bottom wasn't 100% level, but whatever....

Here is a solution I plan to implement as soon as I get the liner back in and the pond filled [has been down for renovations -- slow going in our household, LOL!].

I used 1/2" PVC for this and made the little "X" shaped support you see in the pics. Then I zip-tied the PVC support to the top of the crate. The little inch-or-so projections I have coming off each arm of the "X" should prevent casual slippage in the event the crate or the pot gets bumped.

This was sized for the oil pans from WALLY-WORLD, but you could do it to match any size container.

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Oh, and just as a precaution, I hollowed out the sides of the crates to prevent any fish from getting caught in the crates holes. Some of my GF are getting pretty big.
 
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I like it - a simple, fool-proof system. I also like the idea of the wide pan to hold the lily. I have a couple in conventional planters, and the roots are bursting out all over.
 
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wow thats great! My crate is bucking from the sheer weight of my container full of gravel and water, i'll remember to do this!
 

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If anyone does end up using this idea, let me know how it worked for you and if there are ideas for changes or upgrades.
 
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I like it - a simple, fool-proof system. I also like the idea of the wide pan to hold the lily. I have a couple in conventional planters, and the roots are bursting out all over.

Addy was the one to suggest the WALLY-WORLD auto oil pans. They are a good size & shape for lilies.
Neat idea. Pot holder and fish hideout.
There was really no reason for me to go to that extreme cutting out the sides, but I've had a few fish get caught in holes before, and didn't want to take chances. I'd also thought about using the PL goop and gluing some strips of landscape fabric on the inside, kinda like a curtain -- fish hideout without worrying that they'll get stuck.
 

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I like that idea for my pump. Someone keeps knocking it off the crate.
I thought of doing that, as well. If you do, please post the results!

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I had wondered about the tops of the crates being top-heavy and tipping [which would make the PVC "holders" basically worthless if the whole thing fell over]. They seem stable enough. Anyone have experience with toppling crates?
 
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My crate is always floating when they knock it over. Now, that you mentioned this, not sure if they are knocking the pump off or hitting the crate and toppling the pump. hmmmm ...
 

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My crate is always floating when they knock it over. Now, that you mentioned this, not sure if they are knocking the pump off or hitting the crate and toppling the pump. hmmmm ...

Guess you could always zip-tie a rock or brick or something else heavy to the bottom -- well, the bottom is really the top isn't it........ You know what I mean -- the part that sits in contact with the pond bottom, err, pond surface...... Now I feel like listening to "Who's On First?"
 
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I liked the idea so much and had new lilies to plant so went out and got 8 black crates and the necessary pvc fittings. Zip-tied the crates into a 4 crate block 2 crates high. Built the holders to fit the 5 gal. lotus pots I have and sprayed everything black. The pots fit beautifully and I was able to move the whole platform without dumping a plant. I put plastic fencing around it to keep the kids out but just noticed when I topped off the pond, the water level is right at the top of the fencing. Hopefully the koi won't notice!
I like that idea for my pump. Someone keeps knocking it off the crate.
I like the idea for the pumps as well. I have mine hanging with ropes right now.
 
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mrsclem where did you get your milk crates?

I used to have some old ones that I used when I had horses (I *think* I picked them up behind the old Lawsons stores back in the day but shhhh don't tell anyone) I saw one at my sisters house that I talked her out of but other than that I don't know where to buy them.
 

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I liked the idea so much and had new lilies to plant so went out and got 8 black crates and the necessary pvc fittings. Zip-tied the crates into a 4 crate block 2 crates high. Built the holders to fit the 5 gal. lotus pots I have and sprayed everything black. The pots fit beautifully and I was able to move the whole platform without dumping a plant. I put plastic fencing around it to keep the kids out but just noticed when I topped off the pond, the water level is right at the top of the fencing. Hopefully the koi won't notice!

I like the idea for the pumps as well. I have mine hanging with ropes right now.
Pictures!!
 
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