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Dan Boone
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I do a lot of container gardening. Last year, I had terrible trouble with rats (or perhaps voles -- certainly some kind of rodents) climbing up in my containers and eating my plants. It was my observation that the closer to the ground my containers were, the more rodent nibbler problems I have.

So this year, I'm trying to make platforms to get my containers up off the ground. Stacks of pallets are the easiest, but pallets are not easy to come by in my little town. Commerce has almost ceased here.

Serendipity: last week, while driving to a nearby town I found a blue plastic food-grade 55-gallon barrel on the side of the road. Somebody had drilled the bottom to use it as a garbage can, and the top third was full of cracks and breaks, but if I cut that off, I'll have a fine growing container.

So today, I went to my local hardware store to buy a blade for my saber saw, so that I can trim that barrel. I also needed some seed; that hardware store sells an in-state sourced collection of bulk seed, including some giant curly mustard that was my best performer last year. (Sadly none of the plants I let go to seed seem to have generated any volunteers.)

The 80-year-old man who owns the local hardware store was waiting on me when I checked out my seven bucks worth of saw blades and mustard seeds. I asked him "Hey, do you happen to have any pallets you want to get rid of?"

Jackpot! He pointed me to a pile of 10 pallets that were up for grabs. I can get five pallets at a time into my light SUV, so two trips later, I have 10 more pallets. I can turn that into three garden tables for my plant containers.

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