4.11.2012

Galvanized Metal Tubs, Buckets, & Pails as Planters


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Since we had a tumbled paver patio installed this past fall, we'd like to add some outdoor furniture and planters to pretty up our new outdoor space.  Originally, we had dreams of buying an outdoor sectional to create a great conversation area for hanging out with family and friends.  However, after finding the prices on most outdoor sectionals to be crazy high and striking out in shopping for a cheaper sectional at IKEA, we decided to take a more budget-friendly approach and buy a small outdoor sofa that we can use with the four lounge chairs that we already have.  I'm determined to find a good deal on an outdoor sofa at the Ballard Outlet so this part of our "beautify the new patio" plan is on hold while I continually stalk the outlet.   In the meantime, I've been checking out planter options and have fallen in love with the idea of using galvanized metal tubs, buckets, and pails as planters: 
Pottery Barn
Pottery Barn
Better Homes and Gardens
Primitive Pond Homestead
Pottery Barn
Pottery Barn
Jeanne d'Arc Living via French Larkspur
Gustavian Vintage
Pottery Barn
Glimpse of Style
I also like the idea of planting rush plants in a large galvanized tub as a privacy screen:
Dave's Garden
Galvanized planters have a simple, country chic look that I love and I also love the fact that they are very reasonably priced. You can find them at retail stores such as Pottery Barn but there are also several places to find them for less including HomeGoods,
Target, hardware and home improvement stores, and farm supply stores.  Do you have visions of how galvanized planters could beautify your outdoor space?
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34 comments:

  1. Do you drill holes in the bottom of these containers??????

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    1. Yes! Drill a few holes in the bases of your planters and cover the holes with a piece of landscape fabric or screen mesh to prevent soil loss.

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  2. Thrift store, auctions and garage sales are great place to find these too! I have a couple buckets I want to use as hanging buckets.

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  3. My mother raised plants in old teapots, dishpans, washpans, coffeepots, kettles, both enamel and aluminum, and old coal buckets, as well as galvanized water buckets and tubs. She also used the speckled blue enamel, the spongeware enamel, etc. Back then, there were pot menders, capable of fixing holes up to a certain size, then you had to buy new ones. The old ones with holes too big to mend became planters. The small ones lined up across the wooden bannisters, with larger ones on the porch or in the front yard. I have used old ones similar to her idea, but now, from having purchased some very cheaply at yard sales, I may drill holes in some that are still good enough to use, for use as planters. I hate messing up good ones, but I love the look of what you have done. I also hung dishpans and washpans on porch support posts, and on my barn and outbuildings--left them good to use, though. Thank you for all the great adaptions you have shared. A similar one is using the decorative tin cans as planters. Their designs are seasonal, and vibrant color touches. I also use them to store seeds in.

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    1. What fabulous ideas - your mother sounds like a very creative gardener!

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  4. Another thought occurred to me to share with you. The old Home Interior sconces and pockets, made of a plastic like material, are great to hang on walls or posts. I find them cheaply at yard sales, spray paint them into matching sets, and hang 2 or 3 up and down a post, and fill with tiny live flowers like impatiens and add stonecrop or creeping jenny to cascade down to the next one. I set small pots on the sconces, or tiny baskets that are lined, with a tiny potted plant in them. On the wall pockets, watch carefully , for some have plastic backs and others are a thick chipboard. You could transfer the same idea inside or on a porch wall, by using fake flowers and greenery. They are delicate and pretty, and unexpected touches.

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    1. I would love to see the pictures, it sounds delightful and creative. Are the posts on a fence or did you set individual posts in the ground?

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  5. Will the grass come back year after year or do you have to replant ever spring?

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    1. There are lots of different types of tall ornamental grasses that will come back every year!

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  6. Nice, nice! Using galvanized metals is really smart, if you ask me. Well, you don't have to replace them as long as you want to have them. Basically, galvanized is made out of zinc oxide, which protects it from oxidation and corrosion.

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  7. Great ideas...
    I am now your #33 follower!
    Happy Holidays,
    Gisela

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  8. I have always wanted to plant bamboo, but have heard horror stories of it taking over an entire yard, and crowding out other plants. This would be a nice way to grow it, without taking over.

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    1. I've heard that too about bamboo and agree that this would be a great way to grow it!

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  9. Our home has galium siding, l have been thinking of the sheep troughs for planters. So nice to see pictures of what I would like. The troughs I thought were pricy 100, at the farm place. Do you have any ideas for a better price?

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    1. The lowest prices that I've seen on them are at tractor supply stores!

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  10. I would fill the bottom of these planters with empty soda cans or plastic water bottles. This allows for drainage and the use of less dirt/potting soil.

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  11. What is this tall grass and where can you buy it?

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    1. If you click on the link to Dave's Garden under the picture - it will give you the info you're looking for!

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    2. Can you paint the galvanized planters?

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    3. Painting galvanized steel can be done but I've read that it's tricky and often doesn't work well so I'd do some research before going down that road!

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    4. I have one that I painted and it has held up for over 7 years so far

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    5. Thanks for letting us know! What type of paint did you use?

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  12. Gorgeous post! Just shared on FB. New follower!

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  13. Is is possible to make a fire pit with a galvanized bucket? I am about to do this but I don't know if it will melt or catch fire or what. Do you know?

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    1. A great question but I don't know the answer - sorry!

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  14. I've been using them as planters in my yard for years now. Flowers in the front and veggies in the backyard. I drilled several holes in the bottom then filled with some pea gravel and a piece of landscape fabric tops the gravel so to keep the soil from washing out during a rain storm. Adding compost to your soil helps out too. It's great for perrenials, they keep coming back year after year with little to maintain.

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    1. Thanks for the comment - it's always helpful to hear what works and what doesn't!

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  15. I also use galvanized water troughs, buckets & etc. I love the look and get lots of compliments on them. I even went to an irrigation pipe place and got a piece of galvanized culvert pipe, had my husband close off one end and drill holes, set it on it's end and planted. I really like if with the troughs.

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  16. Great idea, photoshopped pics are annoying though

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  17. In galvanized containers or any other kinds WITHOUT holes in the bottom, you can grow King Tut, or baby tut, in water! I have one in a black plastic container that I bring inside for the winter. Just keep container full of water, super easy!

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