I love to go to local flea markets and antique shops, looking for items I can use as recycled garden planters. I tend to be drawn to galvanized buckets, tubs, and as of late, metal toolboxes. When I don’t pay much for an old bucket or tub, it doesn’t bother me to put them out in the garden, even if they only last for a few years.
I’ve had this bicycle for over 10 years and paid about 15.00 for it. It has been painted several times, and has now found a permanent place under a pine tree covered in ivy. These impatiens in a rusty toolbox add a little color to the otherwise all green setting.
Weather won’t bother this metal toolbox. The more rust the better!
If you love gardening with recycled garden containers here are a few tips:
- If the container is large, place it where you want it, and then fill it. They can become VERY heavy once filled.
- Be sure it drains well. If it doesn’t, you can either create holes in it, or place your flower pot directly into the container.
- Use a well draining potting soil.
- Remember, plants in pots and containers will dry out quicker than plants in the garden. Check them frequently. In hot weather, this may mean watering everyday.
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