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Galvanized Bucket Planters

I love Galvanized Buckets, don’t you?  They are perfect for so many uses and they just scream “Southern” to me.

The first thing that comes to mind when I think of them are Bobbing for Apples.  In fact, when I went to the hardware store to buy them, that is exactly what the old man said to me.  “Somebody’s gonna be bobbin for some apples, aren’t they?” he said.

“Actually…………… no,”  I replied.

“Whatcha gonna use em for?”

“Well, I’m gonna make some holes in them and make em into planters.”  (Yup!  My grammar is just as good as his)

Then he said…….

“Alright now.  Don’tcha be plantin any of dat there   MARIJUANA, now!”


“Ummmmm, NO SIR!  Don’t you worry about that, now!”   (Yes, this is a true story and it happened yesterday!  LOL!)


So, like I said folks.


I bought a couple of the galvanized buckets.


Flipped them over and made my “Brawny Man”  poke some holes in the bottom for drainage.  We used a nail and hammer.


They weren’t big enough, so I made him go back and make them bigger.  🙂


Then, I poured some drainage rocks into the bottom of the buckets.


About 2 or 3 inches high.


I filled it up with the same type of soil that I put in my vegetable beds and planted some herbs and a regular annual in them.  (From back and going clockwise:  Rosemary, Chocolate Mint, Annual, and Sweet Mint)

Em, my chocolate lover is very happy with me and cannot wait to help me with recipes using the chocolate mint.


I’m so happy with the way they turned out.


I did the same thing to the second one, except I planted some diffent things in there.  You can’t really see it from the pic, but starting in the back and moving clockwise again is:  Onion Chives, Citronella Plant (also known as a Mosquito Plant), Annual, and another Citronella Plant.  The worst thing ever in the summer is trying to work in your vegetable garden and getting eaten up by Mosquitos.  Let’s hope this helps a little.  If it does, you might just see these EVERYWHERE in my backyard!


Since the Vegetable Bed post, which you can see here, we made another bed and used it for our Cucumbers.  We also made it big enough to allow me to plant some more herbs in there as well.  I planted Flat Leaf Parsley, Oregano, Sweet Basil, German Thyme, Dill, and one Okra Plant (I ran out of room in the other bed).


I am SOOOOO happy with the way everything turned out!


I personally think it is Beautiful and I cannot wait to do updated posts as the vegetables get bigger.  We already have small clusters of tomatoes and I am proud to announce………..



Go play in your yard!



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