Using Galvanized Containers as Planters

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Using galvanized containers as planters is a clever and economical way to bring a bit of farmhouse style charm to your garden! Here are some tips for successful container gardening using galvanized buckets, troughs, and tubs!
Once you have your containers and you’ve  aged them thoroughly if that’s what you’re choosing to do, you’ll need to drill a few holes in the bottom of each container for drainage.
Next you’ll want to add something in the bottom of your containers to increase drainage and also to make them a little less heavy. These big planters can get really hard to lift if you fill them up completely with soil and you always want to be able to move your planters to safety if there’s a storm coming.
One you’ve taken care of drainage, all that’s left to do is to fill your planter with some potting soil and get to planting!
[Did you know that you can also age Terracotta Pots?! Learn how to here: How to Age Terracotta Pots With Paint]
Just remember that metal planters can get a bit hot in full sun in some climates, so consider using these galvanized containers as planters for shady or partially shady areas if the plants you’re using don’t love a lot of sun and heat. 
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  • Elizabeth Elizabeth on Aug 08, 2019

    I have been using galvanized buckets and misc. galvanized containers for years as planters. However, I do mine a little different, first I allow them to age naturally. Second, I just put a plastic flower pot that fits the bucket into the drilling. If I am using a larger container I fill the bottom with leaves or empty plastic pots and sit the pots with the flowers in them on top, again, no drilling.