This is probably the most unusual thing I’ve used as a planter so far in my gardening life :)
It’s an old dresser that we threw out but it has a family history & even though there isn’t any room in my house or garage for it & it’s really a piece of junk I couldn’t bear to burn it or put it to the curb.
So, while I wait to get a proper porch/portico built on the front of my house, I had this big enormous boring area next to the shitty steps/landing we have and I put this dresser there. I’ve been wanting to plant some fabulous shrub or something there but it’ll just have to get torn out as we work on the front of the house. I’ve tried big containers there but they didn’t look right either.
It makes that area less “unwelcoming” for guests coming to the house & I planted more of the supertunias in the drawer so they’ll cascade over it soon. An angelica herb plant sprung up there on its own this year and I’m growing some herbs on the top, which is also a good spot for a cup of coffee to land when I walk out in the mornings.
That ‘s parsley in the enamel bucket on top to the left … I like it there because I use it often and can just step out the front door and snip some off as I need it :)
I can store tools or whatever in the top drawer there too. The violas are in an old enamel bucket I think I took out of some trash somewhere …same thing with the old rusted stool it’s sitting on. Pretty sure I trash-picked that too some years ago.
Snapdragons. The top photo is an old enamel bucket I bought pretty cheap long time ago becuz the bottom was beginning to rust out. I’ve been using it as a planter for years but now the bottom is completely gone. No problem….I just sit in somewhere in the garden on top of the soil, fill it up with potting mix and plant it with annuals every year. Will be serviceable that way for a lot more years to come.
Bottom photo is an oblong metal thingee I bought at JoAnne’s years ago as well. It was for flower arranging or something …on clearance. I just punched holes in the bottom and have grown a lot of things in it even though it’s smallish. I’ve grown leaf lettuces in there, marigolds, and other smaller annuals.
These are miniature Tom Thumb butterhead lettuces. An adorable (and really tasty) variety I grow every year. They are charming in containers and charming as a border to a bed…pretty enough for the front garden in cool weather or partial shade. They love a LOT of water so even though I grew these in small clay pots, I put them in this old enamel wash pan so that I could leave a little water in the bottom for them to sit in while I was gone away at work. They get morning sun and afternoon shade. They’re on the pathway out to the yard off my front porch and nestled up next to a hosta. I won’t forget about them there and it’s fun to look at them :)
I harvested two for salad the other day that were grown in four inch plastic pots that didn’t need to be in the wash pan.
It’s time to cut back the violas hard and then put them aside, feed them and see if they won’t grow back shorter and bloom some more.
They’ve bloomed their hearts out since April or so and now it’s getting too hot for them so they start to get rangy and leggy and flop around. Opportunity to buy more annuals for the porch container garden :)