I’ve been getting lots of interest in my Farmhouse Garden Planters and I how used them, so I thought I’d relaunch the blog!
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Farmhouse Garden Planters
A couple years ago I decied to add some large galvanized containers to our back patio to plant my veggie garden in. I found these stock water tanks at our local Tractor Supply store. They are ideal for this purpose, as they have a drain built into the side and they complete my farmhouse style.
Along with the water tanks, I picked up a section of cattle panel….which I cut into two sections with my handy dandy bolt cutter! I threw in some empty water bottles to give some added drainage to the bottom of the containers (plus it uses less garden soil this way, not to mention less in the landfills!) Next came good old garden soil from my local big box store. It took about 3 bags to fill this big container. Then, by adding the cattle panel to the back of the container, it allowed the sweet potato vine to grow up the back, not just spilling over the sides. Bonus – a little bit of privacy screening on our back patio!
Veggies or Flowers?
The sweet potato plants loved these containers. I had a bumper crop that year, plus they grew ginormous! It was easy to care for as well, no bending over looking for bugs and watering was a breeze. Our crop of only two plants yielded enough potatoes to fill a large storage tub! The following year I planted annual flowers in the tubs including zinnia’s to give height & petunias to cascade over the sides.
This spring I decided to try my hand at growing beets!! I’ve never grown beets before and until last year, I never knew I LIKED beets!! Cutting them up & roasting in the oven with a little olive oil, sea salt and pepper….oh my!!!!
So if you’re looking for the perfect farmhouse style addition to your back porch, patio or deck….or even your front porch, think about adding large galvanized stock water tanks. They come in various sizes and depths. The shallower sizes are ideal for flowers too!
What’s your container garden style? Do you prefer flowers or do you grow vegetables too? I’d love to hear from you! And be sure to follow me on IG & Facebook to see how my beet garden is coming along! I’ll post pictures and the end results!!