This tub has been sitting in the back of our garage since before we moved here! We have used it to wash dogs in, carry stuff in and lord knows what else. I have a cool galvanized container at my door that I keep umbrellas in;
I decided that I would try to turn this pot into a planter to compliment my umbrella stand. Currently there is a beautiful ceramic pot that I am just no longer feeling. It has moved from inside the house to backyard to front yard to the porch and I think it is about time for someone to fall in love with it at our yard sale and go to a more deserving home.
So Here's what I did !
I started out with some good ole Bar Keepers Friend!
I rinsed off the dirt.
Then I applied the Bar Keepers Friend to the wet tub.
Next I rinsed off the paste.
I turned out pretty well!
This guy I washed up and painted white.
It will be the stand for the planter.
I used a plastic bottle for scooping dirt.
The tub can get hot in the sun, especially during the summer. You can use used bubble wrap, to line the walls of the tub before you put in the dirt. It will help insulate and protect the roots of the plants that will live in your container. Note: Pretty, yet invasive plants are great to use for planters, because they aren't going anywhere!
I used some perennials from my other planters.
Before filling with dirt. I placed some uneven sized rocks in the bottom. The rocks were about 2 inches long. I filled them 4 inches high in the pot. This will provide good drainage. Alternatively, you can drill some holes in the bottom of the tub. Following this you can cover the holes with landscaping fabric, mesh or the same rocks This helps to prevent soil loss. This option was not good for me, as I didn't have a container that was quite large enough, as a tray and I didn't want the water to drain onto the wood porch.
I was searching for a tall white plant.
...my neighbor gave me the lovely plant in the back!
I love it!
It is just what I was looking for!
Look at some of the other great ideas I found online!