DIY Weekend Project: Galvanized PlanterPosted: March 26, 2012
This weekend was one for lots of little projects, but my favorite may have been creating a planter for an empty galvanized tank we have long been ignoring.
For a while we debated whether to turn our tank into a fish pond water feature or to use it as a colorful entry planter. Some of these inspiration photos really pushed me over the edge when it came to deciding its fate.
Both options were appealing and had their pros and cons, but at the end of the day, a planter seemed more low maintenance. So we we went to work to make it happen.
Step 2: Layer with peat moss and potting soil. A lot of potting soil. We underestimated just how much at first, but those tanks don’t mess around and can hold a healthy amount. We ended up needing to make a few return trips to Home Depot for more. I think we ended up using something like 5 bags.
Step 3: Once the soil is in, choose your plants and stage your area to figure out where everything will live before you get to digging.
We knew we wanted a variety of texture, height and color in the planter to keep things interesting, and we knew we needed things that could do well in the heat and sun. Our final selections included:
– Heat tolerant pink geraniums (for color)
– Fortnight lily (for height)
– Ice plant (For drooping over the side and giving it a waterfall-ish look. We have had incredible luck with our ice plants, it’s one of the few that seems impossible to kill, even in Texas heat.)
– Sedum (for ground cover)
Step 4: Put them in the planter and you’re done! I love the end result.
- Galvanized Planter: Free (It was a gift, thanks Mom)
- Plants: $30
- Packing Peanuts: $21 (3 bags at $7 a piece)
- Soil and Peat Moss: $21 (5 bags of potting soil, 1 of peat moss)
- Total: $72.
The whole project took less than an hour to put together, including travel time to and from the Home Depot to get materials, and it cost less than $100 to implement. I’m embarrassed we let it sit empty for so long. Now we have a beautiful planter that makes a huge statement to our backyard visitors. I can’t wait to see how it changes and grows over time.