Ok, I have to confess! Sometimes… gulp. Sometimes… I buy things before I even know what I’m going to do with them. And then I stick them away in some corner of my basement or garage. Sometimes, I forget that I even have them. Other times, I struggle to figure out what to do with them. And in some cases, the vision I had for the item turns out to just not be possible so I have to come up with something different. And so, starts the story of my unique & frugal rustic planter.
During one of my treasure hunting trips, I came across this large “bucket” type thing that looked like it was attached to a larger plate. I didn’t know what it was but I thought it was cool, I mean, it was galvanized and what isn’t cool about anything galvanized? My vision was that I was going to hang it under my back deck steps and plant something viney in it. I thought it’d be cool hanging there with a long vine growing out of it.
Well, I guess I didn’t really think that one through. I mean, I like it but it is rather large to hang in that area. And once you get dirt in it, it’s probably too heavy to hang either. So here I had this cool bucket thingy and had no idea what I was going to do with it. But, before I go too much further, by this time I did figure out that I thought it was a chicken waterer. So initially, I sat it on my front step with nothing in it. I thought it might add to the decor there but it really just looked like I sat it there and forgot about it.
I really did try to get it to work under the back deck steps but it just wasn’t going to work in the way I had envisioned it. And it was way larger for a planter than I had really thought through. So, up comes, plan B. I really, really wanted to plant some black sweet potato vines. I thought they were so cool and really wanted some in my landscape this year. But I also knew I didn’t want to fill the chicken waterer up completely with dirt.
So I ended up turning a plastic potting bucket upside down in the bottom of the waterer before I filled it with dirt. Then I planted the black sweet potato in it. As I was told (and had read), the black sweet potato vine is really more for the vine look of it and not for the sweet potatoes. So, I didn’t need to leave enough room for the actual potatoes. And I ended up adding it to the front corner by the garage. I just sat it on the landscape rock since it was originally meant to sit on the ground as a waterer anyways. And this is my little squirrel, Wally, that sits next to the planter.
I do love how it turned out and am so glad I could come up with Plan B. Btw… Please don’t tell my husband about my confession! He doesn’t know and I may be better off keeping it that way!
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