Thursday, June 2, 2011
Using Washtubs for Container Gardening
I'm bad about copying other people's ideas. I admit it. And ever since I attended a Gayla Trail's lecture at the Milwaukee Art Museum and saw her great photo of chives planted in a washtub that she used in her presentation, I've been wanting to create the exact same thing in my garden.
Several years ago I stopped by an estate sale and paid a couple of dollars for an old wash tub and brought it home only to find that the bottom was coming off. In Gayla's presentation, she talked about removing the bottom of the washtub and sitting it right on the ground, filling it with potting soil and using it like a regular container garden. So tonight when I got home I dumped all the crap I had stored in the gimpy washtub out then fought with it for about 15 minutes until the bottom finally snapped lose.
This season I'm going to be planting Summer Splash Marigold and Italian Cameo Basil seeds (and maybe some other yet-to-be-determined ones) in it. Both are from Renee's Garden donated to gardeners for the second annual Seed Grow project. We're also growing Container Babies Lettuce, the third seed in the Seed Grow project. I sowed the Container Babies seeds directly in my raised beds a few days ago. I have never direct sowed basil seeds and this is my first year growing marigold from seed so I'm pretty nervous about it but very excited to be able to participate in this project again this year.
I'll keep you posted on how this wash tub container works out. I placed in the memory garden I planted for my father-in-law just beneath my Wine and Roses Weigela. I think the faded grey color of the washtub will look spectacular against the backdrop of the purple Weigela foliage.