Getting galvanized…in the garden

Sempervivum arachnoideum Hens and Chicks 'Cebenese' in an old bucket

Sempervivum arachnoideum Hens and Chicks 'Cebenese' in an old bucket

Galvanized metal is simply steel in some form that has received a thin coating of zinc oxide, which simply prevents containers from rusting when exposed to the elements. This makes it perfect as a planter for bright succulents or spring annuals on the patio.

This galvanized strainer pail, found at the Flea Market, is filled with Hens and Chicks ‘Cebenese’, Sempervivum arachnoideum. The little chicks have a spidery web attached to the spines. The muted coral of the blooms contrast well with the blue grey steel.

What about growing vegetables in galvanized tubs? Is it safe?
Johanna Silver, Sunset test garden coordinator says,

“All of the professors I tapped from UC Davis saw no problem with gardening in galvanized containers. …. Zinc, which is a trace chemical in the soil, poses little risk to the plants, and won’t accumulate to unhealthy levels for humans in the crops.”

So don’t worry if planting veggies; they’re perfectly safe and your galvanized tubs will be long lasting as well!

Osteospermum, Salvia 'May Night' and graniums in a galvanized palnter on wheels.

Osteospermum, Salvia 'May Night' and geraniums in a galvanized planter on wheels.

Set by the front door, this galvanized planter, found at a tag sale, is the perfect size and proportion and has the added advantage of having casters, so it can easily rolled away to sweep. Filled with seasonal flowers it brightens the entry! Next time you see galvanized containers of any size at the Flea Market, better gather them up and get galvanized!

Also see my galvanized tubs used as a vegetable garden and an onion farm!  For ALL our galvanized garden ideas, go directly to our Get Galvanized photo album on our FMG Facebook page.  ~~ Sue

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6 thoughts on “Getting galvanized…in the garden

  1. Oh, I use this everywhere!! I just love the gray against the coloured flowers. I also buy a lot of zink pots. They are not so heavy to lift, and handles the frost in a good way.

  2. Denise Smith

    I have several pieces of galvanized in my garden! I Love it!

  3. Patti Winker

    Love galvanized! I have a square wash tub sitting on its side with a plant sitting inside. The tub has its ‘back’ to the sun hitting the deck. We live in Florida so it’s a great way to keep direct sun off plants when you need to.

  4. Jeanne Sammons

    Also a galvanized lover! Big tubs, watering cans & old buckets! Love ’em! My fav is my tipsy buckets w/watering can on top….but I also have a wash tub growing ‘Live Forever’ & some dianthsus…would like the Live Forever to take it over! Fun in the garden!

  5. I can’t get enough galvanized, so I’m happy to hear that it is quite safe for planting in.

  6. Mary Bernhagen

    I have a couple of old galvanized calf feeders that I use to plant flowers in. Someone handpainted little flowers on them years ago. Love them!

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