Don’t we love galvanized containers at Flea Market Gardening? I’d bet that every one of your gardens have at least one of these buckets or tubs. Here’s a little more info on just what this metal is…
What it is
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.
The history of galvanizing goes back to 1742 when a French chemist devised a method of coating iron by dipping it in molten zinc.
Did you know that the Brooklyn Bridge is galvanized? When it was restored one hundred years after it was built, the hot-dip galvanized wire was found to be in excellent shape!
Because of the maintenance-free long life of the hot-dip galvanized coatings on our containers, we can expect to pass these containers on to our children! Ha! IF they want them!
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 veggies?
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!
Works anywhere in an FMG garden!
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 Flea Market Gardening Facebook page. ~~ Sue