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Rustic Galvanized Bucket Filled with Salad Greens

Rustic Edible Filled Galvanized Bucket | Container Gardening | Porch Gardening | CreativeCainCabin.comWoooHooo, Michigan was in the 70’s yesterday, so I took advantage of it and did a little planting on the entrance side porch. Right now I can’t get to crazy with planting we will still get frost again for sure so what I do plant needs to be under cover, or able to be covered at night.

Rustic Edible Filled Galvanized Bucket | Container Gardening | Porch Gardening | CreativeCainCabin.comI don’t want to spend alot of money on flower this year, annuals are such a waste in my opinion even though they are lovely, so I’m incorporating things that can be harvested with a few blooms in what’s normally flower planters. 

Rustic Edible Filled Galvanized Bucket | Container Gardening | Porch Gardening | CreativeCainCabin.comI started off this year with a galvanized bucket filled with salad greens and a small cluster of yellow flowers. I think the pop of yellow gives it the touch it needed and the solar light makes it pretty at night when I come home after dark. 

Rustic Edible Filled Galvanized Bucket | Container Gardening | Porch Gardening | CreativeCainCabin.com

I can’t wait to get more veggies planted but for now I have to be reasonable knowing there will be frost again. Did anyone else do any garden planting this weekend?



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  1. I do annuals from seed that I collected or shaped with others, that way the price is almost minimal. I’ve been doing up some pots with herbs in them this year as well.
    That is a nice idea to add in a bit of colour. I love solar lights and usually get them at Walmart for $1, got most of them out yesterday and checked last night to see if they were all working. So much cheaper than electricity 🙂

    1. Linda, I think the solar light I picked up was $1 too, and they look so pretty lighting up areas of the garden. I will plant my sunflowers, zinnias, and cosmos from seed too. I don’t have good luck with any other flowers from seed.

  2. Glad you had some nice weather Dawn. The hubby got some planting done last week but it’s been too wet the past few days to do more.

    I like your bucket of salad. I may steal your idea soon.

    1. Windi, I think the rain is moving in for us this week. Feel free to grab the bucket of salad idea 🙂

  3. I can’t plant anything yet either but I’m itching to! Your porch is looking wonderful. 🙂

    1. Thanks Ann, I expect to have to cover things from time to time until the danger of frost is gone, but everything is in the stores already and I’m afraid it will be sold out before planting time is truly here.

  4. I bought flowers to plant by the fire pit today, but I still have some weeding to do before I can plant.

    I love your use of galvanized buckets.

    1. Carol, I have weeding to do too in my perennial bed. I weeded the strawberries last night and kept waking up with pain in my wrist. After my fall 2 years ago it’s just not the same.

  5. HI Dawndie! Oh, I’m so glad you’ve gotten some nice warm weather. We have warmed up and hopefully it’s all uphill now! I really like your idea of a little bloom with your greens. The addition of the solar light is so sweet! I need to do that too. You’re going to get another freeze? Dang! I’m tired of wearing coats now! 😉
    Thanks for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

    1. Shelia I hope we don’t get more frost but we always do in May. I’m normally safe to plant the big garden the first of June.

  6. crafty.grandma says:

    YAY for the warm weather!!! We reached a high of 77 today but it sure felt hotter than that while working in the garden. Your idea is fabulous!!! I love that tub!!! We used to have one just like that in the country house many many years ago. I love the idea of salad greens. After this miserable winter, I needed fresh flowers so I planted seeds and surprise!! they grew!! Before I transfer them outdoors to my planters, I have to paint the planter….and just like you (although we are miles away!) it seems like rain is on the way. As long as it’s not snow that’s ok and great for the garden and the grass. Thanks for the great ideas as always – Hubby had to laugh when I showed him the picture of your light in your pot….I did that a few years ago and the neighbors copied the idea! Guess hubby is right…reading your blog for the past 5 years is rubbing off on me!!!

    1. LOL I think the solar light is a brilliant idea and we all should do it. Tell hubby that’s a good thing 🙂 We hit 80 here today and that was too hot for me. I don’t like it that warm, I normally wait until 7pm to work in the garden when it’s like that. I’ve never been a sun worshiper and with age I hate the heat even more. I know it’s not supposed to be that way but for me it is.

  7. Cheryl Major says:

    Hi Dawn, I really love the yellow in your planter…yellow always seems so bright.
    I will not be able to plant anything for at least a month. However I love your large pail planter. I have a small tin pail and that would be the answer for me as I could bring it in each night.

    1. Cheryl I shouldn’t be planting yet either. Normally June 1st is a good date, but with it under my porch roof it will survive a frost. I was so tired of seeing nothing but brown and was in need of a something living. LOL

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