I have a thing for old sinks.
It doesn’t matter if they’re porcelain or metal or cast iron, I want them in my garden. John and I have been busy planting planters of all kinds… including these three sink planters.
Sinks can be a little tricky to plant in because they only have the one drainage hole.
If not careful it can get clogged up with soil, becoming flooded and causing your plant roots to rot.
Here’s the old porcelain farmhouse sink that I found at a garage sale last summer for $10. It’s quite large.
I left it in the garden over winter and it came through it beautifully. It probably helped that it was covered in snow.
A few weeds were already starting to grow in it.
I put some wire mesh screen in the bottom of the sink to cover the drainage hole.
This keeps it open for water to flow through it freely.
If it wasn’t there it would become clogged up with soil, and pretty soon there would be no drainage at all.
Then I put some gravel on top of the screen.
I filled my sink with good quality potting soil.
For me it has to have slow release fertilizer in it and moisture retaining particles .
These roots have taken on the shape of the bottom of the planter.
Even once it’s in the new soil the roots will continue to go round and round rather than out and down.
The roots need to be gently broken up, or scarified, so they know that they are free to roam in their new planter home.
This goes for all root bound plants, whether they’re annuals or perennials… large or small.
I have to say that I’m not really too gentle about this, and my plants always do very well.
In goes the plant, and I have instant beauty in the sink. This will fill in nicely and the flowers will pour over the edges.
This is the supposedly annual ornamental grass that we planted in the centre of the flowers last year.
As you can see it came back, and it has grown quite a bit wider since last year.
Then I added my potting soil…
and another mixed hanging planter filled this one up nicely.
It wasn’t so beautiful with the remnants of last year’s dead plants still in it.
Pretty creepy looking actually.
I got this one for $1 last summer.
I filled it with potting soil after preparing the sink like the other two.
I think the sink will look great when the lobelia is in full bloom, and there’s more white than green so it looks like the dishes are in soap suds. I still need to find an old funky looking faucet.
So the next time you see a lovely old sink for a good price don’t pass it by. They make beautiful sink planters, adding another element of fun and interest to the garden… and repurposing them keeps these beauties out of the landfill. That’s a big plus in my books.
Also, having annuals in the gardens is a nice way to add summer-long colour while the blooms of different perennials come and go.
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Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…