I'm a huge fan of salvaging things to give them another chance to shine.
This old, crushed galvanized bucket, wired together to help hold the bail in place, was something I grabbed on my journey, but never did anything with it - until now.
I think it must have been run over by a tractor, after it was done doing its job to deliver grain or water to the chickens on the farm.
My inspiration was from a flattened bucket that I saw years ago, planted with succulents. Someone had found it, loved it and took it home.
What is it that's so appealing about this tin can, squashed, left out to rust and rot away that makes us want to rescue it?
This old bucket had been left to languish in Boot Hill, the cactus garden, for years.
When we dumped the soil out of it, ants swarmed out too! We left it for a bit, to make sure it was clear of ants, before bringing it to the work bench.
Then the sledge hammer got to work, to flatten it out a bit. Then the magic happened - the wire around the top of the bucket wouldn't flatten out, so it's now going to be completely unique.
I planted a few of my cuttings in it - one is a Carmine Wave petunia, and the other one is a pink Callibrachoa, or Million Bells.
In time, they will both cascade down the wall, where the bucket is hanging under a window.
There's not a lot of soil in it, so it will need regular watering - no rain hits it, because it's protected by the eaves.
I used potting soil that has a water holding polymer, so the plants won't get too dry, and the soil won't wash away when it gets watered.
This project is kind of similar to the oil can planter that I made several years ago (which I sold, stupidly!). Now I can enjoy this old bucket instead.
For the winter, I will display shells, driftwood, twigs and other natural items such as pine cones, maybe some greenery in it.