Planting A Blueberry Bush In An Old Galvanized Tub

by Texas Homesteader ~

I love blueberries. And I’d love to grow my own. But I’ve planted blueberry bushes repeatedly only to have them succumb. I guess I’m not paying enough attention to the acidity. I’d given up on growing blueberries.

But recently at a plant fair I looked longingly at the blueberry bushes. RancherMan said “Look! You love blueberries”.

Well, yes, but…

The woman at the booth overheard & said this blueberry was a miniature so it works well in a large pot. And she mentioned that if you have it in a pot, it’s easier to moderate and correct the PH levels. Hummmm…. SOLD!

I was able to repurpose an old, rustic, rusted, mishapen galvanized tub to add beauty to our porch landscape. I planted a blueberry in it. #TexasHomesteader

I knew I wanted to incorporate it into our backyard landscaping. When we had our porch addition built we used lots of galvanized metal. We bought 2 large galvanized water troughs and planted them up with mostly edibles. It looks awesome.

Galvanized trough planted with edibles to add beauty to our porch landscape. #TexasHomesteader

And we use another large galvanized water trough for a rainwater catchment container. I even dropped a couple of goldfish into that trough. Oh how I love it!

So what about this blueberry… Should I plant it in a galvanized tub? YES! But I don’t want it shiny & new. I want it to look old, with a rustic patina.

Then I remembered a very old galvanized tub that the previous homestead inhabitants left behind. It was crushed over the past decades and entangled in the bottom of a fence line way out back. It always gave me a hint of nostalgia, a Whisper Of Past Lives, so I’ve never removed it. But now?

Repurposing That Old Galvanized Tub

I asked RancherMan if he thought he’d be able to salvage it. He said it would be a challenge, but he’d try. I really, REALLY wish I’d taken a picture of the tub before he started working on it. Oh it was bad.

Really bad.

The bottom was 3/4 rusted out. The tub was horribly misshapen too. But he hammered it back into a round (ish) shape again and asked if that’s what I wanted. Yeah, I like it!

I asked him to cut out the entire rusted bottom of the tub. That’d leave it open for the roots of my blueberry bush to have plenty of room to grow.

And a spot in the back of the tub was completely rusted out too. So we used a leftover section of our Bermuda Grass Weed Barrier to close it off so the tub would hold the soil. Like I said – it was in BAD shape!

Plugging up the rusted-out section. I was able to repurpose an old, rustic, rusted, mishapen galvanized tub to add beauty to our porch landscape. I planted a blueberry in it. #TexasHomesteader

When all was ready I added soil and peat moss (for the PH) and planted my blueberry bush. And I used my larger TerraCotta Spike which uses a repurposed wine bottle to keep it watered more evenly. I love the look of the blue glass.

So I’ve been able to repurpose that old tub that was used by the homesteaders before us. It’s a sentimental part of our homestead’s history. And I really love the old, rustic look of this planting, and my new blueberry bush loves it here too!

I was able to repurpose an old, rustic, rusted, mishapen galvanized tub to add beauty to our porch landscape. I planted a blueberry in it. #TexasHomesteader


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2 thoughts on “Planting A Blueberry Bush In An Old Galvanized Tub

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      It was at a plant fair with many vendors present. The vendor I bought my Sunshine Blueberry bush from was GoGardenland. So far the plant’s very happy where it is and growing well. I’m hoping to get a few blueberries off of it next year. ~TxH~


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