I have admired steel wash tubs in the garden for a while but have never come across the right one.
Today as I was heading to the park with the beans, I passed by a garage sale and there it was! A beauty waiting to be swept up! The family selling this tub even had a typed up history about our tub....
Vintage No. 3 Rust, Leak, Fire and Rodent Resistant (will not crack in the cold) Domestic Hot Dipped Galvanized Steel Wash Tub.
F.H. Lawson Co. Cincinnati OH produced metal trash cans and garbage pails. The company was founded in 1816 and had a successful run for several decades. However, it became burdened by financial difficulties that were precipitated by a leveraged buyout in the 1970's, and F. H. Lawson Co. finally ceased operations in early 1988. When plastic receptacles were first introduced by Rubbermaid and Continental, it made business very tough for the F. H. Lawson Company.
The tub is 24 and a half inches in diameter. I will be lining it and popping some holes in the bottom for drainage. And then in goes some seeds for salad greens this weekend!
Crocuses are popping up while the daffs and tulips are showing their faces! Peas are planted in the front yard and more are going in out back this weekend.
Now, I can't say that we have as much going on as you Northwestern gardeners...but hey, it's a start!!!
Some of my crocuses being eaten by our unruly squirrels!
Happy planting folks!