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How To Plant An Herb Garden In A Galvanized Bucket

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Plant your own herb garden in a galvanized bucket right outside your front door. It’s the perfect size and convenient too!

Planting an herb garden is a rewarding and enjoyable activity that can provide you with fresh herbs for cooking, aromatherapy, and other herbal remedies.

You can plant a variety of herbs outdoors in your garden, but some popular choices are perennial herbs, flowering herbs and growing season herbs like rosemary.

You can even follow these same tips for a small vegetable garden!

Continue reading for some helpful tips to get you started on planting your own outdoor herb garden.

finished herb garden with garden markers our crafty mom

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Herb Garden Planter

There is something so satisfying about having your own herb garden.

Not only does it save you money, but it also adds such incredible flavor to your dinner.

It doesn’t matter if you have a large yard, or a small balcony, this herb garden works for any living situation.

That is one of the many things that makes container gardening so popular.

See how I made the garden tray here. You also may want to check out my indoor herb garden HERE.

I’m very excited to be teaming up with a talented group of bloggers for a garden tour.

There are ten of us who are all sharing garden inspiration to help you get your outdoor space ready for summer entertaining!

Everyone’s project is so different and I am sure you will be motivated to create some garden projects after visiting these bloggers.

Tips for Planting an Outdoor Herb Garden

First, you want to choose a location that receives at least 6 hours of sunlight per day.

Herbs require plenty of sunlight to grow properly.

Also, consider the soil type in the chosen location as well as drainage patterns because poor draining soil quality and standing water can affect how your herbs grow.

Second, decide which types of herbs will grow well in your climate zone.

Research what planted herbs work best with your growing season.

Another important question for your herb garden is will you be starting from seed or buying established plants?

Perennial herbs such as lavender, sage or thyme are great choices for climates with mild winters while annuals such as basil need warm weather to thrive.

While I chose to go with a small container garden, you may want to consider a raised bed or garden bed if you have the space.

Let me show you the herb garden that I am sharing today. 

Herbs That Can Be Planted In The Same Galvanized Bucket 

Before planting your herb garden, be sure to research what herbs can be planted together.

The folks at your local garden center are usually very helpful with answering questions.

It’s definitely worth paying a little extra at the garden center for this reason.

The home stores are great if you know what you are doing, but this is only my second herb garden, so I had a few questions. 

herbs for container

After confirming that these herbs could be planted in the same galvanized bucket, these are the herbs that I chose: 

  • thyme
  • parsley
  • basil
  • rosemary
  • oregano
  • sage
  • chives

This galvanized bucket was found at the flea market for $5!

With flea market and yard sale season upon us, keep an eye out for galvanized containers if you want to make your own herb garden.

It’s also a perfect size to plant vegetables.

garden on bucket

To give it a little detail and interest, I added “garden” to the center using a Chalk Couture transfer.

Be sure to seal it with a clear sealant to protect it.

empty bucket

Planting an Herb Garden In A Galvanized Bucket

There are three important things when growing container gardens:

  • Fresh soil
  • Good Drainage
  • Plenty of sun – check to see how many hours of sunlight your plants will need
  • Plenty of water

You can use any type of container as a planter, as long as it has proper drainage, but galvanized buckets work great!

herb garden collage

How to Start an Herb Garden


Step 1.

Be sure to drill several holes in the bottom of your galvanized bucket, otherwise their will be an issue with drainage.

Step 2.

bucket with fresh soil

Fill the bucket with fresh soil about 3/4 of the way full.

Step 3.

Add your herbs spreading them out so they have enough room to grow.


Step 4.

Be sure to keep your herbs properly watered and fertilized and you should have no problem with fresh herbs all summer long! 


Growing herbs in a galvanized bucket is so easy and unbelievably convenient. 

Add pretty garden markers to your herb garden.

This not only keeps everything marked, but also looks pretty.

Stop by next week to see how I made these DIY garden markers:

close up herb garden markers

I hope you enjoyed this easy herb garden. Is this something  you could see yourself creating?

I’d love to hear if you have used any unusual containers for an herb garden or planting.

Let me know in the comments below. 

garden markers

I wanted to also share a sneak peek of a DIY planter coming up on the blog next week.

If you like pink flamingos, you will love this easy planter:

pink flamingo

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herb garden in a galvanized bucket

Thank you so much for stopping by to visit Our Crafty Mom on this fun Garden Tour.

The links to visit the other bloggers are shared below.

Stop by to see the clever garden ideas!

  • How To Plant An Herb Garden In A Galvanized Bucket – Galvanized buckets are the perfect size for container gardening. Plant your own herb garden right outside your front door. It’s inexpensive and convenient too! – by Our Crafty Mom
  • DIY Decorative Planters – Affordable DIY Decorative Planters from Create and Find. These simple planters can be made in less than an hour and cost much less than buying new – by Create and Find
  • Face Lift Bliss In The Backyard – DIY taking old and making it new! Sharing garden pots updated with fresh paint and plants & a water fountain turned planter – by Redneck Rhapsody
  • How To Make An Orb Light For Your Patio DIY – See how I made an orb hanging light for my patio using embroidery hoops – by Just That Perfect Piece

  • Summer Flower Garden Tour – Our mom’s summer flower gardens are truly amazing! We’ll take you through a tour of some of our favourite blooms. Plus she shares her top tips for maintain striking flowers all through the summer – by Sustain My Cooking Habit
  • Step by Step Hanging Baskets  – Get your yard summer party ready in a few simple steps – by Kippi At Home
Spring Garden Tour

You may want to check out this Vintage Mop Bucket that I repurposed into a garden planter:

Repurposed Galvanized Bucket Planter

or this Upcycled Chicken Feeder Centerpiece:


Google Web Story: Outdoor Herb Garden Tips

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Saturday 4th of May 2024

Could you do dill with the herbs you have listed above to go in a small galvanized container too? Thanks for any info.


Tuesday 7th of September 2021

I truly love gardening, thanks for sharing these articles!


Wednesday 8th of September 2021

You’re welcome!


Sunday 21st of February 2021

Michelle this is darling! Pinned for later.

Kim Purvis

Friday 19th of February 2021

What a great idea! I need to make one of these. Pinned & Shared. Kim


Thursday 18th of February 2021

This post is very informative and so pretty. I really like all of the ideas and creativity. Thanks Michelle!

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