The Herb Tower Groweth!


A couple of weeks ago, I posted a picture of my new herb tower, or “wee potager” as my friend, Nicki, likes to call it. I stacked up a galvanized washtub, and a smaller bucket, and planted with a cherry tomato, in the bucket, surrounded by herbs in the washtub. I thought you might like to see how well it’s doing.  The tomato plant is as tall as I am (close to 6′ feet), and the herbs have filled out very nicely though I did lose one spicy globe basil. For some reason, none of my basils are doing well this year, no matter where they are planted, except for my African blue basil, which is slowly becoming a monster plant and bee magnet. But that’s for another post. 🙂

In comparison, here is the potager right after I set it up. You can see that there has been plenty of growth in a very short time. I even have some tomatoes starting to ripen. And in spite of several days of 97 degree weather in a row, the galvanized metal doesn’t seem to be getting too hot for the root systems. I think I’m on to something here. I will be doing a lot more gardening in these tubs and containers. They are cheap, long-lasting, and apparently work quite well. In fact, rather than going to the expense of buying watering troughs for my container vegetable beds, I believe I will just stick to washtubs. I can grow plenty of bush beans, bell peppers, tomatoes, onions, lettuces, and the like in tubs, and line them up along the same area where I had thought to put the troughs. Why not? 🙂 Are any of you using galvanized containers in your gardens? I’d love to know how they are working for you!


6 thoughts on “The Herb Tower Groweth!

    • Hi, Esp! 🙂 This is such a good way to start. Stacking the containers saves space, and you can get a LOT of stuff in them. I’ve seen this done with three graduated sizes, one washtub & two smaller buckets. And boy, are these containers cheaper than ceramic or even large terra cotta. And non-breakable (or freezable) is nice, too. If you decide to try this out, I’d love to see photos. Good luck! Check my Garden Ideas Pinterest board for more photos of towers like this:


  1. I might try it, with an old galvanized washtub that I found over 20 years ago, as I biked in some bike trail. It’s an old square one. Inspiration…


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