Make this Cascading Bucket Planter DIY to beauty your porch

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Beautify your porch this Fall with a flower waterfall. You can implement this marvellous gardening idea  year-round, to give your porch, garden or terrace a lift.  The abundance of flowers set in a cascading bucket planter will put a smile on your face, even when it rains! Ah, with all the rain we’ve been having this year: we need it!

Creating DIY cascading planters for your garden is a fantastic way to add vertical interest and lush greenery to your outdoor space. These cascading planters, also known as tiered planters, allow you to grow a variety of plants in a compact area, making them perfect for small gardens, patios, or balconies. Plus, making them yourself is a fun and rewarding project that can be customized to fit your style and space.

DIY cascading bucket planter. Photo credit:

Materials Needed

To get started, you’ll need a few basic materials: pots of varying sizes, a sturdy frame or stand, potting soil, and your choice of plants. As an alternative to galvanised iron buckets, you can use terracotta pots for a classic look, or go for colorful ceramic or plastic pots for a more modern vibe. The key is to choose pots that can be stacked securely. A tiered plant stand is a great option, but you can also create your own structure using wooden planks or metal rods.

How to Make a Cascading Bucket Planter

  1. Begin by arranging your pots in a visually pleasing manner, usually with the largest pot at the bottom and progressively smaller pots on top.
  2. Now you want to secure them in position. If you’re using buckets or other vessels that have no drainage in them, drill holes in the bottom of each. Place an old broom handle in to all of them, (or a metal pipe, more durable) to keep them in position. Tip: add rocks at the bottoms of the buckets (particularly the lower level ones) to help keep them more firmly in place.
  3. Fill them with a good quality potting mix.
  4. Now the fun part: plant your chosen flowers, herbs, or trailing plants. For a stunning effect, mix plants with different colors, textures, and growth habits. Trailing plants like ivy or petunias can spill over the edges, creating that cascading effect. Just as the smallest buckets go on top, biggest at the bottom, it’s the same thing with the plants in it.
  5. Water your planters thoroughly and place them in a spot where they’ll get the appropriate amount of sunlight for the plants you’ve chosen.

Ongoing care

Make sure your blooms grow lavishly by giving them some extra nutrients every week. Meanwhile, keep an eye on their relative weight to avoid top-heavy and maintain a visual balance.

With a bit of care and regular maintenance, your DIY cascading planters will become a vibrant focal point in your garden. Not only do they save space and allow for a diverse array of plants, but they also bring a touch of creative flair to your outdoor decor. So gather your materials, roll up your sleeves, and get ready to craft a beautiful cascading planter that will elevate your garden to new heights.

What to Plant in your Planters for Fall

1. Grow Fall Flowers, such as:

2. Organic Fall Vegetables!

What do you think?!  Pink Hammer came up with cascading buckets full of flowers. However, organic food gardener as I am, may I suggest you try planting some, if not all, of your organic Fall vegetables in these buckets instead. Get ideas on what to plant and purchase what you like on Amazon. Links added below.

“Fall Back” 10 Organic Vegetable Seeds to Plant in Late Summer. In Gift Box..

E.g. Get yourself some  Swiss Chard; it is beautiful, healthy and delicious !!!

And get some organic Kale.

Usually a mixture of different plants works best for variety on the dinner table as well as visual interest in your garden. If the stack of buckets is near your kitchen, think about filling it partly with seasonal herbs.

(Article first published October 10, 2013)

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