Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Da Zink Planter

My garden has everything now, including the kitchen sink...or zink as some say down here near New Orleans.  We savaged this old cast iron sink from our building, The Old Nehi Building in Ponchatoula, when we were updating the warehouse bathrooms.  The building is from 1925 and the warehouse is from 1945...so, it's safe to say the sink dates back to about that time.

My father-in-law, who helped with the renovation, also helped himself to the sink.  When I noticed he had put it in the back of his truck, I had to ask what he was doing with my sink.  "Selling it for salvage"...oh hell no.
He wanted to know what big plan I had for it...I didn't say as I was a bit unsure but there was no way I was letting go of that piece of history.  He would die if he could see it now...well, more like scoff and grunt a wordless disapproval.  I think it's wonderful.  It took both C and I to lift it and anchor it to the part of the fence where it comes to a strong cross, then just to add a little more security, a bungee cord right under the sink lip.
The only problem now is that our plants are doing so well and quickly out growing the sink basin.  We might need to shop for some mid-summer replacements.

--Lisa LeBlanc

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