Looking for a way to add a little rustic charm to your home or garden decor? Using half of a whiskey barrel as a planter lets you set some plants apart while harkening back a frontier aesthetic. These instructions will show you how to prepare a barrel or cask so as to give your plants maximum advantage.
Step 1 Make sure that excess water can drain out of the barrel when you water your plants. If necessary, drill holes into the bottom of the barrel.
Step 2 The finished planted will be heavy, so go ahead and place it where you want your plants to grow. Cover the bottom of the barrel with rock. A 2 to 3 inch thick layer should be enough, but more rock can be used.
Step 3 Fill the barrel with potting soil to within 3” of the rim. Tamp the soil to eliminate air pockets.
Step 4 In the prepared bed, plant your choice of flowers, vegetables or herbs.
Step 5 Cover the soil between the plants with the mulch to help retain moisture. Water thoroughly and feed the plants monthly.
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