Whiskey Barrel Planter Tips

Using a whiskey barrel planter is an ingenious way of container gardening. What a spectacular way to practice green gardening. Why, you might ask?

Using half of whiskey barrels or oak wine barrels is a wonderful way to recycle something that normally would have been discarded.

We've seen them used for years, so, what a terrific, tried and true method to accomplish a magnificent display.

Here you'll learn the do's and don'ts when utilizing whiskey barrels for a container garden. While realizing the truth that they literally do last for years, and sometimes many, many years.

I personally know that my father has used them as planters for nearly two decades. Wow, that's a long time!

Fertilizing the Plants in Your Whiskey Barrel

Don't be afraid to experiment a little with Miracle Grow Water Soluble Fertilizer. For example, my Grandmother dilutes into a 50 gallon drum of water. Then uses that mixture to water her flowers every time.

Watch the video for another way to cheat a little!

Also find in the video below some terrific tips on drainage for your whiskey barrel.

With the weight of the whiskey barrel and the container mix, find out why using a half whiskey barrel as a container garden, poses a unique drainage situation.

Also in this video, find a suggestion for a fertilizer that will last the entire summer. Also find out why you can cheat a little bit on a "miracle grow formula" when using these huge wooden barrels as Container Gardens.

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Take advantage of these deals, and have the barrels shipped directly to your door. We can't find fault with this idea! Tips for planter use are below each barrel picture.


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Tip: Always plan the position your whiskey barrel before you plant it. Once it's full of earth and plants, moving it is a serious pain in the neck (not to mention the lower back!). A full whiskey barrel (full of plants, that is) could weigh 150lbs or more.

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Tip: Consider the color scheme you're hoping to achieve before you order a whiskey barrel planter. Pale colors are usually harder to blend than darker ones. Do you want the planter to stand out, or let the plants do all the talking?

A really unusual whiskey barrel planter that doubles as a water feature!
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There are some really creative whiskey barrel planters on the market today. This, and the one to the right, is an in-built water feature. For those of you who want a real talking point on your patio or rooftop garden!

A really unusual two-tier whiskey barrel planter that doubles as a water feature!
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Another water feature whiskey barrel. This one is a two-tier planter that is very original looking, and makes a beautiful focal point for your container gardening efforts.

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Tip: A whole barrel is no use as a planter. But it makes a GREAT table for your patio garden! Get a couple of bar stools for it, and use matching barrel planters to complete the look.

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Chocolate brown is the new black. This planter would look great filled with a bright flower display, or overflowing with strawberries, squash, or tomatoes.

This whiskey barrel is made from cedar. It ships FREE from Amazon
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Tip: Ensure your whiskey barrel planters have drainage holes in the bottom, to prevent root rot. This occurs when roots sit in over-wet soil for too long. Drainage is essential to successful container gardening.

This whiskey barrel is made from fiberglass. It ships FREE from Amazon
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Tip: It's not necessary to use real wood. This fiberglass alternative weighs less than a regular wooden barrel, and comes in different sizes to suit the needs of your project. You can also find barrels made from other woods, like cedar (see left).

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