Thursday, March 26, 2015

WHEELBARROW GARDEN, INSPIRATION THURSDAY

Wheelbarrow garden, image courtesy of http://theownerbuildernetwork.co
This is a cool way to re-purpose an old wheelbarrow.  A few holes drilled in the bottom, some potting soil, and some herbs or small veggies.  It's so rustic looking and a great way to have some extra planting containers.

We already have one that we want to re-purpose and I'm going to do it with flowers but 2nd Family has at least one (or two) wheelbarrows that are aging and we want to claim when they decide to get rid of them.  

Be inspired!


34 comments:

Deb said...

Hi Guys - you have inspired me. I'm living in the country now and will keep this in mind for an herb garden. Thanks, Deb

jaz@octoberfarm said...

this is a really cute idea!

Wean said...

I love that idea - I'll be looking out for old wheelbarrows now.

Colleen said...

I have an old one; one without the handles, etc., just the basket part and I had planted flowers in mine but also a great way to plant herbs in and having it parked by your front or back door. Someplace for easy excess that is, when it's time to cut off alittle snip

Sandy said...

1st Man,

What a fabulous idea, recycling a wheel barrow. What type of flowers were you planning on planting in your wheel barrow?

Anke said...

We did that last year, well kind of. :-) We put pots of several different sizes into our old wheelbarrow and planted them with different flowers. I plan on doing it again this year, maybe add some herbs to it...

Colleen said...

A lot of wonderful ideas here.
https://www.google.com/search?q=wheelbarrow+planting+ideas&biw=1422&bih=721&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=yzUUVZySJYSgyQTgkYCQCQ&ved=0CCYQsAQ

Jacquelineand.... said...

We have an old wheelbarrow that needs re-purposing and we're going to use it for something that needs containerised. Thinking it would be great to half-bury it in the ground and plant mint in it... then it might not take over the entire yard.

Colleen said...

Old BBQ grills make wonderful containers for plants as well

Linda said...

First thought - Perfect deer grazing height! LOL!

Elephant's Child said...

It is an excellent idea. No deer here, so it is perfect for no bend (not much bend) gardening. Sadly the wheels have to be removed though or considerate souls (not) in the neighbourhood claim your work for themselves.

Practical Parsimony said...

You might think of mentioning your desire to have the wheelbarrow now, saying something like "when you retire those, I...". Otherwise, it might be claimed right under your nose or discarded. I bought an old wheelbarrow for $5.

I am thinking of the old bbq grill in my basement as a container. That way, if the plants get too hot, I can wheel them to a better place in the yard. I see those on the side of the road on trash day all the time.

FionaG said...

As you know we have quite a few scattered around the house. My favourite are a pair put handle to handle, like they interlock. We have placed used bricks around the two, leaving pockets for soil. The whole lot was then planted with edible things, herbs, strawberries, nasturtiums, etc. We allocated one wheelbarrow for each of our children. They tend their own barrow and eat only from their barrow and the things growing in the brick pockets below belong to everyone. The different coloured nasturtiums bring loads of bright colour making it look pretty as a picture.

Texas Rose said...

A few years ago, a friend had her old wheelbarrow at the curb for trash pick-up. I rescued it and moved it to my back yard where it’s been home to various flowers, herbs, and mints over the years.
Can’t wait to see what ya’ll’s will look like when it’s planted!

Mom at home said...

They are the perfect size for herbs! I have one old metal wash sink that's on wheels that we use. I will put it in a more shady spot this summer as the metal gets so hot for some plants that it kills them. You have a lot of ideas to make your home so beautiful. I love reading about them:)

Powell River Books said...

I lived in a townhouse with a small outside area for plants under a ficus tree. There wasn't enough room or sun to really garden, but I had my dad's old wheelbarrow that he used to mix cement for many years. I used it for a planter that included transplants of Mother-in-law's tongue plants from my grandparent's farm that have followed the family through several homes. I sure hated to leave it behind when I moved. I sometimes wonder if it still remains? - Margy

Sherry Miller said...

Love this!!!!! Have a great week.

1st Man said...

Well thank you for that!!

1st Man said...

Isn't it? Thanks!!!

1st Man said...

I know, I was thinking "where can I get a few??" 2nd Man just rolled his eyes, ha.

1st Man said...

Hey, and it's movable. A movable feast, you might say, ha. Plus you can move it around to catch different sun/weather.

1st Man said...

I am going to do alyssum around the outside and maybe blue salvia in the middle. Next weekend will be flower buying weekend. Hopefully anyway, ha.

1st Man said...

I like that idea of putting pots in there. Great idea. thanks!!!

1st Man said...

You are like the queen of google, ha. You find the best stuff. Thanks!!!

1st Man said...

Oh, that's a good idea too, burying it partially in the ground, it would probably look cool too. And yes, doesn't mint like to take over? I made the mistake of putting some in a flower bed once. Learned my lesson there, ha!

1st Man said...

Great idea too. And how fun for a bbq grill to hold herbs or peppers or something, ha.

1st Man said...

Wow, brilliant observation (and spoken like someone with firsthand experience, ha). Not sure we have deer there, I've see a few around but not sure if they come onto the property. 2nd Family has dogs and they bark when anything strange comes around, maybe they don't come for that reason? Good suggestion though, this might not be good for those in deer prone areas, ha. An all u can eat buffet, haha!!

1st Man said...

No bend gardening is a good point too. And who knows, I might need it someday, ha.

People roll off with them? Dang!!! Never thought about that.

1st Man said...

That's a good point. I will send her a note and tell her when they get rid of one (or two or three), it's mine, ha!

Of course like you said, I bet many people might be willing to part with an old one for $5. ;-)

Love the grill idea!!

1st Man said...

Wonderful idea to bring the kids in on it. You are awesome!! Thanks!!! Do you know I've never eaten a nasturtium, I will have to try that sometime. Thank you!

1st Man said...

I am planning it now, it's just a big container so I'm thinking of all sorts of things. I like the idea of rotating flowers in and out. I will have to watch for neighbors putting theirs out. ;-)

1st Man said...

Oh I'd love to have an old wash sink...my grandmother used to have one. That would be neat to put them in.

And thank you for the sweet words, you are MUCH appreciated!!

1st Man said...

What a great memory to share, thanks!!! You know, it would be neat to know if it's still there, but sadly so many people don't 'get' things like that do they? Thanks for sharing!!

1st Man said...

Well thank you for that!! Hope you have/had a great week too!!!