Frequent question: What do you put in a whiskey barrel planter?

Do whiskey barrel planters need drainage holes?

Wine barrel planters, also called half barrels or whiskey barrels, provide a rustic, durable container for your favorite plants. Often these barrels don’t have drainage holes to allow excess water to drain freely from the soil. Poor drainage results in soggy soil, which can lead to root rot and other plant problems.

How long will a whiskey barrel last as a planter?

Life expectencies seem to range from 2 to 20 years.

How do you keep a whiskey barrel from falling apart?

A bit of water inside will help keep the wood swollen, but as insurance, you can put a nail or three below each of the rings to stop them falling in the event the barrel does dry out and shrink. Eventually the bands fell off – because the swelling of the barrel went down – and the wood is starting to pull apart.

Can you plant vegetables in whiskey barrels?

A wine barrel garden can be a convenient and attractive way to add plants, whether flowers or vegetables or both, to your yard or porch. A whiskey barrel vegetable garden is an excellent idea, especially if you have limited garden space.

Can I plant perennials in a whiskey barrel?

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In a large whiskey barrel planter, eight to 10 perennials can be planted. In a smaller barrel, keep the number to four plants to prevent overcrowding. Disregard spacing suggestions for landscape planting and opt for a close, 3 to 4 inches between plants in the barrel.

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Should I put rocks at the bottom of my planter?

A: For years, experts told gardeners to put a layer of gravel, pebbles, sand or broken pieces of pot in the bottom of the pot before potting up houseplants or outdoor plants. The idea was to improve drainage. But research shows that this advice is wrong. Water doesn’t travel well from one medium to another.

Should I drill holes in wine barrel planters?

Since wine barrels are intended to hold liquid, the base will need to have several drainage holes drilled through to be suitable for planting. … Place a piece of shade cloth or flywire over the drainage holes on the inside to prevent the soil from falling out and to make it difficult for insects to get in underneath.