Quick Answer: Should I drill holes in my whiskey barrel planter?

How many holes does it take to drill a whiskey barrel planter?

Mark the location for your drainage holes. Four to six 1/2-inch diameter holes spaced equally apart should supply sufficient drainage without weakening the bottom of the planter. Wine barrel planters, also called half barrels or whiskey barrels, provide a rustic, durable container for your favorite plants.

Should I line my whiskey barrel planter?

After doing research, there isn’t really any conclusive evidence that says that a plastic liner slows the aging of the barrel, so we decided against the liner. But if you choose the plastic liner route, be sure to punch holes in the plastic directly over the holes in your barrel.

How do you take care of a whiskey barrel planter?

You should drill drainage holes in the bottom. Consider covering them with mesh (to prevent insects crawling in?) The barrel should be kept moist (water it when you water the plants) as if the wood dries out it can shrink eventually causing the rings to slip and the barrel to fall apart.

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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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.

Are wine barrels good for plants?

Wine barrels provide plenty of room for shallow-rooted plants like lettuce and quick-growing plants that let you grow more than one harvest, such as radishes, as well as deep-rooted plants like tomatoes or zucchini. Pretty much any vegetable can be grown in a wine barrel garden, says the National Gardening Association.

What plants go in a whiskey barrel?

A tall, spiked plant or filler plant with trailing or vining to cascade over the edges works well. Other options include foliage spikes, pansies, petunias, begonia, marigold, zinnia, impatiens and sunflowers.

How long do wooden barrels last?

A bourbon barrel spends the first two-plus years of its life imparting rich flavor and color to the bourbon aging inside its charred oaken staves. By law, a barrel can be used just one time to distill bourbon in the US, despite the fact that these well-crafted barrels have a “lifespan” of up to 60 years.

How do you waterproof a whiskey barrel?

Place the whiskey barrel in an area where you don’t mind water leaking, such as a corner or your yard or a bathtub. Fill the barrel to its brim with hot water. Let the barrel sit for two to three days, adding water if necessary to keep the barrel full.

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