Wheel Barrow O’ Plenty Garden DIY

Wheel Barrow O’ Plenty Garden DIY

Here is how to make a Wheel Barrow O’Plenty Garden, so you can be growing your own container plants in no time flat.  

Let me just start by saying, I love to think “outside the box” or in this case the wheelbarrow. In fact, I am not sure I spend very much time actually in ” the box” at all, lol.  For those of you just joining here is a picture of where this wheel barrow started last fall.

BEFORE:

My husband actually constructed this beauty for me out of left over pallet wood, with one arm in a sling. Seriously, no lie. He was still recovering from a Labral tear in his shoulder that required surgery. Yes I know he is s total keeper! After the season we stored the wheelbarrow in the basement where I toyed with what it’s next life would look like. Anyone that knows me is painfully aware I hate to do the same holiday decor over and over again, so I am constantly recreating my theme, so the harvest cart would not be making an appearance next fall.So it only made sense to have it become a cute little farmhouse style mini vegetable garden for the summer. In order to do this we knew it would have to have a liner added to the inside to keep the dirt from sprinkling out over time. DO NOT use a trash bag it will rip! These are the supplies we used. The first step is to  press the liner into your cart or crate.  Making sure that you have no air pockets or extra space left under the liner which could cause it to rip of tear. We ended up deciding that if put half of your garden soil into the liner it helps to settle it into the crevices, prior to attaching. The weight also keeps your liner from blowing away if it is a windy day, like it was for us, lol. 

Once you have a base layer of soil you will want to pull the liner slightly taunt and use your staple gun to attach it to the inside of your cart. The corners are kind of like wrapping a present or upholstering, you want to fold the excess liner under itself and staple through the top. After you have completed the cart you can cut off the extra liner for a flush look. At this point you will want to punch a few drill holes into the liner so it does not hold too much water during rain storms or watering. Then you want to fill the cart the rest of the way up with your garden soil. We personally love the Miracle Gro raised bed soil and have had a lot of luck with it over the years. I also really like the Miracle Gro moisture control soil for my flowering plants.Once you have gotten the cart filled, it is time to add you garden plants. Here in Georgia we have a lot of luck with tomatoes and peppers, which is probably due to the heat. So I got four varieties of tomato plants, one for each corner so I can add tomato cages as they get bigger. Then we added 4 varieties of pepper plants with a focus on  jalapeños and chilis. Again, these are tried and true varieties that do well in containers gardens in our climate. The beauty of this garden is that it is moveable. So as you can probably tell when we planted this earlier in April, the weather was questionable and we were still having cold nights with freezing temps. We were able to bring the cart inside easily. Also, if you find that the sun is too hot or your plants prefer morning sun you can just roll your cart around until they are happy.

To give it a more built in feeling you can surround it with other containers. I find that a simple layered effect of plants in urns, pots or crates creates a nice rich lux look with out breaking the bank. This was a look at the little garden when we planted it a few months ago. There were several nights we were so glad that we could bring these tender little plants inside, and now they actually have buds and baby tomatoes starting to bloom.  I am so excited to be able to get fresh goodies to add to my salads all organically grown from my own little garden.

Be sure to check out my 2018 Outdoor Living Summer Blog Hop,  going live this week to see more fun gardening tips and tricks just in time for National Gardening Week! 

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18 Comments

  1. Such a cute idea, I really like the small garden cart you made.

  2. What a fun way to reuse your fall decor as a summer garden, you are so creative.

  3. What a great idea, I saw this cute little cart on your instagram account but I had no idea that it was one of your DIY projects until your mentioned it in your tomato post, I like the idea of it being a salsa cart, lol. That is pretty darn funny.

  4. I remember seeing this cute little wheelbarrow last fall on your porch now you have made it a garden. I love this idea, you are so creative.

  5. This is really interesting, You are a very skilled blogger. I’ve joined your feed and look forward to seeking more of your fantastic post. Also, I have shared your website in my social networks!

  6. That wheel barrel is so cute. Time to get in the garden!

  7. I absolutely love this! What a cute way to brighten up a garden or front yard. And it sounds fairly easy to make as well. I don’t have a garden but I keep bookmarking garden-inspos and DIYs for when I do, this is going on the list!

  8. Such a great idea for a planter – although, I have to admit I’m never really on the ball enough to change things seasonly -lol

  9. What a great idea. My partner would absolutely love this. Thanks for sharing.!

  10. What a great idea! I love gardening, and this would make a great project for my husband.

  11. I love how you turned a wheelbarrow into a garden! That’s such a great idea and it’s super cute!

  12. This is so cute and looks pretty simple to make! Thanks for sharing this.

  13. So cute and lovely! Whenever we get a house, I would love to do something like this

  14. You certainly put a lot of effort into this project. I like the idea of the wheel barrow. It adds another dimension to your garden . It is good to that you had the help of your husband. I would like to enlist some help to work on my garden this Spring. Gardens are so lovely they bring life and value to your home

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