Wheelbarrow O’ Plenty Garden DIY

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Wheelbarrow O’ Plenty Garden DIY

Here is my how to make a Wheelbarrow O’ Plenty Garden DIY, 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 case in point the Wheelbarrow O’ Plenty Garden DIY. 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 wheelbarrow started last fall.


My husband actually constructed this beauty for me out of leftover 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.Wheelbarrow Garden JENRON DESIGNSSo 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. Wheelbarrow Garden diy tools JENRON DESIGNSThe 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. Wheelbarrow Garden Liner JENRON DESIGNSWe 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.Wheelbarrow Garden Dirt JENRON DESIGNSOnce 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. wheelbarrow garden_-15At 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. Wheelbarrow Garden soil JENRON DESIGNSWe 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.wheelbarrow garden_-18Wheelbarrow Garden diy JENRON DESIGNSOnce 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. Wheelbarrow Garden tomatoes JENRON DESIGNSThen we added 4 varieties of pepper plants with a focus on  jalapeños and Poblano chili peppers. Again, these are tried and true varieties that do well in containers gardens in our climate. Wheelbarrow Garden diy Pin JENRON DESIGNSThe 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.

Wheelbarrow Garden salsa cart JENRON DESIGNSTo 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 without breaking the bank.DIY Wheelbarrow Garden JENRON DESIGNSThis 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.

PIN ME for later and be sure to follow us on Pinterest at Jen @ JENRON DESIGNSWheelbarrow Garden diy Pin JENRON DESIGNS-2Be sure to check out last years Outdoor Living Summer Blog Hop,  going live this week to see more fun gardening tips and tricks just in time for National Gardening Week! Also if you loved this post and gardening is really your thing, may also love:

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  1. 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

  2. Jubilee D Meyer

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

  3. Luna S

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

  4. Angela

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

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

  6. Kathryn

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

  7. They are so pretty I love the idea! Thanks for the inspiration.

  8. This is such a cute idea! I see a summer project in my future!

  9. 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

  10. Angela Hoyos

    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!

  11. Karen Hoskins

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

  12. Eleonora @Lutragen Anti Aging

    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!

  13. Our Little Fox Hole

    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.

  14. Teresa Best

    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.

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

  16. Pracreation

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

  17. Farmhouse Fixer Upper

    Did you know I just realized that this was your Fall Decor last year? OMG! I completely forgot this was on your porch until I looked at your Fall Home Tour again this morning. My friend this was such a brilliant reuse of that cart, you really amaze me sometimes.

  18. Southern Sassyfrass

    I love this little wheelbarrow that you turned into a garden. I had no idea that this part of your fall decor from last year, until I saw the link. You really do know how to reinvent the season’s and your imagination always amazes me.

  19. Claire Hoke

    This piece of writing presents a clear idea that is really great for the viewers of this blog, you are truly show us how to do blogging and site-building. Thanks you.

  20. Eloise Boulton

    Love this idea, what a great idea to make this a little garden.

  21. sunshine and daisies

    This is such a cute use of this wheelbarrow from last fall. I like that you repurpose so many of your previous projects.

  22. latanya.wallen

    fantastic points altogether, you just received a brand new reader.

  23. Sharyl Lumpkin

    Pretty! This was an incredibly wonderful article. Many thanks for supplying these details.

  24. House of Jett, Coal & Drake

    I am a regular reader of this blog and I am always inspired! Very useful information as I love to garden 🙂

  25. Shannon Crowe

    Whoah this blog is magnificent I like reading all of your articles. Keep up the good work! I am sure you recognize, a lot of individuals are hunting round for this info, you could really help them out greatly.

  26. This is a fun idea for people that do not have a lot of space for a large yard garden. It really is a cute container garden and so creative.

  27. Maple

    I certainly do like the idea, it is really cute.

  28. Diva? Oh Yeah

    Great post, however I was wondering if you could write a little more on this topic? I’d be very thankful if you could elaborate a little bit further on your fantastic gardening techniques. Thank you!

  29. Adrianne Canon

    I am so happy that you shared this helpful info with us. Please stay us up to date with great stories like this.Thank you for sharing.

  30. Sugar & Spice

    Very nice post. Cute I for container planting this summer, I just wanted to say that I have really enjoyed browsing your blog posts. In any case I will be subscribing to your feed and I hope you will be writing again soon!

  31. Amy @ Her Faith

    What a cute little cart for a small garden, and I appreciate the fact you are repurposing your fall decor to use again, that is so cool.

  32. Aurora

    You actually make it seem really easy to follow along with your presentation. I am looking forward to my garden this year.

  33. This looks like a great project to keep the kiddos busy this summer!

  34. This is so cute! What a great way to make use of a wheelbarrow!

  35. Bella

    This Turned out so cute!!! what an awesome project! I did garden boaxs this year and im very exited about it

  36. This is SO cute! I love container gardening and this idea makes it so cute and fun!

  37. This is the cutest! Absolutely LOVE the wheelbarrow gardens!

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