Whiskey Barrel Fall Planter

 

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Hey y’all!  I wanted to share with you how to make this whiskey barrel fall planter.  It’s super easy and can be completed in about an hour or less.  So here it is step by step…

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I started with this rustic whisky barrel planter I found in the garden section of Lowe’s.  It’s 36″ wide at the top, so it’s definitely a large planter.  I love this planter because it’s a statement piece that can be used for all seasons!

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Next, we filled the barrel a quarter full with packing peanuts.  We always put these on the bottom of our planters.  They are great for water drainage and they fill the planter without adding weight for easier mobility.  You can find a bag of these at your local shipping store.

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We filled the next quarter of the barrel with good quality potting soil with fertilizer added to it.

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Next we placed orange Mums with Red Blood Grass in the center of the barrel.  This arrangement was already put together when we purchased it, but you can purchase and plant these plants separately, as well.  This Mum may look like it takes up the entire planter but there’s still plenty of room around the edges to plant.

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img_2163Next we took a large purple Mum and divided it at the roots in 4 equal sections.  Then I had my very talented and handsome landscape assistant (aka my husband) plant purple Mums around the base of the three visible sides of the orange Mums.   Then he filled in the gaps with potting soil around the base of the plants

img_2154 Lastly, we planted 3 Creeping Jenny vines, evenly dispersed around the front of the basket.  These hang down and soften the look.  Again, we filled in the gaps with potting soil.  And we were finished in less than hour!

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Here’s a few tips on caring  for your Mums from my handsome and talented landscaper 😉  This will help prolong their lifespan and keep them looking beautiful!

  • dead head Mums when they are done blooming
  • water regularly so soil stays moist to the touch
  • keep in full to partial sunlight
  • If there is a threat of frost at night, cover with a sheet or bring the garage for the night

Enjoy!

Blessings ~

Karen

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