Wine barrel pots have become very popular in recent years. The rise in popularity of wineries as well as more authentic pots has meant that wine barrels have become in demand from gardeners right across the country.
Wine barrels are often available from garden shops - but they are also available from wineries if you are looking to save a few dollars. Expect to pay upwards of $100 for a half wine barrel from a gardening shop, whereas if a winery is contacted directly, they are often able to offer an old wine barrel for less.
Half wine barrels can make stunning features in the garden, but there is some work that needs to be done before they are a ready pot.
Firstly, it's important that multiple people move the wine barrel into the desired position. Wine barrels are very heavy, and injury can occur without help.
After the wine barrel is in the correct position, it will need to be raised off the ground to allow drainage. One of the most popular methods is to place a couple of pavers underneath the barrel. This will allow for drainage - but now raise the barrel too much.
The next step is to drill holes in the bottom of the barrel for drainage. The water needs to exit the barrel somewhere. It's best to drill at least three large holes in the bottom of the barrel. More will be better - but it depends on the variety of plant that you intend on planting in the barrel.
The mixture of soil will need to be worked out in advance. Often, gravel or stones are recommended for the base of the wine barrel. This allows sufficient drainage and can be less expensive than other materials.
Fill the barrel with soil or the remaining materials and plant the plant.
Some barrels look lovely with a plant that is trellised - and many dwarf fruit trees are planted in barrels.
Make sure that the barrel has contains plenty of nutrients for the plants - as the plant will not be able to access nutrients from the surrounding soil.
Watering is vital for plants that are in barrels. Just like a pot, wine barrels will dry more quickly than the surrounding soil, so make sure that your plant is watered sufficiently.
Sit back and enjoy looking at your stunning garden feature!