Happy Friday!!! I found these cute planter barrels while driving by the Christmas Tree Shop a few weeks ago and just had to buy them. They came in a variety of sizes and of course I got a few of each. Then I thought, where to put these?! I decided that one of these for now would go on my back deck, but knowing once filled with dirt they’d be difficult to move around. I remembered seeing something on Pinterest that I had added to my garden board, on how to make containers lighter.
There were a few that I posted; one was of those packing peanuts.
I tried this once last year and I wasn’t a huge fan. Once they were soaked after having wet dirt on top for a year-long they dissolved and stuck to the pot. When I went to reuse the pot it was just a sticky mess (I personally didn’t care for it).
Next was of pine cones;
I couldn’t get my hands on enough of these for my large pots since I live in the city, and the only woodsy area around me were filled with dog poop as that is the neighborhood potty for our fury friends. I wasn’t planning on digging around for these. Maybe for smaller containers this will do just fine but not for what I needed. The store bought ones I’ve found are all scented and I’m hesitant to put that near plants.
So I came up with another solution. Since we can use egg cartons and toilet paper rolls as seedling starters, then why not fill a container with them since its not harmful to plants and will decompose eventually?! Also why not have them on wheels to easily transport the bigger containers?!?! So I took a few pictures of my attempted DIY this week.
Make sure that when the casters roll around that they don’t trip up on the edges of the barrel before screwing them in.
The casters can be found at hardware stores but I bought mine in bulk for cheaper on Amazon. Though they didn’t come with its own screws so I had to improvise with what I had in-house. Which is why I took the photo above because some of them came through the barrel. I only put 2 screws on each caster, that should hold up fine but if it seems I need more I can just put them in later. Note to self – when reusing these planters to be careful when reaching the bottom.
So I now have a mini vegetable and herb garden on my back deck, and once they get bigger I can transplant them to the ground if I want to, or just leave it.