Last fall I added boxwoods to my whisky barrels liners only to notice this spring they appeared root bound and pushing their way up out of the soil. I decided the liners needed to go and the barrels needed to be filled completely with dirt. I waited for the soil to dry out some and then my friend Lisa and I lifted them out of the barrel.
I think the liners a good idea, it makes the planter much lighter but for this type of shrub it definitely needed to be planted in deeper soil. I started thinking how am I going to move the barrel to sweep behind or move it when it’s time to restain the house. I went into the house and rummaged around the junk drawer (do you have one of those) and found 6 casters. I screwed them into the bottom of the whiskey barrel, flipped it over and started shoveling in new dirt.
Once I had it replanted it rolled with ease back into place. Now I can roll it out to the front of the porch when we get a good rain. I think plants need rain water from time to time for the minerals they’re not getting from tap or hose water. So far I haven’t noticed a lack of direct sunlight affecting them, but if it becomes an issue I can now move them to a sunnier location on the porch.
It’s kind of like taking my plants for a walk on a nice sunny day. I do rotate all the plants once a week to avoid them reaching for the sun, even the hosta in the pot likes to bend in the suns direction.
Here’s a favorite tip of mine: Add Cocoa Shell mulch to your planters it helps retain some of the moisture and makes the pot look finished off rather than just seeing the soil. I put it in all my container plants giving them a polished look.
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