Do I need to drill holes in whiskey barrel planter?
Drill Drainage Holes
Make sure that excess water can drain out of the barrel when you water your plants. If necessary, drill holes into the bottom of the barrel.
How many holes does a whiskey barrel need to grow?
To get started, set the empty barrel on the ground upside down and use a drill to make several drainage holes. A barrel with a wide base needs about seven to eight 3/4-inch drainage holes.
How many holes does it take to drill a whiskey barrel planter?
Mark the location for your drainage holes. Four to six 1/2-inch diameter holes spaced equally apart should supply sufficient drainage without weakening the bottom of the planter. Wine barrel planters, also called half barrels or whiskey barrels, provide a rustic, durable container for your favorite plants.
How do you keep a whiskey barrel from falling apart?
A bit of water inside will help keep the wood swollen, but as insurance, you can put a nail or three below each of the rings to stop them falling in the event the barrel does dry out and shrink. Eventually the bands fell off – because the swelling of the barrel went down – and the wood is starting to pull apart.
How do you dry a whiskey barrel?
Re: whiskey barrel drying out
Keep the barrel upright on end and let some water sit on the top to help keep it moist. Keep a bung in it. If you can wrap it with plastic, do so. Usually they come from the distillery wrapped, which seals the moisture in pretty well.
How do you drill a hole in an oak barrel?
Turn the barrel upside down and mark out between 12 and 16 locations to drill holes in the bottom. Remember to place 2 very near the exact center and between 6 and 10 around the rim. These are the locations where the water will pool and stagnate otherwise. Drill the marked holes with the drill.
How long will a whiskey barrel last as a planter?
Life expectencies seem to range from 2 to 20 years.
Should I line my whiskey barrel planter?
After doing research, there isn’t really any conclusive evidence that says that a plastic liner slows the aging of the barrel, so we decided against the liner. But if you choose the plastic liner route, be sure to punch holes in the plastic directly over the holes in your barrel.
What plants go in a whiskey barrel?
A tall, spiked plant or filler plant with trailing or vining to cascade over the edges works well. Other options include foliage spikes, pansies, petunias, begonia, marigold, zinnia, impatiens and sunflowers.
Can I plant perennials in a whiskey barrel?
In a large whiskey barrel planter, eight to 10 perennials can be planted. In a smaller barrel, keep the number to four plants to prevent overcrowding. Disregard spacing suggestions for landscape planting and opt for a close, 3 to 4 inches between plants in the barrel.