Wine Barrels as Planters: From Purchase to Creation

19 October 2023 by
Harley Thompson

Introduction: The Idea Behind Wine Barrels as Planters

Wine barrels, with their rustic charm and durable construction, have become a popular choice for garden enthusiasts looking to add a touch of vintage elegance to their outdoor spaces. Traditionally used in the winemaking industry, these barrels are often made of thick oak wood planks, reinforced with metal rings for added stability. Whilst full wine barrels can be used as planters, half wine barrels have gained particular popularity due to their manageable size and depth, making them ideal for a variety of plants.

Daisy's Garden Supplies: Offering Quality Wine Barrels:

At Daisy's Garden Supplies, we pride ourselves on providing our customers with finely built wine barrels that not only pay homage to classic wine traditions but also serve as a versatile addition to any garden or patio. Our range includes:

  • Half Wine Barrels: With a diameter of approximately 78cm and a height of around 46cm, these barrels are perfect for those looking to start small or have limited space.
  • Full Wine Barrels: Measuring about 78cm in diameter and standing at an approximate height of 92cm, these barrels are for those who wish to make a grand statement in their gardens.

Whether you're looking to plant ornamental flowers, herbs, or even small trees, our barrels offer a touch of timeless elegance. To view our collection and explore more, drop into any of our 8 convenient locations across Melbourne and Geelong. Our dedicated team awaits your visit.

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Preparing Your Half Wine Barrel Planter: A Step-by-Step Guide:

1. Ensure Proper Drainage

  • Drill several large drainage holes at the bottom of the barrel. This is crucial to prevent waterlogging and ensure the health of your plants.
  • Place a mesh or fabric at the bottom to prevent soil from falling through the holes. If using fabric mesh, cut a circle and staple it to the bottom. Alternatively, placing a stone over each hole can also work.

2. Consider Adding a Liner

  • Whilst there's some debate over the necessity of a liner, it can help retain soil moisture and reduce watering frequency. If you opt for a liner, ensure it has holes aligned with the barrel's drainage holes.

3. Fill with Quality Soil

• Use approximately 100L or around four to five  bags of high-quality soil to fill one barrel, leaving about 60mm at the top. (for a full barrel this would be doubled)

• For best results, we recommend an Australian Standard premium potting mix. Look for brands like Terracotta and Tub or Soiltech premium potting mix, which come with the 5 red ticks on the bag, indicating their premium quality.

• While Australian Standard regular potting mixes can also be used, they typically don't come with added fertiliser. If opting for this, consider complementing with a slow-release fertiliser to provide the essential nutrients for plant growth.

• Given the confined space of wine barrels, ensuring you use a nutrient-rich mix is vital. If you ever find yourself using a mix that seems lacking, consider enriching it with organic compost and fertiliser.

4. Positioning and Care

  • Before filling with soil, position the barrel in its desired location as it becomes heavy once filled.
  • Elevate the barrel slightly using bricks or pavers to prevent rotting at the base, especially if placing it directly on soil.

5. Planting

  • Depending on your preference, you can plant a variety of herbs, flowers, or even small trees. Ensure you consider the plant's growth size to avoid overcrowding.
  • For added aesthetics, consider companion planting. For instance, a central tomato plant surrounded by basil or marigolds.

6. Watering and Fertilisation

• Ensure consistent moisture levels without overwatering. The use of automated drip irrigation can be beneficial.

• Fertilise as needed, considering the confined space and potential for faster nutrient depletion.

By following these steps, you can ensure a thriving garden within your wine barrel, adding both beauty and functionality to your outdoor space.

About the Authors:

             Harley Thompson • Blog Author  

Harley is a second-generation journalist with a passion for insightful writing and a keen eye for detail.  Currently studying at Monash University, Harley is pursuing a double degree in Commerce, majoring in Statistics and Finance, alongside International Relations. His academic background provides him with a unique perspective on various topics. He specialises in creating engaging content about our products, using experience in store and working with our wider team and customers. His writing blends his academic knowledge with practical experience, offering informative and inspiring articles.