April-Finding a discarded old wheelbarrow
After a trip over an old mine road near nowhere last April, Tractor Man and I stopped to follow this rusty cable. At the end of the ‘rusty brick road’ was OZ. A stunning treasure!
How many people had passed this up after using it for target practice, I wonder? No Flea Market Gardener, I’m sure! I know some here on our page who wouldn’t be above wheeling it away, running… There wasn’t a soul around that mine but a few ghosts and I STILL looked around to see if anyone was going to stop me.
We were near Coalinga, California, where ever that is, …a weird area desert like with a lot of benitoite in the soil. A local man told us that because of all the minerals in the soil plants wouldn’t grow there,…that’s why the area looks like Utah desert. We went there for the backroads and scenery. Believe me, this wheelbarrow was a GREAT scene!
Without question, my husband helped me heft it into the car,….I think even he admired the rusty patina, although he’s never used that word in his life. It will find a new home in my garden… Bullet holes are good enough for drainage, right?
Later after stopping for dinner out and mid way through I gasped and told my hubby…”Oh My Gosh! We forgot the wheelbarrow in the truck,….what if someone steals it?!” He just looked at me….
OK, I’m happy.
May- get ready to plant,…soil and flowers
Here it is in all its rusty bullet-holed glory!
I LOVE it! Ready to plant, Autumn sage, ageratum and purple and magenta wave petunias.
How to Plant in a rusty ‘container’:
- First I lined the wheelbarrow in weed block fabric. My other wheelbarrow is so holey that I lined that one with chicken wire, the smallest holed kind.
- Tip: You can fill the bootom with upside down gallon nursery pots, sealed liter soda bottles, or gravel.
- If your wheelbarrow does NOT have bullet holes *wink, wink*, drill several holes in the lowest spot.
- Fill with good rich potting soil, plant a perennial in the center if you wish.
- String a drip hose sprayer to the center of your wheelbarrow during the hot summer.
- Fertilize every week or so
I’m not a petunia gal,…never have liked or grown them! BUT, one photo from our Spring Contest inspired me with this color combination, so I HAD to duplicate it. Any tips for me on petunias???
Petunias 101: See all the tips YOU gave me!
Here’s my wheelbarrow all planted,…you can see where I moved my old wheelbarrow down further.
Now, do I cut off the petunia flowers to make them fuller? Next photo not for a couple weeks,…hope it takes off. By the way, my inspiration was Shari Telek’s petunia color combination in her “Celebrate Spring” contest photo, below. Thanks, Sheri! One of the nicest things about this page, I think, is when we get inspired by each other here and then act on it!
July- A flowery puff of petunias
It’s mid summer and I thought I’d show the progress on my petunia planter wheelbarrow.
The deep blue and rose petunias, rose autumn sage and blue ageratum are filling in a bit. The galvanized tub below it has anemone which will bloom in the fall, and I just popped the Coreopsis ‘Rum Punch’ still in its nursery can into the bait bucket. I love it! I think I’m liking petunias now.