Before I share today’s post, Wheelbarrow Container Garden Ideas, I wanted to say thank you for all your sweet messages of support and encouragement after last week’s post.
It means so much to me to know you’re thinking and praying for us.
To be perfectly honest, I felt like I was in a fog for nearly the entire week. I just couldn’t seem to get myself together.
Instead of trying to slog through the days like I usually do though, I decided to give myself grace and do one small thing each day that brought a sense of normalcy and it felt like the biggest gift.
Planting flowers and container gardens have always been my go-to during seasons of stress, grief, and loss. There is something that feels really comforting about nurturing plants and watching them grow.
We’ve kept a wheelbarrow container garden on the back patio for years. It’s one of my favorite spots because you can see the flowers blooming from inside the breakfast nook and on the porch swing outside too.
Recently, I noticed it was in desperate need of a little TLC. So, I headed to our local nursery to pick up a few plants.
It only took 3 plants to give our metal wheelbarrow container garden a refresh so I wanted to share the transformation in case you wanted to create something similar at your house too.
Here’s a look at how to create a wheelbarrow container garden…
Wheelbarrow Container Garden Supplies:
- Weed cloth
- Foam Peanuts or Pool Noodle Pieces, optional
- Garden Soil
- Mulch, optional
Wheelbarrow Container Garden Steps:
Our metal wheelbarrow has definitely seen better days. It has some pretty significant cracks in the base of it so we lined it with weed cloth to help create a slower drainage system.
Then we added foam pool noodle pieces before covering the entire base with fresh garden soil.
I used 2 big bags of potting soil to fill the entire wheelbarrow. It’s important to make sure the soil is level because the inside of the wheelbarrow is sloped.
Next, we started planting and arranging the flowers.
Make sure the flowers you choose for your wheelbarrow container garden have the same soil, water, and sun requirements. I am notorious for picking flowers I love based on color or texture only to get home and realize they shouldn’t be mixed in the same container!
You’ll also need to consider the spacing needs of each plant as well.
Once you have all your flowers in place, add an additional layer of potting soil and a layer of mulch.
Since we live in Florida, we can only use pine straw or rubber mulch as per our termite bond. So, that might be something to keep in mind where you live too.
Be sure to water your wheelbarrow container garden heavily before cleaning up!
As I shared above, it only took adding 3 plants (2 petunias and 1 lantana) to give our metal wheelbarrow container garden a completely fresh feel.
Here’s another look at the before…
I think sometimes we think we have to make big changes in order to see the big results we’re after. Especially, when it comes to room makeovers, healthy living habits, organizing our homes, or chasing our dreams.
While that might be true for some things, more times than not it’s the little tweaks, habits, workflows, and systems we practice and embrace with consistency every day that ultimately creates a lasting change.
After all, these flowers started with nothing more than a tiny seed and a little bit of hope.