The Q&A Archives: Whiskey Barrel Planters

Question: I am in the process of setting up whiskey barrel planters. Could you offer any tips? They are the Oak half barrels. I have already drilled holes in the bottoms for drainage. How should I layer and mix the soil? Your help is appreciated. This is a fantastic informational site!

Answer: The answer to your question depends to some extent on what you want to grow, however a general purpose soilless mix should be adequate for most plants. As with any container you will need to water and fertilize with care throughout the season. In my experience, raising the barrels up off the ground slightly (as with a couple of bricks for example) is helpful in preventing the barrel from rotting and helping reduce the reflected heat off the ground from heating the soil in the barrel quite so much.

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