Gardening Ideas forum: Repurposed Tarp becomes Wheel barrel

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Name: Laurie b
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lauriebasler
Sep 26, 2017 11:44 PM CST
When ever I have transplanting, pruning, or lots of weeds to pull and remove to the back of the property where the compost pile is, I get out my old 10 by 20 ft tarp that has a rope strung thru one of the 10 foot ends and tied into a large loop, and use it like I would use a wheel barrel. I can drag huge plants to a new location, or move a huge pile of weeds in one trip instead of many that a wheel barrel would require. To make a big hem, I just sewed it on a sewing machine with two rows of stitching like jeans have, for strength. . Then I fed the rope thru the hem, and tied up a nice secure knot. I have a lot of plants I could never move by myself, but can drag them easily with the tarp.
I also use the tarp to keep my working area tidy, by putting the tarp over sidewalks or grass I don't want to get dirt all over. I have used this for years before it wears out. My wheel barrel my husband brought home is unstable and too heavy for me even when it is empty. I don't have storage to have two of them, so this is a great alternative for me for a variety of reason. When I am done, I just fold it up and store it on a shelf.
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Sep 27, 2017 9:08 AM CST
Great idea, Laurie. Smiling
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Name: greene
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greene
Sep 27, 2017 1:44 PM CST
lauriebasler said:...move a huge pile of weeds in one trip instead of many that a wheel barrel would require.


Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
You have given me the answer to my dilema. Thumbs up
I have been hauling sticks, branches and twigs from an acre of land and placing them at the curb for free pickup. Your tarp/barrow idea will make this much quicker, easier and less walking for me!!!

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Frenchy21
Sep 27, 2017 6:03 PM CST
Great idea for folks like me that are not very strong - this will simplify my hauling things around and I won't have to pester my DH so much. Thanks Laurie. Hurray!
Name: Laurie b
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lauriebasler
Oct 1, 2017 7:30 PM CST
I meant to mention that when I have an unruly load, like huge limbs of Rhodys or junipers that I know are going to try to escape, I take two spring snap link hooks, and put one thru each hole in the bottom corners of the tarp and bring it up and across like a diaper and snap the hook thru another hole up high. Holds everything in tight, and no lost cargo.





Name: greene
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greene
Oct 2, 2017 4:53 PM CST
I am ready to put this idea into use. It was necessary for me to use the tarp to cover the two display cases to protect them from rain or damp night air, but just now my neighbor loaned me a nice stubbed screwdriver so I could partially disassemble the shelves so they would fit into my car in only one trip.

The tarp is heading home with me also. It's the kind that has a built-in rope around the edges.

Thanks for the excellent idea. Thank You! Wish me luck! Crossing Fingers!
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Oct 2, 2017 5:15 PM CST
I wish you luck, Greene!
Name: greene
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greene
Oct 2, 2017 5:22 PM CST
I took a photo of the tarp buy my camera battery was too low and the photo failed.
I'll take another one tomorrow...when I am actually using the tarp as a "tarp-barrow". Thumbs up
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joannakat
Oct 2, 2017 7:12 PM CST
greene said:I took a photo of the tarp buy my camera battery was too low and the photo failed.
I'll take another one tomorrow...when I am actually using the tarp as a "tarp-barrow". Thumbs up


Tarp-barrow, I like that! Looking forward to seeing the pictures.
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Name: greene
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greene
Oct 3, 2017 12:35 PM CST
Okay, I took a new photo. Here is my tarp-barrow. It was a gift from my gardening friend Liz when she was moving to Oregon. It has a built-in rope around the perimeter. Thumbs up
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Legalily
Oct 4, 2017 9:53 AM CST
Great idea!!! I'm constantly making many trips to the timber to dispose of things. Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Greene I like the tarp you have with the strings already there! Just cinch it up and drag Thumbs up
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Name: Laurie b
Western Washington (Zone 7b)
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lauriebasler
Oct 5, 2017 2:58 AM CST
I don't know if anyone else gets insomnia and just cannot get back to sleep, but I do and tonight I was really cranky about it.
Then I found myself here, seeing you create your own tarp-barrel Greene! Your tarp barrel is even a pretty color. It makes me so happy you are going to find this useful. Thanks for posting pictures too. Thank You!

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