Wednesday, May 2, 2012

A 1950’s Wheelbarrow Transformed

At one time, my husband and I lived in his grandparent’s home. Many of their old belongings were still around. We loved his grandfather’s old gardening tools and none more so than his old wheelbarrow. We were still using it up until about ten years ago. Neither of us could bring ourselves to part with it, so it has traveled about the garden without a purpose until now. When I decided to transform it into a planter.
It is always fun when a project involves power tools.

Here you have a wonderful vintage wheelbarrow from the 50’s. That is full of character as well as rust. What a great shape! America made tools to last back then!

Looking at it from above, you can tell it is rather shallow.

I added several drain holes.

Then a layer of pea gravel went in to the wheelbarrow.

Next, I place in potting soil.

Now, the fun part…the plants. Here is a list of what’s inside: Autumn Fern (Dryopteris erythrosora), Holly Fern (Cyrtomium falcatum), Foxtail Fern (Asparagus densiflorus), a heuchera, Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia), several white caladium bulbs and two white impatiens.

Here we have the view from above.

This photo was taken today and as you can see the caladiums are coming up.

I decide to add a few plants of Dwarf Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon japonicas ‘Nana’).

In a few weeks it will look even better, when the plants have filled in a little more.

Our little piece of family history…I’m enjoying seeing it with purpose again.


  1. That's going to look great.
    We have an old one planted with agaves. I tried several other 'deer resistant' things. But, they all got chomped. They still pull up the agaves, but agaves are tough and can take it. I just put them back in.
    Can't wait to see yours when it fills in.

  2. I think it looks absolutely charming!

  3. So pretty. Love your selection of plants. It looks great now, but I bet it will look even better when it fills in.

  4. Such a good use for your re-purposed wheelbarrow. Your granddaddy would be pleased, I'm sure.

  5. Cute and clever is always the best combo and you've succeeded in both areas. Love the wheelbarrow garden! :o)


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