Whiskey Barrels for Hassle-Free Gardening

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Real Estate Agent with Troxel Realty Co. LLC 6501344841

Whiskey BarrelsI have gotten used to using whiskey barrels in my back yard for some of my planting in recent years.  They come in quite handy, and have some great advantages for gardening and landscaping. 

One of the nice advantages is that they can be used to grow plants that you want to contain in a small area, because they are invasive and will take over your yard.  Whiskey barrels are perfect for things like mint, for example. 

Another nice advantage of these is that they put the planting about 2 to 3 feet off the ground, so there is less bending over if you have back problems.  You can easily keep up with the weeding without all the back pain.  I also like the fact that you can grow grass right up to it, and you can run your weed wacker right up next to it and never damage it. 

The extra height can be an advantage for vegetables too.  It keeps them off the ground high enough to deter some garden eaters, like rabbits.  It won't deter the raccoon or squirrels, but you can also cage them too.  Another nice thing it they can offer a way to garden for those who really do not have a place to grow things.  Just set them on your porch, and fill them with soil, and plant what you want. 

Anyway, I thought I would share some photos of how I use them in my landscaping.  The the barrels in the photo above are the ones I planted Nasturtiums in this year, and one below I have chives, onions and more nasturtiums.  My wife and I like Nasturtiums for salads, and they also are not bothered by garden pests, so they endure all summer long.  Happy gardening!

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Michael,

Congratulations. Your post is now featured in the group "Americana." :)

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August 21, 2011 01:02 PM
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Michael,

I've always loved the look of a whiskey barrel. I saw them frequently in Northern, IL and WI but I don't see them here in Texas.

I'm glad you posted this information. Isn't it great that we can blog about things unique about where we live so that others who aren't familiar with it can get some great ideas? You sell Michigan with zest and interest! Congratulations on being featured in Americana!

August 21, 2011 01:23 PM
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Valerie Osterhoudt
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Michael.. I used to have whiskey barrels at my old house.. never thought about them once I moved into my condo.  Now you have put it into my mind again.  THANK YOU.  I will be going out to get some.  This is a perfect idea for containing plants when you live in a condo complex.

August 21, 2011 07:26 PM
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Michael,

Your blog had a big impact - and even more after the reblog. This is a great example of the reach of blogging. :)

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August 22, 2011 11:25 PM
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Thank you Steve, and thanks for the feature on 'Americana'.  It is sometimes amazing to me how what may on the surface appear to be a simple subject can actually become real popular.  It truly is the power of blogging.  I have learned that my best blog posts are those that I write during the moment I think that item should be shared.  Very interesting lessons.

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