MiniProject: When a Wagon Becomes a Planter
I hereby claim for myself the title of This Generation's Martha Stewart. Tonight I shall skirt legal nuances, trod on the ethical, and the lie extravagantly and poorly in a misguided attempt to cover up the truth.
As your new queen of suburban fine living and crafty projects, I present to you a project I like to subtitle "Anyone can make a planter out of anything." In this case, it's a repro radio flyer wagon I picked up at an auction for three bucks.
This is a remarkably easy project that takes about 20 minutes (but the hours of mockery from your friends and family go on forever!). If you spend a little more time on it, you can come up with a more pleasing plant layout than Hodgepodge, the style I chose.
Drill three to five holes in the bottom of the radio flyer to help ensure the roots of the plants didn't get water-logged. Use your biggest metal-friendly drill bit.
Place rocks over the holes that will allow water to pass under, and around but not much dirt.
Dump good potting soil over the rocks and fill the container 80% to the top.
Step 4: Start inserting your plants. I recommend having a design before you start, because winging it inevitably results in what happened to me: I put in a flat and a half of marigolds and ran out of flowers. I grabbed some hen and chicks I'd been intending to plant in a corner of the pebbles, and planted them along the back fifth of the wagon.
Step 5. Water the plants into place.
Voila! You now have a rolling, portable planter that your family can mock you over, as well. I recommend planting annuals in it (at somepoint this fall, I'll have to transfer the hen and chicks - a perennial plant) someplace else in my garden.
If I have a spare moment in the next few days, I'll probably go in and move some of the plants around - I'm thinking of putting a hen and chicks cluster in each corner of the wagon, instead of leaving them all at the back - or going out, acquiring another half-flat of marigolds, and replacing the hen and chicks with all marigolds, all the time.