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Hi folks

ive brought a 3ft across wooden barrel with holes in bottom, should I put gravel and gauze at the bottom if I'm just doing standard flowers ??

pic of barrel




  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,157

    I don't know about gauze but I'd put something in for drainage.

    That's a very nice barrel, have you decided what's going in there?


    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • pr1mr0sepr1mr0se Posts: 1,185

    Having had just such a barrel in the past (inherited with the house) I would suggest a tough polythene liner, suitably perforated at the bottom for drainage and then a base layer of crocks/pebbles etc.  Otherwise you'll find the wood will rot, and that lovely container will deteriorate before your eyes!  Also, standing it on raised "feet" will help to prevent the base from rotting with the winter rains etc.

  • Hi nutcutlet, haven't quite decided yet, trip down to garden centre in morning.

    hi shrinking violet, it is actually risen on some bricks at the moment just need to get the insides of it at the min and decide what flowers I put in

  • pr1mr0sepr1mr0se Posts: 1,185

    Hi Mike Allen - yes, it does seem perverse, doesn't it?  A barrel, properly treated etc. is designed to hold liquid - but once it's planted with compost etc. it is prone to rot!  But if treated with respect, it can last for many years - and is one of the best looking planters you can have imo. 

  • It's My question and as mentioned already it is raised of the ground on bricks

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