So I took the time and redesigned what was a strawberry barrel and no came up with a planting barrel. You can put so much more than just strawberries in them. If you are limited on space, you just want to maximize space, or wanting a new way to display your flowering plants this could work. And bonus it has a built in composter/fertilizer in the center. In 2′ garden space there is not 60 different planting sites.
All of the steps are available for sale.
I started with a 55 gal white food grade barrel with the top cut off. These are available for $20
Next I drilled drainage holes in the bottom. Also available for $20 and can be used for a potato barrel. You could probably get 3-4 layers of potatoes in one barrel, around 30-60 lbs of potatoes.
Next pilot holes along the outside edge for cutting the holes.
Using a jigsaw I cut approximately 9″ lines between the holes but not connecting them.
Using a blowtorch I softened the plastic and inserted empty wine bottles to hold the shape until the plastic cools. Do this in a well ventilated area, and make sure the caps are off the bottles. Learned that one hard way. If the bottles heat up and the cork/lids are still on they can explode from the pressure.
You have to keep the row above filled with bottles while forming the second one down. As you heat the plastic the upper pockets will start to close.
Here is the completed barrel with composted in the center and filled with compost/mulch mix ready to be planted. I plan on making this into a salad/herb garden, with varieties of lettuce, cooking herbs, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, tomatoes and radishes. I will publish and post once the plants start to develop.
These are available for $70 empty,
$80 full of compost/mix,
$90 with composter and prepopulated with worms.
$120 filled with strawberries and all of the above
$150 filled with salad and cooking herb mix.
These are made to order and some plants may not be available. Allow 2-3 days from order to availability. There may be an increased price based on plants requested. Delivery is also available and there may be a fee based on distance from SR 135 and Stop 11.