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Wooden Crate Fall Planter

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I love discovering special objects at garage sales, flea markets, auctions and estate sales that I can use as planters in my garden. Here’s how I created a fall planter with a vintage beverage crate.

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I found this old wooden crate, perfect for a fall planter, at a garage sale. Don’t you just love the metal edging at the corners?

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I gathered all the materials needed for the project – crate, plants, soilless potting mix, burlap and water.

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To prevent soil from spilling through the spaces between the slats, a piece of burlap served as a liner. To add a bit of charm, a few pieces were left to fall over the edges.

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The crate was filled with a good quality  soilless potting mix.

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The soil was watered in before planting the plants.

plant-photo-collection-blog-photoThese plants in autumnal shades were chosen for the planter.

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The plants were placed in the crate while they were still in their pots. It was much easier to experiment with a variety of designs before the plants were installed.

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Design chosen, it was time to plant. The roots of each plant were gently loosened before planting.

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The root balls of the pansies were ‘flattened’ so they would fit in the crate. They won’t mind a bit.

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The finished container was ready to move into its position.

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The plants were given a good drink of water.

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All that was left to do was enjoy it.

Look in your garden shed and see what you might have to create a beautiful fall container garden, and then garden with me!

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