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Mina from middle GA
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I would appreciate info on planting flowers in a very old wheelbarrow. It has curved sides so not many pots can fit in it. If I drill a hole in the bottom for drainage and put dirt in it to plant the flowers in, will the bottom rust out?
Hardiness Zone: 10b
R. Anderson from Templeton, CA
Try putting plastic on the bottom! (08/11/2007)
I think that the bottom will eventually rust out, yes. That's why most people use an old, dilapidated wheelbarrow tha's on its last leg. You could delay it a bit with Nancie's idea- putting some sort of plastic in the bottom, like a lid from one of those huge Rubbermaid buckets. Just make sure you punch holes it that, too. (08/12/2007)
By Beth - MA
Spray paint the wheelbarrow with a couple coats of Rustoleum rust inhibiting paint,then a couple coats of Plasti-cote spray paint for lawn furniture. Mine hasn't rusted through yet and it's three years old. I did line mine with several layers of heavy plastic before adding the soil. Poke holes in it though right where you drilled the drain holes in the metal and add some gravel for better drainage and drying. (08/13/2007)
All I can tell you is that at the start of the summer, I did this exact thing to an old wheelbarrow in my yard and have had no trouble at all. Good luck (08/16/2007)
I tried the plastic thing in my initially and I had problems with it draining. My wheelbarrow was abandon by the previous owner of my house and it was in no way in good shape. I did spray the bottom of mine with rustoleum. I've gone to 100s of estate sales and seen old wheelbarrows for $15 to $40. If I need to replace I figure that is a pretty cheap investment for 4 or 5 years.