Springtime is known for outdoor beauty, fresh-cut grass, and gorgeous flowers…and garden re-dos. This year I’m spending time planting in old wooden boxes that I’ve had for years. Today I want to show you the correct way to plant flowers in wooden boxes so that your precious keepsakes will last forever.
Whether it’s an old vintage box or a brand new one you bought at a store, there’s a correct way to plant beautiful flowers to protect the longevity of the wooden box. I love to plant flowers in vintage wooden boxes for the look because I’m deep into the vintage look. Also, because here in Texas there’s a real good chance we will still have bad weather, so I like to plant in containers that I can move into the house should I need to because of the weather.
Today I’m planting in an old vintage toolbox that I’ve had for years. I have used it as a magazine holder, but now, I’m taking it outdoors now that I know the correct way to plant flowers in wooden boxes.
The Correct Way to Plant Flowers in Wooden Boxes
If you like the old vintage look, think vintage wooden tool boxes, old sewing machine drawers, old jewelry boxes, and anything old makes a wonderful planter for flowers and even vegetables.
First, you’ll want to gather all your supplies. Here’s what I used.
- Vintage wooden tool box
- pretty flowers – 3 different varieties
- small rocks or pebbles
- black plastic liner (trash bag will do)
- organic planting soil for containers
- garden tools and a garden utility cart (affiliate link) to hold every thing in
- and water
- Line the entire wooden box with black plastic. Can use a trash bag cut to fit. This isn’t shown, but bring over the black plastic on each side to make it easier when adding the soil. You can then push down the plastic so it will not show.
- Add an inch of small rocks or pebbles to the bottom of box to filter water. I used rocks from my yard.
- Fill box with organic potting soil mix. Be sure to pack soil down and don’t forget the corners.
- Plant flowers making sure to give enough room for plants to grow.
- Lightly water at first and water again when soil is dry to the touch.
Tip: Rain water is excellent to use to water your plants. Sit a can or bucket outside to catch rainwater.
Happy planting and happy spring – my favorite time of year.
One of my favorite re-purposed planters – DIY Vintage Feeder Flower Planter