What to plant in an old wagon/cart?

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I have this old wagon/cart that my son brought home from the dump. It's not too big, but it's deep. He repaired it, as the wood was loose and the wheels were falling off, etc. I want to plant Spring bulbs in it, then annuals, after the bulbs have finished flowering. Any suggestions? I want a beautiful display in this old timey wagon.
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  • Georgia Tagmeyer Georgia Tagmeyer on Aug 06, 2016
    i would want to coat it with something that would protect it from moisture, as it will eventually rot. it sounds adorable!
  • Vicki Vicki on Aug 06, 2016
    My husband built one for me and I plant seasonal flowers in it. Before filling with soil be sure to paint the wood with some kind of water sealant such as Thompson water seal. Otherwise the wood will retain the moisture when watering plants and eventually rot. I am sure it will be lovely with your bulbs in full bloom.
  • William William on Aug 06, 2016
    I built a wagon for a nursing home when I worked there as a maintenance technician. They put it out on the patio and used potted plants and plant trays so they could change the plantings with the season. It was sealed with four coats of Thompson's Water Seal to bear the weather. http://www.hometalk.com/18109677/wagons-hooo-
  • Conni Swenson Conni Swenson on Aug 06, 2016
    Fall mums and pumpkins would be pretty
  • Mary Mary on Aug 06, 2016
    I read something lately that might apply here. Using disposable diapers minus plastic at bottom of planters. Also, will need drainage at bottom of wagon. Yes, protect wood with sealant.
  • G-m5274252 G-m5274252 on Aug 06, 2016
    After sealing it with Thompson's, place a piece of weed barrier cloth in the bottom to hold soil. It should drain well, and still give you added protection.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Aug 06, 2016
    Make sure you have drainage prior to planting. I would instead of bulbs do seasonal plantings With fall approaching Mums,Pansies
  • Mary Mary on Aug 06, 2016
    If you want this cart to last more than a season or so, you should not put dirt/water directly in the bottom of it. You can put anything plastic that would roughly approximate the size of the bottom. Depending on depth, you could use plastic tote boxes, or maybe just their lids. Then fill with your pots of dirt. If the wagon is too deep, you can put something else on the bottom, and then the plastic liner on top of that, for height. Use the plastic liner to catch your overflow water. Definitely seal the wagon, too. Deck sealer might be perfect.
  • Sharon Seiber Sharon Seiber on Aug 06, 2016
    My son did put some weed screen in i, that should help out I told him because it was too deep, put some soda cans, etc in the bottom to bring the bottom up. I will ask him to seal it, as I don't want my little antique rotting away! Any more suggestions about flowers?
  • Kelly Kelly on Aug 07, 2016
    Or save the work and give the wagon to me 😝😝😝😝. It sounds like it will be a great project , Good luck !
  • Kayestes Kayestes on Aug 07, 2016
    This sounds amazing. We used pond rubber sheeting in things we didnt want to stay wet to rot and it have saved our containers for years. We still make sure there is sufficient drain holes in the bottom . I hope you enjoy this with beautiful flowers for years to come. 🌺🌺
  • Sophia,M.,McConnery Sophia,M.,McConnery on Aug 07, 2016
    All I used was heavy plastic to line my 100 year old bowling lane pine.I used this to make a planter.Worked real well.
  • Gwen Barham Loftus Gwen Barham Loftus on Aug 08, 2016
    Agree with others...be sure to line it with plastic. Did this with an old antique wheel barrow. I put rocks in the bottom for drainage. Mixed potting soil with filling from diapers and my flowers were amazing!
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