i should be mopping the floor: DIY Sturdy Planted Posts

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

DIY Sturdy Planted Posts

These DIY Sturdy Planted Posts went together easily and are perfect for our yard!
I can already think of a thousand uses for them.
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Growing up, my parents' yard was always so lush and beautiful. Our home had a pool and I can remember many fun gatherings around it {and in it!}. Both my mom and dad worked so hard to keep the yard and patio absolutely lovely. There were lush flowers everywhere and the entire yard was bordered three feet deep with Asian Jasmine, lined with railroad ties to separate the Jasmine from the thick St. Augustine grass. We lived in an older area of Austin and there were beautiful, established trees everywhere {that dropped buckets of leaves into that pool...much to my dad's dismay}. My mom even had flowering, overflowing baskets hanging from limbs of trees. My parents both worked full-time, so looking back, I'm truly amazed they were able to keep up such a beautiful area on their own. I strive to keep up our own yard looking just a little bit as pretty as my parents' did, but our lives are super busy. But, we have worked hard this last year or so to really bring our backyard together...and that hard work has really started to pay off. Because of all of this work, we've truly been enjoying this area more, too. 
We've added these DIY sturdy planted posts into some whiskey barrel planters to hang strings of lights all around our firepit area. These types of planted posts would be perfect for mailboxes, hanging baskets and so much more, too. 
See how we made them super sturdy {to withstand the crazy Texas thunderstorms} below.
To start with, we purchased three large whiskey barrels {they come cut in half}. We also grabbed nine 60-pound bags of cement mix, six large "L" brackets {the kind shelves sit on}, three treated-lumber posts, as well some scrap wood from our pile.
We also picked up some of our favorite plants as well as Miracle-Gro Potting Mix and LiquaFeed to make sure our plants get a healthy start.
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The first step is to reinforce the bottoms of the barrels with some scrap wood pieces, {you'll see why below}. We used 1x6 pieces and cut them to fit the bottoms of the barrels. My dad helped me with this part of the project. He loves engineering these types of projects. He's one of those people who makes projects *look* easy. 


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We removed the original reinforcement pieces {pictured above on the left}, with a crowbar. Then we screwed our cut 1x6 pieces into place. You'll need two pieces per barrel. This doesn't have to be perfect. These are just used for the brackets to be screwed into...and the brackets are simply to hold the posts in place until the cement sets up. So, truly, these do not require any type of perfection.


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Position the barrel where you'd like it to go in your yard or garden area. Once the cement is poured it will be super heavy...movable-ish...but only in a somewhat dire situation {give or take...I mean you could "roll" it around the yard if you were in a bind, I suppose}. Before placing the post into the barrel, attach your two brackets onto adjacent sides of your post {so it can't move either direction once the cement is setting up}. We also added the hook to the top of the post before securing it to the bottom of the barrel...but that's just preference. Make sure you're screwing the brackets into the area where the reinforcements have been placed on the bottom of your barrel. Try not to do this portion on a windy day. Before these are secure with cement, they could be a bit dangerous..."falling over" wise. 


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Next, we started pouring the cement...one bag at a time. I promise I did not make my dad do all the work, y'all. Just when I had the camera in my hand...wink! We mixed each bag, one at a time.


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After getting one bag of dry cement into the barrel, we sprayed it down with water. And used the end of a hoe to start mixing. Honestly, I actually served as the expert sprayer on this project. I can wield a nozzle like nobody's business. 


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After mixing each dry bag with water and getting it to our desired consistency, we'd add another bag on top and repeat the process. Our desired consistency was very brownie-batterish. After each barrel had three bags of mixed cement all ready to go, we let them cure for 48 hours. 


DIY Sturdy Planted Posts | Complete step-by-step tutorial to create posts in planters that are guaranteed not to blow over or shift.
Next was the really fun part...planting! We also made sure to drill {somewhat discreet} drainage holes into the sides of the barrel, just above the top of the cement level. Since we covered up the drainage in the bottom of the barrel, we needed to be sure and add these into the sides of the barrel. 
Cleaning up the yard for the spring and summer is one of our favorite family projects. This summer, we've gone a bit "bigger" than usual, but it makes it all the more exciting for it to come together.
Every year, we use Miracle-Gro products to make sure our hard work keeps on keepin' on...if you know what I mean. You can grab Miracle-Gro products, as well as other goodies from the Scott's family of products at your local Walmart to make sure your lawn and garden look their absolute best.



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This area is looking so colorful with all of these blooms now...can hardly wait to have all of the lights up and a few friends over for some fun backyard time. A full barrel of Miracle-Gro Potting Mix {and cement...lol!} makes the perfect home for our hearty Marigolds. 


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If we feed our plants with the absolute best products, we'll get their absolute best performance all season long! Plus my kids think this Miracle-Gro LiquiFeed Feeder is so much fun to water with!


DIY Sturdy Planted Posts | Complete step-by-step tutorial to create posts in planters that are guaranteed not to blow over or shift.
At the end of the month, I'll be coming back to show you the entire space...lit up with our fun party lights! I'm also wanting to add some cute hanging baskets on the other sides of the posts, too. Almost done! 

We'd love to see how you express yourself in your outdoor areas!
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