Cristo Balete wrote:I just saw some wine barrels for $50 at a DIY store. You could do blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, a sweet currant.
The other sticky part about fruit trees, most of them need a pollinator, a different kind that blooms at exactly the same time, so that means two trees to get even one of them to work.
One more thing I've run into, all potted plants seem to get little "tunnels" in the pot that the water just flies right through and out the bottom, so the soil never really gets saturated enough unless there's a saucer under it. Since there aren't saucers under a half barrel, it becomes a real challenge to really get all the soil in the half barrel equally wet.
William Bronson wrote:
My favorite way to make one is to cut slits all over a 5 gallon bucket, flip it upside down in the bottom of a half barrel planter and cut slits in the side of the planter at an inch below the height of the bucket.
Fill with top soil, add water till it seems out the side slits.
For trees, use a whole barrel, just cut one end off.
Either way, cut some hand holds into the sides, the planters will be movable but very heavy.