Mr. C is always really busy at work this time of year, so we haven’t done the whole ‘pumpkin patch’ day out before. The idea of trying to steer a wheelbarrow full of pumpkins, while attempting to keep two small children under control on my own just seemed a bit too daunting. However this year my Dad came to visit during the run up to Halloween, so we packed the car full of wellingtons and headed off for a local pumpkin patch.
My Dad doesn’t live in the countryside like we do, so he had bought a pair of wellington boots specially for the occasion. When we reached the pumpkin patch, he realised that actually he hadn’t bought a pair of wellington boots at all. In actual fact he had bought two left wellington boots. So my poor Dad after all the fuss of going out to buy a pair, ended up trying not to ruin his trainers while stomping around a muddy field picking out pumpkins. Whoops!
So there we had two wellington boots, that were destined for the bin. It seemed like such a waste, so I decided to turn them into a couple of mini planters for the garden. It didn’t take long to make the two left wellington boots useful again and we had a great time turning them from rubbish, into colourful pieces of the garden.
How to make a DIY Wellington Boot Planter
You will need:
- Wellington boots
- A drill
Step 1: If the wellington boots have been worn, make sure the insides are clean. Clean them with soapy water, but make sure to rinse thoroughly, cleaning away all of the soap and bubbles.
Step 2: Make a few holes in the bottom of the wellington boot. The easiest way to do this is to drill holes in the bottom. I also cut a hole in the back of the wellington to make sure that water can drain easily, even when we have heavier rain over autumn and winter.
Step 3: Pour some stones into the boots. I made sure the stones were about an inch deep and covered a majority of the large hole I cut in the back of the wellington boot planter. The stones help with drainage and help prevent the soil from getting waterlogged.
Step 4: Fill the wellington boot with compost leaving a slight gap at the top.
Step 5: Plant your chosen plants. We opted for Violas which are seasonal plants. This means when they die back we can then replace them with something else, making our wellington boot planters seasonal and colourful all year round.
Step 6: Add some more compost around the base of the plant and push down making sure the plants are securely planted.
Step 7: Water the plants.
The boys loved picking out the plants for the wellington planters and Bear had a great time helping make our new planters. Bear wanted to put our new wellington boot planters under the pergola, where they are now proudly placed and add a really lovely bit of colour to a garden.
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