What can I do with this rusty old wheelbarrow?

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  1. Puddleduck

    Puddleduck Well-Known Member

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    Hi. I have a rusty red wheelbarrow with a flat tire. I hate to throw it out.
    You all are so clever here. Does anyone have any ideas what I can do with it?
    Thank you.
     
  2. lynpea

    lynpea Well-Known Member

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    wheel it up close to your kitchen door and plant it full of herbs.........mmmm basil, thyme, oregano, parsley maybe even some lettuces....... Now if you are a flower lover fill it with flowers.
     

  3. birdie_poo

    birdie_poo Well-Known Member

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    I was going to say the same thing. You can also paint over the rust to make it look a little prettier.
     
  4. GrannyG

    GrannyG Well-Known Member

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    I love the herb idea. I think strawberries would be beautiful in it. Paint the handles red. :)
     
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    debitaber Well-Known Member

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    strawberries should do well.
     
  6. WolfWalksSoftly

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    Use a small pump (fishtank) and make a birdbath. Add a few nice looking rocks for visual effect....The sound of water will attract birds and they will love it.
     
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    tip it over and plant a bunch of pansy's on the ground beside it. Like it tiped over with them in it and spilled out
     
  8. Ravenlost

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    Take the wheel and handles off of it, put it in a hole and make a goldfish pond or water feature in a flower bed. It could also be used as a feeding trough in the pasture for livestock.

    If it's still usable and not to rusty (as in rusted through) get the wheel aired up. It might still be usable as a wheelbarrow.

    We used a wheelbarrow at my daughter's wedding to hold ice and drinks for the cookout after the wedding.
     
  9. Pony

    Pony Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Me, I'd sand the rust off, cover it with POR-15, paint it, fix the tire, grease what needs greasing, and away I'd roll.

    Too practical, I suppose...

    Pony
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  10. Puddleduck

    Puddleduck Well-Known Member

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    Oh Thank you!

    You all gave me some great ideas, but I'm going to go with the strawberry's being as how the wheelbarrow is already red and I definetly want to grow strawberry's. :)
     
  11. Puddleduck

    Puddleduck Well-Known Member

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    GrannyG, I have to tell you that your strawberry's are planted
    and growing very nicely!!! Thank you again. :D:D:D
     
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    I'd fill it with dirt and grow cucumbers in in....the vines would cascase over the sides and down to the ground and look beautiful. kathrynlmv
     
  13. culpeper

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    Restrict the herbs to just mint. Mint loves a bit of iron, so a rusty wheelbarrow would be just want the doctor ordered for it. Also would keep it from taking over your entire garden! Just drill a few holes in the bottom for drainage, and put it under a drippy tap.

    It would also be nice mass-planted with bulbs, or other annual flowers - pansies or whatever you like.