Talk about farmhouse-style decor! Take a look at this repurposed seed spreader that we converted into the sweetest container garden for a patio or front porch!
Vintage Seed Spreader
This type of spreader was used to spread seed or granular fertilizer in your yard. It has a regulator near the handle bar to adjust how much of the seed you want to come out. It also has metal legs that help it to stand upright.
We saw it at the auction and I knew right away it would be an adorable container garden! I also knew that the handle stuck out too far and would take up unnecessary space on a patio or porch.
Adjusting the Handle
Watch this little clip from my stories to see how we solved that problem.
My hubby just loosened the bolts and adjusted the handle bar in a more upright position. He also had to remove the regulator I mentioned earlier. The cable wouldn’t loosen enough to extend the handle bar so off it went!
Removing the bits of rust was easy. I used a worn down piece of sandpaper from my orbital sander wrapped around a worn out sanding sponge and went over the whole piece. The sanding sponge offers flexibility around some of the curves and such. My goal wasn’t to completely remove the rust, but only to give it a good once over.
A good vacuuming with the shop vac and then a couple of coats of a spray clear topcoat like I mentioned in this post, and I was ready to prep it for plantings!
The first thing I wanted to consider was a way to prevent further rust. I knew it was unrealistic to completely avoid rust, but I want to do what I could.
We have used this Flex Seal on a couple of other projects so I thought it would work well. The instructions say it will work on metal!
One thick coat covered the interior of the seeder. It is best to use a disposable chip brush and gloves. This stuff is messy!
The Flex Seal dried overnight and was completely dry by the next day when I was ready to figure out a way to contain the dirt I would be adding.
Use What I Have on Hand
I am notorious for using what I already have on hand so when I thought about lining the inside, my first thought was landscape fabric. But I didn’t have any.
About this time in a project, I often take a walk around my workshop or craft room and think as I look at my supplies on hand. Wa-la – I had a leftover piece of drop cloth from another project!
I folded the piece so that it would have three layers and so that it would fit inside. Then just a bit of trimming to eliminate bulk. Squeeze clamps held the liner in place while I attached it to the inside.
Gorilla Tape is strong and waterproof/water-resistant and I knew it would hold the liner in place. Keeping the tape on the role, I taped small sections at a time being sure to catch the fabric and stick it to the metal. See in the image? I only wanted to end up with one seam at the end to make it even stronger.
This took some patience. Gorilla Tape sticks to everything and especially hands!!
As I moved around the top edge of the seeder, I realized the fabric might sag when I added the dirt and the plants. There is a mechanism that turns when the wheels turn that helps to disperse the seed. Sorry, but I didn’t get an image of that. I was concerned that the fabric could get tangled in it.
I pulled back one corner and added a piece of cardboard I had on hand. That would add some stability to the liner.
Ready for Planting!
Here is the interior of the seeder all ready for dirt and plants!
A layer of mulch will help to retain water. A couple of handfuls from our landscaping was just enough!
I added some annual petunias and a hosta from our yard. The plants are small now but before you know it, they will fill out nicely! And the hosta will come back year after year!
Here is the repurposed seed spreader container garden at our back door! Isn’t it the cutest?? And did you notice the logo? Sears Cross Country!
You are probably just itching to find one of these and make this repurposed seed spreader container garden for your home!
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