This gorgeous Vintage Wagon Garden Planter is an easy DIY container gardening idea you can put together in 30 minutes or less — no tools required! Sponsored by Ecoscraps.
When my dad moved to a new house he asked if I wanted our childhood wagon that he’d kept in his garage for years. I’m definitely a sentimental person, so I agreed right away!
Our little red wooden wagon was a little worse for wear, but I couldn’t bear to part with it. Instead, I decided to upcycle this classic kids wagon into an easy, yet beautiful container gardening project.
Vintage Wagon Garden Planter DIY Tutorial
- Ecoscraps Organic Gardening Soil
- Ecoscraps Natural & Organic Potting Soil
- Coconut fiber plant liner
- Flowers for planting
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If you have a wooden wagon like ours that has slatted sides, then you’ll want to line the inside with plastic sheeting/tarp or coconut fiber plant liner like we did. This prevents dirt from spilling through the sides of the wagon. (If you have a metal wagon with solid sides you can skip this step).
Use Ecoscraps Gardening Soil to create a base layer in your planter. The exact amount of soil needed will depend on the size of your wagon and the size of your plants. We made this layer about three inches deep, or about 1/4 of our wagon capacity.
Note: We chose Ecoscraps soils for our garden planter because they’re designed to be both good for plants and the planet! Made from recycled food waste, Ecoscraps products help reduce what goes into landfills while providing rich, organic soil and nourishment for your garden. It’s bad food gone good!
Remove your plants from their temporary plastic pots and arrange on top of your base layer of soil. Fill in the space around your plants with Ecoscraps potting soil. Gently press soil down using your hands or a small spade to secure the plants, but don’t pack the soil so tightly that the plants’ roots will struggle to grow.
The nifty part about a wagon garden planter is that it’s mobile! We wheel ours over to the hose for easier watering — it can also be moved to a covered area on stormy days.
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Lauren Hamilton says
I would us the ecoscraps for organic gardening tomato & vegetable plant food to grow some vegetables
Oh I would love to use the Ecoscraps potting soil for my cucumber raised garden this year! They are close to being ready to plant in the bed…I love it is so much better for the plants…and earth!
Christina C moore says
I would use the Ecoscraps potting soil for my raised vegetable garden
I would use this to add topsoil in some low spots of my yard.
Kimberly O says
I would take an old trike with front basket and make it a garden ornament by putting flowers in the basket. Thanks!
Bryan Vice says
I would use to help with my tomato and green pepper plants
Taryn T says
We have built a raised garden to start planting our own vegetables, and would love to use these to start a successful garden!
Jill Hanson says
I would use it to make an old wheelbarrow into a planter with vining petunias.
I would use them for growing a vegetable garden.
Christine Labelle says
I have an old barrel outside that I would love to use as a planter. I think that it would look great in my front yard.
Kristin McCall says
I would create a hanging flower basket for my front porch.
Jen D says
I love how you’re pulling your wagon to the hose for easy watering and moving indoors for stormy weather. It looks adorable, btw. I think it would be really fun to line a new washtub that I bought with the Ecoscraps and then grow some herbs in there. The washtub is white enamelware and has an old-fashioned look.
Tiffany S says
I would use it for a vegetable garden.
I would use it for the carrots and sweet potatoes which I didn’t get around to starting this spring! 🙂
Wade S says
I would use the ecoscraps to make a similar flower bed that can be moved for bad weather and easy watering!
Jeanne Rousseau says
This is so cute, I’d use it to cover bare spots around trees and on the edge of the lawn!
Darcy L Koch says
I would use the Organic soil in my flower beds.
I would love to make my own raised vegetable garden with tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots and lettuce.
Cindy Peterson says
I have an old claw foot tube I am turning into a herb garden.
golden storm says
i would use it in my above ground vegetable garden
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Steve Weber says
I would steal your idea and do the garden cart.
Meredith Brooks says
I have a vintage wagon & love that idea!
I would find some old crates at the flea market and make them into flower containers.
i use it to plant my veggies in
I want to make a raised garden bed so we can grow some of our own veggies. I think my kids would have a lot of fun with it!
Alanna f says
Would love this for my dad
Geena Jean O'Banion says
My friend has a large lot and they are developing the area for a garden. I would probably donate this item to his project and visit it often to see the outcome.
Kelly D says
I create a garden box and plant veggies in it.
We just bought a new house and the flower beds are nothing but weeds and dirt. We would transform those.
I would use it for my vegetable garden.
I have a front bed that needs lots of TLC!
Kimberly Harrison says
I’d use it for future gardening projects.
Alison King says
We moved into a new house recently and have been doing a lot of updates inside our home, but our yard needs work too. I would love to spruce up the flower beds and add some curb appeal.
S Riches says
I would use Ecoscraps to grow vegetables in containers.
jeremy mclaughlin says
Use them to plant a vegetable garden.
Heather Kelly says
I would use them to plant more vegetables! I’d buy a few more planters, some fertilizer, and Ecoscraps. Then plant some carrots, potatoes, and more!
Raised bed garden
Geena Jean O'Banion says
I commented before; but I think I should add if I donate this to my friend….he is doing alot of gardening on a large lot….he will let me visit and give me some freebie veggies……….more than I could grow with the wagon alone.
BRITTANY DOERFLER says
I’d create a raised vegetable garden!
sarah cool says
I would love to plant some basil in this!
Lynne T says
I would use it to grow some tomato and zucchini. First time homeowner, so I’ve never done any gardening before.
amy guillaume linderman says
i would love to use eco scraps for my rhubarb and jalapenos. it would also be fun to use it for planting in some old barrels i have
Kat Emerick says
I have an old wheelbarrow that would be great for a planter .
Mary West says
I would use it to replant my houseplants in bigger containers.
Mary Beth Elderton says
This wagon is so cute! I might use Ecoscraps in a project I’ve had in mind for a while–containers on the full sun side of the house to grow rosemary…maybe berries.
Kristin C says
I would love to use it for a vegetable garden!
Anne Perry says
I would love to create a butterfly garden.
That is so cute! I’d love to use the gardening soil to set up some mums to come up this fall on the side of our garage!
I’d like to use Ecoscraps in an herb garden.
I would use this in my raised garden that I am starting this year.
John Joseph says
I would use it for my veggie garden and maybe add some lettuce
Jennifer Cervantes says
I would. Use ecoscraps in my raised garden planters I use yearlong.
shelly peterson says
I would use Ecoscraps to make a vegetable garden.
Erinn S says
Our new home is being built as we speak and will be ready for us next month. I have so many landscape ideas I want to touch on once we get the home
monique s says
I would create a raise planter for my patio
I’d love to re-do the landscaping in the front of my house! I’d add all new mulch and come colorful flowers that are able to withstand the hot afternoon sunshine!
melissa craig says
I have some very nice baskets that I would love to make into planters
Katie Bellamy says
I’ve been wanting to make an herb garden!
I would use it to add some landscaping to my homes, some beautiful flowers would really add curb appeal!
Sharon Rooney says
I would use it to create the something with the old wicker basket that I have had for years. I was thinking about cutting the basket in half and putting the half in the garden and having flowers appear to be falling out of the basket.
Birdie Skolfield says
Id plant petunias and daisies plus some red and pink rose bushes using the Ecosraps all around them
Geri Sandoval says
I would use plant lots of flowers, because I love to drive up to my house and see all the beautiful flowers.
I would use it for gardening and to improve the look of some of my flower beds.
cyndi br says
I would like to create a garden to plant some sunflowers.
I’d repot my lime tree. That takes a lot of soil!
angie w says
Love this idea! I’d use it for my veggie and herb garden
Mechele M Johnson says
I would use it to plant that kitchen herb garden I have been wanting!
Sarah Hayes says
Id love to use it in our flower garden
Crissie Woolard says
I would use it for my summer vegetables. Thanks for such a fun giveaway.
Pam Halligan says
I would use ecoscraps in my raised vegetable garden.
I’d love to use it to plant veggies and fruits in my garden.
That wagon is beautiful! I’d use it to plant veggies in a raised garden bed.
I would use it in my old Weber grill. I would plant some flowers in it. I have already painted it red.
I would use it for my veggie garden..
RileyMack (@GrowUpNatural) says
We’re getting ready to list our home for sale so I would use this to spruce up the landscaping.
I would use it to plant new shrubs around the front walkway!
Thanks, Kim Reid
Jerry Marquardt says
I would use the Ecoscrap planting project to help with planting my vegetable garden.
I have a metal basket that is just dying to be a planter, I would use this to line it, and plant thyme
Robin Abrams says
I would love to use the Ecoscraps potting soil for my vegetable garden. We love fresh grown veggys
Shelly Leatham says
I would use ecoscraps to plant my pumpkins and gourds!
Maureen Beamish says
Would you need to drill holes into the wooden base?
Stacey aka the Soccer Mom says
I didn’t, but I did not have drainage issues.