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World’s Best Oak Hose Holder

When looking in patio, yard or garden stores physically or on the internet, the search to find that ultimate storage container for your garden hose, things like copper, brass or any a sundry of different types of vessels are out there.  However, when exploring for an authentic half oak wine barrel, well, good luck with finding a quality hose holder that is anywhere close to fitting the bill!

Because not everyone’s taste is the same, obviously different styles of all kinds leave the array of choices far-reaching, along with being mind-numbing.  Yet, when it comes to authentic wine barrel styles, oddly there are very few options available.

Oak half barrel - Hose Holder

World’s Best Oak Hose Holder

Sure, there are plastic, fiberglass and other artificial products that can be made to look like a real wine barrel.  I have an old plastic holder from several years back and because the paint had come off, it was made into a planter, but now it has a crack in it.  If it didn’t have a plant in it that I don’t want to transplant, that ugly thing would be gone.

There are copper and brass hose holders but they’re not exactly cheap.  Try getting a brass container and you will need to hit your retirement account – they are expensive.

The reason an oak half barrel is ideal is because oak itself is so hardy.  The problem comes after a few years of use, the barrel exterior turns grey and it starts to look tired.  Now some folks don’t mind that, but what if you could make that finish last years longer and in fact, allow the oak barrel to last nearly a lifetime?

The Answer

That’s where Paso Wine Barrels’ Hose Holder is ideal.  The barrel is sanded down, stained, sealed and then several coats of varnish are applied.  This gives the interior and exterior a one-of-a-kind appearance and makes the barrel stand out while looking almost like a piece of furniture.

The barrel has holes drilled in it and that includes the second false bottom which is added to help with water drainage while bringing the hose up for easier access.  Now, the barrel’s false bottom is removable offering either preference.  You should note the second or false bottom is stained and sealed to give it the same qualities as the rest of the barrel.

As with all the Decorative Wine Barrels at Paso Wine Barrels, you have your choice of natural, black, burgundy or green paint on the hoop bands.  This way, you can customize the look to fit any landscape.

Don’t take my word for it.  Search any and everywhere you can, but when you’re done with investigating this unique hose container, it becomes evidently clear that Paso Wine Barrels Hose Holder is at the top when comparing half oak wine barrels as a hose holder.  Or as the title states – this is the world’s best oak hose holder.

Salootie Patootie,

Daryle W. Hier




Reblog – Home Improvement Project: Barrel Planter

There are a host of ideas on what you can do with half wine barrel planters and on an  occasion or two, we’ll try to give you some thoughts and advantages of our furniture-like planter barrels.  Whether inside or outside, they’re are numerous suggestions that are offered, but likely the most common is the outside planter.

A story I spotted last year offers the basic layout of how and what you can do with the barrel.  The blog below is by Floridian author/writer Tymber Dalton and with several pictures, gives her take on how to get your planter ready.  We thank Tymber for allowing us this privilege.


Home Improvement Project: Barrel Planter 

This project only took me, oh, a friggin’ year and a HALF to get done. I bought the Jack Daniel’s half-barrel at Dom Home Depot and there it sat on my carport because I was too busy to get it done.

Well, it’s done.

You start with a half of a wooden barrel and drill holes in the bottom for drainage. That is, if you’re actually putting soil IN the barrel and not just putting stuff in it to prop up a plant in a pot.

Then you set it up on a wheeled plant stand thingy so you can move it. Because a) it will be super-heavy when it’s full, and b) you want it to be able to drain.

Then you put weed fabric (or newspaper or something) in the bottom to allow water to drain but not let the soil run out all over the place. Note that newspaper will biodegrade faster than weed fabric. So while cheaper, not necessarily the best choice. (Plus I had a roll of weed cloth I could whack a piece off of.) I suppose you could use an old towel or something.

You add some rocks or gravel of your choice to help promote drainage. I just got the cheapest bag of rocks they had. (The rocks and soil actually came from Lowe’s because I was there looking for a water filter for my sink when I thought screw it, time to get that checked off the list. LOL)
Add the rocks/gravel to the barrel.
Then add potting soil of your choice.

Yes, you could mix your own from topsoil, compost, manure, perlite, etc. but it was easier for me to just buy a bag ready to go.

Then you add your plants. In this case, I transplanted a rosemary plant I had in another planter, added a couple of marigolds and a vinca that I got from Lowe’s for color, and planted mesclun lettuce mix and basil seeds. So it’s a working planter.

The mesclun seeds (NOT to be confused with mescaline, as Sir did, asking me WTF with a cocked eyebrow until I showed Him the seed package LOL) are already sprouting. With our warm climate, I can grow salad mix greens pretty much all year round as long as I protect them from frost if the temps drop too low in the winter (rarely). It’s easy to container grow them, that’s for sure. If you stagger the planting times, you can pretty much give yourself greens all year round if you use containers and protect them.

I also picked up some raspberry and blackberry bushes, as well as a tangerine tree. I already have 3 container blueberry plants (that I need to transplant into larger containers). I’m slowly working on adding more food-bearing plants. And now, after seeing that episode of Duck Dynasty, I’m dying to get my hands on several mayhaw trees and plant them to see if I can get them to fruit. I already have some oregano, mint, chives, and basil growing.

No, I’m not an off-the-wall survivalist. But with these two post-apocalyptic series growing in my head, I’m really interested in getting back into food gardening and playing with some ideas I have that the characters might use.


Here’s the link to Tymber Dalton’s original story: Home Improvement Project: Barrel Planter

Remember that Paso Wine Barrels are specially treated and will look much better than the ones shown along with the ability to last quite a bit longer.  And note we sell Decorative Planter Barrels for $20 off.

Salootie Patootie,

Daryle W. Hier