Thursday, April 19, 2012

Coca Cola Cooler Pepper Planter Box

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Last July I posted about a Coca Cola cooler box that I picked up at a neighbor's yard sale.  For the last nine months it has sat on my back porch.  I did not have the energy to fool with setting it up in the heat of summer.

I have known for a few months that I was going to plant hot peppers in it this year, specifically jalapeno and habanero peppers.  I started both from seed this year and they were ready for their new home.  I can't wait to see them grow in the cooler, and I think it is going to be an awesome addition to my gravel patio.

I decided to put the cooler on my gravel patio directly between two tiki torches.  I built the gravel patio last year after building my garden area.  I have never blogged about it, but we really like it.  It contains a swing, firepit with chairs, cedar logs used for end tables around the firepit, and a picnic table.  It has a pea gravel base with concrete stepping stones.  We love to sit out in the swing that faces the garden and the tiki torches.  This cooler is going to look so cool there.

Here is the cooler after I positioned it in place.

The interior is stainless steel and will never rust.  
It also has a drain so the dirt should drain well.

Here is what it looked like after I filled it with good garden soil

I planted 10 plants, five jalapenos and five habaneros.  They are spaced about a foot apart which is a little closer than recommended, but should be ok.

Here is everything all planted and ready to go.

Another angle, I like that one rusty corner, it makes it authentic looking to me.

One of the habanero plants is already forming flowers.


Jenny Rottinger said...

Awesome set up! I might put some hot peppers in large planters outside around the property too (just hope deer won't eat them)

Kris said...

Jenny - If you grow some habanero's and the deer eat them, they wouldn't do it but one time. Their mouth would be on fire.

Jenny Rottinger said...

These eat alot of things they're not supposed to - potatoes, blackberries (just striped mine to the ground), bleeding heart, lilies. I'm at the end of my wits on this :(

Tommy said...

love it I would love to share it with your permission :)

Kris said...

Jenny - I am so sorry your deer are giving you fits. I wish I had some suggestions, but I live in the suburbs and don't have deer problems just squirrels.

Tommy - Thanks, you can share if you want.

Annie*s Granny said...

How cool is that! It should look great when all those peppers fill in.

Kris said...

Thanks Granny, I sure hope so.

Ed said...

That looks awesome! You do realize that when the peppers turn red they will match the sides. Your pepper seedlings look great too.

Kris said...

Thanks Ed, no I didn't think of that. I guess if I leave the jalapenos on there long enough it would match pretty good.