Raised planters provide extra room for gardening and using wine, or whiskey barrels has become very popular. These barrels add a bit more character and rustic charm for tomato vines and rose bushes. Last year I started off with adding barrels for planting blueberries then slowly added on rose bushes, dwarf citrus, a floral container and some for tomatoes. The key to a successful barrel planter is to drill out holes on the bottom for water drainage and supply water lines for easy maintenance. The soil in raised planters need to be fed continuously, so check with your local garden store about organic amendments specific for what is grown. For example, blueberries need acidic soil and using Azalea mix is the perfect soil for this plant, without it the blueberries may never produce.