If you haven’t already, this is the perfect time to build your own vegetable planter box. You will need five boards for your planter: two 12-by-36 inch pieces for the front and back, two 12-by-24 inch boards for the sides, and a base piece that is 36 inches long and 24 inches wide (exterior plywood will work). The planter looks very nice and it looks quite easy to make, but I need to find where I can get those useable wooden pallet in my area first. I also had our good friend Jay of Jay’s Custom Creation s create some printable plans of my design to share with you guys!
The two piece construction consists of a planter box as well as a separate tray – which allows for beautiful flowers during the warmer months and a spot for creative displays during the fall and winter. Planter boxes can be paired with a variety of matching garden trellises for attractive and productive vertical gardening. And then lay the remaining scrap boards down to create a bottom for either gardener’s cloth or just set a plastic planter on top. The simplest planter box to make is a rectangle frame that sits directly on the ground.
While I have three on my wish list this year – this week’s Tuesday ten is a collection of do-it yourself window box planter ideas to spark some building motivation. Many businesses have an endless supply of pallets from shipments bringing in inventory. Many wood planters can also be sealed or treated to prevent fading or greying of the wood, so almost any type of wood can be used to build a planter.
A planter box made with Ipe, Cumaru or Tigerwood will help you add a homemade decorative element to your deck, lawn and garden that breaks up the monotony, enhances visual interest and makes your deck an even better outdoor oasis for you and your loved ones. I particularly like when I get photos of planter boxes that have been built using my plans – so glad others too can enjoy the design.
If you like fresh vegetables and herbs from the garden, but don’t think you can have a garden, Elisa Bernick, an editor at The Family Handyman, shows you how to build a sub irrigated planter system (also called a self-watering planter) that will allow you to grow your favorite foods and keep them watered, even while you are on vacation. Well, you can hardly go wrong with putting fertilizer where the roots are, and fortunately this planter design provides easy access to the soil. I have a bit of a planter obsession and this one is now apart of it. Good luck with the contest!
Planter boxes are made from the same rot-resistant cedar and non-toxic sealant as our popular raised beds Assembly is easy, and with our flexible kit system you can build planters in almost any shape or size, including custom planter designs. This planter is very substantial and heavy (pressure treated wood is heavy) so the wheels are the perfect addition to this planter to make it easy to move from place to place. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, just ask We’ll help you build the perfect garden!
In this case, adjust the measurements on the planter boxes to fit the outdoor space, or make a few tweaks to create planter tables instead of boxes. Pick out some paint that matches your backyard or home’s decor, or stain your planter to really bring out the wood’s colors. With half of the sides attached to the corners we then attached the remaining sides to them to create a box.
The weight of soil and water will clamp the box to the frame – a gravity clamp. So we thought maybe a planter bench so that people can sit and still have their plants on either side. The front row of your box will typically be home to your smallest plants and/or your trailers. Build the sides of the planter by attaching 13.75” x 4.5” wooden slats to the sides of planter box using exterior galvanized nails.
Flipping it over and onto the ground was when I realized how big this planter was – soooo exciting! All that’s left to do is to fill your planter with topsoil and choose a sunny place on your decking to show it off! Not even the best-made planter box can yield bushels of fresh vegetables if it sits in the wrong location. Countersink screw holes in the planter bench end frames to allow screw heads to sit flush on the surface of the wood. This would be particularly important in a humid climate, but keep in mind that in a warmer, more humid setting you probably would not want solid wood sides on your planter boxes.
The slats don’t have to be snug to each other, as the box itself can be filled in with straw and mulch—the main roots of the plants are established deeply in the ground, so the material you’re using to fill in the bin as the plants grow functions more as a cover for the plants than as a nutritional medium. They suggest using Cedar to construct the box which is not only decay-resistant, but affordable as well. The following How to Build a Planter Box Guide is easy to follow at the end you will have a nice, contemporary planter with linear design, an element that will give a unique personality to your yard.
Vegetables are most common, but fruits and even shrubs and trees can be planted, too. For ideas on types of flowers and plants you can add to a planter box, click here. Determine the length of your planter box, matching the width of the box to the width of your window. This way, the part of the planter box that is most vulnerable to rot because of its contact with the moist soil/mulch will be easy to replace.
I had a buddy of mine who is a San Jose handyman help me build about 12 boxes for my garden in the spring. I chose untreated pine for the base because it is strong ( people build houses from 2×4’s ) and with a coating of deck stain, will hopefully last a number of years in the outdoors. After installing the legs, measure and cut out sections of fiberglass or aluminum porch screen to install in the bottom of the box. I designed and built the one you see above and have been sharing the plans so that you can easily put one together too. Unlike cedar the wood from the pallet is untreated and will rot over time from wet soil.
The next time we find ourselves building planter boxes for our strawberry plants, we’ll make them wider to give the plants more room inside. On the sides of the planter box I simply measured the gap between the front and back panels, and cut pieces to fit over the ends. The planter box cleats must be cut 3/4” shorter than the length of the finished panel. Punch a small hole in the top of the drainage pipe and feed the aquarium tubing into the drain pipe then through the hole in the side of the planter.
My Dining Room has a lot going on. It is a bit busy with everything on the cafe shelves and my pallet art , so I wanted to keep the contents of the planter box SUPER simple. I have a great project to keep you busy this weekend: pick a good sunny spot in your yard and build a raised vegetable bed! Use window planters, trellises and rectangular planter boxes to add beautiful accents to your outdoor décor.
Planter boxes are a great solution for having a vegetable garden in a small space, but it can still be too large for the amount of yard space in some homes. I love the idea of the strawberries and I suggested it to her, but she wants the petunias so I guess it’ll be flowers or I’ll have to build two of them. The most important factor in choosing a planter location is the amount of sunshine it receives. Redwood is a fast-growing species of wood, making it a readily available planter material. The advantage of this is that it conceals the nailheads from the exterior face of the window box. You may also want to apply silicone to the inside joints and seams of the planter.