How To Build Flower Boxes

A year ago, when Brent and I began planning our workshop, I could already visualize sweet little flower boxes on it. Knowing there were a ton of other details that needed to come first, we put off building them…until THIS WEEKEND! Better Homes and Gardens provides plans for another window box planter design based off the initial construction of a simple box. Legs on my planter raise the bed to waist level and virtually eliminate potential for pain and injury. I started some veggie seeds inside this week and was planning to have my husband make some raised beds for them. I know you are laughing could you throw out an idea for making flower boxes for siting on top or attaching to a porch railing. You really just need to focus on the outside, since the inside will have planter fabric and plants.

So we thought maybe a planter bench so that people can sit and still have their plants on either side. Our garden planters are built to last, using strong construction and durable cedar—over two inches thick at the corners. To make a simple rectangle, gather three pieces of the same length and two square pieces for the ends. You can buy fish-safe pond liners in different thicknesses and materials at home centers, garden centers and online retailers. Or you might want to build several more and use them as a border that encloses a patio or frames a terraced area.

Shorties Funny Farm made this natural planter out of an old, hollowed out tree stump. Even though they look expensive they actually ended up being pretty inexpensive, especially compared to buying a box this size at a garden center. I always assumed I would paint them white to match the flower boxes on the front of our house, but after seeing this picture on Pinterest , I definitely wanted to stain them! We made sure that the planter was nice and level before we started filling with soil. Clay sometimes soakes up some moisture so make sure to water regulary and check the soil.

Cut 1X4’s and plywood add a mission style feel to this window box from Lowe’s Creative Ideas Unlike the other boxes which use brackets, this box is hung using a wooden cleat attached to the exterior wall – from which the box is then secured. Yes, planter boxes are a great solution to a lot of gardening problems, but plastic or terra cotta planters can look cheap and clash with your personal style. You would need to either break up or remove the concrete below the bed, or else make gaps in the sides of the bed for water to escape. I didn’t make mine with a taper piece, it was easier to just level the ground below using a tiller.

An L-shaped planter box can fit nicely against a corner or nestled beside a taller planter box, as this one is. These boxes fit wonderfully in any size garden or on any patio. 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.

On the other hand, rustic window boxes made of rugged wooden boards are not well suited to match the exterior design scheme of an expensive neoclassical-style mansion. I couldn’t find one big enough for less than £60, so I roped my old man into helping me build one. Spoil them with a personalized will you be my bridesmaid gift boxes from Spoil A seriously chic way to ask your wedding party to stand by your side. Find a good spot for your planter box and clear the area of weeds or large rocks to make it level. Drill holes straight through the bottom of the window boxes to allow for drainage.

What follows is an account of our magical journey to garden planter ownership… Read on and maybe one day you too could be a planter owner. Please tell me if you have any special tips for southwest Florida raised bed veggie garden. I built a large planter box out of pallets, since it is made from pallets I won’t feel bad ruining the wood. Cut the bottom slats (C) from a 5/4-inch deck board (Project Diagram, Cutting List).

Some of these require very little space and will help you to brighten up smaller yards, decks or even balconies. Hexagon and octagon planters, in regular and elongated varieties, make eye-catching centerpieces and corner accents. Someday when I grow up and am a real blogger like you I want to do cool things like build planters as a Lowe’s Creator & Influencer! It is recommended that you put your plants in pots inside the planter and cover the base in mulch. Our garden is situated in a large, open south-facing area which provides ideal exposure and growing conditions.

Lining the inside with plastic is a great idea, but if you’re extending this across the base remember to make plenty of drainage holes. This DIY project is simple to put together and produces a planter with texture and pattern. These are perfect for continuing your beautiful flowers up onto the porch or deck or if you don’t really have room for a larger bed, you can just use the flower tower in place of a traditional bed. That deserves its own Ible if you ever make another or if you’ve got enough pictures. A liner keeps the wood of the planter box from directly contacting soil moisture, which might cause rot or insect problems.

We planned to stain our secret garden area this summer but hadn’t gotten around to it yet. Once the topper was on we measured our plants and chose were to screw in our cleats in the middle of the boxes. The larger buckets are ideal for larger crops like tomatoes, pumpkins, zucchini, peppers and even melons Smaller buckets would fine for herbs and shallow-rooted vegetables.

The deck got its makeover last summer when I had the pergolas and other deck added (more on that adventure here ), and I managed to get most of it stained and sealed before Old Man Winter came to visit. This morning as I watered the sprouts that will soon be radishes, peas, arugula, mizuna and beets in our planter box, I couldn’t help but think of the sweetness of that first strawberry that my mom grew next to the porch at our to build flower boxes

Planter boxes can be paired with a variety of matching garden trellises for attractive and productive vertical gardening. Like the previous reviewer stated, moving the boxes into the back yard and unpacking them was more of a chore than putting the bed together. We planned 3 boxes (two for flowers and one for vegetables) in a straight line so this was pretty straightforward. It took me longer to get the pieces out of the boxes than it did to assemble them. Raise the boxes off of the pad by attaching cleats (e.g. ripped 2x4s) to their bases. You’ll need to lighten the soil and likely add a few amendments to make it a good bed for growing.

Walking down the last isle of the garden section I was bemoaning the fact that no one had what I wanted, that I didn’t care how much it cost, if only we could find the right thing. Holding up the two short sides, lay an 8 ft board across to create the long side of the planter. Adjustments + notes: You can adjust the size of your wood to make a smaller box. With the boxes done, take care to level out the ground where you want to place them. More elaborate window boxes may require additional pieces of equipment, including a jigsaw, electric sander, sandpaper, router, and electric drill.

For a look that’s casual during the day but ultra-dramatic at night, install lights along the interior rim of your planter. For one, contained gardens can tack on a few hundred pounds — especially once they’ve been watered — and the deck must be able to handle the extra weight. I had it in my head that I was going to buy some long, and narrow in proportion planter boxes to line our patio. Try a simple bench with a planter on each end, or add another bench and planter to make an L-shaped arrangement for a corner. If you do, don’t forget to cut holes in the liner to line up with the drainage holes in the bottom of the planter.