And Fit More Plants In A Smaller Space.
We all like to add something new to our backyards each spring that will both enhance and make it a more pleasant place to be. This is also a bonus when it’s easy to do and fairly inexpensive to boot. In that vein we have come up with an angled planter box that you can assemble in an afternoon and if you include staining, in a day. This project will give you five brand-new places to plant herbs, veggies such as lettuce or even flowers that will be in a fairly compact vertical space.
The video below will walk you through the planters’ assembly and installation against a fence in our backyard. The fact that it is installed against a fence doesn’t mean that that is the only place it can be installed. Feel free to install it on a deck, patio or anyplace else that has a flat surface to lean it against as well as one that receives a fair amount of sun.
Here’s a list of parts and their uses. All part quantities are based on the construction of one unit.
- (5) 1” x 6” x 6’–0” Cedar fence boards cut to 30 inch lengths. These will form the sides of the boxes.
- (2) 2” x 6” x 8’-0” Cedar boards cut down as noted in the video to form the side stringers. If the 2x material is too expensive you can substitute 6” x 5/4” Cedar decking, the resulting product just won’t be as sturdy.
- (1) 6” x 5/4” x 8’-0” Cedar decking. These will be cut down to form the small sides of the boxes.
- Galvanized finish nails or 1 ½” galvanized staples using a pneumatic staple gun. This will be used to attach the 1” long sides to the 5/4” small sides. Use at least four per connection.
- (3) 1” x 6” x 6’–0” Cedar fence boards (same as item 1) cut to 27 7/8” lengths. These will form the bottom of the planter boxes.Make sure to drill (3) 5/8” drainage holes in the bottom of each plank. (See important message at bottom of article)
- (20) 2” deck screws. These will be used to attach the small sides of the planter box to the stringers.
- Whatever color stain you would like to use on your boxes. It is up to you whether you stain the interior since many folks worry about chemicals in the stain leaching into whatever is planted.
- (2) 3” deck screws. These will be used to attach the top of the stringers to whatever surface you will be leaning it against.
- In the video you may notice that I gave you a dimension of 5 inches edge to edge on the side of the planter box that uses the 5/4” Cedar. Unfortunately as the unit sat up against the fence and dried in the sun the wood began to shrink and the bottoms were falling through onto the ground. To correct for this I needed to add 3/16” x 1” Cedar molding to its edge in order to build it out. Now of course if I just filled the boxes with dirt the wood would swell up again once it becomes wet, but we were about a month away from being able to plant. To avoid any problems you might want to change that 5” to 4 ¾”.
- If these are to be placed on bare ground you might want to consider adding a stone pad as shown in the video. This will slow down any rot that may take place in the base of your unit.
- Make sure you place the planter boxes in an area that gets enough sun to grow whatever it is you‘ve chosen to grow.
- Since you’ll be cutting wood anyway and these are fairly cheap to make why not make two or three while you’re at it?
Good luck and let us know how you do in the comment box below.
Important: Do not use fence boards as the bottom of your box without attaching it with nails or staples. They will warp and fall out through the bottom of the box unless held in place. Alternately you can substitute the 5/4 decking. I learned this the hard way when I found my plants and dirt laying on the ground.