Planter Boxes

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Project by WoodGal posted 12-03-2010 04:15 PM 6137 views 16 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Not very often do I take the time to build something for myself but my back yard was really needing some color so I built 3 planter boxes to brighten things up. Nothing fancy about them but it sure is nice to have them at mid-leg level so I’m not on my knees pulling out weeds. I couldn’t find containers as big as I wanted them so I ended up using 6 cement mixing tubs you find at the big box stores. I drilled holes in the bottoms of them and they work out terrific for this purpose. I dumped the dirt out of the containers at the end of the season and have them stored away until I get them out again next Spring.

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#1 posted 12-03-2010 04:17 PM

Nice job. Great idea on using the mixing tubs to get the size you desired. Looks great with the flowers in bloom.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#2 posted 12-03-2010 04:44 PM

They look great. Makes me wish Spring was here.

-- Kate,

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#3 posted 12-03-2010 05:39 PM

Good looking planters. How did you attach the legs to the sides ?

-- "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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#4 posted 12-03-2010 05:43 PM

Very nice! Did you use pressure treated pine or un-treated?

Thanks for sharing.

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#5 posted 12-03-2010 06:37 PM

Nice job on the planters. I see someone has an affinity for Petunias! I wish it were time for Petunias around here-but Crocusses and even Pansies would have a fight right now! Do you need to move all that dirt from year to year? The reason I ask is, because I have some similar boxes I built suspended from the ground around a deck I built several years ago and I just continue to replant according to the season and removing the expired plantings themselves? I like the idea of being able to move them around and I’m sure they are heavy with the dirt in them though. Congrats on a great looking trio of planters-Keep on keeping on!

Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#6 posted 12-03-2010 08:22 PM

Nice looking boxes. You should post this to GardenTenders as well ;)

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#7 posted 12-03-2010 08:34 PM

Can’t let my bride see these…. I have to many projects as it is!

Those look awesome! Good stuff!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#8 posted 12-03-2010 08:40 PM

Hello Woodgal

I like your planter boxes and petunias ( Good flowers with beautiful colors)
Nicely done
I have made planter boxes but there were smaller than yours . An Idea for the future and a very big garden plenty of petunias !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#9 posted 12-04-2010 01:28 AM

Hey Lynn, you asked how I attached the sides to the legs. No fancy joinery at all. I just used some deck L brackets. The actual wood structure didn’t need to be sealed too tightly because the tubs were what was housing the dirt. I just used cross braces under the tubs to help support the weight.

Rick the wood is actually cedar. Love that stuff!

Ken, I always start with fresh dirt each year for all my pots and planter boxes. That way no disease will linger in the soil year after year. I also tweak my new soil with sheep compost and some slow release fertilizer.

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#10 posted 12-04-2010 02:40 AM

Thanks for the info. We use a lot of cedar for O/D projects here as well.

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#11 posted 12-04-2010 08:25 AM

Hey Woodgal,
Sweet design and finish…well done.

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#12 posted 12-04-2010 09:25 AM

Nice planters! They really look good in your yard.

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#13 posted 12-04-2010 04:23 PM

Very nice! They’re gorgeous!

-- Janice

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#14 posted 12-04-2010 04:52 PM

Nice work making things for your self is fun!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#15 posted 05-08-2013 02:30 PM

These look great, nice job

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