First I determined how tall I wanted the planter to be. I set the height to 4 feet tall and cut one piece from each of the deck boards. This left enough on the remainder of the deck boards to make the angled supports. I took the remaining 2 deck pieces and cut a 30 degree angle off of each one where they would be resting on the floor. Then I laid out the vertical supports on a table and placed a scrap piece of lumber at the bottom to represent the floor.
Once in place I screwed in several screws to hold the pieces tightly together. While doing this make sure that you have the boards positioned so that the angled boards are on the inside so they can hold the planter boxes later.
I needed to attach the sides together so I measured and cut three pieces of cedar fence board to 36 inches. I positioned on at the top of the side pieces, one somewhere toward the middle, and one a little less than an inch from the bottom. I didn't want the bottom brace to be flush with the floor so I used a board to hold it in place while I screwed it in.
The planters were all built with the cedar fence planks. When the sides of the stand were up I measured the inside area and cut the wood for the sides of the planters. For each box you need 4 long pieces, 2 short pieces cut to the desired width of your box (I went 5.5" for one box and 11" for the other), pieces cut for the bottom of each box.
Assemble the sides of each box first. I highly recommend pre-drilling all the holes or you will split the wood when you screw the sides together. Then measure the inside length of the boxes to determine the length of the bottom. I needed one board for my top smaller box and two for my larger bottom box. Dry fit then attach the bottoms to the boxes.
Then screw the boxes to the desired heights on the planter stand portion of the project. You could easily add a third level to this if you need or want it. I marked and measured both sides from the top of each angled leg to determine the placement for my planter boxes. Try to make the top box overlap the bottom box just slightly so some of the overflow water will water the bottom box.
To fill the boxes get the landscape fabric and line the bottom of each box with a double layer. This will help keep the soil inside from falling through the cracks. Put your planter stand where you want it to be before you fill with soil as it will get very heavy once you add the soil! Then fill each box with your soil. I chose an organic soil from Harvest to put in my planters. I try to always look for the organic option!
Last I planted the planters with some seeds. I sowed lettuce, parsley, basil, and also planted a few kale plants I started a few weeks ago. This planter should be usable year round for growing vegetables and is a great solution to those who need a convenient deck or patio planter system.
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