Elevated Garden Planters

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Project by sansoo22 posted 05-25-2020 04:29 PM 1071 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Its been quite awhile since I posted anything. Work and making sure our systems could handle the extra load of everyone working from home has consumed a great deal of my time. Finally got some free time to get back into the shop and built these for the boss lady’s birthday. They are nothing fancy. Just a couple 8’ x 2’ elevated boxes and a single 4’ x 2’ elevated box.

They are made from ground contact dimensional lumber and cedar deck boards. Anything that might contact the soil is just untreated 5/4 cedar deck boards. The inside of each planter is heavily oiled using a butcher block oil to help guard against moisture. The inside of each is lined with landscaping fabric to slow water drainage. The exterior of each box is then coated with 2 coats of natural cedar deck stain.

The lattice racks…or whatever you call them…were a happy accident. I was trying to figure out what to do with the long cut offs from some of the deck boards and just happened to get lucky enough to have just the right amount of material left to build them. They will keep the green beans and bell pepper plants from blowing over…i hope.

And never mind all those weeds in the brick. We took care of those the day after I took photos because I was impatient.

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 05-25-2020 04:36 PM

Good looking planter. it is nice to not have to work on the ground especially when you get old like me!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 05-25-2020 05:06 PM

Thanks Jim. I’m not that old yet…well I turn 40 in 4 days so maybe I am but dont want to admit it…but the face mask I took to the spine in my football days is starting to catch up to me. Ergonomics makes a big difference in how long I can do the things I enjoy before I get too sore.

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#3 posted 05-25-2020 08:22 PM

Nice planter boxes, may your garden overflow with goodies you’ve grown.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#4 posted 05-26-2020 12:11 AM

I need to get after a project like yours. I really like the idea of that trellis. I’m definitely going to copy that one.

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#5 posted 05-26-2020 01:08 AM

BurlyBob if you build a planter like this be sure to build it close to where its final home is going to be. Like a doofis I built the first one in the drive way…had to call my brother to come help me move it around to the back yard. They are pretty dang heavy and awkward without any dirt in them.

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#6 posted 05-26-2020 11:53 AM

Nice work. I like the design.

-- Galootish log blog,

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woodshaver Tony C

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#7 posted 05-26-2020 12:39 PM

Planters Look great! They are so much better than on the ground gardening. Nice that you were able to use up all the scraps for the lattice racks.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#8 posted 05-26-2020 12:41 PM

These planters look very nice!

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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