If you’ve ever wanted to grow your own veggies, a simple planter box is a great way to get started without installing a full-fledged garden. All it takes is some lumber, dirt, and a sunny spot in your yard to be growing a beautiful bounty in no time.
Use these DIY instructions to build your own planter box in less than an hour:
Materials and Tools:
- 8′ 4×4 post
- 4 – 8′ 2″x6″ boards (teak, cedar, or redwood is best for outdoor use)
- 4 – 4′ 2″x6″ boards (one 8″ board cut in half)
- box of 3 1/2″ galvanized or stainless steel screws
- landscaping fabric (32 square feet needed)
- staple gun
- 30-32 cubic feet of soil
- starters or seeds
- Cut 4 16″ posts for the corners.
- Find a flat spot to build out the planter box.
- Line up a corner post with each end of the 4′ boards, flush at the top and side.
- Pre-drill holes before attaching posts to boards.
- Repeat for the other 4′ end piece.
- Square up and attach 8′ boards to the sides, keeping flush with the end pieces.
- Move the planter box to its new home (make sure it gets a minimum of 6 hours of sun daily).
- Dig 5-6″ holes where posts will sit, then replace planter box.
- Make sure the box is level and fill in the post-holes with dirt.
- Lay landscaping fabric and staple to sides of the planter box.
- Fill with soil/compost mixture and plant!