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Super easy and inexpensive to make DIY planter boxes! Made primarily with cedar fence pickets, this is a great beginner project and you only need a few basic tools to build!
Free Plans: https://www.ana-white.com/woodworking-projects/easy-build-diy-planter-box
Is It Cheaper To Build Your Own Planter Box?
Yes, it is cheaper to build your own planter box. The cost of materials is lower and you will save on labor costs. There are a few things to keep in mind when building your own planter box.
First, you will need to determine the size of the planter box. The dimensions will depend on the space you have available and the type of plants you want to grow. Second, you will need to select the material for the planter box. The most common materials are wood, plastic, and metal. Each material has its own advantages and disadvantages.
Third, you will need to decide how you want to build the planter box. There are many different designs available online or in books. The simplest design is a rectangular box. However, there are also more complex designs that include features such as drainage holes and shelves. Fourth, you will need to gather the tools and materials needed to build the planter box.
Building a planter box is a simple project that can be completed in a weekend.
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Does A Planter Box Need Drainage?
Yes, a planter box needs drainage. If you are growing plants in a planter box, you will need to provide drainage for the roots of the plants. There are several ways that you can provide drainage for a planter box.
One way to provide drainage for a planter box is to drill holes in the bottom of the box. The holes should be large enough to allow water to drain out of the box. You can also use a layer of gravel in the bottom of the box to help with drainage.
Another way to provide drainage for a planter box is to use a wicking system. A wicking system is a system that uses a material that absorbs water and then moves the water up through the soil to the roots of the plants.
You can also use a drip irrigation system to provide drainage for a planter box. A drip irrigation system is a system that applies water directly to the roots of the plants.
No matter what method you use to provide drainage for your planter box, it is important to make sure that the roots of the plants are not sitting in water. If the roots of the plants are sitting in water, they will rot and the plants will die.
Do You Put Anything In The Bottom Of A Planter Box?
The following materials can be placed at the bottom of a planter box to improve drainage and prevent root rot: cardboard, newspaper, straw, woody material, leaves, grass clippings, rocks, burlap, woolen fabric scraps or remnants, and hardware cloth.
How Deep Should Planter Boxes Be?
A good depth range for a planter is 6-10 inches deep. This range allows you to grow a good variety of plants without having to worry about roots getting too crowded. If you’re growing taller plants, or plants that produce large fruits or vegetables, you’ll want to go with a deeper planter. And if you’re growing smaller, more delicate plants, a shallower planter will do just fine.
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