Hi! I will give you a basic and easy step by step process on how to build a clean, simple planter that is perfect for flowers and small greens. It can be made of reclaimed wood, as I did here, or using scrap wood. Perfect for setting against walls, along window sills, and almost anywhere, it is also really easy to customize it to your needed size.
Step 1: Materials
You will need:
2 2x4 5" (Height)
3 wood planks any width and 5" x Length of preferred planter.
12 screws, <3 inches in length ,preferably weather resistant.
A power drill.
That's it! This requires almost no work to build.
*notes: length and height(5" in mine) can be changed to suit your needs, just remember to have a ~5" plank for the base.
Step 2: Cut the 2x4
Cut your 2x4, into two pieces at the desired height of the planter box. I used 5".
Step 3: The Layout
The layout will be two planks on the outside of the 2x4, and later a plank will be added to the very bottom of the planter. Please reference the images to ensure everything is flush and
Step 4: Drill and Screw
Drill pilot holes prior to screwing, attaching the planks to the 2" side of the 2x4 with two screws flush with the bottom. Repeat this process for the other 2x4 and other plank.
Step 5: Attach the Bottom
Add the final plank to the bottom of the 2x4, placing 2 screws into each. I used 5" plank to have a little overhang over the 2"+2*thickness of planks. You can adapt this so it is flush with the sides of the planter.
Step 6: You're Done. Plant!
Now 12 drilled holes and screws later, you have yourself a mighty fine planter perfect for flowers and small greens. place cardboard or sticks along the edges of side planks and bottom plank to help stop dirt from draining out when watering plants. Fill with dirt. Plant anything that has a relatively small root footprint. Or not. ( note my kale there growing just fine :)) I think this project is perfect for Lettuce and edible greens, and fits perfectly along my front staircase. I hope you enjoy yours!