Tools We Used:
- A hammer, for showing nails who's boss.
- A screwdriver.
- A chop saw - Hassan Chop!
- A jigsaw, for the cut outs.
- A circular saw for the base slats.
- A couple of 'G' clamps for holding it together.
- A staple gun for attaching the plastic lining.
Materials We Used:
- Decking planks (2 x 4800mm long and 1 x 3600mm long).
- 2 lengths of treated timber (19mm x 32mm x 2400mm).
- 6 lengths of timber offcuts (30mm x 50mm x 500mm).
- 10 decking plank offcuts (at least 630mm in length).
- 48 self tapping decking screws.
- 20 clout nails.
- Polythene or pond-liner or some other plastic (for lining the inside of the planter).
- 350 litres of multi-purpose compost.
- Broken garden pots or stones to layer underneath the compost, to aid drainage.
We managed to get most of our stuff at discount prices from Wickes - we bought damaged decking planks for about half price and damaged compost for £1.99 a bag. It came repackaged in strong polythene, which we then used for the lining. Most garden centres or DIY shops will have some goods damaged by careless forklift drivers which they'll be selling cheap - have a look around at the back or ask someone. It's definitely worth it - our planter only cost £32 (not counting the hardware and offcuts we already had). That includes filling it with compost and, thanks to the BBC, the seeds we'll be planting.