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Hello, and welcome to my 2nd published Instructable, children! Today we're going to make a planter from offcuts and inexpensive timber.

I've always been interested in growing some vegetables in the garden, but, as I'm sure some of you can testify, there's always another project that demands attention. Recently I signed up for a fantastic offer from the BBC and got some free seeds, which has finally spurred me on to grow my own grub - I don't think the seed offer is still running, but you can have a look at the BBC Dig In mini-site at http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/digin/

Our English country garden is pretty small and we didn't have any spare border for veggies, so we needed a planter. I couldn't find one big enough for less than £60, so I roped my old man into helping me build one.
What follows is an account of our magical journey to garden planter ownership... Read on and maybe one day you too could be a planter owner. Imagine that.

SAFETY NOTES: This Instructable involves the use of power tools, so if you are a mere youngling, you should get an adult involved. Nobody is going to grow back a severed arm by eating more vegetables...
peteharper6 months ago

Hi there, this looks great, will be constructing a couple of these myself this week!

One question however, for drainage, do you then cut a few holes in the plastic so the water can get through there and then through the drilled holes? Or does plastic not retain the water as much as I think....?

Thanks again!

kitobor (author)  peteharper6 months ago
I just reread that section and you're right, it doesn't say anything about that... I think we slit a few holes in the plastic with a Stanley knife. Good luck with your build and post some photos when it's done!
TB!RD3 years ago
The minute I saw your Planter box on instructables I had to give it a go plus I would score a few brownie points with the wife ;-) .

I've attached a few photo's of my version of your design, just so you can see how it turned out. 

Cheers. T..
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kitobor (author)  TB!RD3 years ago
Thanks for the comment and the photos T!BIRD, it looks great!
slysimon3 years ago
Fabtastic inspiration. I've just started cutting up a load of decking for a huge 2.4m x 60 cm by 60 cm version for the front of the drive where the missus wanted a short piece of fence. This is going to be sooo much better.

Going to be a sod to fill though :o)

Thanks for the 'ible.
Jayefuu3 years ago
Nice write up! Not new by any means but well written with good photographs :D And currently the right time of year to be thinking about doing this, perhaps it'll inspire some people.

Jayefuu Jayefuu3 years ago
Oooo love the pot stand/bench/planters. Look like something you'd pay hundreds for from B&Q. That deserves its own Ible if you ever make another or if you've got enough pictures.
Perfect! THANKS!

Just finished my version of your planters - thanks for the instructable - very useful - pic enclosed so you can see how it turned out - I combined the planters with a garden divider (the planters provide some support for the gateposts).

The only thing that occurred to me as I was making them was that it would have been nice to alternate the long and short sides at the corners - that would make the measurement and the cutting of the bevel a bit trickier, though!
kitobor (author)  southofnonorth4 years ago
Cheers for the feedback - they look great!