How to Make a Crate Planter

If you love salad, this simple garden project is for you. We'll show you how to build a DIY planter out of old wine crates so you can grow bountiful greens all season long.

Hand-grown greens are as fresh as it gets. Lettuce, kale, and other salad fixings can be prepped, pampered, and harvested from the comfort of your patio. All you need is the right tools, and these wooden boxes made from salvaged wine crates are up for the job. They hold soil, withstand watering, and last for more than one growing season. Our tutorial shows you how to make them in five simple steps. 

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What You Need

  • Wine crate
  • Linseed oil
  • Brush
  • Stain-sealer combination
  • Drill and bits
  • Wine corks
  • 1 1/4-inch wood screws
  • 3/4-inch wood screws
  • Supamoss
  • Potting mix and seeds or seedlings
  • Micro-irrigation kit
  • Soaker hose

Step 1: Apply Oil and Stain Crate

Apply linseed oil on the crate's interior and let dry; apply a second coat for a water-repellent, food-safe seal. On the crate exterior, apply a coat of stain-sealer. Let dry. 

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Step 2: Make Pot Feet

Drill at least two drainage holes in the crate's bottom. Then, to make pot feet, cut wine corks in half and attach each with a 1 1/4-inch wood screw to a bottom corner of the crate. Reinforce the crate edges with 3/4-inch wood screws. 

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Step 3: Add Liner

Cut Supamoss, a natural  moss-alternative liner, to fit the bottom and sides of the crate. Fill the lined crate with organic potting mix, and plant. 

Step 4: Add Micro-Irrigation

To conserve water and ease your chores, add micro-irrigation to each planter, following product instructions. Give each planter its own soaker hose and connect with the main line. Add a timer to automate the works, if desired.

Step 5: Label Plants

To keep track of your greens, mark bamboo cutlery with a wax pencil for weather-worthy plant markers. You could also use wooden crafting sticks, if desired. 

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