Leverage vertical real estate with this DIY wall planter. Made in as little as an afternoon, this vertical planter will hold up for years to come. A purchased metal planter serves as a sturdy base and is the perfect size for a few tomato plants, beans, or large lettuce plants. Galvanized pipe rails installed between the 2x4 posts serve as sturdy supports for the plastic pots hung from S hooks. The overall industrial look of this outdoor wall planter makes small space gardening as easy as it is attractive.
Cut cedar 2x4s into four pieces. Measure, mark and cut two lengths at 14 inches long. Cut another two lengths at 63 inches. The shorter boards will fit inside the base planter, and the long boards will be the side poles holding the metal pipes.
Sand the cedar boards to remove any large splinters. Stain as desired or use the wood as is. It will turn gray by itself over time. If you do choose to stain the wood, let dry according to manufacturer's instructions before continuing the project.
Place the shorter boards flat against the inside of the short end of the planter. Clamp the outer 2x4 post (63 inches) and the inner 2x4 post (14 inches) together, centered on the short end of the planter. Check to make sure the two posts are level.
Predrill holes through the outer 2x4 and the planter wall. Drive a deck screw through the outer 2x4 and planter wall and into the inner 2x4. Check that it's level and then drive two more deck screws using the same technique. Repeat the process for the other side of planter.
Measure the distance between the posts. Cut three lengths of pipe to be 1/2-inch shorter than the distance between the posts. Have the pipes threaded on both ends.
Twist plumbing flanges onto the ends of the pipes. Shimmy pipes into position between the posts and clamp in place. Check for level.
Mark where the flanges will be screwed to the wood and remove pipes. Drill pilot holes where you have marked, then replace the pipes. Secure to the posts with galvanized screws. We allowed for 12 inches between the pipes, positioning the tops of the flanges at 1-1/2 inches, 14 inches, and 26-1/2 inches from the top of the 2x4s.
Drill holes in the rims of each of the 6-inch plastic pots. The S hooks will poke through the holes, so make sure not to place the hole two low or too high. Too low and the pot will hit the pipe. Too high and the plastic may stretch or break due to the weight of the plants.
Remove herb plants for nursery pots and gently separate the roots. Place plants in the pots and add potting mix to fill the pot. Hang the pots from the pipes using S hooks. Fill the bottom planter with potting soil and plant larger plants, like shrubs or lettuces.
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