Learn how to build a vertical planter that will transform your fence into a beautiful garden.
Download PDF instructions for this project here: How to make a Vertical Planter.
Starting with the 2 x 10s, measure out and cut 10 11-inch pieces and seven 15-inch pieces. Remember the saw blade eats up some of the wood, so give yourself a little room when measuring.
Next, take the 1 x 4s and measure and cut them into 46 pieces that are 30 inches long, and 24 pieces that are 3 inches long.
Measure and cut the 2 x 4 boards into 14 pieces that are 27 inches long.
For each of the five smaller crates, use 3-inch exterior deck screws to attach two 2 x 4 pieces between two of the 11-inch 2 x 10 pieces. Make sure it’s at the lowest point of the 2 x 10 and spaced at your discretion.
Pre-drill all screw holes through the 30-inch 1 x 4s and into the 2 x 10s. Leave a 1/4-inch gap between the boards. Screw the 1 x 4 pieces onto the back and front sides using 1 1/2-inch screws.
When it comes to the two larger crates, follow the same steps as the smaller crates, but using the 15-inch 2 x 10s as the ends of the crates. You will need to pre-drill, countersink, and then screw on an extra 1 x 4 panel on each side of the two crates.
For the three side supports of the planter, take one of the 15-inch 2 x 10s and four of the 3-inch long 1 x 4s. Pre-drill and then screw through the 1 x 4s.
Now, use the wire cutters to cut the half-inch gap wire mesh into 9 x 27-inch pieces, and line the bottom of the planters.
Use the staples with either a hammer or a staple gun to fix the wire in place.
Cut pieces of the polypropylene weed barrier and line the entire interior of the crate to protect the wood from the moist soil, and then staple it in place.
Finishing the wood with a sealant is not recommended unless you are 100 percent confident it is food-grade finish. Just remember, whatever you apply to the wood will be in continuous contact with wet soil and can contaminate it.
Pre-stack your planter boxes against the fence to determine if it is tall enough to suspend them in the air or start from the ground.
Whenever possible, make sure you drill the crates into the 2 x 4 railing that runs through your fence, rather than just the pickets.
Place two of the smaller crates on the ground against the fence and 26 inches apart. Using 1 1/2-inch screws, drill the top crates into the fence.
Place one of the large crates on top of the two smaller crates, straddling them evenly, and screw it into the fence.
Next, grab the side supports and put them on the outer edges of the small crates and screw them in.
Fill the planter crates with potting soil and get to planting!