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How to Build a Long and Narrow Planter Box | $40 Lumber

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  • dee feran

    Thank you, i need to ask husband to try this, but i have personal question what are the height this planter box?

  • Melissa Price

    These are gorgeous and look perfect to put in front of my trashcan hiders in the front yard that I am making a patio for. The patio will have a lot of dirt / soil leftover. Do you think I could fill the base with the dirt and soil, instead of doing the shelves, or do you think that would make it too heavy and it would seep through / they would fall over?

  • Castle of Costa Mesa

    Thank you for your wonderful tutorial! I am looking to build something similar to directly hold soil and grow climbing roses in my long and narrow alleyway (without using separate planted bins inside). I wonder if the structure, lined inside, will be strong enough to hold dirt, water and climbing roses. Fence boards are not as thick as regular 2×4. Would soil moisture warp the narrow and tall planter over time? Thank you!

  • Ciara Trujillo

    What did you put inside of them to hold the plants? Was there a large trough planter bin inside or did you just put the plants in their existing pots right inside the box?

  • D Emy

    Made 2 planter boxes, a 4×2 & 2×2. Used 2×3 inch posts and 6 foot pine pickets. Nails, stain. Total cost $78.

  • tkschannel

    Dont use pressure treated lumber if you are making planters for vegetables or herbs, it will leech in the soild very toxic..

  • DIYWithDara

    super cute!! i need some like this too! i love the idea but theres so much wood involved! i'd have to make a list before i go to home depot to actually buy all this! then rewatch this video like a thousand times! ; ) definitely worth a shot though!

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