The Salad Planter

I love Shanty-2-Chic’s website and tutorials.  These sisters are amazing.  I found this plan on their site and thought it would be perfect to grow our own salad fixings while keeping them off the ground.

I needed it to be a bit bigger so I adapted the plan.  The hardest part was recalculating the leg length with the angle that I needed.  It brought me back to algebra, trig and geometry high school classes.  I was excited because this was my first project with my new pneumatic staple gun.

I stained it, blinged it out with some glass pebbles and landscaping cement.  I lined the boxes with plastic and drilled holes in the bottoms for drainage.  Filled them with moisture control potting soil and seeded them with different varieties of loose leaf lettuce mixes.

The top left photo is from Shanty-2-Chic’s site and the size of the original planter.

The Tomato Tower

Another Pinterest Project: DIY Vertical Planter Garden with instructions found on – recently updated to (I really like her blog – she’s smart AND funny!)  I tweaked it a little to maximize my space and accommodate large planters.

The risers are prefab and available at most home improvement stores.  They are around $25 each.  I used treated 2x4s and 2×6 for the frame because I knew that I’d be using plastic planters that would not come into contact with the wood.

I used screws and bolts to stabilize the frame.  I knew it would get heavy with soil, water and plants.  The planter boxes I purchased were extra large and I needed to cut the back edge down for a secure fit.  I also drilled holes in the bottom for drainage.

This wasn’t a thrifty project.  With $50 for the risers, another $40 for the planter boxes, lumber, hardware and stain; I believe it was around $115-125 to build, but it has certainly optimized space and has been a great way to add portable gardening space around our home.

Mid July