How to Build a Planter Box for Berries

Overview

Planters are ideal for containers for growing a wide range of plants, whether you keep the planters on a patio, front stoop, or hanging from a windowsill. Berries are one plant that grows well in planters, as containers make it easier to control the rapid growth of berry bushes. The key things to keep in mind when building a planter for berry plants is to make sure you measure everything correctly and that you firmly secure the wood together to make the planter last for years.

Step 1

Use the circular saw to cut two pieces that are 30 inches long from the 6-foot by 1-inch by 8-inch board. These two pieces will be the back and the front of the berry planter. Make sure to wear your eyewear and gloves before starting for protection. Wear a dust mask if desired, as a saw can create a lot of dust.

Step 2

Use the saw to cut one 30-inch long piece from the 4-foot by 1-inch by 8-inch board. This will be the bottom of the berry planter box. Put the bevel of the saw at 10 degrees and slice the wood to make it 5 inches at its widest point.

Step 3

Use the saw to cut two parts from the scraps for the sides of the berry planter box. These two need to measure 5 7/8 inches wide and 6 3/8 inches tall. Taper the wood so it ranges from 5 7/8 inches at the top to 5 inches at the bottom.

Step 4

Fit the pieces of the berry box planter together, cutting awkward edges to make sure it fits if necessary.

Step 5

Secure the pieces together with clamps and wood glue.

Step 6

Make the drainage holes in the bottom of the berry box with the drill. The holes should be about 1/4 inch in diameter. Create enough so there will be proper drainage, or on average around eight.

Step 7

Stain and seal the berry planter box if you want. You can personalize it with paint to match your house or deck, or stencil flowers or other designs on the outside of it.

Things You'll Need

  • Heavy-duty work gloves
  • Protective eyewear
  • Dust mask, if desired
  • Circular saw
  • Drill/driver with bits
  • Tape measure
  • Clamps
  • 6-foot by 1-inch by 8-inch wooden board
  • 4-foot by 1-inch by 8-inch wooden board
  • Water resistant wood glue
  • Wood stain or sealer

References

  • Lowes.com: Build a Window Box Planter
  • Reader's Digest.com: Wood Finishing Tips
Keywords: building a planter box, container planters, berry planters

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