Gardeners who have limited available ground space or who want to increase the landscaping around their patio or porch often look for garden pots that can hold their chosen plants to help create their ideal garden. The problem with commercial pots is the expense that sometimes comes with them. To get around this, you can make your own garden pots. Using a variety of materials, you can make two forms of different sizes to create cement garden pots, which are easy to assemble and disassemble.
Mark four 18-inch-by-15-inch sections on one plywood sheet. Use a straight edge to draw the lines.
Cut out the sections with a saw. These sections will form the outer frame.
Mark four 14-inches-by-11-inch sections on the other plywood sheet.
Cut out the sections with a saw. These are the forms for the inner frame.
Cut a base for each of the frames using leftover plywood. Measure an 18-inch-by-18-inch square and a 14-inch-by-14-inch square then cut out the pieces with the saw. Find the center of the base by measuring across the piece from side to side, and then mark the center. Turn the piece 45 degrees and repeat the measurements, marking the center from these sides. The marks should be located together. Do the same for both pieces.
Cut a hole in each plywood base. To do this, set the center of an end of the tubing over the center mark of a plywood base. Trace an outline of the exterior of the tube then remove the tube. Cut out the hole with a jigsaw.
Nail together the larger frame. Do this by nailing four 18-inch-by-15-inch pieces to the 18-inch sides, creating the top and bottom of the larger frame. Hammer a nail into each corner, top and bottom. Put the larger base over the top of this frame. Hammer a nail into the base at each corner to attach it to the frame. Flip the form over to set the base on the ground.
Nail together the 14-inch-by-11-inch frame. Use the same method used for the larger frame.
Apply oil to the outside of the tubing and to the outside of the smaller form. This will help make removing them from the concrete easier.
Place an end of the tubing into the hole of the larger form. The tubing should fit snugly.
Prepare the cement. Pour the cement mix into a bucket. Add water slowly, following instructions on the cement mix bag. Mix the water and cement until it is in a nearly solid state with no lumps.
Fill the form with a 2-inch depth of cement.
Place the smaller form into the larger form so that the hole in the base of the smaller form fits over the tubing. Slide the smaller form down until it sits atop the cement.
Fill the larger frame with cement to the top of the smaller frame. Tamp down the cement with a chisel as you pour to get the most cement into the form.
Allow the cement to dry for 24 hours.
Pull out the smaller form and the tubing, and take the larger frame apart.
Cure the cement garden pot. To help this process, lay a wet towel over the garden pot, and set the garden pot in a sunny area for seven days. Keep the towel moist to help the cement retain moisture as it cures.
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