Hang your succulent garden with a whimsical vertical planter
TOOLS AND MATERIALS
- 1- x 4- x 96-inch common board
- 2- x 4-foot x 15/32-inch plywood
- #208 1 3/8-inch stainless steel screw eye (2-piece package)
- 1 roll – 1-inch x 2- x 10-foot poultry netting
- 1 roll – 3- x 50-foot polyethylene weed barrier landscape fabric
- Pneumatic staples
- 1 ¼-inch 18-gauge brad nails
- #8 1 ½-inch Phillips flat-head wood screws
- Potting soil
Paint or stain (optional)
Measure and mark the boards according to the below cut list:
From the common board:
• Two 24-inch top/bottom sections
• Two 12-inch side sections
From the plywood:
• 25 ½- x 12-inch rectangle
• Use a circular saw to cut along the marks you just made.
• Smooth any rough edges with a sanding block.
• Paint or stain all cut pieces and crates prior to assembly.
• Allow to fully dry.
• Place the top and bottom 24-inch boards horizontal, parallel, and standing on their 1-inch ends.
• Align the two 12-inch side segments so that one is on each left and right side of the 24-inch segments and forms the shape of a frame.
• Using the drill and 1/8-inch drill bit, pre-drill two holes per corner from the outside of the side segments into the ends of the top and bottom segments.
• Use two wood screws per corner to attach the side segments to the top/bottom segments.
• Roll out chicken wire and use a heavy-duty stapler to staple one end of the chicken wire inside of the frame along the top.
• Press the wire so that it is flush and taut to the opening of the frame and secure with staples along the inside of the bottom.
• Use a pair of wire snips to cut the excess chicken wire once secured to both top and bottom.
• Repeat with the landscaping cloth so that it is secured with staples beneath the chicken wire on the frame.
• Trim excess cloth with scissors.
With the wire side facing down, fill the frame with potting soil.
• Place the plywood on top of the frame.
• Attach to all sides using the brain nailer.
• Stand box on the bottom and pre-drill centered holes two inches in from the left and right ends through the top of the frame.
• Screw in eye hooks for hanging.
• Lay box flat on its plywood back.
• Using scissors or a knife, cut or punch a small hole in the landscape fabric beneath the chicken wire holes.
• If needed, use your fingers to expand the hole in the fabric in order to get a plant’s roots inserted beneath the landscaping fabric and into the soil below.
• Insert plants through the chicken wire hole and into the soil beneath the landscaping fabric.
• Water and allow the plants to adjust to their new home with the box sitting flat.
• After a few days, hang your beautiful new planter and enjoy!
Tip: Remember, succulents require very little water. You can either water using a spray bottle or lay the box flat when it’s time to water.