How to Make Tiered Planters

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Placing a raised planter as an addition in your landscaping or on a patio can provide a pleasing, attractive look as well as easier access to your plants. Building up a series of planters to create a tiered planter can change the look of your ordinary planter without sacrificing growing space. Once constructed, your tiered planters can be set against a wall, in a corner by a fence or placed on the ground to act as a standalone raised garden.

Things You'll Need

  • 3 boards, 2 by 12 inches, 12 feet long
  • Tape measure
  • Hand saw
  • Galvanized screws
  • Electric drill
  • 1 piece ¾-inch plywood, 4-foot square
  • ½-inch drill bit
  • Garden or potting soil, 28 cubic feet
  • Measure and cut the 2-by-12 inch boards into four boards measuring 4 feet long, four boards 3 feet long and four boards all cut to 2 feet long.

  • Arrange each set of four equal length boards into three different sized squares. Insert three evenly spaced screws into each corner of the square boxes to hold the frame together.

  • Place a sheet of 4-foot square plywood over the top of the 4-foot square if you plan to set the tiered planter on a deck or patio. Screw through the plywood and into the frame every 6 inches around the edge to attach. Drill 10 evenly spaced holes into the plywood with a ½-inch drill bit for drainage.

  • Flip the 4-foot frame over if plywood was added. Place the frame in the location where you want to grow your plants for the amount of light you need. Fill the 4-foot frame with garden or potting soil to the top rim of the frame.

  • Set the 3-foot frame over one corner of the 4-foot frame and align the two sides that touch, letting the 4-foot frame extend out from the 3-foot frame by a foot. Fill the 3-foot square with soil to the top.

  • Rest the 2-foot frame on the 3-foot frame so it is aligned on the same corner the 3 and 4-foot frames already share. Fill this last square with soil to complete the tiered planter.

Tips & Warnings

  • Cedar wood is a naturally rot-resistant wood.
  • For a more stylistic look, set the 3-foot frame over the 4-foot frame on the diagonal so the corners of the 3-foot square sit on the middle of each side of the 4-foot frame. Then place the 2-foot frame diagonal in relation to the 3-foot frame.

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References

  • "Landscaping: Principles & Practices"; Jack E. Ingels; 2004
  • "Grounds for Improvement"; Dean Hill, Jackie Taylor; 2007
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