DIY Wooden Crate Planter And Storage post brought to you by Harvest. All opinions are mine. #TheHarvestEffect
We spend much of our days outdoors now that it is Spring. Spending time in the garden, feeding and taking care of the chickens, or just playing outside. I find that my things tend to get scattered pretty easily, especially with three boys who love to help. I wanted a fun, functional storage area and of course, more planters because really, you can never have too many planters! I created this DIY wooden crate planter and storage to hold plants on top, and everything I need for quick access to everything I need for trips to the backyard.
For my wooden crate planter, I knew that I wanted to grow a fruit or vegetable, so I picked up Harvest's Organic Potting Mix first. Harvest turns organic waste into organic gardening products that then feed the earth to create a more sustainable planet. Each year, Harvest saves 2,000,000 tons of waste from ending up in landfills! Plants will thrive in this rich, organic matter.
- 2 wooden crates
- Harvest Potting Mix
- outdoor paint
- 1-2 plastic trash bags
- a few rocks to help with drainage
- stapler and/or hammer and tack nails
- 2-4 plants of your choice, or seeds
- 10 deck screws (may be necessary to get a different kind depending on your wall material)
- Wipe off the wooden crates and remove any dirt or debris.
- Set them on newspapers outdoors and paint or spray paint them with high quality outdoor paint.
- Let crates fully dry according to directions and weather conditions.
- When paint has dried, staple a layer of burlap on the inside of the front of your planter. (This will make your planter prettier than seeing a trash bag through the slats.)
- Cut a plastic garbage bag (or two) and nail or staple down inside of one crate. This will prevent muddy water from getting all over your crate and storage.
- Place a few rocks on top of the trash bag to help with drainage.
- Use a level to carefully measure and mark where your planter will go on the wall.
- Hold the planter up and have someone screw four screws on the inside four corners of the planter.
- Test to make sure the planter is secure and then place the other crate up under the planter, with the bottom against the wall.
- Screw six screws on the inside four corners and ends of the middle slat of the second crate.
- Carefully fill your planter halfway full with Harvest's Organic Potting Mix.
- Take out your plants and plant them in the potting mix, and then fill in the remainder of space with more potting mix.
- Add your gloves, seeds, bird seed, and other garden supplies to your storage area!
This project was so fun to make and definitely adds a splash of fun color to our back porch area. The bird seed and worms are easy to find for the chickens and birds, I never lose my gloves anymore, and the plant is safe and sound in it's cozy planter!
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