I love it. The Ugliest Planters in the World. This fits my goal for the balcony garden perfectly. I just want some tasty veggies, I don’t care how planters look. End goal always in mind, I’m not worried about little things like pretty planters, I just want to build them and be done with it (build them because it’s sooo much cheaper than buying or ordering pre-built). This will not be applicable to many people out there if you are going for aesthetics or other goals (see my post on Garden Goals), but it’s great for me.
I love projects, and this is a fun little one. I bought 3 sheets (4’x8′) of plywood to start with. The 1/2in plywood I bought for this project is light and will get the job done. NOTE! This stuff is very flimsy and will probably rot out in a year or even less, let’s see. But I only want it for one season or so. I’m sure I’ll have grand designs for next year’s balcony project. I would not recommend 1/2 plywood if you are trying to build something that’ll last, haha.
Getting the boards cut to size was nearly impossible, there are very limited DIY (Do It Yourself) resources here. I finally got some help from the workers at MC Home Depot (not to be confused with the US Home Depot, which it is nothing like). Three hours of hand sawing later (yes, no circular saws or jig saws to be had after checking a million shops), I got all the pieces for the planters cut.
Now the pieces come home for the fun part! I want to maximize the space so I made a small effort to do this and built the planters up. See in the pic, the first planter is done, I nailed 2×6’s to the back of it as the base of the next planter:
Once the second planter is done it nails into the 2×6’s of the first. This ties the structure together nicely:
The top of each planter is wider than the bottom to minimize the footprint of the planters. The back is straight up and down but the front slopes outwards, as shown in this pic (back doesn’t look straight but it is…….roughly):
These things don’t need to be perfect, or even that great. Not all nails make it where they’re supposed to go:
I just left that in there. Good iron for the soil. Now a look at the completed planters:
Not bad right?! Haha, they will look a lot better loaded up with veggies. Anyway this will be great, from my bedroom we can step out onto the balcony right where the planters start:
What a great day, projects are so much fun! It is great to see the balcony garden start coming together, the planters out there are a great first step. They are simple, requiring only a hammer and nails (after doing the cutting at the store) to construct, along with a few hours of labor. Anyone living in the city can do this simple project, and have a nice size garden space to work with afterwards.
Next week will be soil time, another fun project! There is a little more to planter box soil than meets the eye. Can’t wait to share next week.
Have you built balcony planters or other planters for a small space before? Have suggestions? We’d love to hear them. I made some attempt here to save space but there are many more ways to do it. I’d love to hear about yours.