My day started out like this:
Guess which ones got done.
I used that one as my inspiration but decided to use cedar so my beds would match the planters my dad built.
I knew I wanted at least 2 so while I was at Lowe’s today I picked up more of the cedar fence pickets that he used.
I decided that three pickets wide made the perfect height and that I would have the planters be 6 feet long so I wouldn’t have to cut any of the boards for the front.
I had the other boards behind my shed-I like how weathered and worn they are and thought the contrast with the shiny new cedar boards would be nice. Since I was using the supports on the outside I was able to just put those dog eared corners to the back and not spend the extra steps cutting them off.
I know right now you’re doubting me but don’t worry!
I put one board on each end and one in the middle to keep the front together. Then I used one picket, cut into thirds, for each side. The plain edges were screwed into the front panel and I put another board for stability on the end of the side piece.
I didn’t put a back on because they’re going up against the fence and I thought a back was pointless.
Because I wanted this planter against the back fence I had to dig out a little trench to put one end in. The fact that I live on a hill isn’t usually noticeable in the backyard but the big gap around the bottom edge wasn’t pretty. I also started putting down a little border of flagstone just to make weed eating and mowing easier.
I made the second one the same way except put a strip of plastic across the back. This one’s going against the fence I share with my neighbors and I didn’t want dirt and water to pour through the cracks in the fence into their yard. I’m thoughtful like that.