I liked the style and the idea of using cedar because it was bio-degradable.
So I decided to tweak the plans a little to get what I wanted exactly.
I am going to share what you will need and the steps I took to build my customized planter garden that is (hopefully) bunny proof!
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You will need:
(4) 1×3 @ 8 feet long (I used cedar)
(2) 1×2 @ 8 feet long (I used cedar)
(7) 5 ½” wide x72 long cedar fence pickets
(1) 2×2 @ 8 feet long (I used leftover pine)
2½” wood screws (scrap pieces of 1×2 and 1×4)
First step: Cut all the cedar fence pickets at 17 ¾” long.
(26 total) 18 for front/back and 8 for two sides.
Second step: Cut the 1×3 cedar at 49 ½” four times (for front/back)
and 21 ½” four times (side pieces).
Next, I cut my 4 leg pieces out of the 2×2 pine at 23 ¾”.
Third Step: Time to glue, nail gun and Kreg Jig.
Space the cedar pickets with a small gap in between.
(I hear that cedar will shrink and expand with moisture.)
Then use wood glue and some nails
from my favorite BFF (aka: the nail gun) to hold everything in place.
Next, I pulled out my Kreg Jig and made two pocket holes on the back side of each corner.
All four cedar panels will need two pocket holes each.
Fourth Step: Attach legs and side cleats for the inside of the planter.
(I just figured it would be easier to install these before I attached the panels together.)
I just used some leftover 2×2 pine and I believe I cut them around 48″. The cleats don’t have to be exact, just don’t want them too long.
I made a little boo boo here as you can see in the picture.
I attached my 2×2 board with some wood screws about 1 ½” from the bottom. When I went to screw on my legs,
I noticed that I covered up one of my pocket holes! Oops.
So I recommend to go up another inch, maybe 2 ½”. 🙂
Unlike Ana’s plan, I made my panels even with the top of the legs.
This would allow for me to add a mitered edge. I personally like that look. 🙂
The legs were easy to attach with the 2 ½” wood screws and pocket holes.
Fifth Step: Attach the panel pieces together. Like this…
Sixth and final step: Place the slats inside and add mitered trim. I used whatever spare boards I had laying around. Why not, right? They are free and nobody is going to see them! I used some leftover cedar and even white pieces of pine (see the white peeking through). The top pieces of wood were recycled from Sebastian’s old bedroom shelves. I purposely left space between the boards for water to drain out.
Inside the bottom I placed some gardener’s clothe to retain the soil. After I finished building the planter I got an idea that it would be cool to add a flowering vine to my garden. So I also added on a little trellis.
I didn’t fill the box completely full with soil, although you could if you like. Mine was just a combination of the soil from my old square foot garden boxes. It would have been nice to plant more veggies, but I think I was a little late in the season. Oh well. There’s always next year, right?
Now all I can think is… grow baby, grow! I will keep you updated on the veggies growth and if we actually fooled those bunnies. For now, I am pretty happy with my new garden project. 🙂