The back-alley parking pad planter: GREAT SUCCESS

Photo-worthy at last! Thanks in large part to my dad’s amazing construction skills, the planter for the back-alley parking pad is finally complete.

Previously, on Jocelyn Comes Up With Garden Projects: Back in May I wrote about the reasons for designing this planter the way I did. I changed the layout of it a little bit, but the concept remained the same.The lowest box (left side in the picture) will hold my first hay-bale beds next year; the higher one (not visible in this picture because of the angle) will be a vegetable or flower bed once I get some soil for it.

How I did it after the jump!

In progress: Mostly built but not stained

In progress: Mostly built but not stained

The wood I used is cedar 1x6s. I used to build my raised beds with 2x6s, but I’ve found 1x wood to be plenty strong. Cedar works best for raised beds because it’s rot-resistant.

The top two levels of the highest box come off to make it easier to move plants in and out. Eventually I would like to put a lip around the top (a horizontal board a couple inches wide) but we didn't have the right technology to make this happen.

The top two levels of the highest box come off to make it easier to move plants in and out. Eventually I would like to put a lip around the top (a horizontal board a couple inches wide) but we didn’t have the right technology to make this happen.

I painted one of the levels this tomato-red colour that I fell in love with. I proceeded to paint a bunch of other stuff in my yard this colour.

In this next picture you can see the inside set-up. I made the highest box quite a big higher than the pots themselves to leave room for two long, low window-box planters underneath. These will hold water and wick it up into the pots to help keep them watered.

I AM A PLANTER ENGINEER.

I AM A PLANTER ENGINEER. Also, as you can see in this picture, I don’t stain the insides where they’ll be in contact with soil.

Another picture of this thing? YES. YOU GUYS, IT TOOK US SO LONG TO BUILD.

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You can’t see the actual plants that well in this picture, but some of the things growing in here are echinacea, fireworks vine (that’s the viney one on the far left), butterfly weed, and sea buckthorn. All the pots are planted with perennials, so hopefully I can overwinter them in my garage and keep them alive for many years to come so that the back-alley people can pee in them and steal them and wreck them.

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