Looking for a quick and simple DIY? This vertical planter was easy to build, and the materials only cost me $100 (excluding plants). Swipe to check out materials, steps and a time lapse video of the building process!
Materials: (2) 4” x 4” x 8’ pressure-treated timber brown stain, (2) 10’ Galvanized steel gutters, (4) left galvanized-steel end caps, (4) right galvanized-steel end caps, (4) 2” soft rubber caster with brake, (2) Simpson strong-tie BC 4x ZMAX post cap/base, (2) Simpson Strong-Tie RTA 4X rigid tie connector, Simpson strong-tie #9 1-1/2” external hex flange hex-head connector screw (100-pack), measuring tape, level, pencil/marker, power drill and drill bit included with screws.
Lumber and gutter measurements/cuts: @homedepot was wonderful and cut my lumber and gutters for me. Cut one of the 8’ posts in half, making sure it’s half of the actual length measurement. Cut the second 8’ post into 3 pieces: (2) 2 1/2’ pieces, leaving a 3rd piece that measures around 3’. Using a hacksaw, HD cut the gutters to match the measurement of that 3rd piece of lumber (around 3’), but be sure to use a measuring tape and measure the actual length! I only had 4 gutters cut to size, but there is extra length for additional pieces.
Steps: 1️⃣ On your 2 1/2’ lumber pieces, measure and mark half way point. Connect 4’ and 2 1/2' lumber pieces in a “T” shape, using the post cap/base and screws. 2️⃣ Stand the two “T” posts upside down and parallel with one another. Rest the 3’ piece of lumber on top of “T” posts and connect with rigid tie connector and screws. 3️⃣ Add wheels to the base of the planter structure. 4️⃣ Attach end caps to rain gutters. Drill 4 pilot holes on back of gutters (2 on left and 2 on right), making sure that they line up with posts (outer few inches of rain gutters). Drill base of gutters for drainage. 5️⃣ Using level and screws, attach gutters along vertical wooden posts. 6️⃣ Fill with soil and favorite plants. Happy gardening!
Matteuccia struthiopteris (Ostrich Fern). My location in Pennsylvania is towards the southernmost region where the Ostrich Fern naturally occurs. It is one of the most amazing looking native ferns with the large fiddleheads that unfurl in mid-spring to very large, upright, bright green fronds. Makes an impressive statement in a moist, partly sunny location, especially when it forms large colonies over the years. I’d be happy with about 50 more of these to underplant my trees as they mature. Deer and rabbit resistant. #matteucciastruthiopteris#garden#gardeningforwildlife#collectorsgarden#nativeplants#ferns#perennials