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Herb planter made from flooring off-cuts

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Having an Impact

An elevated herb planter and stylish garden feature. Follow step-by-step instructions to build your own.



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The project


Bunnings Workshop member Oldfart shared this impressive herb planter and resident Bunnings D.I.Y. expert Mitchell shared the following step-by-step instructions about how to build this popular project.


As this is a herb planter, we will be using H3 treated flooring products similar to 90 x 22mm Decking ACQ Treated Pine 4.8m for the sides. For the legs, we will use Growies 50 x 50mm 600mm Hardwood Steel Cap Garden Stake 6 Pack and to secure the unit together Buildex 8-10 x 40mm Climacoat Countersunk Ribbed Head Treated Pine Screws 100 Pack. Due to the timber being ACQ treated for above ground use, we will line the planter with Grunt 2 x 5m 100um Black Multi-Purpose Builders Film.


Step one


To build the larger base, cut eight pieces of decking to 1m to create the sides. Start by pre-drilling and screwing four of the boards into the hardwood legs. You can cut off the points of the spikes or leave them to fix the unit into the ground with.




Step two 


Screw the remaining four boards to join the sections.




Step three


Once you have the frame and sides screwed together, flip it upside down so you can screw the baseboards on. Cut nine boards to 1m in length. Pre-drill and screw them across the base, allowing a small gap in-between for drainage. You will either need to remove the corners of the first and last board to fit around the legs or leave a gap when laying them.




Step four


To ensure the boards don't sag, cut two brace boards to fit and screw them on top.



Step five


Creating the inner box is done in the same fashion as the external one, but just with smaller dimensions. Remember when you lay the plastic to put an adequate amount of drainage holes in it so the plants don't get wet feet.




More inspiration for your garden


Oldfart also shared this three-tier planter box made from fence palings that took two hours to create and cost less than $20.




Find more great ideas for your garden in our Top 10 most popular raised garden beds and Top 10 most popular garden makeovers.


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