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Drainage for Planter Box

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Drainage for Planter Box

Hi everyone,

So I recently finished my first DiY project of making a planter box. I have made it from 150x25mm Treated Pine with 70x35 posts as legs. 

While doing the bottom part, I was confused on what design approach should I be taking. After reviewing some videos and having a chat with couple of people, I finally decided to go for pine planks spaced out at 100mm, and then putting a steep wire mesh on top, and them covering it with water permeable weed-mat.

I am soon making a second one, and wanted to know if I should consider the other approach, which is covering the bottom part with planks (leaving minimum gap in between) and then covering with weed-mat. 

The final product is really heavy, much much heavier than I anticipated.

Your comments and suggestions shall be appreciated.

Thanks.

Cheers,

A

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Re: Drainage for Planter Box

@desaiadi Welcome to the Community! I believe your answer may have to do with what plants you are placing in there and water type of watering regime you'll be on.

Your current design is great for plants which don't like wet feet, it will be very free-draining.

You second design would be good for veggie seedlings etc that don't particularly like extreme hot weather and drying out too quickly.

Obviously depending on how much water you give either can negate the drainage.

 


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Re: Drainage for Planter Box

Makes sense. Thanks for the input Mitchell! 

Cheers,

A

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