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Tall Garden Planter on wheels: How to build, wood working, DIY

Jul 17 2017 -
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After building my mom a tall garden planter for vegetables and strawberries my aunt asked if I could build her one too. Seriously though I can’t blame her: this is a really great idea and everyone should have at least one of these! My mom’s garden only needed to be weeded once or twice all summer lol I’m wondering why I thought I needed to put in a big “normal” garden and didn’t just build myself three of these… Anyway, my aunt had a couple of requests: It needed to be a little smaller then my mom’s so it would fit nice in a specific place on her deck and she also wanted it to be on wheels so she could move it under her house eaves in the winter time or during bad weather. So, I got to the drawing board!

First thing was first, I took my measurements and gathered my materials. She wanted it to be roughly 53 inches long and I had a piece of steel that was 48×48 inches so I wouldn’t have to cut it so that was great right away. Just like with the other tall garden planter I made I tacked a bunch of holes in it for drainage. I built my legs first using 2x4s and 3″ outdoor deck screws. I cut the 2×4 legs at 33″ to accommodate the height of the castors.

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With the four legs screwed together I cut two more 2x4s at the exact length that I wanted which was 48 plus 1/2 so I would have room to slide in “sides” and plus the depth of two 2x4s (the legs on each side) so I cut them at 51 1/2. First I tacked those to the top of two legs each and then flipped them over and added another leg (also cut at 33″ just like the others) to the center for even more support.

Build a tall garden planter on wheels diy wood working do it yourself for easy an easy to weed vegetable garden on your deck or in your yard!Build a tall garden planter on wheels diy wood working do it yourself for easy an easy to weed vegetable garden on your deck or in your yard!
Build a tall garden planter on wheels diy wood working do it yourself for easy an easy to weed vegetable garden on your deck or in your yard!

Then I added a bunch of 1x4s cut at 25″ a piece to the bottom of the whole frame. This gave me a kind of “shelf” once the castors lifted it up three inches from the ground but it also gave me a ton of support. Now it was time to add the steel. First I tacked on a piece on either of the sides/ends (to keep the dirt from spilling out) I did this by simply running 2″ screws through it to the frame and adding a 2×4 across the bottom to cover that edge. From there it was time to add the big main piece. This would be easier with a buddy but if I can do it alone so can you!

Build a tall garden planter on wheels diy wood working do it yourself for easy an easy to weed vegetable garden on your deck or in your yard!

I recommend punching/pre drilling holes into the steel just to make its easier to get screws in it. The initial small screws you use to hang the steel to the frame are actually not what holds this entire thing together, they’re just there to keep it in place for now. Hang the steel from each of the legs and then wrap it up and do the same thing on the other side. Make sure your steel is NOT above the top edge of the legs or you’ll have to pound it down there.

Build a tall garden planter on wheels diy wood working do it yourself for easy an easy to weed vegetable garden on your deck or in your yard!Build a tall garden planter on wheels diy wood working do it yourself for easy an easy to weed vegetable garden on your deck or in your yard!

Cut two 2x4s at 48 inches (the inside length of the entire garden and the length of the steel) and press that in along the top edge of the steel. You want the top edge of the steel sandwiched between that 2×4 and your legs. I used clamps to help me out here to flatten the steel some and keep everything in place but they’re not necessary. Once you get one screw through that 2×4 and into the leg behind it everything will tighten down on that steel hard core. Put in 3″ deck screws from both sides: through the legs, through the steel and into the 2×4 you just added and through the 2×4 you just added, through the steel and into the legs. This guarantees you’re giving your steel an incredible amount of support. (All that dirt you’re going to be putting in there weighs a lot and what you just did is all that will be supporting it because that steel is essentially hanging.)

Build a tall garden planter on wheels diy wood working do it yourself for easy an easy to weed vegetable garden on your deck or in your yard!

Now all that’s left is to cut 1x4s to finish off the top and cover up your “sandwich” of steel and 2x4s. I didn’t add this to my mom’s tall garden planter but I sure wish I had, I think it really made the whole thing look a lot more finished. After that I flipped it over, added castors and hauled it to my aunt’s house!

Build a tall garden planter on wheels diy wood working do it yourself for easy an easy to weed vegetable garden on your deck or in your yard!Build a tall garden planter on wheels diy wood working do it yourself for easy an easy to weed vegetable garden on your deck or in your yard!
Build a tall garden planter on wheels diy wood working do it yourself for easy an easy to weed vegetable garden on your deck or in your yard!Build a tall garden planter on wheels diy wood working do it yourself for easy an easy to weed vegetable garden on your deck or in your yard!Build a tall garden planter on wheels diy wood working do it yourself for easy an easy to weed vegetable garden on your deck or in your yard!Build a tall garden planter on wheels diy wood working do it yourself for easy an easy to weed vegetable garden on your deck or in your yard!

We filled it with top soil and a bunch of those seedlings I grew for us this spring. (See my post about how I grew them here.) She also planted carrots and green onions and a couple of strawberry plants. So far so good! I hope it does great for her all summer long!

Build a tall garden planter on wheels diy wood working do it yourself for easy an easy to weed vegetable garden on your deck or in your yard!
Build a tall garden planter on wheels diy wood working do it yourself for easy an easy to weed vegetable garden on your deck or in your yard!

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26 Comments

  1. July 18, 2017 at 12:38 am

    Oh that is so cool! I definitely could use one of those for an herb garden. I love your creativity!

  2. July 18, 2017 at 11:51 am

    What a great idea! Those wheels could also allow a person to move the “garden” to follow the sunshine when living on property w/ little sun. 🙂

    • July 18, 2017 at 2:32 pm

      Thank you! My aunt moves it under her house eves when she knows bad weather is coming!

  3. July 19, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Wow! You are super-talented. What a blessing for your aunt and your mom to have you around to make things for them. These tall planters are especially useful for older people who want to do some gardening but are no longer able to bend over to reach plants (and weeds) in the ground.
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    • July 19, 2017 at 3:13 pm

      Thank you so much Carol, I love that I can make things as gifts now that will last! She wanted to pay me for it but I told my aunt this is either your very early or very late birthday present!

  4. July 19, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    What an awesome idea! I love that it’s on casters. That’s so convenient. Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

    • July 19, 2017 at 6:12 pm

      Thanks Leslie, have a great week!

  5. July 20, 2017 at 5:21 am

    I love it! Might need to get me some of these (ask hubby to make :)) for next year.

    • July 20, 2017 at 2:34 pm

      Thanks for coming by Jacqui, have a great weekend!

  6. July 20, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Thank you for sharing this. It is awesome. As we get older, and have difficulty bending over, my husband and I can really use something like this.

    • July 20, 2017 at 6:35 pm

      Hi Gail, I’m wishing now I had just built 2 or 3 of these for me instead of putting in a garden on the ground this year lol Someone mentioned too that this would make a great spot to fill with ice to keep food and drinks cold in the summer time! Thanks for coming by 🙂

  7. Carol
    July 21, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    Great idea, this is awesome!

  8. July 22, 2017 at 12:17 am

    Ok I love love this. You did a fantastic job. I am going to share this in Pinterest for sure! I hope to make one like this soon! I hate having to bend down to pick my herbs with my knees… happy to stumble over here from Home Sweet Home!

  9. July 22, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    This turned out great! I definitely want to make one! Thanks for sharing this with us at Funtastic Friday 🙂

    • July 24, 2017 at 3:01 pm

      Thanks for coming by Angie!!

  10. July 22, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    Although it is not easy I have to make two of them because I loved them! Thank you for sharing at Sweet Inspiration Link Party !

    • July 24, 2017 at 3:02 pm

      Wonderful Christina! Thanks for coming by!

  11. Pat
    July 23, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Gosh, you made something amazing and so simple to build! I have no outside area to use this but for inside use under a grow lamp will be wonderful and fun to use. Staining the 2x4s before assembly makes it attractive for inside use and the castors will definitely make occasional redecorating easie peasie.Thank you for such clear plans of a great idea❣️

    • July 24, 2017 at 3:04 pm

      Oh Pat that’s a wonderful idea for inside use!

  12. July 23, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    LOVELY, I really need to do this next year instead of dealing with weeds like I have been. They’ve been so bad. :/

    • July 24, 2017 at 3:05 pm

      Hey Danielle, yup I’m wishing I had just built two of these for myself instead of putting in an “on the ground” garden lol.

  13. July 27, 2017 at 4:33 am

    Love your garden diy pinned & sharing Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party @dearcreatives

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