Posts tagged ‘planter boxes’

Thu.May.17.2012

{Free Download: Planter Box Tutorial}


Once upon a time, I told you a little bit about the pair of planter boxes that live on our porch. Well, Nate made a really neat tutorial PDF a while back, and I thought it was about time that I share it with you! (Along with some pictures of our porch garden of course!)

If you read the fourth issue of the Indie Fixx online magazine, Joie: Blooming, you may recognize this tutorial, since it was featured in the issue. Unfortunately, something went wrong when the magazine was uploaded to Issuu and the free PDF download that Nate put together wasn’t available. (As my besties Joanna and Emily would say: Whompers!)

Anyhow, I’m too proud of Nate’s work not to share it with everyone … So here it is: Just for MLE readers!

Materials:

1 box of all-purpose 8 x 1 ¾ dual-torq drive crews
1 box of all-purpose 8 x 2 ½ dual-torq drive screws
4 Long Sides – 1” x 4” x 48”
4 Short Sides – 1” x 4” x 5 ¼”
4 Bottom Boards – 1” x 4” x 48”
4 Legs – 2” x 2” x 24”
1 Long Leg Brace – 2” x 2” x 45”­­
2 Short Leg Braces – 2” x 2” x 10 7/8
2 Long Bottom Braces – 2” x 2” x 45”
3 Short Bottom Braces – 2” x 2” x 10 7/8
2 Short Basket Braces – 2” x 2” x 6 7/8

Tips:

Be sure to use cedar, which is naturally able to handle the temperature shifts and adverse weather that come with being outdoors. For the same reason, you’ll want to choose decking screws for assembly. To prevent the wood from splitting, pre-drill all holes using a drill bit slightly smaller than the shaft of the screw.

Rather than using a single, wide board to form the sides and bottom of our planters, Nate and I combined multiple narrow boards. We did this for two reasons: (1) to save on cost (two 1” x 4” boards cost much less than one 1” x 8” board), and (2) to allow for adequate drainage. To be sure that only excess water, and not dirt, drains through these crevasses, we lined the bottom and sides of the box with burlap using a staple gun. (If you stop after this step, the boxes are great for holding potted plants, or goodies & decorations for a backyard barbeque!)

Free Download:

(click the image to download the full PDF)

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Tue.May.10.2011

{Featured in Joie #4!}


Today is the day! Jen Wallace from Indie Fixx just released the fourth edition of her online magazine, Joie. The issue’s theme is “Blooming,” and My Latest Excuse is featured as part of a DIY gardening article! Remember those planter boxes we made last year? You can find all the instructions to make your own in Joie #4.

Joie is “all about the art of joyful living” and is filled-to-overflowing with inspiring images and super unique crafting ideas. I’m pumped to be part of such a cool project. If you have some time, take a look at the publication by clicking here or on the image below.

If you’re visiting My Latest Excuse for the first time, Welcome! Feel free to say hello or share your favorite distractions with MLE readers in the comments below: links, blogs, pins, books… Anything that keeps you off-task and inspired! (I know I’m always looking for more things to add to my list!)

Thu.January.27.2011

Dear Spring, Heel. Sit. Stay.


I’ve been getting ansty for Spring lately. Last year Nate and I filled our porch to the brim with vegetables, herbs and flowers and I can’t wait to do it again this year! Yesterday, as we were walking into Wal-Mart, I realized that all I wanted to do when I got home was change into workout gear, and charge outside for a run to the park with my hubby. We did that almost every day last Spring and Summer. We would arrive back home sweaty and deliciously exhausted, grab a glass of water, and head out to the porch to talk, cool off, and watch the hubbub of the city. (Did I mention that we were going to Wal-Mart to get hairties? Yes, my hair is finally long enough to stay in a weird little ponytail! Hallelujah!) Anyhow, I thought I would share a couple of pictures of our garden last year with you all:

  First we had to build the planter boxes. This couldn’t have been done without Nate’s dad to help us draw up the plans, my dad to help up choose materials, and our besties from Waldo Bungie to help us with the manual labor!

Nate’s box was filled with veggies and herbs, but mine was filled with marigolds and purslane to add a bit of color!


The purslane eventually overtook the marigolds (lesson learned…), but they were ridiculously beautiful and vibrant! They will definitely be a staple in all my future gardens!

Later in the summer, we started seeing these breath-taking bi-color purslane blooms beginning to appear. Isn’t it fantastic?

Nate’s veggie and herb box was a huge success too. Here is the proud papa with just one of our basil harvests!

Here is our main harvest of lemon balm. The leaves smell like lemon Pez! The idea was to use the leaves to make tea, but we tried it once and weren’t huge fans. We’re not going to plant this little guy again, but it was fun to try!


Here we have a trio of yellow bell peppers. They were delightful, but miniature. We think we planted too many and they weren’t able to reach their full potential, but we loved them just the same!

We grew Roma tomatoes and chives as well, so we were able to make some delicious pesto and bruschetta! Yum!

We learned some very important gardening lessons last year, so I’m excited to get this growing season started and have such a beautiful garden that we earn the respect of Mother Nature and make friends with woodland animals like Johnny Appleseed. In the meantime, I’ll just have to carry a little bit of Spring with me via this incredible, handmade succulent jewelry from WoodlandBelle on Etsy:

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