Step One: Gather materials.
- 1/6-inch plastic panel.
- Redwood slats ½ x 2 inches, 2 at 20 inches, 2 at 19 inches.
- ¼-inch plywood - cut to 20 x 20 inches.
- Redwood fence board – rip to 5 inches wide, miter to 27 inches outside.
- ½ x ½-inch redwood sticks - to align frame to box.
- ¼-inch galvanized eye bolts, nuts and fender washers. – use 4 but only how many are needed.
- 18-gauge staples – 1 ½ and 1-inch to fit pneumatic staple gun.
- Galvanized angle brackets - 4 to hold frame to box.
- Chicken wire – about 19 x 22 inches.
- Preserved Spanish Moss, Cactus planting mix, Plants.
Step Two: Box and Frame.
- The Box.
- If the user has redwood slats about ½-inch by 2 inches “in inventory” (left over from some other project), they form the basis of the project. The box is 20 x 20 inches with a piece of ¼-inch plywood on the back. Staple it together with galvanized 18-gauge staples. (After a time the plywood back starts to de-laminate).
- The Frame.
- The frame face is ¾-inch redwood fence boards ripped to 5-inch and mitered, with square strips tacked on the back to allow invisible attachment to the box. Overall, it’s a 27-inch square. Again, all attaching was done with the 18-gauge staple gun. Line the box with black heavy duty garbage bag plastic sheet. Paint it all later.
- Hanger Bolts.
- Put in one set of eye bolts on two ends of the box. They are ¼-inch galvanized with nuts and fender washers on the inside.\
Step Three: Plastic Baffle.
- Cut the plastic panel into strips about 2 ½ inches wide, close to 18 inches long. To let the pieces mesh, use a sheet metal nibbler to cut slots. The nibbler removes a little material and it allows for a better fit than just cutting a slot, though the user can use heavy scissors.
Step Four: Coverings.
- Cut a piece of chicken wire to size and stapled it to one side of the box so it could later fold over to keep everything in place. Then put in the plastic baffle and the dirt. The dirt hides the plastic and holds it in place. One should pay attention to exactly where the plastic is - maybe make small marks on the box. This is to avoid running into the plastic later when putting in the plants.
- The dirt is covered with weed cloth to keep it in place. This is stapled to the inside of the box. Then put in “Preserved Spanish Moss” to cover the cloth and make it look good.
- Then the chicken wire gets pulled over the whole works and stapled in place before the frame goes on. The frame is aligned using the little redwood "sticks" and held in place using angle brackets.
Step Five: Planting.
- The user has to snip apart the chicken wire to open up planting holes, then push the moss aside, cut through the weed cloth and make a suitable hole in the dirt. Note: Poking the plant roots past the chicken wire is “problematic” since the sharp pieces of cut wire may cut fingers.
Step Six: Hang the planter and water regularly.