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Upcycled Fence Board Planters

I love to garden, and and easy way for us to have all the fresh veggies on hand is to have raised beds in my back yard. We took some old fence boards from when we replaced out fence, and turned them into planters.

Start with some old fence board, even the 4x4 posts. People in your neighborhood are always replaceing fences, so ask them for the boards, or if you are going to replace your fence, keep them for future projects!!

Cut a slit into the 4 x4 at a right angel to each other, you need to do this to 4 board to make a square or rectangle bed. Slide 4 fence boards into the cut. This makes each bed about 2 feet tall, but you can make them as tall or as short as you want.

Here is a square version we made, and also added a top "cover" to it to finshin it off and make it look pretty, the cover also let you rest your tools and supplies as a little ledge when working in the beds.

You can make the beds as long as the fence boards, it all depends on the size you want to make.

Here is a video tour of the planters we set up 4 years ago.

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  • Brenda  S.
    Brenda S. North Brunswick, NJ
    on Mar 13, 2017

    Looks great!!

  • Djcarney
    on Mar 16, 2017


  • Karen Merritt3
    Karen Merritt3 Saint Joseph, MO
    on Mar 16, 2017

    Great job. Thank you for up cycling the fence. You are helping preserve the planet. I hate seeing things go to the dump. I used my friends old decking to make decks to put our outside trash cans on and our dog house on.

    • Mfbandit769
      Mfbandit769 Tallahassee, FL
      on Mar 16, 2017

      If the wood has been treated, she's helping poison her family.

  • Susan
    Susan Battle Creek, MI
    on Mar 16, 2017

    Looks great!

  • Mkrober1
    on Mar 16, 2017

    I love this idea and have done it before. It really does work! The problem that I had was with cats using it as a litter box! In my parish (county) they collect feral cats, neuter or spay them, clip one ear, and then release them in the same community where they collected them. It certainly beats euthanizing them. But....they use my garden as a big litter box! Any suggestions? They would just poop through chicken wire.

    • Mkrober1
      on Mar 16, 2017

      Thank you, Dee. I just remembered that my grandfather had a large compost pile and he always put just vegetable scraps and coffee grounds in it--no fat or animal waste. He never had a cat digging in his compost pile--he did have one animal that looked like a turtle (but it wasn't) visit it periodically, but he/she was ok.

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