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Stringer Planters... It's Tough Getting Old :)

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I have the worst knees any human being could ever have, but Love gardening... So I thought since you can't afford to do raised garden beds just yet, what else could you do. And Voila! I made these. It's so easy, and the pots actually remove so I can take them over to my potting bench, dead head, repair, replant them, whatever I want when ever I want without being crippled after a few minutes! I absolutely love them! What'dya think?
Time: 4 Hours Cost: $32 Difficulty: Easy
  • stringer planters it s tough getting old, diy, flowers, gardening, outdoor living, raised garden beds, woodworking projects
Nope, no more feeling crippled after gardening! :)
  • stringer planters it s tough getting old, diy, flowers, gardening, outdoor living, raised garden beds, woodworking projects
I bought four ~ 4 step stair stringers from Home Depot for $20.00. They're pressure treated so they should last for some time. I had green outdoor paint, and painted them. I measured the size pots I had on hand and set the stringers to that exact measurement. Then attached 2 - 2x3 boards to the back of each one straight up and down and then 2 cross pieces to keep them stable. I forgot to take pictures as I went along... Sorry, I was very excited. LoL
  • stringer planters it s tough getting old, diy, flowers, gardening, outdoor living, raised garden beds, woodworking projects
I had these long planters in black with the trays attached. So I drilled holes thru the box and tray. Then I attached the tray to the stringer with a screw and washer. Leaving the actual planter free and ready to be removed if and when I wanted to remove them.
  • stringer planters it s tough getting old, diy, flowers, gardening, outdoor living, raised garden beds, woodworking projects
As you can see, I didn't paint the cross bars because I wanted them to have a weathered look and blend in with the lattice behind it :) I then filled them 1/2 with soil and 1/2 with Miracle-GroMoisture Control Potting Mix which cost me $12.00. I love anything and everything from Miracle-Gro!
  • stringer planters it s tough getting old, diy, flowers, gardening, outdoor living, raised garden beds, woodworking projects
And here they are in the garden! I couldn't wait for Mother's day to get here! Our planting zone starts on Mother's day and I was so excited I could barely sleep waiting for it to get here! In the top two boxes are flowers I started from seeds, and they're so much happier now that they're in there real home. I'm praying they grow big and beautiful!
  • stringer planters it s tough getting old, diy, flowers, gardening, outdoor living, raised garden beds, woodworking projects
I still have work to do, but this makes me AND my knees sooo happy!

Got a question about this project?

  • Barbara Bamber

    That's cute that you were too excited to take photos:) I, too, have bad knees and will have to look at making something like this.. it's an excellent idea!!

    • Amy Ogden-Paparone
      Amy Ogden-Paparone Pottstown, PA

      Thank you very much @Barbara . I've already taken them over to my potting bench and dead headed them, and It's like a dream come true! No more hurting knees, or sitting down on the ground and dreading just thinking about getting back up again! It

  • Barbara
    Barbara Lomita, CA

    Way cool, I love the idea! I'd have to modify it somewhat as the flower bed I want them in isn't very deep (in front of a cinder block fence that annoys me with it 'blank wall' stare!) but over all, you've hit on a solution for those of us over 40

  • Ann
    Ann Medford, OR

    What a genius idea! Well done, well done. I would love to come over and sit on your porch and admire your garden. Instead, I'll copy your clever idea and get some nasturtiums going in them right away.

    • Amy Ogden-Paparone
      Amy Ogden-Paparone Pottstown, PA

      @Ann you are more than welcome. I'll put on the coffee and we'll listen to the birds and just be happy to be alive! :D And thank you!

  • Fireopal41

    I love the planters on the stringers. Great job.

    • Amy Ogden-Paparone
      Amy Ogden-Paparone Pottstown, PA

      Thank you, me too! so easy to care for them and my knees have never been happier :D

  • Lou
    Lou Greensboro, NC

    I have a garden stand very similar to these & I love it!

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