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

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
Nope, no more feeling crippled after gardening! :)
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
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.
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!
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!
I still have work to do, but this makes me AND my knees sooo happy!

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  • Cynthia Banessa
    Cynthia Banessa Forney, TX
    on May 12, 2014

    Love it!

  • Chris aka monkey
    Chris aka monkey Mount Pleasant, TN
    on May 12, 2014

    @Amy Ogden-Paparone this is an absolutely fabulous idea i love love love it xx

  • Lauriejw55
    Lauriejw55 Richland, WA
    on May 13, 2014

    OMG these are wonderful I too have very bad knees and love to garden I will have to make me some of these you did a great job on these !!

  • Peggy Cohen
    Peggy Cohen Clermont, FL
    on May 13, 2014

    so glad you can still garden!! God Bless you and enjoy!

    • Amy Ogden-Paparone
      Amy Ogden-Paparone Gilbertsville, PA
      on May 13, 2014

      @Peggy Cohen Thank you, i'll take all the blessings I can get. God Bless you too Peggy!

  • Diane Becker
    Diane Becker Round Rock, TX
    on May 13, 2014

    Fantastic idea! I have problems with my knees too, so this is a great idea!!

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