Yay! Spring is here and with it come many gardening and landscape plans. My husband and I actually made this dry stack stone planter last year. I’ve been saving it to share with you until now in case one of you is considering to DIY your own dry stack planter for the first time. Hopefully the tips I’ve figured out in the process will help with your project.
A huge advantage to building a dry stack stone planter, (or wall) is what it doesn’t require! For a mortared stone wall, we’d have to have footings buried 3 or 4 feet in the ground. We are in the Midwest and get cold winters. The frost goes into the ground that deep. If you don’t have footings deeper than the frost line, the mortared stone wall will crack and fall apart when the frost heaves it up. With a dry stack stone wall, footings are not needed. The stones have enough give and take that the frost shouldn’t cause them to topple.
Somewhere, years ago, I had seen an address marker hanging off an old pump handle and filed it away in my head for future reference. Our newly renovated home, seemed the right place to pull that creative entity out of the archives and put it to use. Our house is on a slope, which gives us the opportunity for a dry stack stone planter to look built in to the hill.
I found the old pump and ordered the address plaque. My husband had his metal working friend make the pump arm to stay extended out for the address plaque to hang from. He also welded a special flanged tube to connect to the concrete footing fitted to mount the pump on. If you have questions about those details, let me know, I’d be glad to get the answers for you.