DIY Standing Planter

by Terra
7 Materials
3 Days

When moving to our 10 acre property I was so delighted to start a garden this year... however so were the groundhogs! They basically ate all my plants and flowers that I had started from seed indoors within the first day I moved them outside. But that didn't stop me from having my garden...

Say hello to the Groundhog - we have about 20-30 of them living on our property... and they are the inspiration behind this DIY project.

We wanted to build a standing planter that groundhogs could not get into... we built the base from construction grade pine.

I wanted to paint the base using Superior Paint Co. Little White to match our house and shop.

We HVLP sprayed two coats of Superior Paint Co. Little White. Once dry we drilled holes in the base to allow for water drainage.

We then lined the planter using pacific north west red cedar. We added rocks from the property to help with drainage.

Next time to plant! We though this would take a lot of soil to fill it … but we only need 1 1/2 bags of soil.

Now time to plant! I started tomatoes and zucchini from seed inside the house and planted spinach, onion and carrots from seed in the planter.

Say hello to Oscar - he's our little apple head Chihuahua

I used popsicle sticks to label what I planted and where.

6 weeks later and I am happy to announce the spinach is doing great and ready for harvesting!

We've had a really cold spring and everything else is going to take much longer but happy to announce the design has kept the groundhogs from eating it!

We hope you enjoyed this project! If you have any hot tips from keeping ground hogs out of your garden please post them bellow!

Resources for this project:
See all materials
Any price and availability information displayed on [relevant Amazon Site(s), as applicable] at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page.More info
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!
Frequently asked questions
Have a question about this project?
3 of 10 questions
  • Jenny Jenny on Jan 31, 2022

    I’m in the U.K. so no tip re groundhogs I’m afraid. I just wanted to say what a fabulous job you did making your raised planters. Cedar wood - where you can’t see it! Why? It’s beautiful wood and should be on show.

    Now being a Brit! Can’t groundhogs climb? We have squirrel problems where plants are concerned and they’d be leaping all over those planters. A pity because they’re gorgeous. Will you plant flowers in them later on? 😊

  • Bqn7630858 Bqn7630858 on Jan 31, 2022

    Am I missing something. Don’t see any kind of instructions to construct the project.

  • Smooches Smooches on Jan 31, 2022

    loved you raised bed, esp. wood finished. enjoyed reading all the comments. have tried most of these; they work for some pests, but not others. any suggestions of flowers/plants that take full sun. pest have eaten everything on the sunny side. please help/thanks in advance😍

Join the conversation
3 of 63 comments
  • Carolina's Art Carolina's Art on Jan 31, 2022

    This is awesome. I actually love the design to make a place to feed my horses. Thanks!!!

  • Pam Axton Pam Axton on Jan 31, 2022

    Nice looking planter and would definitely Italy keep the groundhogs and rabbits from eating your garden. Now if I could find a way to keep the deer from eating everything.

    • Pam Axton Pam Axton on Jan 31, 2022

      That comment clearly should not have Italy in it 🤦‍♀️