RAISED PLASTIC DRUM PLANTER
Want to make a raised planter made with a plastic drum? Here is how to make two of them from one drum!
You may have seen this type of raised planter before…this is our version of it. We used materials we already had on hand, so it did not cost us anything.
A cool feature of these is that there is no more bending over or kneeling down on your knees.
This is our fist time trying a planter like this and we transplanted some of our strawberries to these to see how well they do. We hope it works out!
This will make two raised planters, that way you can use both halves of the plastic drum.
- (8) 4 x 4 x 30.5 inches long
- (4) 2 x 6 x 29 inches long (Verify length of your drum)
- (4) 2 x 6 x 29.5 inches long (Verify width of your drum)
- (4) 33 inches long – fence boards (Measure after drum is installed)
- (4) 29 inches long – fence boards (Measure after drum is installed)
- (1) 55 gallon plastic drum (Preferably food grade)
- 3″ screws
- 1-3/8″ screws
- (2) Bags of 2 Cu. Ft. garden soil
- Cut the plastic drum in half. I used a reciprocating saw and that worked great. If you don’t have one of those tools, a standard hand saw will do. Look for a seam in the drum, that will be your cutting line. Trim off the extra shaving if you wish, we used a file to accomplish this.
- Assemble the 2×4’s to fit your plastic drum with 3″ screws. 2 screws into each end should be good. Do not install the plastic drum yet. Check that 4×4 legs will be installed flush with the 2×4’s. Don’t forget to measure your drum first prior to cutting the 2×4’s to length (Not all drums are made equal).
- Install the 4×4 legs with 3″ screws from the inside of the frame and from the outside of the frame.
- Flip stand over and install drum with (5) 1-5/8″ screws each long side of plastic drum.
- Drill 3/8″ or 1/2″ holes in bottom of plastic drum for drainage. You don’t need to go crazy with the holes, 8-10 should be good enough to allow for drainage.
- Measure and cut the fence boards, one by one. The cuts will be alternating 45 degree angles for each board. Install the fence boards with 1-5/8″ screws.
- Fill the barrels with garden soil and get to planting!
If you want a little extra growing room for plants that require deeper roots, you can lower the plastic drum further down the wood frame. Doing this though, you may need to add some plastic to help protect the wood from rotting.
Have you tried a planter like this?
What did you think of it?
Did it work out for you?
Are there any modifications you would make?