A planter is not only the house of your plants, but it is also a decoration itself. The special planters will be the perfect way to organize and show off your plants, such as the following long planters. They have larger space to let you plant so many of your favorite flowers and plants at once in a place. Compared with normal planters, they will produce a bold statement outside your home and will leave an impression on you and your visitors. Although a long planter is so unique, it can be created by yourself just as these low-budget DIY garden pots and containers. So if you like to display your plants in a different way, you could check these ideas:
1. Build a long planter from a cattle trough:
Tutorial: How to Make a DIY Trough Planter
Step 1: Prepare the Trough
- Gather the following tools and materials:
Galvanized water trough
1/8″ cobalt drill bit
Step 2: Create Drainage Holes
- Use the cordless drill with the 1/8″ cobalt drill bit to drill approximately 10 holes around the perimeter of the trough and 10 holes in the bottom. This ensures proper drainage and prevents the plant roots from rotting due to saturated soil.
Step 3: Level the Base
- Set up the trough in the desired location, such as in front of a playhouse. Ensure that the base of the soil underneath the planter is flat and level. Use a six-foot level to achieve a level base, making adjustments as necessary.
Step 4: Facilitate Drainage
- Avoid directly filling the trough with soil, as it may clog the drain holes. Add components to the bottom of the trough to facilitate drainage. Start by adding a layer of coarse gravel, covering all the drilled holes on the sides.
Step 5: Prevent Soil Migration
- To prevent the soil from working its way down through the gravel over time, add a layer of thick weed barrier fabric on top of the gravel.
Step 6: Fill the Trough with Soil
- Fill the trough with regular topsoil until it reaches the top. Regular topsoil is recommended unless you have a specific reason to reduce the amount of soil needed. Estimate the amount of topsoil required, considering the size of the trough.
Step 7: Add Fertilizer
- While filling the trough with soil, sprinkle some slow-release fertilizer into the top one-third of the soil.
This ensures vigorous growth for the plants once they are planted.
Step 8: Planting
- Once the trough is filled, it’s time to plant the flowers. Choose a variety of flowers, preferably annuals, for continuous blooming throughout the summer. Involve the whole family in the planting process, making it a fun activity.