Skip to comments.Slot Together Pyramid Garden Planter
Posted on 04/12/2013 3:21:07 PM PDT by Kartographer
I have been busy with my Pallet Dismantling bar again, and this time I have made slot together pyramid garden planter from the reclaimed Pallet timbers. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipQLy-0Pfag
This planter took me approximately 90 minutes to make: The design is simple, and so is the required level of woodworking skill, the only tools required are a square, pencil, electric/cordless drill and suitable spade end drill bit, and a tenon saw; although a chisel and some sand paper would be useful for tidying up the slip joints.
I cut down some 2.4 metre long pallet deck planks that were 9 cm wide and 1.9 cm thick to 1.9 mtrs long for the base tier so that the tier inside the slip joints is a 1.8 mtr X 1.8 mtr square
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That would make for a nice cactus farm...
What is the size of the lumber used?
That’s an awesome planter for sure. Hubby just finished building a round pyramid planter for our second strawberry bed. It only cost about 20 bucks.
He used econo plastic edging from Walmart, and made a 6 foot diameter bed. Filled it with top soil and compost. Then repeated twice more for 3 layers. It should handle about 50 strawberry plants.
He even figured out how to install a sprinkler system/hose gizmo in the center, in case we need to water them during the dry spell in the summer.
I would not have the patience and skills to build what you have, but even I Klutz that I am could maybe build the round one.
Nice! Great job.
From here it looks like 1” x 4” and lengths of 4’,3’,2’,1’ all with a 3/4 x 1” dado (u shape cutout) about 2” from each end
Just look at the picture and you’ve got it.
Did you treat the wood with anything?
I believe they used 2” X 8” I am going to Home Depot tomorrow to look into possible using that new plastic decking to build mine out of.
They used a couple of coats of wood preservatives, but if I use wood I am thinking of using linseed oil, something natural.
Or a good quality tung oil.
My prep plans this week included ordering some grains I had not previously grown:
Amaranth-leaves are edible and grain can be threshed by hand.
Also some Kamut - An ancient variety that is more nutritious than modern wheat.
And Triticale - A type that will grow in moderate shade.
Bought a couple of booklets. One tells how to grow complete nutritious diet in the smallest possible area.
The other is growing medicinal herbs and recipes for using them.
No looks more like 1” x 4” decking planks to me.
Good to know the leaves are edible. Not knowing what the plant looks like, I grew Russian Amarynth last year in a large pot. WOW! it was beautiful! Everyone who walked by it thought it was a fake dyed plant. It was so red.
For Halloween, I placed pumpkins around the pot. Looked great!
I saved the seeds for resowing this year.
I also tried growing rice in a pot. Harvested a cup of rice :-) That was fun.
Put that on wheels and one could move it around the garden to catch the best sunlight.
I don’t make the blanket statement that all Amaranth leaves are edible. In fact I am sure that some are more suitable than others. So to be on the safe side maybe just check out the particular type of seeds you have.
That’s so interesting that you were able to grow rice in a pot. That’s one I haven’t tried yet. In fact I put rice on my list to stockpile, because I knew that our weather was not suitable for rice production.
You can grow rice in any 10” high container that holds water. 6” of dirt covered with 2” of water for 100 days depending of rice type. I grew the Japanese sticky rice.
My growing season is very short. The rice finished growing indoors. When I brought it indoors in October, it still looked like blades of grass. By December I had a cup of rice. I started a new batch indoors two weeks ago. They have already germinated.
uhm...ok... those are wimpy wheels!
How neat that is. How big was your container?
...goes to a video called "Pallet Dismantling/Stripping Bar® by Cargo Cycles". Nothing about the article you linked to.
Any old stockpot would do. My pot is 10” high and 11” wide. I made a mark at 8” high inside so when water evaporated I’d know to what level it should be added. I think I sowed about 100 seeds. The seeds have to have their covering (I forget what it’s called)in order to sprout. The grocery store rice won’t grow.
Nice! My local customers are totally into the Square Foot Gardening system this season. This is an off-shoot, but very do-able. :)
my weekly prep was ordering potassium iodide tea tree oil n heirloom seeds. last week i learned to make tortilla. this weekend i plant seeds in garde. next big project is solar. this subject is sooo confusing to me. volts x amps = watts. inverters controllers panels batteries sheesh
So it would take up quite a bit of space to grow your own and have enough to last to the next season, and quite a bit of seed too.
100 seeds is about a teaspoon of rice. I could have fit over 500 seeds easily in that 10" pot. A blade of rice grass produced approx 15 seeds.
"Next season" doesn't apply here. If a new pot is started every few weeks indoors then one would always have a constant fresh supply of rice after 100 days or less! Consider it as an exotic house plant which needs no weeding or pruning.
For container growing, I really like my Earthboxes (http://www.earthbox.com). They are based on a soil-less system where you add fertilizer and minerals to a peat based mix. It has to be bottom watered so the container is covered to prevent top watering. Sounds weird, but these things produce so much more than in-ground planting. They have a section on their website explaining the science behind it.
One Grape tomato plant produced almost a cup a day for months last year.
In west Michigan here. Started my romaine lettuce just after Easter as usual in my very large pot with a plexiglass sheet over it. I have the best results with romaine lettuce, also called “paris cos” on the packet. It LOVES being transplanted, so when it is nice and thick and about 4” tall I pull it out in chunks, spread it out in a line and plant in rows in the garden. I don’t even try and separate the plants. I have a great yield and start up a new batch of seedlings when the first come out of the pot so I have 3 crops at least each year. Other leaf lettuces just seem to lay flat even though I have great well tested soil. The romaine has a crunchy spine and it always stand up nice and straight.
Thanks for the link, I’ll check it out. So how many milk jugs do you figure it would take to grow a lb. of rice?
I wish I had spare pallets. I need them to stack firewood.
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