DIY Wooden planters

DIY Wooden Vegetable Planters

Wooden planters are not only incredibly simple, attractive and effective way of gardening but they also offer pleasures of urban farming when used as vegetable planters. Here is how you can make your own.

Wooden boxes can be as small as a square foot deep and wide or as large as you can manage. But the most suitable size for growing a good number of vegetable plants is 2 *4 *2 feet.  In this space you can grow any vegetable or herb that you like. Here is an example of planting distance between plants which is based on the technique of square foot gardening.

Square Foot Gardening

wooden planters kitchen gardeningIn 1 square foot of an area, you can plant:

1 tomato, pepper, eggplant, kale, chard, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower

2 beans, corn

4 spinach, strawberry, head lettuce, parsley

6 Onions,  turnips, beets, peas

12 leaf lettuce

20 + carrots, radishes

For growing squashes and gourds, you will need to plant 1 plant per 2 square feet.

How to get 40 kg yield from a  18 square foot garden

Build your own wooden box!

box 4Keekar or acacia wood is ideal for growing because of its ability to resist water retention. I got my boxes made from a carpenter and asked to elevate it from the ground so that the water doesn’t sit under the container and seep into the floor.  Once the box is ready, follow these simple steps.

  1. Drill drainage holes at every 12 inches.
  2. Apply a coat of distemper paint on the inside. 
  3. Once this is dry after a day or two, apply a layer of oil paint on top. 
  4. Once this layer of paint dries, you can either fill it with soil mix directly or use used panaflex to layer it before you put soil in. 

Now all you need to do is mix in the soil and sow some seeds to kick start your very own, super trendy, urban farm!





Zahra Ali Husain is a sustainability educator, freelance writer and an environmentalist. She is also a co-founder of Organic City Pakistan and runs the Green Schools & the Horticulture Therapy programs along with Yasir Husain. Zahra also manages an organic farm.