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Old 25-04-2003, 05:08 PM
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Default Planter boxes and ideas for limited space

On Fri, 25 Apr 2003 03:41:24 +0000, OhSojourner wrote:

Timothy wrote:

One planter that I've seen was a set of stairs that was salvaged from the
dump. They were put up against wall and boxes were built right on top of
the stairs. You could make your own planter rather easily. You should be
able to purchase stair risers (think that's what their called) at most
any lumber store. If you could afford cedar to build the boxes out of
great, but you could make them out of pine and still get 8+ years out of
them. I'd say 3 risers, 13 2x8x12 pine/cedar boards, a pound of nails and
a strong wall would make a good planter. That would make four 6 foot
planters. You'll need more lumber if you wish to make it free standing.


Thx -- FWIW I did a search on "wood pallets" to see if I could find out
what type of lumber they were made of, and if the wood was treated or not.
I've seen old ones dumped in forests and fields apparently not becoming
biodegradable too quickly -- leading me to wonder if the wood used is
treated, or just resistant to rot. If the latter, it might make a good
material for gardening use.

At any rate, what my search revealed was that there is apparently a big
problem with these things taking up space in landfills. If the wood is
indeed of durable quality, perhaps some enterprising person ought to
consider taking advantage of this opportunity and recycle them into
rustic-looking garden boxes and other useful items. (Sort of like what
was done awhile back with old tires).

From my understanding, lots of them are made from rain forest grown
hardwoods. I know of a man who collects pallets, takes them apart and
replanes them then makes clocks and boxes out of them. They look real
nice. He told me that theres lots of pallets made from oak and mahagony...