Introduction

Pumpkins Planted in a Container

Pumpkins Planted in a Container

Photo By: DK - Simple Steps to Success: Fruits and Vegetables in Pots © 2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Simple Steps to Success: Fruits and Vegetables in Pots, 2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Cut and Assemble Boards

Determine the size of the planter box. It is best to use pressure-treated wood or cedar.

Cut the side and end pieces to the size you want. Then fasten them together using galvanized screws. Measure the box's inside length and width. Cut a piece to fit in the bottom. Secure the bottom through the sides with galvanized screws.

Step 1

Attaching Cleat to Wooden Box

Attach Cleats to Planter Box

Add Cleats and Drill Drainage Holes

Attach cleats to the bottom of the box. This will give you a nice profile and keep the box from damaging the railing over time.

Drill three or four drainage holes in the bottom of the box.

Step 2

Insert Liner

Screen for Bottom of Planter

Cut and Insert a Liner

Cut a piece of vinyl or nylon screen to fit into the bottom of the box. The screen will help hold gravel and dirt in the box.

Step 3

Attach to the Deck

You can screw the box directly to your deck railing. Another option is to use a store-bought bracket system that attaches to the side of the railing.