Tom Smith built his first DIY planter as surprise for his fiancé on Mother’s Day. In his free time, Smith usually works on his Jeep, but designing and creating the planter sounded like a fun project. Since then, their garden has expanded quickly. “I enjoyed the woodworking,” says Smith. “That's why we're doing more pots. The woodworking is a hobby for me.”
Want to build your own DIY planter? Choose a design and select your wood. Smith recommends treated wood or cedar. Both types of lumber can withstand Hawaii’s sun, wind, and rain for a long-lasting planter. They’ll also deter termites from chewing away at your hard work.
Once you’ve built your planter, it needs to be lined. Consider what you’ll be planting. Vegetables and herbs need lots of water from the soil, so coconut husk is a good choice. Gravel is a better choice for less-thirsty plants like plumeria and other succulents. Here are a few tips from Smith on how he prepared his raised herb garden.