Easy Upright DIY Planter

Save your back with an easy-to-make DIY planter for the garden.

| May/June 2017

Tim Hanson says he is too old to kneel down to plant his garden, so he does it standing. His quick and easy planter makes it a snap to plant seeds of any size.

“I’ve used the planter with beans, peas, beets, cucumbers, mostly finger-size, row-crop seeds,” says Hanson. “It has plenty of room for several cups of seeds, yet lets me plant one seed at a time.”

Hanson says the planter is as simple as it is easy to make, requiring only a plastic bottle, a length of conduit or PVC tubing, and some duct tape and wire. He cuts off the top half of the bottle on a slant, leaving it about 2 inches high on one side and about 8 inches on the other side.

“I cut a tab in the higher side of the bottle about 2 inches long to fit over the tubing, leaving a short length attached at the top. After I slide the tubing over the tab, I secure it in place with duct tape and wire,” he says.

“Seeds for planting are held in the bottom of the bottle. I can pick out one or more seeds as desired, stick the end of the tube into the ground, and drop the seeds down it. Then all I have to do is step them into the tilled garden bed.”

Reprinted with permission from FARM SHOW Magazine, www.FarmShow.com.

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