An extended patio without garden furniture, pot plants or other decoration makes for a plain view. This can readily be enhanced and improved with a classic wooden ‘patio’ planter with flowers or vegetables. This particular patio planter was purchased to set off a harsh concrete fence base and provide some extra space for vegetable growing in the summer and classic winter flowers.
What was required was something that was built to a high quality, would last many years in direct sunlight and the elements and provide a classy planting area. This particular wooden patio planter has been treated yet retains its natural timber finish made from FSC hardwood. This product is available either on standard delivery direct from the manufacturers or collection from Trading Depot’s base in Maidenhead. To save time, we picked it up and slid it into the back of our reasonable sized car (with the seats folded down).
Once back, it was quick to unwrap all of the elements (sides, base and screws) and lay them out ready for assembly. The sides were quick to slot together and then the base fits neatly into the sides and can be screwed down – note the picture below with the position of the screws. Using an electric screwdriver , the whole exercise took around an hour – including filling up the planter, though could be done much more quickly with a more competent DIY’er!!
For the summer, the planter was filled at various times with a tomato plant, lettuces and carrots. Foolishly, we thought the patio planter was high enough to avoid carrot fly, but that is 600mm and this patio planter is 400mm high. The planter does mean that carrots and other root vegetables can be grown in pure conditions avoiding distortions through stones. For the winter, we have replenished some of the soil and filled it with winter flowers – pansies and ornamental grasses.
Download the Rowlinson Patio Planter assembly instructions (PDF).