DIY: How to build your own vegetable planter box (Download Plans)

DIY Vegetable Planter Box by Loni Stark

Download-planter-box-plansDownload the internet’s most-downloaded planter box plans. Loni shows you how to build a durable vegetable planter that will last for years to come and produce fresh veggies for the whole family.

Fresh veggies and herbs. Straight from your own garden. Is there anything better?

One of the most rewarding projects I’ve ever tackled was to build my own vegetable planter box. I scoured the internet, but couldn’t find the right design and plans that suited my needs. So I made my own. And a few years back I decided to share those plans on how to build a planter box here on Stark Insider (download them here).

My goals for a DIY vegetable planter box were straight forward:

  • Compact design that would fit in a narrow side yard
  • Large enough to support multiple plant types (variety is the spice!)
  • Robust enough to withstand years of weathering
  • Deep enough to provide plenty of room for healthy root growth
  • Waist high gardening

I’m happy to report that after years of gardening with my planter box, all of those goals have been met.

We’ve enjoyed bounties galore: tomatoes, arugula (my current favorite), cucumbers, and, I even allow my husband to “rent” a small corner where he can plant his favorite hot peppers.

There’s something so rewarding about being able to quickly step out into the yard, grab a fresh tomato, and then enjoy it with some balsamic vinegar and cheese. Mid-day snacks don’t get any better.

DIY Planter Box Comes to Life

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Putting finishing touches on my DIY veggie planter box.
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Spring planting.
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To the victor!

Sharing the Veggie Love!

All told, these planter box plans have been downloaded thousands of times. Just yesterday I received this wonderful email from Mark, along with a photo of his finished project:

Hi Loni,

I downloaded your plans last night, this morning at 8am I was at the timber yard… 2pm and here it is :)

I added coasters so it can be moved around the garden, whole thing cost £50, it’s 2 m x 1 m so will take a fair but of filling, I’m looking forward to trying my hand at growing some veg.

Many thanks,

DIY Vegetable Planter Box - Download Plans

Download Planter Box Plans

I really appreciate it when fellow gardeners and enthusiasts take the time to email me with their results. What a wonderful feeling to see others enjoy yard-to-table gardening.

How to Build Your Own Planter Box

DIY Planter Box Plans
Jeff sent me this shot. Seems like he recruited some pretty cute help.

Why not give it a go, and build your own?

Here’s the link to my plans with photos:

Loni Stark’s ‘Venturing into Vegetable Gardening’ Planter Box Plans

Happy gardening!

Below, I share some of my video series on vegetable planter gardening including tips and tricks I’ve learned over the years.


Loni Stark’s Vegetable Gardening Video Series

Episode #1 – Organic Fertilizer

Episode #2 – Micro Irrigation

Episode #3 – Planter Box Maintenance Tips & Tricks

Episode #4 – Planting Tips

Episode #5 – How to Protect Your Garden from Sneaky Critters

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