Spring Gardening | Healthy and Resourceful

Our yard has limited options to plant a garden. The best exposure for sun faces south on our patio, where there isn’t much soil. Also, our pup loves to excavate so I had to come up with a solution to keep the garden plants out of her reach.

The solution? I reused the reclaimed fencing I found at the Rebuilding Center, off of which we hung the lighting, for our Serving Up Style showcase design. It was a perfect choice for hanging planter boxes for vegetables and herbs. To keep it simple I leaned them against the house and bought cedar planter boxes from our local nursery. Cedar is one of the best materials to use for planter boxes because it is impervious to rot and insect infestation.

What turned out to be the biggest challenge was finding angled hooks to fit over the fencing lumber! In the end a helpful employee at Home Depot suggested I could bend zinc angle brackets into hooks. It’s a soft metal, and in order to protect them from rust, I spray painted a layer of black primer on them. The images below show the progression to the finished result.

I now have lettuce, radicchio, radishes, peas and herbs happily growing out of reach of my destructive pup!

Reclaimed Fencing Cedar Planter Box IMG_2469 Tools to Bend Brackets Bent Bracket Painted Brackets Planter Box Detail Planter Box Detail Hanging Planter Boxes