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Aside from getting the gardens ready for spring, I also start thinking about container planting.  You could really get creative with your outside space with containers.  With container planting you also have more flexibility in changing the plants around each year.  Unfortunatley some containers can be quite pricey, so why not make your own diy planter for free?

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A popular current trend is using wood as a container for plants.  Personally I like the wood because it gives your design a organic look.  Wood is also one of those products that will never go out of style.

On hand we had this wood stump that I had debated about what to do with it.  I knew I’d make it into some type of planter but I just wasn’t sure what plants to use.

Stump

Two challenges were the size of the holes in finding a plant to fit and a plant that could withstand a drought.  Drainage would never be a problem with this planter so plants that retain some water and prefer dry soil would be the way to go.  Succulents are the  perfect plant because they come in many varieties and are known to prefer dry soil.

Prepping the Stump

Depending on the interior of the stump you may or may not have to get out your chisel and rubber hammer.  Some stumps may not be deep enough or wide enough for a plant.  For my stump the top of it had to be widened more to fit my plant.

Stump being chiseled

As you can see the hole wasn’t wide enough to accomdate a plant.  Because the wood is dried out it was extremely easy to chisel away pieces of wood.

Stump being widened with chisel

As you progress going inside the stump you should widened that as well but not as much as the exposed hole.  You still have to pack the stump with some soil and that needs to be able to stay in place.  In my case I had a rock that I fit into the stump that I used to hold up the soil.

Stump with rock inside

After I finished out the top of the stump, I didn’t do anything with the side hole on the stump because it was perfectly shaped.

Placing the Plants

Make sure to water the soil and roots prior to placement because it just makes it easier to put in.  The plant I placed on top was fairly simple to place.  For the top I picked a flowering succulent, kalanchoes.

Stump with top plant

The side hole was a little trickier to get the plant to hold into place.  Having the soil wet definitely helped but I still had to packed more soil in the sides once placed to keep.  Once the plant develops more roots into the stump, this shouldn’t be a problem.  Until then just be careful not to move it around too much.

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In the end I’m pleased with the result since this DIY planter cost nothing but the plants purchased.  I’m also anticipating the kalanchoes plant on the top stump will become fuller and create a overhang on the stump which will look great.

Done your own DIY planted using a stump or other piece of wood?  Share with us!

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