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May 23, 2018 8:55 PM CST
Name: Berner
Western, PA (Zone 6a)
Just bought my first house and am planning to have two container gardens (mostly foliage plants) about 4' x 2' on my deck. I ran across a fabric bag thingie (big bag bed) but wasn't sure about longevity and other containers are very expensive, so wood seems like a good compromise e.g. gronomics sells wood containers 48"x 18" for about $150. THoughts or other suggestions?

I want something with drainage holes and these will be on a wood deck so I assume rather than just putting plastic sheet under the containers I would be better off with some sort of container to catch the runoff. Suggestions?

THanks for your time

Berner (western PA)
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Jun 9, 2018 8:17 PM CST
Name: Richard Jasztal
Hudson, FL 34667 (Zone 9b)
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Berner, my Dad loved to garden from his deck, and he was a great one. Remember that wood on a wood deck creates a great spot for wood to rot. Always raise the containers up a few inches allowing for air flow to dry out the run off from your container. Dad also started using Earth Box containers with wheels on them as he could easily move them anywhere he wanted of his deck. I hope your new deck looks as great as my Dad's did with all his plants.
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Jun 19, 2018 8:29 AM CST
Name: harold
Enterprise , Al. (Zone 8b)
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missed the wood deck part, but this is what i did. can put it on blocks , bricks or the like.cost $22.00
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Jun 19, 2018 9:56 AM CST
Name: Frank Mosher
Nova Scotia, Canada (Zone 6a)
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Yes, tons of DYI options out there with wood, and the idea to raise them off the deck is easily done. I would suggest one of the following options:
Treated 8' long deck boards, (can make two four foot boxes with same,) or treated 1" x 6" fence boards, and a couple pieces of 2 x 2 or 2 x 3 for framing. On the bottom, put two risers to keep it off the deck on a four foot long Planter Box. Drill drainage holes wherever you want. CUZZX has a beautiful one. Cheers!
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