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Pssst! Want a Very Handsome Planter Box?

This snazzy pair of planter boxes arrived on my doorstep for review a couple months ago, just as I was getting ready to build a new garden that called for some planter boxes.  (You can check out the details from the manufacturer here, but if you actually want to get some, go here.)

Anyway, these are ready-to-assemble cedar planter boxes that are surprisingly cheap–even the very largest one retails for under a hundred bucks.  How do they do it?


Well, first of all, the panels are thin.  Not flimsy–it’s plenty sturdy for a planter box–just not as thick as lumber you’d buy at the lumberyard. They don’t use any more wood than necessary.

Also, they’ve partially assembled it in such a way that saves them labor and shipping costs, without turning it into an onerous IKEA-esque nightmare for you. Here’s what you get out of the box:


So all you have to do is attach the side panels to the end panels and drill in the wood screws through the pre-drilled holes. No instructions are needed–it’s quite obvious which way the panels go together–and even assembling the larger size (this is the Gran Robusto, which is 4 feet long) is quite easy for one person.

The bottom panels, which already have pre-drilled drainage holes, just sit inside the planter once it’s assembled. Since I put my planters on the ground, I just didn’t put the bottom panels in so that plants could grow straight into the soil if they wanted to.

The planters are already finished with a nice warm cedar color, but I’m doing some very dark wood in this garden so I added another coat of stain to mine. Just took a few minutes.

And now the folks at Blue Marble Industries want to give away a planter box to you!  Want one?  Sizes range from The Latte (15 in square) to The Churchill (5 feet long), and they say they’ll give people whatever size they want.

So–you know the drill–post a comment, and we’ll give away a planter.  Gen at North Coast Gardening is giving one away too, so head over there for another chance to win.



Posted by on October 31, 2012 at 4:42 am, in the category Shut Up and Dig, Taking Your Gardening Dollar.
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86 responses to “Pssst! Want a Very Handsome Planter Box?”

  1. Spidra Webster says:

    They look nice and especially well suited to sidewalk landscaping for those who own brick and mortar businesses.

  2. A. Marina Fournier says:

    We’ve had to leave our owned home and rent for a while, due to some financial reverses. The good thing? May get overbids/multiple offers, which would leave us just under what we paid for the house.

    However, renting again. Sigh. I brought some of my roses and trees, but they are NOT getting planted here: they are in planters and tubs. The ground needs work before it can become plantable soil.

    Meanwhile, I’ve got these bulbs. How did I come to have *69* saffron bulbs? There’s plenty places where tomatoes will thrive. Some annuals would be nice. I’d buy planters if we had any money left from the move, and after the house is paid for, we’re still on the tight side of the budget for a while.

    What’s a deprived gardener to do, but hope she gets one of these wonderful cedar planters?

  3. Is there a gardener that *can’t* use another pot or planter box? My first thought was “where would I put it?”, but 10 seconds of thinking gave me several options: the front porch, the deck, next to the mailbox were the top three options, as these are nice-looking boxes!

  4. Julie says:

    Lovely! Do you think they could support tall plants like sunflowers? If they can’t, and I win, then I guess I still found a great place to put spiller annuals to brighten my patio!

  5. Karen says:

    I would love something like this to create a barrier on the side of my patio!

  6. Amanda says:

    I want this! And I want to put it on the deck so that *perhaps* I can keep it safe from the squirrels!

  7. Monica says:

    I have a large deck and the 5 ft planter would be a perfect addition!

  8. Olivia says:

    Fabulous looking planters!

  9. Frances says:

    I have the perfect spot for this, thanks!

  10. I’m in. Do you want my shipping address now, or wait until I win? because I’m gonna win.

  11. tropaeolum says:

    If I won this, I would pee.

    Okay, maybe not, but I would definitely squeal with glee.

    I live in a small apartment with a patio. No land. I’m tired of taking discarded pots out of the dumpster to add to my container garden. A planter box would be so nice….

  12. Kathy M says:

    I’d love to have a Churchill filled with kitchen herbs!! The neighborhood cats won’t stay out of my flower bed & this would give my herbs a fighting chance…

  13. Thad says:

    That 5ft planter would look good at the end of the driveway … been looking for something to go there!

  14. Chris N says:

    A planter box would certainly come in handy. For one thing, less bending than ground bed gardens.

  15. Jen. says:

    I would love this! I’d use the 5-ft planter on the edge of our patio! Thank you!

  16. Mike says:

    Churchill please.

  17. Catherine says:

    There is a spot near my front sporch that needs a bit of elevated planting and the gran robusto would work perfectly! Thanks for the giveaway and a chance to win one.

  18. Eileen says:

    We’re putting in a patio next spring and this woudl be perfect!

  19. Frank Hyman says:

    I”m not a container guy, but my wife loves putting things in pots and “pot” has a wide definition in her book. Pansies, portulaca, sedums, etc. find their way into my old work boots, junk shop tea kettles, chimney flues, who knows what she’ll use next. You could make my cute, sturdy urban farm wife one happy gal with one of those big cedar planters.

  20. Lisa-St. Marys ON says:

    They look great! Tulips, daffs and crocus first, then the summer annuals, and then the pumpkins and kale. Lovely.

  21. Cristie says:

    I’d love the Churchill one, they look awesome.

  22. Suze in CO says:

    Those look pretty sweet. They also have some arbors on their site that are tempting me greatly.

  23. Lauren says:

    “The Churchill” would be such a great addition in my garden. I could go an incredible amount of veggies in it!

  24. Fred Karp says:

    We’ve just received a couple of yards of amended soil. It would be out of the driveway sooner if I could figure out where to put the next frame.

  25. Amanda S. says:

    I would love a planter box to spruce up our front porch!

  26. Lorraine says:

    I can see this in my veg garden as an herb planter.

  27. kristin says:

    This would be perfect to replace my metal planter that rusted through!

  28. Caitlin says:

    Not for me, but my mom is stuck in a place where all she has to garden in is hard, red clay. It’s terrible, especially since she loves gardening so much.

    She’s been talking about box beds and planters, though the cost is a bit much for her.

  29. Chris says:

    They look lovely! Just wondering if a thin layer of styrofoam would be useful for winter freeze-thaw protection?

  30. ChrissyMN says:

    The Gran Robusto would be the perfect size for some herbs. Very nice looking.

  31. Robyn R. says:

    My landlord finally consented to letting us build raised beds, so these would be fantastic!

  32. Kamille H says:

    Gophers have eaten through the hardware cloth on the bottom of my tomato box in 1 season!!! I’d love a planter box.

  33. Julie says:

    Perfect height for my nana! Since she’s gotten older she can’t bend to garden, sitting in a chair, this should be right at a good height for her.

  34. Brian says:

    I’d love a planter box. The Churchill has the width and depth I’d be looking for.

  35. Jeane says:

    I have recently downgraded my life from a large backyard in-the-ground garden to what pots I can fit onto an apartment balcony. There’s space enough for one of those planters, it would look beautiful and enable me to grow some carrots or tomatoes! Please consider my name.

  36. Jean says:

    Yes, I’d love a planter box so I can put it in the little bit of sun that I get.

  37. Laura Bell says:

    Yes. Please. I would L-O-V-E-LOVE a planter box !

  38. maggiewann says:

    I would love one to put in front of my greenhouse.

  39. That would look amazing on my back patio! And seems like easy setup too.

  40. Daryl says:

    This would be great for me. I can’t bend much anymore, so most of my gardening is now in containers and some of these are the perfect height. I love that these are big enough so they won’t dry out so fast in the summer sun, too.

  41. imqtpi says:

    Pssst! Yes, I’d love a planter box! I have *just* the spot for one, out in front of our house!

  42. CEN says:

    I’m planning more container gardening for next year so another planter would help.

  43. Sarah says:

    I love the idea of a quick-assembly box that can be left open to the ground so that plants can root as deeply as they want!

  44. Ann says:

    Oooh, I am in love with the Gran Robusto!! I’m already making mental plans for next summer….

  45. John says:

    Is there any room on the bottom, or is it sturdy enough, to have caster wheels put on the bottom? I’d like be able to move it around the patio.

  46. Jen says:

    oooh. Thanks for another great giveaway chance!

  47. Judy F. says:

    Beautiful planter! I like your idea to leave the bottom off, so plants can grow through into the ground. Good idea. I can picture several “perfect” locations for one of these planters, I’d love to win one!

  48. Molly J says:

    Because I always have time for more container gardening…

  49. Ooh! The Gran Robusto would look great on my front porch!

  50. Sue says:

    I have been looking for a large planter for our new patio. The Churchill is just the right size!

  51. Karen says:

    Great planter for the side of my garage just below the window that has lace curtians on it with a grid in the window glass. I can see it now……. Yes, I would love to have it.

  52. Julie says:

    I love these!! A planter box would be wonderful for my patio..they would be perfect for a little herb garden right out the kitchen door.

  53. Karen says:

    This would look great on my patio – near the kitchen, so definitely destined for herbs. 🙂

  54. Gerry says:

    Have the perfect place on my porch AWAY from all the critters that I fight with daily during the growing season.

  55. James says:

    I would love a planter I was thinking about adding some around my deck.

  56. kimber says:

    Beautiful planter boxes! Would make a wonderful addition to my garden!

  57. The Churchill would look PERFECT on my patio deck. I can already see the broccoli thriving in them next summer!

  58. Linnea Borealis says:

    Haha – me want, me want! *waiving* Over here!

    My yard is very shady, making it hard for herbs and veggies, except for the deck right outside the kitchen – which is cedar no less. Can you imagine the improvement potential in my cooking if I had fresh, sun-bathed herbs at the ready outside the kitchen door? This planter would be perfect!

  59. Judith says:

    I’d manage to find a good spot for such a box, and I’d be glad to send a picture (with said box in possession) to prove it.

    Thanks “in advance”!

  60. Deirdre says:

    I have the perfect place on the patio for the Churchill.

  61. Pat says:

    What a good way to corral herbs that I now have planted here and there. Would love to see this box on the edge of my patio.

  62. Lisa D. says:

    I can’t wait to get growing in The Churchill. Thank you!

  63. The Churchill would be a welcome addition to our garden. We’re getting blueberry bushes and this would be perfect for them. Thanks!

  64. Meg S says:

    Oh how pretty—it’s be perfect with the raised beds we just built!

  65. Valerie says:

    This is a great way to add more growing area to a limited sun garden. I have a perfect spot for the Churchill and would fill it with herbs.

  66. Emily says:

    I’d love to have one for my yard, I have hard clay soil so am all about container gardening.

  67. Donna Lane says:

    The planter box looks great. Would love to have one for my yard.

  68. Don in Huaco says:

    We rent, so portability for plantings is a necessity. Ease of disassembly could be as important as the ease of assembly.

  69. Stephanie says:

    These look really nice! Always good to know about affordable finds!

  70. Lizabeth says:

    Gorgeous! Just the thing I need for spring to really get our balcony look great with flowers and veggies!

  71. Marla says:

    Pick me, Uncle Walter!

    Thanks, Amy. How did the writing workshop/sabbatical go?

  72. Sleepyheadedmom says:

    I’d love the Churchill.
    Would be able to plant more without the fear of the hubby accidentally destroying the plants with the weed eater. He’ll see that planter box 🙂

  73. Nell Wade says:

    I have always wanted to grow bamboo, but here in California bamboo has a very nasty reputation of being invasive. The Churchill size would allow me to try my hand at growing my own little “grove” of bamboo while not having to dig out runners from now on. Thanks for your great articles!!!

  74. catchmatilda says:

    This would be perfect for my backyard. I asked my husband to build me one and its so massive and sturdy, that its not very attractive. I love the look of these!

  75. Tina says:

    I have a perfect place for one of these!

  76. Angeles says:

    Beautiful. I like that you darkened the color further with an additional stain.

  77. Liza says:

    OOH, I’d love one!

  78. Corrine says:

    Beautiful enhancement next to the shed in the driveway & keeps the moisture away from the shed.

  79. KatieD says:

    Very nice looking – the panel construction is a nice idea…….

  80. Diana says:

    Hope I’m not too late to get in on the drawing. I like the looks of these and have the perfect spot for one.

  81. Tom Mann says:

    The Robusto or Grand Robusto would work very nicely down by the pond. Good to know that it can take a coat of stain. I can picture it filled with caladiums and elepant ears. Thanks for the chance!

  82. kara says:

    These look great! I’d love to test out the giant one… especially in a frequently dog-trampled area of my yard!

  83. Sheryl Edwards says:

    These are nice looking! I would like to have The Churchill

  84. […] giveaway, another winner, chosen at random–and the planter box goes to Caitlin, who plans to pass it on to her mother who gardens in heavy […]

  85. richard says:

    I would love something like this to create a barrier on the side of my patio!