If your deck has limited space for displaying plants and flowers, consider using planter boxes instead. These can be bolted down to the top of the deck railings or mounted to the side of the railings, allowing the plants to get plenty of sun. In less than half a day, you will have a place to put your prized flowers, herbs, and other plants!
You will need:
Step 1: Determine the size of the planter box. With the saw, cut the end and side pieces of wood to the desired size. Screw these pieces together to create the box, using the drill, galvanized screws, and screwdriver.
Step 2: Measure the interior width and length. Cut a piece of wood in the appropriate dimension for the bottom. Use the galvanized screws to secure the bottom to the sides of the box.
Step 3: Give the box an attractive profile by adding cleats to the bottom. Use wood cleats that are just a bit shorter than the width of the bottom of the box. Secure each piece to the bottom of the box, one piece at each end, using the galvanized screws.
Step 4: Drill three or four holes in the bottom of the box for drainage.
Step 5: Use the scissors to cut the screen so it fits in the bottom of the box. This screen will hold dirt and gravel in the box.
Step 6: If desired, screw the box directly to the railing on the deck. Alternatively, purchase mounting brackets to mount the box on the side of this railing.
Step 7: Follow the steps above to create additional planter boxes for other railings on the deck.