Simply ready for spuds

Mark Rayner shows how to construct a simple, space-saving potato planter.

You will need: Eleven 1.5m rough sawn fence palings, pencil, tape measure, set square, saw, exterior PVA glue, 40mm and 50mm galvanised nails and a paintbrush. Resene Quick Dry waterborne primer undercoat and Resene Lumbersider tinted to Resene Kaitoke Green and Resene Green House.

To assemble the planter: Fix the first two sections together, fill with quality potting mix or topsoil. Plant seed potatoes. Once potato sprouts appear, attach a third section and top up with soil or potting mix. When the potato sprouts appear again, attach another section, top up with with soil and repeat the process once more.


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Step 1 how to construct a potato planter

Step 1
Saw 10 fence palings in half, as shown.

Step 2 how to construct a potato planter

Step 2
Cut the remaining fence paling into 16 equal pieces to form the interior support struts.

Step 3 how to construct a potato planter

Step 3
Attach four lengths of fence paling together to form a square, fixing at each corner with PVA glue and 50mm nails. Use the set square to ensure corners are at right angles.

Step 4 how to construct a potato planter

Step 4
Repeat step three with the remaining lengths of fence paling to form five squares in total.

Step 5 how to construct a potato planter

Step 5
Attach a support strut in the centre of each side of four of the squares, as shown, fixing with PVA glue and 40mm nails.

Step 6 how to construct a potato planter

Step 6
Prime each section of the planter with Resene Quick Dry and allow to dry for two hours.

Step 7 how to construct a potato planter

Step 7
Paint two of the sections with two coats of Resene Green House, allowing two hours for each coat to dry.

Step 8 how to construct a potato planter

Step 8
Paint the three remaining sections with two coats of Resene Kaitoke Green, allowing two hours for each coat to dry.

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