If you’re into beautiful DIY projects, then you’re in for a treat. Amy, a lover of everything DIY, runs an awesome website called “Her Tool Belt” that’s perfect for even a novice handyman. Inspired by the gorgeous cascading flowers produced by store-bought planters, Amy wanted to teach herself to grow flowers that bloomed to their full potential. So, she decided to try her hand at making her own DIY Cascading Flower Pallet Planter Box — and when you see the end result, I guarantee you’ll be blown away.
“I bought some of the large Bloom Master pots years ago thinking the cascading flowers would look awesome hanging off the back deck,” she wrote on her blog in April 2015. “However the sun is really harsh during the afternoon, it gets overly windy, and every year I fail. So this year, I’m trying it again but in the front yard where the flowers will be more protected.”
Amy’s first step was to build a large planter box out of pallets. With her planter box ready to go, she began documenting the progress of her wave petunias, hoping for a jaw-dropping bloom. And that’s exactly what she got five months later…
First, you’ll need a planter box. This one is made mostly from pallet wood.
Now the fun part… planting the flowers!
“These flowers are Wave petunias that I got at Costco, you can also rotate the flowers between regular, cascade and wave petunias.
You need good potting mix and you need to add moist soil to help retain water. I put a layer of weed guard down on the bottom, because I had a few holes.”
Add the first row of flowers, then cover with soil.
Use packing peanuts as filler, placing them in the far back.
Add the third row of flowers, fill with dirt and plant flowers on top. April 13 — first planted.
You need to water the flowers everyday, the holes let the dirt get dry. I usually water until the water leaks from the lower holes. I also fertilize 1/week.
May 20: Starting to grow…
June 6: Filling in nicely…
July 24: Little set back…
“It was the really hot part of the summer and the foliage was very green and pretty, but no flowers. Realized I needed to spray for bugs and the flowers came back.”
August 24: Looking good…
September 29: Amazing!
“Sprayed it for bugs one last time, and one week later it looked amazing! Here is the result of the flower box in late September, gorgeous!”
This is absolutely stunning! You can look at the original post at the Her Tool Belt where you can find all the details