TV Carpenter Wayne Perrey joined Alan Titchmarsh on ITV’s Love Your Weekend to design and build a raised planter with seating.
Wayne made it with wood from pallets, gravel boards and old bits and pieces that he repurposed for detailing such as the framing around the planter sections.
He showed a really simple version which was basically four pieces of wood screwed together to create a square planter. This can be dropped on top of a lawn or existing bed and filled with compost.
If you’re getting wood from a DIY store or timber merchants he suggests asking the store to cut them down into the correct lengths as most stores are happy to do so.
He recommends using old wood such as scaffolding planks, pallet wood, gravel boards or decking boards as these are all treated in preservative chemicals to protect against rot.
Pallet wood and old bits of timber still need protecting against the elements with a good water-repellent exterior wood paint or stain to stop them from warping, staining and rotting. Wayne went for a sophisticated combination of Avalon Blue and Rock Rose Wood Paint to look striking in the garden and compliment planting.
If you didn’t see it you can watch on ITV player to see how Wayne made it and have a go yourself!