Can You Really Build This Cedar Planter With No Tools?
I am not a gardener. This spring I wanted to put in some herbs and vegetables and the controlled environment of a planter seemed like a safe choice (safe for the plants). What I can do is build things, so when I opened up the instructions of the Cedarcraft Urban Garden Planter and saw the heading “No Tools Required,” I was skeptical.
Putting It Together
I removed all the parts from the box. Everything was precut and prefinished and designed to slot into place. The only fasteners were a handful of wooden dowels, and as a refreshing surprise they included two extras, just in case.
You really assemble it rather than build it. This would all be easier and faster with two people, since without screws it tends to want to come apart in the early stages. But the parts are well designed and it’s clear which end is up and what goes where.
Cross up the legs by fitting them to each other. Adding the shelf holds them together but they still rack.
The more panels you add, the more stable the planter becomes. By the time you put in the base it’s nicely sturdy. For the sake of taking pictures I assembled it out in the middle of my back yard.
I’d recommend putting it together closer to where you’re going to use it, especially if you’re alone. Lifting it without disassembling it was a bit of a challenge, but it held together. And I seriously didn’t need a single tool to get it done.
Planting in It
It comes with a plastic liner that you poke a hole in to allow for drainage.
Add a layer of gravel and your soil and you’re ready to put plants in.
With these in place holding it down, the joints lock together and the planter doesn’t rock or rack at all. I put in a row of three tomatoes across the back, two basils and one Greek oregano across the center and a habanero and jalapeno in the front corners. We’ll see if they produce anything, and if I don’t kill them.
If I do kill the plants, it won’t be the fault of the planter. I didn’t expect to like a no tools product, but this is well conceived and well executed. It would fit on a balcony, so makes a good option for an apartment garden and it’s not bad to look at, so it’s a nice addition to my back yard.