Make an A-Frame Planter

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Ideal for container gardening in a small space, this ladder and platform design can fold up and store easily when not in use

By Tim Snyder

Not everyone has room for a backyard garden. This A-frame planter offers ample space for container gardening in a small (18" × 55") footprint. The frame supports three shelves that have hardware cloth decks for easy drainage. When growing season ends, the A-frame folds up so that the entire unit can store compactly. I made my first version of this project from pressure-treated 5/4 and 1× pine that I bought from a home center. The planter I’m building on these pages is made from clear pine, finished with a solid-color outdoor stain. Cedar and cypress are two other woods to consider for a project like this, because of their natural resistance to insects and moisture damage.

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