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wood planter on a stone fence with pansies
I had some wooden planters just sitting around empty, so I decided to go to my local Pamida and get some flowers. Samantha loved marigolds so I got some of those to plant in her memory. One of my favorite flowers is a pansy, so I bought those too, then spent the afternoon planting them with my youngest daughter.

Now that one planter is full of potting soil and pansies, I can't move it. It's too heavy. I suppose I could transplant the flowers into smaller planters, but, simply put, I don't want to. Next year, I will make sure that I build a planter dolly before I decide to fill the heavy planter with flowers.

To build a plant dolly, choose your planter and make a paper template of the bottom of the planter, which you will transfer onto a piece of plywood. Cut the plywood with a jigsaw, following normal safety precautions. Screw four rotating casters near the edges of the plywood, then drill holes in the plywood for drainage, doing the same to the planter, lining up the holes so water doesn't pool between the planter and the plywood. Coat the dolly with a waterproof sealer, and you are ready to use it!

I always seem to find out about things after I do them the hard way, but you can be sure I will bookmark the instructions, and maybe even print them out to use for next year's flower planting. This way, I can choose to put the planter anywhere I wish, and easily move it if I don't like where I've put it the first time.


  • Peter Shekel

    The rotating casters should be equipped with a stoppage system, to prevent the heavy planter from injuring small children.

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