PVC Sleeve Planters



Step 1: Along the length of a PVC fence post sleeve, measure and place marks at 18 [45.72 cm], 34 [86.36 cm], 48 [1.22 m], and 60 inches [1.52 m]. Use a square to extend the marks on two opposite faces of the sleeve.

Step 2: Use a hacksaw to cut the sleeve into pieces. Sand the rough edges to remove cut marks and debris.

Step 3: On two opposite faces of each sleeve, measure up 6 inches [15.24 cm] from the bottom and drill centred 3/8-in [.953 cm] drainage holes.

Step 4: To anchor a planter where you want it, first dig a 4-in-deep [10.16 cm] hole. Place the planter in the hole and backfill around the outside edges. Check that the drainage holes are at least 1-1/2 inches [3.81 cm] above the ground.

Step 5: Add enough rock to the bottom of the planter to extend above the drainage holes. Then add a folded sheet of newspaper to cover the rock and add garden soil to hold the paper against the rocks.

Step 6: Follow label directions to transfer plants to the sleeve and add soil to 1/2 inch [1.27 cm] from the top of the sleeve. Water lightly. Repeat for the remaining sleeve planters.


Skill Level: Beginner

Estimated Cost: $30 for five planters

Time Estimate: A few hours


  • Hacksaw
  • Measuring tape
  • Square
  • 120-grit sandpaper
  • Drill and 3/8-in [.953 cm] bit


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  • Garden soil, 2 cubic feet [.057 cubic metres], #156800

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