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Racks And Tables

Where to put them, and why

Racks from garden stores are already proportioned for potted plants. You can also turn any wire shelving into a wall rack. Planter tables should have a lip around the edge, to catch water and prevent pots from sliding off.

As with other large planters, plan locations before filling. Choose places away from doorways and areas where water can damage things. Tables can be put near high traffic areas; leave room for people to pass without bumping the table.

What you'll need: Stud finder, Power drill, Eyebolts and anchor bolts or molly bolts, Plant rack (or wire shelving) or planter table, Wire.

Use a stud-finder to locate the beams. If one's available, use a lag bolt or screw for any shelf brackets. These items have pointed tips and deep thread to grip the wood. Else you'll need a molly bolt (or an anchor bolt). Anchor bolts have flanges that open out and grip the wall from the other side, making it harder for the bolt to pull out.

Mark and drill starting holes where the hardware will go. Put the bolt through the bracket's holes, and either screw the bolt into the wood, or push the bolt through the wall, and open the flanges by screwing the bolt closed. Then add your rack.

Shelf-type racks will need some extra hold. Drill two more holes into the wall above the shelf, at a height equal to the shelf's width. Install eyebolts. Now, run wire from each wall bolt to the edge of the rack. Twist and knot the wire to prevent slipping -- you may need pliers to do this. Long racks may need one more wire in the middle.

If all that sounds like too much work, you can also buy free-standing racks that can stand on their own. They take up a bit more space, but have the added benefit of being portable.