You can grow an impressive garden with supplies purchased all at Aldi. The discount grocer rotates gardening goods into its stores for brief periods throughout the spring and summer months, and they include hoses, lattice planters, greenhouses, plant stands, and more. One of my most recent gardening finds at Aldi is a three-tiered stacking planter.
The Gardenline Stacking Planter cost $12.99 at the time of publication. It’s an Aldi Find, so it’s only in stores for a short time. This planter is cheaper than most similarly sized planters on Amazon.
This plastic planter is available in a traditional terra cotta color or in black. It comes with three stacking pieces, and each piece has a 3.73-gallon capacity. It has a self-watering reservoir with multiple levels of drainage, and if you buy two sets, they can be combined to create a stack that is six layers high. The planter requires no tools for assembly and was made in China.
When it’s assembled, the planter stands just under 23 inches tall, with a diameter that is roughly 18 inches.
Setting up the planter is easy. After I cut the zip tie that held the three planter sections together, which was a little tricky because the tie was pulled so tight that it wasn’t easy to cut with scissors, I ended up with the three planter sections, a small bag containing three drain plugs, and a small paper with assembly instructions.
One of the first things I noticed is that the planter sections have numerous drain holes, so I went ahead and popped a drain plug into the hole in the middle of each because there will still be plenty of drainage. The middle hole of each section might be suitable for running a metal pole through if you want to add stability to the stacked planter, and I’ve seen people who purchased similar planters on Amazon do that, and you can anchor the pole in the ground to make it more sturdy.
The instructions say to fill all the tiers of the planter with growing medium, and then stack the planters on top of each other, ensuring they are well nested within each other. The bottom of each tier has slots, and with a little maneuvering, you can fit them into each other.
Then, you can plant seeds or plants in the containers and watch them grow.
The instructions recommend rotating the planter 45 degrees clockwise after each watering session to promote even growth. It also recommends avoiding positioning the planter in a highly windy area because it will require more watering.
I planted snapdragons in this planter, and I purchased a large drainage saucer from a local hardware store to put under the entire planter to keep my patio tidy and prevent water from draining everywhere. Some similar stacked planters from other retailers actually come with a bottom saucer, so it’s too bad this one doesn’t have that feature. Because it doesn’t come with a drip tray, though, I was able to choose whether to purchase a traditional saucer or one with wheels that functions like a moving dolly, which some gardeners prefer because they can be easily moved and turned to promote even growth. I opted for a traditional saucer with no wheels because it was cheaper, and this planter is not so heavy that I can’t easily rotate it.
Watering plants in this is interesting, because it turns into a bit of a waterfall as the water flows down from the top planter tier to the lower levels. When I gave everything a thorough watering after planting, the saucer I put under the planter filled completely with water. If you use a saucer to catch the water, you may want to empty it periodically so it doesn’t become a mosquito breeding ground. I held the stacked planter steady with one hand while tipping the saucer with my other hand until most of the water was out.
Aside from some of its quirks, this looks like it will be a good, sturdy planter with plenty of room for growing a few flowers or veggies. I’ll update as the growing season progresses and my plants start to fill in the space.
The Gardenline Stacked Planter goes together easily and has room to grow a good amount of plants. I wish it came with a drainage saucer, and I had to purchase one separately at a hardware store, but otherwise this is a good addition to the garden.