It's that time of year again! Garden prep is under way. If you have been wanting to purchase garden boxes but they are too expensive, check out this DIY money saving project!
The soil where I live is sand and rock so Garden Boxes are a necessity. When I started I was just hoping to get enough produce to grow to justify the money I was investing. I did some research and found that the cute vinyl garden boxes are EXPENSIVE!!! Lots of companies and home improvement stores have "kits" that you can use to build your own boxes, but they can be pricey too. Ultimately it's just a wooden box right? That's what I figured, so I started on my garden box adventure.....
Wood planks to make a 12" deep box. So either 2 layers of 6" or 1 12" wide piece. (I used 12X2 pieces that were 12 feet long)
Galvanized screws so they do not rust
Level (a right angle would also be helpful, but it's not necessary)
Latex paint or some kind of sealant for the wood.
Scissors or utility knife
First cut your wood into the dimensions you want. One 12X2 12 foot long piece of wood will make a 3'X4' box or a 2'X6' box. The helpful people at Home Depot or Lowes will cut the wood for you for FREE to take home so you don't have a 12' piece of wood sticking out of your car. :)
*Note: It is not necessary to take out the grass if you use weed paper. BUT from what I've read and from what friends tell me...."grass finds a way" into your planter and it over runs it. Why waste all the time and effort building a box and keeping weeds at bay if you are going to plant it on top of grass that will eventually work its way up? My opinion is you should remove the grass from under the box.
So after the box is level and set, the inside looks something link this. Framed in crappy dirt. ;) (minus the annoying Butterfly bush in the way) I used part of an existing planter for one side, and a retaining wall as the other side of my box for this planter. (I actually cut the sod, dug and leveled this one all on my own.) :)
You can see the slope on the front right box and the box on the left on the right side.
It was a lot of fun gardening this past year. I learned a lot and I'm excited to plant again this year. I've already got garlic that has sprouted and now that my strawberries and raspberries have established roots they should produce a ton of fruit this year. Bring on Spring!