How to Build a Garden Box

Building a garden box is easy and inexpensive. These are perfect for small yards and are a great opportunity to grow lots of vegetables in a small space. These are also a great opportunity to have kids help learn where their food comes from. 

Click here for a PDF instruction guide for How to Build a Garden Box. 

Materials:

 4—2x6 planks, each cut into 4 foot sections.

 12 coarse-thread deck screws. Each screw should be twice as long as the thickness of the wood—3” for a 2x6.

 Power drill

 Weed cloth

 Staple gun (optional)

 8 cubic feet of soil mix: 1/3 peat moss, 1/3 vermiculite and 1/3 compost.

 

Directions:

1. Pre-drill 3 holes in the side of each board at one end.

2. Screw the boards together end-to-end with the deck screws, rotating corners (attach the end of one board to the side of the other) until you have a complete square.

3. Staple the weed cloth to the bottom of the frame or place the weed cloth on the ground at your selected garden spot.

4. Fill the box with the soil mix, watering as you fill to ensure that the soil settles. Wood lathe or string can be used to divide the box into square-foot sections or you can leave the space open.

5. Add seeds or plants.

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