How to build a garden box – a simple tutorial
Hello lovelies! So remember this post? The one where I’ve decided I’m good at gardening and just don’t know it yet? (Stay tuned, because I’m asking your gardening advice again at the bottom. Maybe I should give up and stick to what I know?) But first let’s talk about how to build a garden box.
We updated our yard a few weeks ago with some changes to make it a little more garden-friendly. And we decided to add these garden boxes.
The building begins here.
Today we thought we’d talk a little bit about how to build a garden box.
For these little boxes, you may notice we used cedar. This rot resistant wood gives the garden a pretty look, and we felt that it was a nice natural finish for our plants in our garden where we plan to use them.
Our two longer garden boxes measure 6 feet long by 3 feet wide and 15 inches high; our square one: 4 feet by 4 feet and 15 inches high. We felt that these are a great fit for our yard, and the size of beginner’s garden we wanted to use. Of course, Adjust your measurements to the size you wish to build.
(8) 10 foot pieces of 8 inch western red cedar
(1) 8 foot pieces of 8 inch western red cedar
(2) 6 foot pieces of 8 inch western red cedar
Box of 1 1/4 inch exterior screws
Tools of preference:
Using your saw + drill:
Cut the 10 foot boards into a 6 foot and 4 foot piece.
(4) of the 6 foot boards into (8) 3 foot sections
(1) of the 8 foot boards into 3 inch wide and 15 inch long strips. Do this by first cutting the board to 15 inch sections, then turn the board and cut it into 3 inch sections. This will be right at the edge of your saw’s cutting ability, but the RYOBI can handle it.
Build a garden box
• Next, take (2) 6 footers and (2) 15 inch pieces. Lay the six footers flat on the ground and butt them together. Place a 15 inch piece on each end and screw it into the 6 footers with your 1 1/4 exterior screws (I suggest pre-drilling your holes). Repeat this with all the 6 footers.
Now take (2) of the 6 foot sections and (2) of the 3 foot boards. Butt (1) of the 3 footers up to the (2) 6 foot sections and take one of your 15 inch pieces and place on one corner, making sure to overlap the other 15 inch piece used to secure the 6 footers. Mark where the screws will go to hold everything together. We think it’s a great idea to use screws 4 per board and zig zag them. Then pre-drill the holes and screw it together, repeat this process for the other end of that same board and then place another 3 foot board on top and repeat the process.
Follow the same step on the opposite end of the garden box.
(Our hideaway makes a great work surface) ;}
Repeat – how to build a garden box
Repeat the process for the second 6 foot by 3 foot box.
Take the remaining 4 foot pieces and repeat the same steps as above to create the 4 foot by four foot garden box you see in our pictures. (You can actually build any size you want by just changing out the measurements.)
It’s as easy peasy as that to learn how to build a garden box!
Here they are all lined up in a row so we could see how they would fit before we moved them against the fence line. We’re sure there’s lots of ways to do it, but we figured the simpler the better this time around. Having them raised helps our backs and helps with weeds when we transfer our garden!
Besides this little jasmine that needs to be relocated, we have been busy transplanting and hardening them off for the crazy Alabama heat to come.
I walked into the laundry room about four days after they were planted, and I was all, Uh, hello Jack and the Beanstalk. So I got a few little containers and they’ve all been moved to their happy little houses.
Gardening. It’s not for sissies.
I have a nice little farmer’s tan going on.
That, and gnats.
Now that we’ve shown you how to build a garden box we are calling all experts: I read that I can use tape… and earthworms. I’ve done neither yet but I’m on high alert spazzing as we speak. I also heard we don’ t want to use chemicals, because you know, we’re eating them. The produce, not the gnats. But I also heard that the stinkin larvae is in the soil and now it’s eating my beautiful little roots. Oh and they’re in and out of our house so I’m finding stupid gnats everywhere. I’m twitching now because I feel like they’re crawling on me. HELP. Surely there’s something organic we can use?
Jamin joked that we should trash them and start over. I joked that I would impale him with my spade.
Was that violent? Sorry. I’m angsting over the gnats. And I’ve been watching too much court tv.
Not for sissies.
Should I admit defeat? Is this just our first little invader? Let’s hear it for the spuds! Let’s give the spuds a haaaannnddd…. And I’m making a song about my (potentially failed) garden. Am I even using the right terminology?
I’m blaming it on the fact that this is our third round with strep. I’m the whiney gardener. Not the constant one.
Are you guys gardening? How’s it going?
Have an inspired day, lovelies!