We’re growing things! Yes we are! We’re bursting at the seams with tomatoes, spinach, radishes, carrots… and more! It’s been so wonderful to walk outside my door and grab the veggies for dinner! My fave plant so far: radishes. I used to think they were pretty lame… until we realized we could eat the greens too! They grow really fast. Super easy to grow.
We built two of these 4 by 4 boxes back in May. So, I thought I should share how I did this! No need to pay someone to do it for you. It’s easy.
- Rot-resistant wood (cedar or redwood): We made our boxes out of cedar (finished box dimensions: 4 feet x 4 feet). For one box you need 8 pieces of 4 foot x 6 inch wooden planks. We double stacked 6 inch pieces of wood, to create a 1 foot high box.
- 4 corner brackets (see the photo below)
- 16 – 24 exterior wood screws (depends on the corner bracket you find)
- Boiled linseed oil (optional: found at home depot)
- Gloves and an old rag
- Electric screwdriver
- Level (to make it straight)
1. Position your two 4 foot x 4 foot planks together to create a 12 inch wide piece (see below). Screw in the corner bracket and repeat this with all the remaining pieces of wood, until you’ve created a square.
2. Now, it’s time to apply some boiled linseed oil. It’s not a necessity, but I’ve read it can extend the life of your garden box wood. Using an old rag and wearing gloves, rub a layer of oil all over the wood in the box. Let it dry overnight. Side note: linseed oil can be flammable. Please be sure to read the directions carefully.
3. It’s time to put your box in the garden! We chose a spot in full sun. First we had to dig a hole to level it out, which also helped to make the box sturdier. If you don’t plan on digging a hole to install, I suggest hammering some wooden stakes next to the box to make it stronger.
4. Add some gardening soil to the inside of your box.
5. Now you get to start planting! Planting…. lots of water. Tah dah!