by Sarah Harris

April 2018

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Are you looking to grow some flowers or vegetables but are limited by space?


There are lots of people that have this same dilemma, and it is exactly why I would like to show you a solution I'm sure you will find worthwhile. A vegetable garden box can be very easy to make and it will enable anyone to have the garden they desire.

What's more, you can make your own garden box from scratch and make it a fun D-I-Y project.




Here's What You'll Need

  • A Wood Saw - you can go with either a circular saw, compound miter saw, or a table saw. It will be useful for cutting the wood into the measured sizes.

  • Drill/Driver - to be used to drill holes into the wood at the joints for fixing the screws.

  • Tape Measure - to measure everything accurately for a good-quality box.

  • 2" by 4" Timber - we are making a wooden garden shed and, thus, this is the main material needed for its construction.

  • Exterior Screws/Deck - we shall use these to join the timber at the different joints.

  • Wide-Mesh Cloth - it will make part of the bed of your soon-to-be garden box.

Building the Garden Box

A 6-inch bed is considered deep enough to provide the roots enough room for their growth.


Today, however, we shall be building a 4-ft by 6-ft by 10.5" bed using untreated wood. It has not escaped me that when untreated, lumber is less resistant to rot; but such lumber will provide a good option for your edibles.


Now, let's get to the building part.

#Step 1 - Measure the Desired Wall Lengths

The very first step is to cut your 2" by 4"s to get posts for the corners.


These will provide support to the bed. For additional support and a stronger garden box, you can install extra posts along the walls, too. The cut length can be as long as the height your desire for your garden box.

For the frame, cut six boards all 6-foot long, and another six 9-inch boards, each 3-foot long. For the support boards, cut ten posts all 10.5 inches in length.


This will be enough lumber to make your first standard-size garden bed.


#Step 2 - Set up the Walls

Next, we shall join the boards together to build each wall.


To do this you need to take the corner posts and set them atop the wall boards. Proceed then to flush all the ends of the 6- ft walls and have 0.5-1 inches set back from the ends having the shorter walls.

After this is done, use the drill to make pilot holes and attach your posts using screws. If you had previously cut additional posts, this is the time to attach them too.


#Step 3: Connect the Walls

The previous step should give you walls with which to form a rectangular garden box.


It is now time to connect these walls to form your garden box. So, drill pilot holes at the end of each wall and connect these sides with screws to form your box.


You should also ensure the posts are affixed from the inside.


#Step 4: Prepare the Location

Now that you have the frame, use it to trace an outline on the location where the bed will be placed.


Such ground should be natural ground rather than concrete or any other hard surface. This ground will allow for proper drainage and root growth.

#Step 5: Loosen the Ground

With your outline, set aside the frame and proceed to remove the grass. Use a spading fork to loosen the dirt so as to help the roots of your new plants' grow deeper into the ground.

#Step 6: Setting up the Garden Box

With the frame done and the ground loosened, only one step remains; setting it up.


Before you do this though, first staple the hardware cloth wide mesh at the bottom. It will ensure weeds stay out and earthworms get in and enrich your soil.

Once this is done, you can place the completed garden box on the ground you had prepared.


Now all you need is some soil rich in compost and nutrients for your box and the garden box will be ready for planting.



That's It!

There you have it, a simplified way to construct your own garden box with readily available and affordable tools and materials.


Did you enjoy the above tutorial? I sure hope you did, and that it will help you and others start your own garden no matter how limited your space is.

I'm sure all the gardening enthusiasts among our readers would like to read about your gardening experiences as much as I would.