Container Garden, part 2 of 2.
After an unusual high amount of rain, and some changes in my work schedule, I finally found time to finish my 2nd container garden. The herbs are doing well in the trough. Now, to move on to growing veggies.
I spent some time walking the halls of Lowes, and they had this nifty little plastic, snap in to place, pre formulated raised garden. For $40. For a 46″ square, by 8 inch container. Really? I am by no means a carpenter, but I figure I can make something bigger, and better for cheaper. The back of the prefab showed how you could make clever designs if you bought additional sets. If I wanted something 9 inches tall and 8 feet long, I needed to spend $160 on their crappy sets. That wasn’t happening.
I wandered down to the lumber section and found some “premium white wood boards.” I picked up 4 8’x9″x1″ planks, and a 2″x2″x8′. I also grabbed a gallon of water seal, and some brushes. The nice thing about Lowes and The Depot is that they’ll cut any board you buy twice for free. Seeing as how I wanted a 4×8, I had them cut 2 of the boards right down the middle. That save me a lot of measuring and cutting time later.
I started by water sealing all the wood. Then, on to building.
My design was pretty simple. Cut the 2×2 into foot long sections, use them as the corners, and screw the boards on to them.
I made the posts a little taller than the boards for a few reasons. 1st, I can staple a net over the top of the whole garden if birds become an issue. I can lash trellis material to them if I need to. It made it look a little more decorative. I can add a “2nd story” to it if I want to add some height for visual effect, or for deep rooted plants. And, most importantly, you can’t tell if one is a 1/4 inch longer than the other, cause they aren’t next to each other.
I put another board in the middle of the container to add some structural support, and to allow me to tend to one half of the garden at a time or to segregate aggressive growers (like mint).
I shoveled the rock back from the yard, and loosened the soil up a bit. I dropped the new container in to place and tried to get it as level as possible.
I dropped a trellis in, for cucumbers and beans, and filled half the container with garden soil and composted mulch. Near equal parts. I didn’t want to go back to buy more soil, which is why I split the garden in half to begin with. I’ll get to the other half in the coming weeks.
I bought this little prefab trellis. but I’m starting to think about lashing bailing wire between the two brown posts that support the covered patio. That way, i wouldn’t be limited by height. I’ll get back to that.
I got some fill dirt, and mixed it in with the soil. Again, about equal parts dirt, soil, and mulch. That was my magic recipe in the last garden, and I can’t argue wit the results. X-man helped me mix it all together.
Then we started planting. X-man but in some corn and carrot seeds.
X-Man catches me planting.
Zucchini, Crook Neck Squash, Red and Yellow Bell Peppers, Poblanos, Cucumbers, and String Beans.
And now, we wait.
I’ll get to the other half here pretty soon. I’d like to do some leafy greens, but I think I missed my season. I might go for strawberries, or maybe some easy flowers for the kids to enjoy.
This was not a complex design, nor was it a complex project. I wasn’t looking for an architectural award. I was looking for an economic way to grow veggies to feed my family. Total bill from Lowe’s was under $50, with the seal and brushes. All I needed at home was a circular saw, a drill, and a handful of screws that I already had. I think this container will last a long time. I’ll update any modifications I make to it.