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Making It with Mariel: How to make DIY garden boxes

Try this budget-friendly way to organize your garden.

AUSTIN, Texas —

It's springtime in Texas, which means it is time to freshen up the garden! 

Garden box planting has grown in popularity during the pandemic. It is just what it sounds like – planting in a box.  

Garden box planting has many benefits including fewer weeds and better water retention. Raised garden boxes also allow for a longer growing season because they warm the soil quicker and keep it warm for a longer period 

Making your own box allows you to customize the size of your garden and it also makes it more budget-friendly.  

Here is a list of materials: 

  • 6 fence panels (these are already treated for outdoor use)
  • 1 fence post, 4 inches by 4 inches by 8 feet (make sure it is treated for outdoor use) 
  • Screws  
  • Drill 
  • Measuring tape 
  • Something to write with 
  • Miter saw

Note: If you do not have access to a miter saw, ask your lumber provider to make the cuts for you!

Making it:  

  1. The fence panels will make the walls of the box while the fence post will make the corners for the box. This box is 3 feet wide by 3 feet long. To achieve this, cut each panel in half. The height of the box will be three panels, which is roughly 17 inches. Cut four 17-inch corners from the post. Remember to measure twice and cut once. 

  2. Stand the four corner pieces in a square. Attach one panel to the bottom outer edge of the corner piece. Repeat with each side, making sure the panels touch at each corner in a 90-degree angle. To attach, pre-drill a hole before inserting a screw. This will keep the wood from splitting.  

  3. Work up! Keep attaching more panels until desired height.  

  4. Optional: paint! 

The main benefit of making your own garden box is the money you save. A box like this retails for about twice as much as it takes to make.  

If you make your own, share it with us on social media! Use the hashtag #DaybreakATX. And stay tuned for more DIY projects coming in May!  

WATCH: How to make DIY garden boxes

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