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)
- 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!
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.
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.
Work up! Keep attaching more panels until desired height.
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!
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