Garden boxes (whether raised, window, or other) are a beautiful addition to any yard, patio, or balcony. Building your own garden box is a great project for both novices and seasoned DIYers. Here is a partial list to help you choose which type would be best for you.
Different Types of Window and Garden Boxes
- Flower boxes – These are garden type boxes situated on windows or patios to bring a splash of color to your outdoor spaces.
- Raised garden boxes – Either they are placed on a part of land that is set aside for this technique. Or they can be grown on cement. Either way they provide an abundance of fruits and vegetables for family meals.
- A collection of garden boxes arranged in rows with spaces between for watering. Each raised box is filled with a different assortment of plantings. They can even be timed to mature differently.
Building Your Garden Box
- Start your project by first deciding where your garden boxes will be located. There should be ample consideration about what fruits and vegetables to plant and what amounts of sunlight they require.
- Decide next how many garden boxes you will want to build.
- A trip to your local Home Depot or Lowes is next to secure the lumber and make sure other items are handy such as nails and hammer and a saw. Personally I use my trusty Rolair JC10 which I believe to be the best air compressor for homeowners.
- Measure carefully the length that you wish them to be and saw even lengths. Stack them as you finish laying them out where they will be when finished.
- Hammer (or use a compressor) the forms together making them totally stable and ready for filling. This is when you decide if you want a bottom to the garden box or if its on land you can leave it open.
- Now place each form or box where it will stay. Fill with good black soil mixed with humus and fertilizer. Fill all of the boxes.
- Make a trip to the nursery either for seedlings or packets of your choice of fruits or vegetables. Sometimes you can find unusual seedlings to try and its nice to pick up a few.
- Do plant your containers fully before moving on to the next one. As you plant them do mark what you planted and its even a good idea to attach the empty seed packet to the box.
- When all of the boxes are planted and marked water each carefully so as not to bruise the delicate seedlings. It usually take a couple weeks to germinate seeds and see some growth but be patient. Soon they will be small sprouts and then healthy tomatoes or corn or beans.
Flowering Garden Boxes
If you wish to have beautiful flowers in boxes start with a plan. Its best to group the same plants together such as zinnias or flax or daisies. A full garden box of tulips is more stunning to see than one or two blooms. Its a good idea to use moss in a basket with black potting soil as it helps to retain water on a warm day.
Ivy leaf red geraniums do well cascading from window boxes and bringing color to a neutral landscape. Petunias and marigolds are excellent additions to your garden as they help to keep pests away from your crops. It is a nice thing to add garden boxes of bright flowers on each corner of your planned garden. It makes a good showing when people wander through looking at your crops. Plus, having fresh cut flowers to add to the table makes it all worthwhile.
Just remember that garden boxes are a great way to get a garden in any sized space without digging up the yard. While you can build them the old fashioned way but I HIGHLY recommend investing in a good air compressor under $200 for small projects like this.
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