With gardening season fast approaching
and lots of time at home, I decided to try my hand at some gardening and building my own garden box. I live in the desert and I knew I was not about to try digging into the hard ground in my desert yard so I made a plan to take the easy route and use a garden box…but first I needed to make my own…on the cheap. I thought it best to start small and take it from there so I decided on a 2′ x 4′ garden box.
I purchased 4 – 1x6x6 cedar fence pickets from Lowe’s for $2.52 each. How’s that for cheap?
I already had some 2×2 pieces in my garage along with 1 1/2′ wood screws so I was ready to go.
Using my miter saw I cut each picket so that I had a 2 ft piece and a 4 ft piece. I also cut the 2×2 into 4 12″ pieces.
This photo shows the full picket as well as the cut pieces.
This step may not be necessary for everyone
but I decided to drill pilot holes, using my drill press, into each end of the picket pieces. It just made it easier for me to screw the wood screws into the 2×2.
Now it’s time to attach the pickets
to the 2×2. I attached one 4 ft piece at each end to the 2×2, and then placing the next 4 ft piece butt against the first, I attached it as well. I repeated this process for the other two 4ft pieces putting 2 screws in each piece.
I then attached the 2 ft pieces to the 2×2 corner braces
making sure they’re flush with the end. I didn’t want to waste any wood so I went ahead and used the end of the picket that has the dog eared corners. I thought it would give my garden box a bit of character but you can simply cut that off to make a straight edge if you like.
That’s it folks…
that’s how easy this garden box is to make….and you can’t beat the price. It literally cost me $10. I already had the screws and the 2×2 but had I bought all the supplies I believe it would have been no more than $25.
The beauty of a box this size
is that it’s easy to find a spot for it. It’s deep enough for deep-rooted plants but still raised a bit off the ground so you don’t have to bend over quite so far, but the big kicker for me is that I can fill it up with soil that I can easily get a shovel into. That’s a win for this desert dweller. 🙂
This garden box took about 5 large bags
of raised bed soil mixture to fill. I’m a bit late for the vegetable planting season here in zone 9b so I decided to just put some flowers in it for now while I work on some more boxes. My garden area still has a lot of work to do but getting the boxes built is a big accomplishment and needed to be done first so I could get them placed.
Have a great day friends and happy gardening!
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