Gardening Advice

DIY Garden Boxes for the Best Harvest Ever!

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These container boxes are inexpensive, easy to make, and help your plants produce the largest number of vegetables possible. In our garden we use the boxes for anything a rabbit may find too tasty to resist as well as tomatoes and peppers. We have the boxes placed on a raised deck with a closed gate to keep the bunnies at bay. This spring we decided to add a few more boxes and I took some photos of the process.

To make these boxes you will need:

  • Planter Boxes ( 24″x 12″ x 11″)
  • Plastic Lattice (2’x8′)
  • ¾ Inch Plastic Pipe
  • Hand Saw
  • Drill with a ¾ inch bit
  • Potting Soil
  • Black Dirt
  • Dolomite
  • Fertilizer (7-7-7 or 10-10-10)
  • Plants or Seeds

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The containers were purchased at our local building supply store for $2.00 a piece. The lattice (2’x8′) for all of the boxes we assembled was $12. One sheet provides a base for 8 boxes. The stick of ¾ inch plastic plumbing pipe that we cut to size was $4 and will work for 10 boxes.

Drill a ¾ inch hole centered right-to-left, 3 1/2 inches up from the bottom of the planter box to the center of the hole. This is your drainage hole and will prevent overfilling.

Measure and cut the lattice so that it fits across the bottom of the planter box. This keeps the dirt from falling down and completely filling the bottom of the box. However, the holes allow some dirt to pass through. This serves as a wick for the water until the plant roots reach the bottom.

Cut the ¾ inch plastic plumbing pipe into 1-foot segments. Place one of the pipes in one of the holes in the lattice on the opposite side of the box from the drain hole.

Fill the box ½ of the way to the top with potting soil. Put in a thin layer (1/8th of the box) of fertilizer and dolomite. Fill the remainder of the box with topsoil and you are ready to plant.

Water the box through the pipe. Do not pour water directly onto the plants. Depending on the temperature, you will water every 2 to 3 days. You cannot overwater the plants because the excess will pour out the drainage hole.

Prepare to enjoy the harvest!

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Any questions? Let me know in the comments below and I will do my best to answer them!

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