If you want to fill your backyard with flowers and fresh veggies but don’t have a garden-friendly space available, creating a DIY garden box may be your solution. Garden boxes create ideal spaces for many types of plants to grow on a bed of soil that’s elevated from the ground. They can also help by making your space look tidy, keeping pets and critters away from your plants and saving you from constantly bending down to the ground, which often causes back pain. Instead of hoping that your backyard soil will be sufficient for your gardening needs, you can fill your boxes with dirt that is probably better than what your yard has to offer. Follow these easy steps to make a 4-by-8-foot bed and you’ll get to gardening in no time.
You will need:
Two 2-inch-by-12-inch-by-8-foot wooden planks
Two 2-inch-by-12-inch-by-4-foot wooden planks
12 pieces of steel rebar
Soil (choose the best quality soil for the plants you plan to grow)
Note: Your end product will be lined with steel rebar poles, so you might want to beautify your garden box by painting the wood planks before you assemble them. Try consulting this Pinterest page for design ideas.
How to assemble:
Now you’re ready to start planting. When it’s time to start putting your garden box to use, remember that you want to maximize productivity without overfilling the space. If your plants are too close to each other, they will be competing for root space, water and nutrients and will be unable to fully grow.
Once you’ve created your box and planted your seeds, step outside of your own garden and take advantage of the summer months by spending quality time outdoors. You don’t have to do anything over the top to appreciate nature and get in some exercise — something as simple as walking outside can change your life.