Ever had a desire to learn how to build a garden box? You can grow almost anything inside of a garden box if you want to badly enough! Garden boxes are a great way to utilize all of the available space in your yard while protecting the fruits (or vegetables) of your labor from rodents or other pests! Not only are garden boxes great for just about any gardener, but they are also one of the easiest DIY projects ever. Are you interested in learning how to build one of these incredible DIY garden boxes on your own? Keep reading my tutorial on how to build a garden box!
Here’s what you’ll need:
Four 16-inch-long 4x4s (corner posts)
Two 4-foot-long 2x12s (bed ends)
Two 8-foot-long 2x12s (bedsides)
Twenty-four 3 1/2-inch #14 galvanized or stainless steel screws
16 cubic feet of planting soil (you’ve got to give your plants something to grow in!)
Step One: Ready, steady…go! It’s time to build the frame! To build a sturdy frame that will support and allow plants to thrive, set one of your 2x12s (cut to four feet) down where you would like the bed to be. Place a 4×4 corner post (cut to 16 inches) upright against the 2×12 and flush. A woodworking clamp is handy to help make your edges flush!
Step Two: Now, you will want to attach the 2×12 (cut to four feet) to the 4×4 corner post. This will create the short sides of your new garden box. You can do so by using a drill bit and one of your stainless steel screws.
Step Three: Repeat the same process for the other end completing the garden box frame.
Step Four: Now that the two “ends” are complete, you will want to attach the long (8 foot) 2×12 boards to the posts. Again, you will want to secure these with your stainless steel screws.
Step Five: Once these long 2×12 ends are attached to their 4×4 corner posts, your garden box is complete! Now, you’ll want to fill your brand-new garden box with your planting soil! If you can, try to work a little composting into the soil wherever you can. Your plants will absolutely thank you for it and you’ll love how tasty this makes your vegetables become!