Shortly after completing the fence (For more info read- Why we wanted a fence, How we selected the fence, and How we put the fence together Parts One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, and Eight.), we began the construction of the garden boxes. After much calculation and discussion of what types of plants we wanted, which varieties were perennials and annuals, and how much sun each plant needed, we decided to line one side of the backyard with raised garden beds. Building the fence taught us that we had hard red clay about 8 inches in the ground so planting in raised beds would give the plant roots extra room. Building and planting in raised beds is a first for both of us as we have planted directly on the ground in previous years. There were definitely some lessons learned.
|Materials cut and ready for assembly|
|Assembling the boxes|
We then began assembling the freestanding boxes. Perhaps it would have been smarter for us to build a "test box" before starting this project, but it quickly became a learn-as-you-go experience. After building the side garden bed, we pulled out the Kreg jig to create pocket holes in the ends of the 2x4. We learned that creating panels was the easiest method. In assembly line fashion, we measured and cut the 4x4 posts for the corners and stacked them together. Then we measured and cut the 2x4 end pieces 32" long with six pieces for each box and stacked those together. After all the cuts were made, we pulled out the Kreg jig and drilled two pocket holes in each end of the 2x4 for both the 32" long pieces and the 8 foot pieces (6 for each box) that would make up the sides.
|Using the Kreg jig to make pocket holes in the 2x4|
|Garden boxes assembled and stained|
|Garden boxes assembled and stained. The fence is not yet stained and the unstained garden boxes can be seen along the back of the property.|
All in all, we have about 500 square feet of planting space. The Mister already has plans to increase this amount. I just hope this means we have more room for tomatoes. :)