The urban garden! You do not need a huge backyard or massive garden to grow delicious and healthy produce. If fact, this DIY project would be perfect even if you live in an apartment or loft but have some type of deck. All you really need is a green thumb and some sunshine to make this baby work.
This is my friend Trace. Like me, he can never turn down a good DIY project. While shooting a story last year, I noticed the most amazing vegetable gardens in Fairhope, Alabama. I snapped a picture but just as soon as I retuned home, I was onto the next project and forgot about making my own. Then, months later I see another friend on Facebook making these exact same beds. I decided I must do it … and so can you!
Let me start by saying, this project cost me under 100 bucks in supplies. And we built it to be 2 ft wide by 6 feet long and 2.5 feet deep.
Here are the supplies you will need … it’s really so easy!
- “Untreated” Pine (you don’t want chemicals leaking into your produce)!
- Scrap tin
Basically, you just measure and cut your wood, based on how big of a bed you want. You build a box so to speak, with wood legs, wood posts on all 4 corners and, wood panels lining the bottom.
Next, you cut your tin to cover all 4 sides of the box and screw it in each corner. Don’t forget to add screws to the bottom piece of wood, so the box is sealed all the way around.
You top it off with more wood, to trim the top, so there are no sharp edges. Not to mention, that wood along the top gives you a nice ledge to sit your tools and watering can.
If you are worried about any soil leaking out through the base cracks, you can line your vegetable garden with some heavy duty black landscape fabric.
Keep in mind, once you fill it with dirt, it will be rather heavy s0 place it in an area that you plan on keeping it. Make sure it has plenty of sun and don’t forget to change out your seeds with the season.
Eat the rainbow!