In the Garden – Planter Boxes

Happy Friday and welcome part 2 in my Garden series, if you’re interested in reading the previous post click here.

We live in a rather though area for plants, our soil is mostly clay, a mixture of granite and small underground streams that go to concrete during the summer and a viscous mess during the winter. To make sure I’m getting the best production from my plants I’ve learned to utilize planter boxes and raised beds in my yard, that have the added protection of screens on the bottom to keep the gophers at bay.

I have to tell you my husband got rather snazzy with these particular boxes, the ones we have in the back we made with recycled fence board and did not have a gopher screen.  In addition, he re-routed the sprinklers and installed drips into each of the boxes for ease of watering. 

For those boxes, we used – 2 -6 foot cedar fence boards, 1×2’s to anchor the sides, galvanized screws and gardeners wire.  Steve made easy work of putting the boxes together, we made an assembly line starting with the long sides and screwing the 1×2 to them.


Then we assembled them together into boxes, and finally stapled the wire to the bottom of the box.  


With a little bit of elbow grease, we managed to make the boxes for about $25 a piece.  That sure beats the pre made ones they sell for $150-$200.

Next up, Walkways and grease traps.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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