How to Build a Square Foot Garden Box

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How To Build A Square Foot Garden Box

How To Build A Square Foot Garden Box

When building a garden box you want to do it int he most cost effective way possible.  Be sure you check out your options and pick which is best for you.  Building a wood box is a great way to save money.  You can get wood from many different places.  If you find a builder a lot of time they have scrap wood you can take and make boxes out of.  You can also buy the wood at a local hardware store.

Each box needs to be at least 12 inches deep. for the bottom you can use any material that you can put holes in or already has holes in it so the water stays in the soil but doesn’t pool and flood the roots.

Here is the step by step instructions on how to make the box:

Cut wood

1. Measure and cut your wood to the size you want it to be.  I made my boxes 2 ft by 4 ft.  So I cut my wood to make that size of a box.  But you can make a box whatever size works for your space.

make the box

2.  Make the box by lining up the wood on a flat surface.

Support the box

Tip: Use a wall or some other solid surface to hold the wood in place and so you can up pressure on the wood when drilling

Drill Holes

3. Drill holes in the wood for the screws.  Make sure the holes are drilled into both pieces of wood in the places you want them.

Drill In screws

4. Drill Screws into the holes you made

5. Repeat until all sides have screws in places.

6. Add bottom to the box (our box doesn’t have a bottom since it is on dirt that the roots can grow into.)

7. Make sure there are drainage holes in the bottom.

8. Place Box where you want it to be and fill with soil.

Be sure to check out more information on raised bed gardens

If you don’t have the tools to make your own box, you could check out this premade square foot garden box as well.

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  1. Great guide on building boxes! We’d love to see any pictures you have of your garden as it progresses – I know Mel would absolutely love it. If you’re interested, send them to askmelsfg@gmail.com

    Thanks for spreading the SFG message :)

    Kevin from the Square Foot Gardening Foundation

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