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It is no secret that the clay soil in this valley makes gardening a chore. I know that is why I am seeing more and more garden boxes and raised beds at the homes of my clients.
When my wife and I moved into our home, we decided to build some garden boxes for our backyard. We basically started from scratch with our yard, and it took a lot of hard work and patience to get it to where we wanted it. I built these garden boxes a few years ago and I must say, we still love them today.
- Boards of choice: I used 4 pieces of spruce pine that was 2 in. thick, 24 in. long, and 12 in. wide that were scraps left over from my 8 ft. vegetable boxes. Remember, you can use treated wood for flower boxes, but please leave your wood untreated for garden boxes. The vegetable boxes are 8′ x 2′ double stacked.
- (8) 3 in. Screws (about 24 if making vegetable boxes)
- Level (When building bigger boxes)
- Measure your area so you know how big to make your garden boxes.
- Cut the wood to length.
- Square up the corners.
- Line up the top and sides and insert your 3″ screws. You will want 2 screws per side. One placed at the top of the board, and a second placed at the bottom of the board.
- If you are building bigger boxes you will want to make sure you are using your level to insure that they are fairly level. Since they are gardening boxes, they don’t need to be perfect. Just try to get them as close to level as you can.
As you can see our backyard has really come together over the past couple of years. We got the landscaping done that we talked about in the video below and everything came together beautifully.
If you are tired of fighting the soil in the valley, then I recommend building some raised garden boxes. They can add a touch of flair to your landscaping and make growing vegetables and flowers so much easier.
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