Another attempt at gardening

My first attempt at growing herbs in little pots two years ago bombed… because I didn’t water them enough. Now that I’m home full time though I figure I can probably keep up with the little daily things a bit better. This time I thought instead of pots I’d try for a mini square foot garden, more like the garden box I made last year with limited success. This time instead of fancy 2×4’s I realized I could save a few bucks and use cedar fence slats. I wanted to make two boxes that were 3 feet by 1 foot, so all I needed was five 6 foot long slats. Here they are after a few quick cuts on the miter saw:

Fence slats

The bottoms of the boxes were just two boards side by side, which left a convenient exit for water between them. I wish I could say I thought of that beforehand, but I was just being lazy since I didn’t want to have to cut plywood for the bottoms. I only realized my brilliance afterward. Here’s a completed box:

finished box

Not the most beautiful bit of carpentry, but whatever, it works. Maybe I’ll paint the outside or something if I decide they’re too ugly. In the meantime here they sit on the back patio:

Herb boxes

I found the little metal labels on clearance at Target. Sadly there wasn’t a label for cilantro, which I’m growing from seed since I managed that with no trouble last year, even with my limited watering. The other two empty looking spots are for garlic (I just stuck a few cloves from my CSA in the ground) and green onions. I really have no idea if I’ll get anything from them, but I wanted to stick to  stuff that I used really frequently, since I figured I’d be more motivated that way.

The bucket of water is great since I only have to refill it about twice a week instead of running to the tap every day. I fill the little gray watering can from it.

The whole setup is in easy view of the kitchen. In fact here’s what I see when I walk out the back door:

View from the back door

I know from past experience that if I don’t make this as easy as possible I’ll start to let it slide and then I’ll be left with yet another pile of dead plants and/or weeds. This way I at least have a shot of being successful. I guess we’ll see how it goes!

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Posted on July 4, 2013, in building, garden, outdoors and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Dan Clemmensen

    Cedar Is a much better choice than standard 2×4, since it does not rot. Pressure-treated 2×4 also does not rot, but it’s poisonous.

    • The 2x4s I used last year were redwood… Similar to cedar in terms of rot resistance, but a lot more expensive than pine 2x4s. I like the cedar fencing… Much cheaper. 🙂

  2. Jessica Lindsay

    Have you thought about self-watering pots?

    • I didn’t know much about them but now I can do much googling! I think it’s safe to say if this latest experiment turns into yet another failure then I’ll be turning to new and more exciting methods. 😉

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