Greenes Fence Raised Box Garden Kit
If you’re wanting a raised box garden but you want something easy….then check out the Greenes Fence raised box garden kit.
Why try to build one from scratch? You have to buy the lumber and get it cut or cut it yourself. Haul the lumber home and then figure out how to fasten it together. Why?
Do it the easy way like I did. Buy a kit…and it gets delivered to your doorstep. Now assemble it in your backyard in 15 minutes. Fill it with compost, soil and coconut coir and now you’re ready to plant.
Let’s take a look at the raised box garden kit.
Here’s the insides of the Greenes Fence Raised Box Garden Kit. You get 8 cedar side pieces, 4 corners, 4 corner tops and some screws.
The sides slide into slots cut in the corner pieces, so there’s no screws or bolts or glue used to hold the box garden together. The only screws used are to hold the decorator pieces on top of the corners. I think it took about 15 minutes to assemble.
Here it is in my back yard. I just dumped 2 bags of composted manure in. I put a block of Coconut Coir in the bottom first and mixed it with the native soil. The dimensions are 4 foot by 4 foot by 7 inches high or deep.
How do I start a raised vegetable garden?
First you have to build the raised garden bed. You can either buy a raised box garden kit or build it from scratch. The kits make it much easier and faster. The most popular sizes are 2′ x 4′ and 4′ x 4′.
You can make a raised vegetable garden with cedar, cypress or redwood 2 x 6 or 2 x 10 boards. You need to use these types of woods because they are rot and insect resistant. Other wood will rot quickly and/or get infested with termites. You can buy the lumber at a home improvement store like Lowes or Home Depot. They will cut the wood to length if you want.
Raised vegetable garden kit are readily available online and very inexpensive. I bought a 4′ x 4′ cedar raised box garden kit for $40. The sides slide in place. There are no screws, bolts or nails.
You can also use bricks to build your raised garden bed. Just cement the bricks together in any design or shape you want. Make the height about 6-12″.
Once the raised garden bed is complete, you need to turn or till the soil underneath the garden. This will increase drainage and allow the vegetable roots to grow and spread out easily. If the soil is too hard and compacted to dig up, water the area several times and let it soak. The water will loosen the soil and make it easy to dig up and turn.
Now it’s time to fill the raised vegetable garden. The best soil mix for vegetables is compost, coconut coir, native soil and worm castings. I mix these at the following percentages; 50% compost, 25% coconut coir, 25% native soil. At the bottom of the garden, mix the coconut coir and the native soil together. Then add the compost on top. Then spread a thin layer of worm castings over the top as fertilizer. Let this mixture sit for a week and then start planting.