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saintsfan225
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Box Garden Advice
My wife and I purchased a raised garden box with the side in one section 10" and another section 7". We would like to plant some tomato, bell peeper, green onions etc in the box. My question is can we lay down something under the box to try and control weeds or is the box to shallow for the roots of plants to grow in the added soil of the box? I hope that make sense and thank you in advance for responses, we are new to this gardening thing.


hungryone
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re: Box Garden Advice
Are you putting the raised box atop a flowerbed, or just setting it atop existing, established lawn?


CoachChappy
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re: Box Garden Advice
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My question is can we lay down something under the box to try and control weeds or is the box to shallow for the roots of plants to grow in the added soil of the box?


You don't need to put anything under the box. spray the are if you must, but the dirt will choke out almost everything. Weeds that are going to come up will be delivered there by animals, grass clippings, and breeze. You can place gardening paper down and cut through it to plant your veggies.

Use compost and gardening soil for your soil base. Don't over water. Fertilize regularly (every 7-14 days) Use the green box of miracle grow until its time for veggies to start making. Then, switch to the purple box for flowers. That should get you started until you get more into it.


saintsfan225
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re: Box Garden Advice
It is going atop existing established lawn


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saintsfan225
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re: Box Garden Advice
Thank you for the advice


CoachChappy
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re: Box Garden Advice
No Problem
If you wan to put something down for piece of mind, use newspaper and wet it. You just line the bottom of the box with it. Then, hit it with the hose. Lay it out fairly thick. Dirt can go right on top. You can till/dig up and turn the earth before the newspaper.


1 more thing. If you have a hardware store near you that sells fishing worms, buy a few boxes and let them loose in there. They help work the soil and poop in the soil.
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TAMU-93
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re: Box Garden Advice
Staple weed barrier to the bottom of the box.

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gumbo2176
Member since May 2018
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re: Box Garden Advice
Just remember how big some of those plants get and not crowd them. My tomato plants often get to 6 ft. tall and bell peppers will get to about 3 ft. tall during their growing season.

You don't want to plant tomato plants too close either. Leave room between plants so air can circulate. As the summer progresses and it get hotter, there is more chance for mold and fungal issues when planted close together. Also water from the bottom and not over the tomato plants as this promotes fungal growth with the plants staying damp longer.

Tomato roots go deep, so I wouldn't put any barrier on the ground before filling with your garden soil mix. Like mentioned, either spray to kill the weeds or simply scalp the area and dig up the grass already there.


Captain Ray
Member since Nov 2016
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re: Box Garden Advice
Square foot gardening is fun if ya into that sort of thing. We actually put nails every 12 inches and put up string as a grid. you can even amke square templates with holes spaced for what ya planting. With good soil and plant feed ya can plant stuff thick enough to help with weed control and its lots of fun a great way to get max yield from a small garden. Stuff like tomatoes you plant 1 per sq ft and plant tehm along the edge for staking or trellising.


gumbo2176
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re: Box Garden Advice
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Square foot gardening is fun if ya into that sort of thing


Never had much luck with it when it comes to larger plants like tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, etc.

Just too crowded. Works well with low growing stuff like kale, Swiss Chard, lettuces, etc.


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windshieldman
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I put a cover over the ground in January and leave there till it’s time to plant it. I buy a shite ton of cow manure, some raised garden top soil and put the plants in that. I get miracle grow granules that feed for 3 months and sprinkle that around each plant and then put mulch over the dirt. I trellis the tomatoe plants and cucumbers so the tomatoes can grow up and leave circulation between the plants. I also spray all my tomatoes with daconil before I put in the ground. Cucumbers are arse holes and are dicks to other plants, their “climbers” will grab ahold of other plants nearby and wrap around them. Don’t let your cucumbers become arse holes.


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saintsfan225
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re: Box Garden Advice
Thanks guys for the advice, I will let you all know how it turns out.


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