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LSUTiger23
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Planter Box Vegetable Garden
I plan on building a 4’x8’ planter box in my back yard to grow some vegetables. Anyone who has done these before have any lessons learned or things that they wish they would have or would not have done again the next time?


gumbo2176
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re: Planter Box Vegetable Garden
First things first. Remove all the grass where the box is going to go and dig down into the soul to loosen it up. Add whatever soil you plan on using in that area, be it bagged garden soil or garden soil bought in bulk from a garden center, or your own personal mix.

Once the new soil is in place, mix it with what you dug up and turned over to get the soil blended. Then plant.

It is getting kind of late for some plants like tomatoes since the heat of July usually takes mine out but the do have some varieties that are more heat tolerant than others. I would suggest getting them already started in those 4 pack containers from a garden center because it is too late to start from seed-----that is usually done in January.

Don't crowd the plants, and without knowing what you want to grow, it is hard to give any advice since some plants get huge and take up a lot of space and some plants like tomatoes don't really like to be planted too close to one another with mold, mildew and other disease issues.


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re: Planter Box Vegetable Garden
I recommend using composite lumber instead of wood.I used Trex deck boards,oldest beds are 15 years old are still in good shape.Another option is cinder blocks.


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TDTOM
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re: Planter Box Vegetable Garden
4' is wider than you think. If the bed is against a wall or fence make sure you can reach the side against the wall or get something to kneel on.

If you are using 2X10 lumber I don't think it is necessary to strip the grass. I simply sprayed round up, but I don't think grass is going to grow through 10-12 inches of dirt.


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ABucks11
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re: Planter Box Vegetable Garden
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4' is wider than you think. If the bed is against a wall or fence make sure you can reach the side against the wall or get something to kneel on.


I made this mistake and put mine against the fence. Had to put a paver in the garden to use a step to get the back row. I ended up moving the garden 3 feet off the fence.

Grass will grow up through the bottom if you don’t kill it or remove it before putting soil on top.


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TheNolaClap
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re: Planter Box Vegetable Garden
I did a 4x10 box with just 2x10 SPF boards last year. I placed the garden in spot I wanted and laid cardboard boxes in bottom on top of grass. Read that these smoother the grass below and break down pretty quickly acting as fertilizer. No clue if it works, but my maters were awesome last year. I read up on "lasagna" gardens but was a little much for me. Filled up with top soil/mushroom compost mix and added a couple manure bags on top. I expect just regular SPF boards to last 5 years which is plenty for me. If still in house, I'll just replace.


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RaginCajunz
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Our first version was standard pine boards. We knew they would be temporary, and they lasted a few years.

Our next version was composite landscape boards stacked 2 high and tied together with strips of the same screwed in on the inside of the beds. Aside from maybe retaining wall blocks, I doubt there is a better product.

Our primary bed is a U (horse shoe) shape and it allows for easy access all around. We've then added and added through the years. At some point, I will likely redo it all and clean it up into something nicer, but this has lasted 10 years or so.

It's cluttered so ignore the other potted things. Those are waiting our pool project and final resting place in soon-to-be-built landscape beds around it.



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mohalk
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I made mine out of aluminum, which you may find crazy, but it cost about $200 in material and it will last for 50 years.




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