Wood Scrap Garden Boxes

Wood scrap garden boxes

Wood scrap garden boxes are a  thrifty way to reuse, renew and restore. We had some leftover 4 x 4 posts laying in the garage collecting spiders and dirt. It seemed perfect to build a couple of small garden boxes for my vegetable garden. I wanted something to plant lettuce and spinach in that was off of the ground and easier to harvest.  My husband cut the posts into 2 foot lengths and drilled long 5 inch screws into each of the four corners of the posts. We stacked them 3 high because we had just enough to make two 2′ x 2′ boxes that were 12 inches tall. 

Garden boxes made with wood scrapsThe boxes weren’t exactly perfect because we had run out of lumber on the 2nd one so we just cut shorter pieces to fit into the slots and drilled those pieces in.  If you don’t have a drill, using a hammer and some long nail stakes will work too.  This is a project that may take two persons to manage the drilling; one for holding down the other pieces and one to do the drilling.

Once the garden boxes were done I painted them bright colors with leftover spray paint.  Orange and Purple boxes look great in the garden as a practical focal piece.  We placed them in various places to add interest to the garden.

We filled the boxes with garden dirt to the top and then I planted the lettuce seeds all over the top of the boxes. I can’t wait to get the plants growing. They will not only add interest to the garden but make it so easy to pick the fresh lettuce.

It was an easy no out-of-pocket expenses for us because we had materials. Take this idea and use what you have in the garage or if you have to purchase supplies look at the scrap lumber piles at Home Depot and Lowe’s you may find exactly what you need.






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LeAnn teaches cooking classes throughout the Salt Lake City area. Recently featured in Taste of Home Magazine, runner up in the Cache Valley Cheese Signature dish contest and Winner of Better Recipes Best Blogger Potluck Recipe. Created customed recipes for Hi Grade Meats to use in their promotions, She has been a frequent guest on Good Things Utah, featured chef on Studio 5, the CW 30 and at the Salt Lake Tribune Home and Garden Show. She recently auditioned for the Fox 13 show Master Chef. She hopes her passion and love of cooking will inspire you to cook from your pantry and create your own cuisine traditions. Her cookbook "Pantry Friendly Mexican Cooking is available at Amazon.com. She is currently working on a 2nd book titled Pantry-Friendly Anti-Aging Cooking and a video series called Cook Away Hunger.

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