The mini garden I have been wanting to start has been completed. It was super easy, and a lot of fun. To start things off you will need the following:
- Wine boxes
- Plant starters/Seeds
- Frost/Critter blanket
- Wooden steaks (if your boxes are flimsy)
- Something to prop the boxes on once complete
- Power tools
- A Manfriend to do the drilling
- Love and patience
If you have sturdy wine boxes, you will not need to reinforce the box like we did. Therefor you will not need a Manfriend, but they are fun to look at so maybe you will.
Drill that box you flannel fox. See that bucket in the background..the clout laundry detergent bucket? That was my front row seat to Manfriends playground working with wood.
As I mentioned, these boxes were collected from Trader Joe’s. We had eight boxes total. Hoarding starts at a young age my friends. This is what the boxes looked like originally.
Now you see why we have eight, these boxes are gorgeous. Despite the boxes good looks, the sides were not very sturdy. Insert woodworking Manfriend to fix the problem.
I am the mastermind behind these six holes. I can be hired with the promise of cookies as my pay.
Now the fun part-Time to get dirty! Pour your soil(s) in to the boxes and plant your goods! We used two different “dirts,” one as a base soil, and one with a fertilizer to nourish the plants. From top to bottom: Walla Walla onions, beets, swiss chard, and carrots!
If you live somewhere that has the potential of getting frost still, like we do in Washington, a frost blanket is suggested. This also acts as an insulation while protecting your goods from creatures, slugs, passing neighbors, and slugs. Did I say slugs? I hate slugs…
Lastly make sure the boxes can drain.
We set the box ends onto left over wood for elevation. I ended up moving the wood under the box near the center more to evenly distribute the weight of the soil within the box.
There you have it, making a wine box garden is THAT easy. You just need to find some sturdy wine boxes and the rest is simple. I do suggest using some form of a label to indicate which vegetables are in which box. You can spend money on something like this:
Or you can be cheap like me and use parts that came inside the boxes, saw them into pieces and use a sharpie to write on the pieces of wood (see upper right corners of completed boxes.) OR you could make something like the poop stick by using a kitchen knife, and a hot glue gun to attach a label to the knife. Perhaps this will be another DIY post for the future.
Growing a mini garden, or growing a small potted plant in your house is both fun and rewarding. Watching your plants grow is like watching your child complete grade school..I think. I don’t have children, except for my cats..but they don’t attend school. Either way it’s extremely satisfying doing this yourself!
Q: Are you planting anything this season? If so..tell me what!