My family loves gardening together. It’s a chance for us to spend time together outdoors, teaches our children about good, hard work and reduces our grocery bill by providing us meals and ready made snacks.
DIY Garden Box Construction is very simple! You can create customized garden boxes in any size or shape, using nice cedar or redwood you purchase from a lumber store, or just some scrap wood, like us. If it’s your first garden box, you may want to make a rectangle, cutting opposite sides to be the same length.
Nestled in the corner, add the bracing piece. Cut them the same height as you want your garden box. The purpose it to keep the wood secure, and to screw the side pieces into them, as Andrew is doing in this photo.
Depending on how high you want your garden box, you could be done! If you have issues with gophers or underground pests, you may want to staple wiring to cover the opening that will sit on the ground to keep the pests out of your good food.
For our kid’s garden boxes, we made them smaller in diameter, but taller in height to keep the temptation of climbing in low(er)
Next, fill with soil. We chose soil from a supply center where they can fill the back of our truck instead of soil from bags. We get the soil/compost mix.
Well, look at you! You’re almost done!!
Pick out and plant your seeds! A good tip to make caring for your garden as easy and low work as possible is to cover your garden with mulch. We use straw or sawdust (From our chicken coop that is mixed with the added benefit of chicken poop, zee best fertilizer!) That way, you won’t have to weed once your plants start growing! I know, right?
Ways to Make Gardening Fun for Kids!
Allow your kids to be as hands-on in the process as possible, allow mistakes. There is a pride of ownership that children receive when they get to be part of the process in the initial stages. Provide smaller scale tools that are actually functioning, and give them tasks in small segments so that they can feel accomplished without getting worn out.
Garden boxes are ideal for children because they are elevated and in many ways enclosed, protecting the plants as children help, play and hide around the area. Create a space that is workable yet fun.
Allow them to water, weed if needed and harvest. Explain to them how plants and food grow.
You may be surprised at how much better tasting home grown veggies are, how much your kids will want to eat and eat them, and just how darn convenient it is to walk outside, instead of drive to the store.
Your children will discover new favorite treats, my boys are favoring Beet Greens recently. The beets remain untouched as they continue to grow, but they pick and eat their green, soft leaves.
And there you have it! Your own garden boxes for good food, good work and family fun!