DIY Garden Boxes

I meant it when I said I am getting my backyard ready as soon as possible!  This morning we went out and bought the materials for our garden boxes.  I purchased enough material for 4 – 4’x8’ garden boxes: 36 cedar fence pickets, 2“ screws, and 1” screws.  Easy as that!

DIY Garden Boxes -

I followed the directions on this TERRIFIC website  My boxes are wider than hers were, but other than that I followed her directions exactly.

I L-O-V-E this website.  I have always had an interest in building things and I was trying to convince my husband I could build new kitchen cabinets.  That was an interesting conversation!  Not too long after, my cousin started posting pictures of these AMAZING, BEAUTIFUL items she was building – beds, dressers, all sorts of things!  How in the world was she doing this???  She gave me a helpful “things you must have” list and pointed me to Ana White’s website and I haven’t looked back since.

I don’t even have anything funny to report about this build.  I still have three more boxes to go though, so we’ll see.  The first was really easy, but a little slow-going since I had to adjust the plans to my measurements.  The boards are already cut for the other boxes so I am expecting to finish them during the baby girl’s nap time tomorrow.  It is SO exciting!  We are going to have so much space to grow some terrific veggies this year!

Here is the cut list I used to make one 4’ x 8’ box:

Using 9 boards, Cut List:

  • 4 – 1×6 Fence Pickets @ 71 3/4″ (Side Panels, I trimmed the dog ear off)
  • 8 – 1×2 Fence Pickets @ 11″ (Corner Posts)
  • 4 – 1×6 Fence Pickets @ 46 3/4″ (End Panels)
  • 2 – 1×2 Fence Pickets @ 71 3/4″ (Top Trim, I used the non-dog-eared ones from the center of the cuts)
  • 2 – 1×2 Fence Pickets @ 48″ (Top Trim, Ends)

I did as she suggested in the plans and ripped down one of the boards to get the trim pieces (so instead of 1x2s, they are actually 1 x 1 1/4).  I was able to cut one 48” trim and two 11” trims out of one 1×1 1/4.  So all the trim pieces came from one board.  I have several leftover 24” 1×6 boards from cutting the short sides (48” boards).  I am going to use these to make some smaller, taller planter boxes.  Yay!

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