Well, this Saturday was supposed to rain, but instead, it was a beautiful day! A few weeks ago, I built two 4′ square raised boxes. I bought 8 – 8′ x 2″ x 6″ decking boards and cut each one in half (making sure they were the same lengths, as the boards aren’t exactly 8′ even). Yes, I used a power saw and drill all by myself (after Bryan showed me where the safety on the saw was, that is)! I also bought 2 fence stakes and cut each one in 4 pieces to secure the corners of the boxes. After I finished the boxes, I called my mom to tell her what I was working on. Her first question was, “You didn’t use pressure treated lumber, did you?” My response (after my heart sank a little): “Uh, yeah, I think so, why?” She told me she didn’t think you were supposed to use pressure treated wood because it affected the soil, leaching chemicals into your plants. Well, I did a little research and turns out she was right, up until 2005! In 2005, they passed a law that removed one of three chemicals from the pressure treating process. That chemical: arsenic! So, now it’s safe to use pressure treated lumber around your garden. Phew! I was not looking forward to starting over.
Here’s a picture of one of the boxes:
I placed them in a sunny spot in my backyard. I dug out the grass and drug it to a spot that needed filled in. Then I mixed in several bags of topsoil and organic compost. I let that sit for a couple weeks, and then planted potatoes, leeks, 4 types of lettuce, spinach, cabbage, thyme, parsley, broccoli and cauliflower. I told my nephew Isaac it was a salad in the ground.
Here’s the finished product:
I still need to dig out the grass in the second box for my summer vegetables. I plan on planting tomatoes, squash, carrots, and maybe a few other things. I gave them a good watering today. Can’t wait till I eat a full salad out of nothing but my own garden vegetables.
Mar. 23, 2010: From the Inside Out said…”YUMMMM!! 😀 I actually am looking into square foot gardening….but of course since we’re renting, I have to make them moveable….http://www.squarefootgardening.com/”