Building Raised Garden Boxes

Raised garden boxes are a way to increase vegetable yields by controlling the soil mixture, fertilizer, and water. They are easier to prepare, plant, water, weed, and harvest than traditional beds.

We have added raised garden boxes to our garden to reduce the effort required to have a successful garden.

Here are the steps to building a raised garden box:

  1. Buy the lumber. We used 2 inch x 8 inch x 10 foot pressure-treated boards. The boards are tall enough to contain our soil mixture. The pressure treating formula is copper-based. It will preserve the boards without introducing toxins into the garden. To build three 1 1/2 x 10 foot beds, we need seven boards.

  2. Remove the staples. The pressure-treated lumber we bought from Home Depot had lots of staples in each board to attach labels and to secure a plastic wrap used to protect the entire bundle from the weather. Staples left in the wood could cause injuries later. We used a small, flat-blade screwdriver to pry up each staple. We then could grab each staple with a pair of pliers to pull it out. A magnetic parts holder kept the staples from getting lost after they were pulled.

  3. Throw away the staples and labels. Then check the lumber to ensure that you didn’t miss any staples.

  4. Measure and cut the end boards. Each end board is 18 inches long.

  5. Cut six boards, one for each end of each box.
  6. Screw the boards together. Make a box by screwing the end boards between the 10-foot-long side boards. We used three 3-inch deck screws for each joint. A small pry bar helps line up the boards so that they are flush as we screwed them together.

  7. Repeat the assembly process for the other two boxes. We spent about 1 hour and twenty minutes on the entire process, from start to finish, to create three boxes.

Green Onions in a Pot

Green onions can easily be grown using the stems from green onions purchased at the grocery store. When you buy the green onions, make sure they haven’t trimmed all the roots off!

Prepare a pot with potting soil to about 1 to 2 inches below the top rim of the pot. We like 8 to 12 inch pots best for growing our green onions. We use Miracle Grow potting soil and have had great success.

Trim the tops of the green onions to about 1 1/2 to 2 above the “V.” Be sure to trim above the “V” where the growth occurs. If you cut below the “V,” no growth will occur. The top trimmings can be eaten.

After trimming, push the green onion stems-roots downward-into the soil about two inches, so that they don’t tip over when you water them.

The 12-inch pot holds about 18 plants, approximately 2-3 inches apart. They are closer together in the smaller pot.

Green onions prefer a cool location and don’t need a lot of light. We put them in a north-facing window with no supplemental lighting and water them about once a week. They are extremely easy to take care of and will continue to grow new tops for about a year, providing you with a continuous supply of fresh green onions tops.

When you need some green onion tops, trim the leaves above the “V.”

After about a year, they become less productive and begin producing flowers and seeds. Empty the pots and start over for another batch of home-grown green onions.