DIY Planter Box: Our guide to building an affordable winter veggie planter box

DIY Planter Box: Our guide to building an affordable winter veggie planter box

Finally, after months of procrastination, we built our dream planter box last weekend. It's perfect for growing winter vegetables and even has a built-in compost system, all under $150. Here's how we did it:

 

Materials:

- 6 treated pine sleepers ($96)

- Reinforcement bar ($17)

- Weed mat ($11)

- Decking trim ($25) 

Design:

We went for an interlocking design with reinforcement bars for a sturdier frame and visual interest. Note that this design can be a bit tricky for first-timers, so consider starting with something simpler.

Filling:

To fill the box, we added a layer of crushed rock for drainage, a PVC pipe for wicking, potting mix, mulch, and a valve box for food scraps. We even found a worm to add to the mix!

Seeds we planted:

Kale, silverbeet, broccoli, beetroot, onion, pyrethrum, carrot, lettuce, and spinach. We also added some Feast for Bees seed bombs to the corners for extra fun.

 

Overall, building the planter box was a rewarding and budget-friendly project. We can't wait to see how our winter veggies grow! Will you give it a try?

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