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:
- 6 treated pine sleepers ($96)
- Reinforcement bar ($17)
- Weed mat ($11)
- Decking trim ($25)
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.
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?