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Above Ground Garden Boxes

Above Ground Garden Boxes

Above Ground Garden BoxesLet’s face it, the soil you have in your back yard is not ideal for growing vegetables. Additionally, most people do not have enough irrigation for lawns and decorative plants to satisfy the thirst of a vegetable garden. Don’t worry, there is a very simple solution – above ground garden boxes.

The Benefits of Above Ground Garden Boxes

Thankfully, raised bed garden boxes allow you to create soil rich in nutrients, and contain it all within the confines of your vegetable garden. Raised beds also allow you to focus the extra watering you will require into a small area, so you are still being environmentally friendly, and water wise. Above ground garden boxes also lend themselves very well to square foot gardening. When properly protected on the bottom, a raised bed vegetable garden is also gopher proof! Lastly, the ergonomics of above ground garden boxes are superior to growing crops directly in the ground as there is a lot less reaching and bending.

Where to Buy Above Ground Garden Boxes

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Frame It All SBX-GNS 8-Foot x 4-Foot x 6-Inch Raised Garden and Sandbox Kit
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Easy Garden Box 2219100 4-Foot x 4-Foot Square Steel Raised Garden Kit

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Rectangular Raised Bed

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Frame It All SBX-FNP 4-by-4-Foot Raised Garden Bed

How to Build Above Ground Garden Boxes

If you’re a do it yourself enthusiast, building your own above ground garden boxes is extremely rewarding work. In it’s simplest form, above ground garden boxes are just four pieces of wood, as long as you wish in the long dimension, and a maximum of four feet wide in the other dimension. Add some wire mesh or hardware cloth to the bottom to protect from gophers and moles, and you’re set. Remember not to ever use pressure treated wood, as the arsenic used to protect the wood will leech into your vegetables that you and your loved ones are going to eat. Lastly, be careful not to use old reclaimed wood that may have lead paint on it. Using reused or recycled equipment is a very responsible and green approach, just be careful because any contaminants in the materials you use will contaminate your precious vegetables.

Above Ground Garden Boxes Square Foot Gardening Layout

As mentioned earlier, just keep the overall dimensions in mind. Your raised beds should not be more than four feet wide, so they can be reached from either side and not exceed more than two feet of arm reach from either side.

Above Ground Garden Boxes and Square Foot Gardening Spacing

Above ground garden boxes make square foot gardening spacing very easy. When you build, or purchase a raised bed vegetable garden kit, the dimensions are going to be an exact number of feet, so it will divide down into perfect 12 inch by 12 inch squares, each one square feet.

Above Ground Garden Boxes are a must item have for a backyard garden.

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