Well after a few attempts we finally have a standing and working salad box! Hooray!
The construction of the box was not too difficult - we pretty much followed the instructions to a T! First, we gathered all of the materials and supplies and used two small tables as our worktable.
We were able to move them around to hold the salad box as it was being constructed. This picture was taken just after putting a few of the framing pieces together. We had the local Ace Hardware store, where we purchased most of the materials, cut the wood to the appropriate size. We don't yet own a power saw!
Our next step was to finish out the frame and then add the netting on the bottom. Although the netting looked good and taut, once I added the soil it sagged quite a bit. Even though we added a ton of staples, the sagging was not good. So we ended up returning to the hardware store to purchase a stronger net — more like chicken wire — and added that to the bottom of the salad box. While the soil was in it. That was interesting. Just in case you don't know, the salad box is for growing herbs, and lettuces, spinach type of plants. Some of my favorite things to eat! Keep reading to see the finished salad box!
The last thing we had to figure out was how to make it stand. The seeds in the box must be able to drain and we want it raised to reduce Peter Rabbit's ability to eat up all the goodies! We tried several different options, from old bed posts (not such a good idea) to unused table legs but in the end, just went with some old bricks I found behind my garage and an old five-gallon paint can. Not exactly pretty but so far it is doing the trick! We added the netting on top to reduce the birds from grabbing the seeds and will pull it off once the plants start growing.
This was the box about two weeks ago, already have greens coming up! I will post updated pics soon!
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