Interested in gardening, but not sure where to start? One easy first step is to join our community group The Girls' Guide to Gardening. Then, if you're handy, you can try DIYing my garden box. But if you're pressed for time, you don't have to break out the lumber and electric drill to enjoy a garden box in your backyard. Instead, you can buy one that's easy to assemble, set up, and plant through Los Angeles-based company Mini Farm Box. In celebration of Earth Day on April 22, Mini Farm Box is offering a complete Ready‐to‐Grow kit for just $199 with free shipping (the box is regularly $250). The kit contains everything you need to get growing, including a four-foot-square garden box made from sustainably harvested cedar. This garden box assembles tool‐free in 10 minutes or less and comes with customized irrigation, organic heirloom seeds, a moisture gauge that tells you when to water, an organic growing manual, and a full one‐year subscription to Organic Gardening Magazine.
Keep reading for some tips on growing your raised bed garden.
Raised beds make growing easy because they provide much better drainage and aeration than conventional ground planting. This gives the plants more root space, and bigger roots mean bigger plants with lots more fruits and vegetables. When choosing the location, remember to:
- Choose a spot that gets plenty of sunlight (10+ hours a day)
- Position near a water supply (outdoor faucet, hose, or sprinkler system)
- Find a space that's convenient to your back door or outdoor area access point
- Avoid locating your box next to a high traffic area where it might be disturbed by children or pets
Interested? Lean more about Mini Farm Box and its other products.