Last week, I shared some notes about when and what to plant in your boxes. Today, I'll share another place that I was able to sneak a few garden boxes without adding any extra space. These could easily be added to a fence or on the side of a house.
I noticed that we had a lot of unused area beneath our deck. There was an area that is approximately 6-7 foot tall that looked perfect for a wall of garden boxes! I had seen a similar idea on Pinterest and it looked like a perfect place to adapt it to our needs. Our deck already had the main support posts, but we added 2 other 4x4s for the support and for a place to attach our boxes. We built 8 boxes (they are 6 inches deep and have holes drilled in the bottom for drainage) and attached them to the posts with metal brackets. We then filled them "Mel's Mix", the mix recommended in the Square Foot Gardening book that is comprised of 1/3 peat moss, 1/3 vermiculite, and 1/3 compost. Then I planted things that didn't need as much space-mostly lettuce, kale, spinach, herbs, and some flowers to make sure I was attracting bees. (I even grew a few broccoli plants that were successful!) Then I painted them to make them pretty in that area. :)
The garden boxes were really successful, but I did notice that because they get full sun and they are not in the ground, they dried out much quicker than usual. So I do find that it works better for things like lettuce or herbs and I just watered more frequently. It's a great way to add some veggies to a small area at your home! We enjoyed fresh salads with our lettuce, kale, and spinach for quite a while and the kids love going outside to pick some vegetables for dinner.