Building a Square Foot Garden Box (Vinyl Kit)

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9 Responses

  1. Micki says:

    Any experience with using old tires to garden in, either vegetables, herbs, or flowers? Any cautionary tales? Any methods to NOT fill in, or use non-soil materials in tire cavity which will not actually grow stuff?
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Emily says:

    Lori Ann–You do not want to use plastic. Weed mat is simply a thin dark fabric that does not allow light to penetrate, but that does allow water to drain. Some people say you can use newspaper as an alternative (lay down in sections, or several pieces on top of each other). It prevents weeds by keeping them from the light, but allows the plants you grow to drain easily.

  3. Lori Ann says:

    Do you know what “weed mat” is made of? I live in China and have never heard of it or “landscape fabric” which is often recommended for the bottoms, but I want to build these boxes. Could I just use plastic sheeting?

  4. Emily says:

    I imagine you could build a box and place it on concrete–I think you’ll find the drainage from watering will leak out and discolor the concrete, though. Some like to garden on earth because it allows the roots to continue growing down (theoretically, anyway). Weed mat will slow this at first, but eventually breaks down.

  5. MJF says:

    Can “square foot gardening” be done on a slab of concrete as long as the soil is deeper? And then, I assume, you do not need a weed mat.

  6. Emily says:

    GR–no, I used weed mat on the bottom, that’s all.

  7. GR says:

    Did you fasten a bottom to these boxes, or are you just using some sort of ground covering?

  8. Nikki says:

    I got my vinyl kit in the mail but they’ve change it. No more just snap together. They sent corner brackets so I have to use a drill to assemble and no screws included. to do it. So a trip to the hardware store to buy screws. Otherwise it looks easy and I like the snap together grid. I tried string before and it deteriorated in the hot Louisiana sun in no time. Hopefully the grids will hold up better.

    Thanks for all the great information. I found you on Youtube and was happy to see you had a blog.

    Good Gardening

    Nikki in Ponchatoula La

  9. jmmoore321 says:

    Here is the link to my garden plan from last year. I think we could make something like this in photoshop and just post as an image.