How To Grow A Garden In The Sand !

My first step was to choose the area I wanted to use.

This task was a bit harder for me then it is for most people due to the fact that I live in the coast in Pacific Northwest and instead of having soil in my backyard I have sand.

Here’s how you can grow you garden regardless of the ground quality:

Instead of planting in the soil, you can build raised planter boxes.

These were simple for us to build and even provided the seedlings a little protection from the wind. Each planter box requires a 3×3 foot area.

Here’s what you need to get started:

  • 4- 6ft by 6 inch fencing planks
  • 1- 4ft of 2×4
  • 32- 1.5 inch steel screws
  • Screw gun with Phillips head bit
  • Saw
  • Tape Measure
  • Pencil

QUICK TIP: Make sure that the wood has not been treated with any finish or chemical sealer. (You don’t want any chemicals to seep into your veggies.)

We need to saw the 6ft planks in half.

Take the 4- 6ft fence planks and measure 3ft marking your measurement with the pencil.
Saw the plank at your measurement. You should now have 8-3ft boards.

Next cut your 2×4 into 4- 1ft lengths. Take 2 of the 1ft lengths, spacing them 3 feet apart, and place 1 of the 3ft fencing planks horizontally lining up the ends. Place another of 3ft planks directly below the first, lining it up with the 1ft lengths. Screw the 3ft planks into your 1ft 2×4 lengths. Repeat this process with the remaining 2 2×4 lengths and 2 of the planks.

Next we are going assemble the box. Start by lining up the 2 sections with the 1ft 2×4 lengths facing each other. Take one of the 3ft planks and screw it into the 1ft 2×4 on each side. Line up the next plank above it and screw it in. Repeat this on the remaining side.
Voila! You now have a super inexpensive planter box that should look something like this:

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