It All Starts With A Trunk Full Of Wood

I didn’t anticipate that farming would require carpentry skills.

Building Materials

I don’t have a carpenters union card in my wallet. I can easily identify a claw hammer from a rubber mallet. But, don’t let that fool you. Carpentry is not something that I consider to be among my list of skills. It’s not that I can’t build things, it’s just that the outcome may be a little unpredictable.

Our farm plot at this moment is a work in progress to say the least. The soil, if you can call it that, has lots of clay in it. Weeds seem to like those growing conditions, but, apparently not vegetables. Most of the Spring seedlings have long been washed away by heavy rain. Our tomatoes are growing, but, the peppers are struggling. An intervention is needed.

After checking out what some of my farming neighbors had resorted to, I knew what needed to be done. I had to construct a couple of wooden boxes to grow my plants in. Once built, I could fill them with some nutrient rich, organic growing material and have the perfect environment to reap a giant vegetable harvest in six to eight weeks. That’s the plan anyway.

A trip to the local hardware store and I had all of the necessary components for my project. Eight, four foot pieces of lumber, a box of deck nails and an assortment of filler. I was ready to build.

In order to not reinvent the wheel, I modeled my boxes after my neighbors. Easy construction and perfect for the intended use. I picked the hottest day of the summer to date and set about my work. After about an hour of hammering, straightening and sweating, things looked pretty damn good (my assessment). Have a look.

Planter Boxes

I just needed to pull the weeds inside the boxes and fill them up. I think those bags of dirt weighed in at about seven hundred pounds total.

Planter Boxes

Now we’re talking! Those are a couple of sweet looking boxes. All ready to plant. Since our peppers were really having a tough time growing where they were, I figured I would transplant them to a new home.

Pepper Plants

Don’t they look happy? I also planted some sweet peas and bush beans. One box for each. You can see the tomatoes in the back left corner of the image. They’re hanging in there. They need to be staked though.

Just in case you were wondering, here’s my next door neighbors box.

Planter Box

I guess there’s always next year for me…

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