Growing vegetables in boxes – do it yourself!

Growing vegetables in boxes – do it yourself!
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Growing vegetables in boxes gives us the chance to have our own garden, without having to make beds. It also allows us to plant and sow plants much easier, and guarantees a more comfortable way of weeding. Let’s find out how to easily start growing vegetables in boxes yourself.

Raised beds – how do you make them?

Raisedbeds are ideal for making so-called urban gardens. They give us the opportunity to create our own beds without the need to have a garden. Boxes with soil allow you to create a garden even in a place where the land is very barren or where we do not have a separate area in which to make beds. Thanks to the boxes it will be much easier for us to create a beautiful garden, without the need to have a lot of free space. Raised beds are also a great solution for the disabled and the elderly, for whom weeding plants in the ground can be tiring.

Raised beds are easy to make yourself. Ready boxes can be bought in gardening stores. They are made of natural materials, usually wood. Thanks to the unique way of planting plants your own vegetable garden can be had much longer than in the case of placing beds in the ground. With raised beds we are sure that our plants will grow much faster. The ground in the boxes warms up faster and our plants also have better access to light. In addition, you can start growing in them earlier, thanks to the faster decomposition of organic matter in the soil. Lettuce, beet, chives, as well as beet and radishes are best suited for such cultivation.

We can build the boxes ourselves from previously prepared boards. It is important that the width of one box is at least 30 cm. Then the sowing and spreading of plants will be much easier. The boxes can be made of plastic, but wooden models are best for this purpose. In order for the soil to have a good supply of oxygen, we need to give it enough space underneath the boxes. Several small holes can be made in the boards underneath

In addition, the boxes themselves cannot be placed directly on the ground of the terrace or on the ground in the garden Make small supports that give at least a little space between the box and the ground. You can put small stakes on both sides of the box. A good way will also be to use a piece of Europallet, which you screw on both sides. This way the crate is on an elevation and the soil underneath is given adequate space. For the construction of the box it is better to use oak planks, which are much more durable. They can also be robinia boards. Before putting soil in the box, its sides and bottom should be lined with agro-fiber

How to prepare the soil in the boxes?

It is very important to nourish and loosen the soil before sowing. A popular way among many gardeners is to add twigs, straw or other organic matter to the bottom of the box as compost. Many people use tea or coffee grounds for this purpose. For better nutrition you can combine the soil with broken eggshells so that the soil gets some nitrogen which is needed for the correct pH level. Garden soil should be loosened, so it is best to put it into the boxes by hand, stirring slightly

Besides, it is worth checking the pH of the garden soil you have chosen so that it is suitable for the plants you want to plant or sow in it. Plants should be placed in rows and have their own space to grow. This allows each plant to have its own spreading roots and room to grow. The bulb holes can be placed about 4-5 cm apart from each other. A lot also depends on the type of plant, e.g. lettuce is sown about 6-7 cm apart. In such cases, we will need a slightly longer box

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