Wine Box Turned Balcony-Sized Raised Bed Garden

by Fern on April 15, 2011

in How To,Inspiration

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My grandpa grew up in the Depression, during a time when you didn’t throw things out until you had absolutely gotten every single possible use out of a thing. That sort of mentality has never left my Grandpa. He saves everything. Yogurt containers and kleenex boxes line his workshop, organizing all of his nails, screws, twine, and extra wooden chopsticks (among other things). One of the things I found in his stash was a wooden wine box. Who knows where he got it, he sure doesn’t drink wine.

Well, where ever that wine box came from, it has now been converted into container for lettuce and parsley. Here’s what I did…

Prepare the Wine Box

First you have to drill holes in the bottom of the wine box, good drainage is important for container gardens. This is the kind of drill bit I used. It’s called a forstner bit and cuts perfectly round holes. You could use almost any kind of bit, or even use a regular screwdriver and large screw to make the holes.

I made a total of 8 holes and spaced them evenly around the bottom of the box so that it would drain properly.

After I drilled all the holes, I sealed the wood with an eco-friendly, low-VOC sealer from Earth Safe Finishes. Let the wine box completely cure (2-3 days) before planting.

I really like this company and their products. Earth Safe Finishes a mother-daughter owned business in California. If you want to support American green business, and need eco-friendly paints, stains, or varnishes, this is company is a great resource.

Start Planting!

Fill the box with soil to about an inch below the top of the wine box. Dig six holes and plant your favorite greens or herbs, anything with a shallow root system. I decided to take my friend Teresa’s suggestion for small-space greens and plant ‘Forellenschluss’ romaine lettuce (“speckled trout” lettuce in English). I interplanted with parsley so that I can make my own chimichurri.

Here it is all done! The project was very quick and easy. The actual work time was less than an hour. After I harvest these plants, I might plant it with Italian herbs and vegetables since the box is for chianti.

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