You asked for it! Here's a peek at my house:
I know, the exterior leaves a lot to be desired!!
We have big plans for this space though! Imagine a thick carpet of green grass, matching furniture, tree trimming, and a little color added here and there with flowers. Oh, and also imagine a garden box! It was Nate's big weekend project...
Here he is putting that Christmas gift (circular saw) to use again!
Lowe's did a good bit of the cutting for us... we had a 16-foot plank (of six inch pressure treated lumber) cut into 4-foot sections and two 12-foot planks cut into 6-foot sections.
Here you can see the extra inches left on the 4x4's so that they can support the box from inside the ground.
With the help of a carpenter's square and a flat surface, Nate created a perfect 4 ft x 6 ft box.
After setting the box into the pre-dug holes, Nate used a staple gun to secure the weedgaurd fabric to the base.
Okay, so maybe dirt is cheap... but soil is not! Filling this 4 ft x 6 ft space cost about $70! Nate tried to save a little by filling most of the box with the cheap(er) soil and topping it with the good stuff.
Soil (the cheap stuff)- $45 (estimate)
Soil (the good stuff)- $23 (est.)
Weedfree fabric- $13.33
Screws and tools- $0 (had on hand from other projects)
Seeds and plants- $20 (est.)
Before you ask: Yes, there is walking space between the side of the house and the garden box. Yes, that is the area of the yard with the most sunlight.
We're total gardening rookies over here so if you have any tips on gardening on the cheap, just let me know! Where do you find the best prices on soil and plants?
PS I worked on a big project of my own this weekend... come back tomorrow for the details. (hint: I got to play with power tools too!)