We are fortunate here in Southern California to have a great growing season… it lasts all year! Why not start a veggie garden? Growing your own fresh vegetables is a great way to help balance out your diet and reconnect with the soil and earth.
What do you need for a veggie garden? You will need a planter box, good soil, an optional irrigation drip line, and, of course, the plants. The irrigation system may be optional; however, if you do not have one, you will need to stay on top of the watering yourself. Some folks will really enjoy that; others might prefer the convenience of an automated system.
Planter boxes can be built in many different shapes and sizes. We have a couple recommendations. First, they should be built with enough height so you can do the gardening work without stooping over too much. That is murder on your back. Also, the planter should be made out of redwood with a non toxic preservative. The redwood looks great and naturally decomposes more slowly than many other wood types. Because the soil will be consistently moist (in order to provide the proper environment for the vegetables), you will need the wood to be treated with a preservative to slow the wood’s decay. Because you will be eating what is grown in those boxes, you do not want any potentially harmful preservatives leaching into the soil from the wood.
The planter boxes should be placed in an area that gets the most sun. Sometimes it can be tricky to fit these boxes in the sunniest spot of a small yard; however, it can usually be managed.
Once the location is chosen, the boxes built, and irrigation installed, we simply import some nice, rich top soil and it is ready to go.
Veggie boxes are a great way to get involved with your landscape and provide your own fresh vegetables, fruits, and herbs year round. Contact us today for a free consultation. We would love to build custom veggie boxes for you!
Want more information about horticulture? Take a look at our horticultural blog.