This year I’m trying my hand at container gardening! The dirt in our above ground garden needs a break this summer, but I still want some veggies, so a container garden was my solution. We also have serious “pest” problems in the form of squirrels and rabbits so having our garden just steps away from our back door seemed pretty ideal (our above ground garden is further away from the house).
But since we hang our and entertain on our patio during the summer, I want to hide the buckets we are growing our vegetables in. And I think we came up with a great container garden enclosure idea!
But… the buckets aren’t so easy on the eyes.
The buckets are each approximately 12 1/2″ in diameter and roughly 16″ tall.
I sketched up some plans for my new enclosure, planning to place the buckets in 4 x 2 rows. I wanted it completely enclosed so you didn’t see any of the buckets through the enclosure so I planned to stack 1×4 planks directly on top of one another.
We purchased pre-treated wood.
Cut the 1×4’s so they are 62″ long. This will be the long side of the enclosure. The remaining 34″ piece will be used for the short side of the enclosure.
So apparently just because they’re called 1×4’s doesn’t mean they are actually 4″ tall. What??? Anyhoo, five 1×4’s stacked on top of one another should be roughly 18″ tall. Cut the 2×4’s into eight 18″ long pieces. 2 of these will fit in the inside of each corner of the enclosure
I love that the buckets are no longer the first thing you see when you look at my little garden! And the bigger my plants get, the less you even notice them.
I also love that I can remove the enclosure from the patio during the winter and move the container garden around if needed. I’m not sure I’ll go back to the above ground garden after this!