Raised Garden Boxes
People are turning more to growing their own food in a homestead garden rather than purchasing from grocery stores. Pesticides and chemicals used to protect crops from bugs and help preserve veggies in transit are part of a growing health concern. Growing your own food gives you a peace of mind knowing how your food is grown. Having your own homestead garden is becoming quite popular with the prepping community. Relying on yourself to produce food is a bonus since so many today are accustomed to running to the grocery store or picking up fast food to feed themselves. Gardening is a life skill set that can literally help you survive.
Justine and myself are learning to garden not only to enjoy fresh vegetables but to also teach ourselves how to grow and preserve our food in case of an emergency. If you don’t have the room to create a traditional garden, raised garden boxes provide a great alternative for a homestead garden. Building a raised garden is easy and can be used year after year. You can produce a lot of food in such a small space if you use the space wisely. For instance, consider growing vegetables vertically when possible to preserve space.
Our garden boxes are 5 feet wide, 8 feet long and 1.5 feet high. The height is made of two 2 x 8 pressure treated boards. In each corner and midway the length of the boxes are six 4 x 4 posts to secure the frame together. If possible, use screws to fasten the outer boards to the 4 x 4 posts in case you ever want to take them apart. These boxes sit on top of the ground. With a 5 x 8 box get ready to shovel some dirt. We were lucky and found someone that wanted to give away topsoil, but it took 3-4 trailer loads to get a nice solid garden bed established. Mix in some cow manure or compost to enrich the soil instead of using granular fertilizer.
Creating a successful homestead garden can leave you filled and fulfilled! Learning how to grow your own food makes you self reliant and prepared for any situation. You also will have to learn to protect your garden from other critters that are hungry too! Chicken wire will help keep birds away from your seeds. Rabbits and deer are the usual suspects in destroying gardens. Read more online about how to protect your homestead garden.