Tuesday, August 12, 2008

When you get your Garden Box home

When you take you Garden box home, there are a few things you should do to be able to enjoy them for many years.
First, place a layer of small gravel on the bottom to allow good drainage.
Second, line the inside of the box from bottom to just below the top with a fibrous weed cloth. This will allow the water to drain but won't let the soil seep out from between the boards of the panels. The wood will shrink and swell with the weather changes.
Third. give the exterior of the box a couple of good coats with a good water seal. I recommend "Thompson's" water seal. You will want to do this every year, in the early fall and early spring. Do not put any treatment on the inside of the box as this will leech into the soil and kill your beautiful plants.
Next, fill the box with the soil you intend to use and give it a good watering. Let the soil settle for a couple of days. Plant your beauties and place new soil on top and give a good watering again.
And lastly, enjoy your flowers or veggies.

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