Update! Me and @beautifultrees07 built these planter boxes today! The sun set and we ran out of screws before we could start the compost box I mentioned in previous posts but it’s a great start to a future vegetable garden! Some of the square dowels had knots in them (impossible to drill through) so we had to drill around them or be mindful of the positioning/switch out some dowels. Other than that, it was pretty smooth and easy for two people who rarely work with wood. I chose cedar instead of redwood for these boxes because it was cheaper and I hear cedar is more resistant to rotting when it comes in contact with water. All together, paying for materials and wood cutting services for two planter boxes (at home depot) cost $43 before tax ($47.05 after tax)
i need to figure out a plan for my garden asap because winter is ending and I want to get seeds in before it stops raining in socal (it never rains here so I gotta take advantage of that sweet rainwater before it leaves). my plans include a wood compost box and several raised garden beds! i’m mostly making this post for accountability and to put it out into the universe so I am forced to realize my dream garden ~
I went to Home Depot to look at pricing for cedar/redwood and different garden soils to find the best value. I took a bunch of pics so I’m going to compare and sketch it out and make myself a cost estimate and work with my space/available sunlight
Starting with building a compost box with a removable front
They were super nice about cutting the wood for me in-store because I don’t have woodcutting tools at home. I got redwood ($3.19 for a 5″ x 6′ length) but if anyone is thinking of a similar project, the cedar was $2.16 for the same length. You could probably also build this cheaper from pallets if you’re looking for a wood compost box and you want something large. I wanted something slightly more compact and custom in size because I don’t expect to have as much yard waste. In general you don’t need to spend any money to start composting but my current system is made of cinder-blocks and I wanted something more aesthetically-pleasing, durable and customizable. It’s a pain in the butt to turn compost but a removable front will hopefully make it easier!
Still waiting for these to emerge from the oven…as I kept making cookie shapes, the dough started to warm and it became harder to form so I kind of gave up and tried dough balls instead. I got these cookie forms today because I couldn’t find a cookie press, I tried using a piping bag technique but I couldn’t make it work, I think the star-shaped decorating nozzle I had was too small. Hopefully the shapes hold while they’re baking; will post results once they emerge!
I’ve gotten multiple tree stumps from the craigslist free section that fruited Oyster mushrooms, Schizophyllum commune, Turkey Tails, and 3 different slime mold species. Before my craigslist tree stump phase, I went through a craigslist brick phase (pic for evidence) where I first realized the craigslist free section could make my gardening dreams come true. Anyway, just a lil craigslist free appreciation post. Please let me know if you find any craigslist gardening treasures