Our first Garden! Our easy & fun #DIY #Gardening Box

I have been MIA for about a week now. We just got internet (how in the world did we get by without it???) as we’ve been getting settled in our new home. It’s been chaotic, for the lack of a better word. While we’ve been unpacking like crazy, it seems that the boxes are multiplying more as we get things settled. In between unpacking, I thought I’d start a miniature garden, in the hopes that it will become something that will become a yearly tradition with our family. Here’s how we made it. I have to say that I am pretty giddy about this!

First, I started with an indoor seedling starter. I bought these at Wal-Mart for under $7.00 each. We bought two.

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In my dining room, there’s the most perfect window for sunlight to help the seedlings grow.

7 days after I planted, it was time to move the outside, but we didn’t have a garden ready. I decided to build an above ground garden box. Not only will it grow the seedlings, but it is also pretty to look at.

We started with 4 foot long 4×4 and 2×4 boards. The measurements we cut the boards to are to make a 4 x 8 box.

  • 4 – 4×4 boards, cut to 1 foot (these will be used for the corners)
  • 4 – 2×4 boards cut to 4 foot (or cut however long you want)
  • 4 – 2×4 8 foot boards

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Hubby dug 4 holes for the 4×4 boards to be inserted for the main support the other boards. The kids said he could use their dump truck to help haul the dirt to the center of the garden box.

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While hubby was securing the 2×4’s to the corner 4×4’s, we layed down cardboard instead of weed plastic. It’s eco-friendly and I am doing this as a test. I’m curious about how this will work. I’ll keep you posted. We layed cardboard to cover all the ground before spreading soil on top.

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I have never had a garden before, so I thought I thought this would be a perfect start for one. Plus, the kids are loving getting involved.

Once the boards are all secured in place, we started to fill it in with soil. Kambry loved leveling it all out.

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Why did I decide to build a garden box verses just till up the dirt that was already there? I wanted an above ground garden box. I thought it would look cute and it was fun to make. You can till up the spot you want, but regardless of what you choose, have fun and involve the family.

I gotta say, it looks pretty darn cute!

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This morning, we decided to transport all of the seedlings from the starter greenhouse to their new home. They were bursting out at the seams; literally.
DIY Gardening Box | Mommy Goggles

DIY Gardening Box | Mommy Goggles

We are growing quite the collection.

  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes
  • Cantaloupe
  • Large & Tiny Pumpkin
  • Sweet Corn
  • Peas
  • Onion
  • Watermelon
  • Carrots

Attempted Bell Pepper, but those were a bust. Whoops. After we transported the seedlings to their new home, we put up a wire fence so the dog won’t mess with them while we are out in the yard.

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We also have a garden watcher. The kids call her Birdie.

DIY Gardening Box | Mommy Goggles

Did you start a garden? I’d love to hear from you as to what some of your favorite tips and tricks are for this newbie!


  1. I love this idea! it’s so cute!

  2. Nice garden bed, Tanya! I’m thinking we may need to put a fence around ours too…. too many deer, and I’m definitely not wanting to feed the deer with all the fresh goodness. Can’t wait to get the rest of ours planted. So ready for our own fresh veggies. And watermelon and cantaloupe too. Yum!