The Portable Garden Box


Lacey Dog eating my sunflower plants! Eeegads!

There is nothing like having fresh vegetables at hand to pick when needed or for dehydrating, canning. I thought about growing an assortment of organic veggies in a box because when traveling and staying at a place for a season in a tiny house on wheels – one has to be prepared.  The project chosen prior to constructing the tiny house on wheels is a portable garden box. My thinking is to start on food, water, power preparations and then a shelter. After tossing the idea on what type of box to build, raised or sitting on the ground,  I opted to build a type box  found in a tutorial video on YouTube.  This box appeared to be easy to construct and the materials affordable. It can be assembled and taken apart very easily. The 4′  boards are light weight to handle, deep and lays flat when storing.

I purchased my first power drill at a hardware center store and was so delighted about its ease of use and no need for a chuck. Just twist, turn and the bit locks in place. Now how easy is that! The agricultural professional in the video assured viewers that if he could do it you could too! It is best to have a large flat level table for this project – measure out the brackets on one board with another underneath. Drill through your markings penetrating the two boards and then attach the brackets to the boards. Then align each side board individually and pencil in the respective holes prior to drilling.  My box does have a lot of practice holes but I now have the confidence to construct several more boxes and a tiny house on wheels. Make sure you make a shopping list for these hardware parts because the washers and nuts may not come with the eye bolts and are located in an entirely different spot than the eye bolts! Also, watch out and remove those horrible sticky tags placed by the store that cover up a hole on a bracket. Remove before starting!  My shopping trip was on a whim and rushed by another so this garden box came up short of eye bolts. I also recommend using all eye bolts and not mixing in regular bolts. The eye bolts are handy for the exterior insertion of your stakes. Sticks, tomato stakes holds the chicken or rabbit wire fencing in place.  Also recommended is bird netting on top. And, purchase shorter in length eye bolts so that it does not bump into an adjacent bolt. You can see why in the photo below.


Two missing bolts, make sure you allow for a shorter bolt on inside hole. Two corner brackets – top and bottom of each corner!


Wood sticks or tomato stakes are woven into the fencing and run through the eye bolt.

Cedar is expensive and the sales person suggested a pine board. So it was painted white, people and kids could have fun with this stage of the project. (Use non toxic paint) Four bags of soil for vegetables was mixed in with last falls mulching. The organic veggies planted, watermelon, tomato, cucumber,



herbs. Organic monster sunflowers are planted outside the box to the right. Lacey dog started to eat them so I had to extend the fencing around these plants. Never did I ever imagine a dog would find sunflowers edible. Overall it was fun and now can highly recommend this type of planter for people on the go! Feeling like a garden box pro!



Garden Bell



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