One Minute Tip: How to Build a Simple Planter Box

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It's Spring! Time to build your planter boxes! Here's a quick video how-to from our ever-lovely garden expert, Ben Gould.

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It's Spring! Time to build your planter boxes! Here's a quick video how-to from our ever-lovely garden expert, Ben Gould.

From Ben:
"Whenever possible, it is much more sustainable and responsible to source old/reclaimed redwood or cedar fencing. I have often found it in lots, on the side of the road or even in lumber yard dumpsters. There are no particular dimensions necessary. They can be fitted to any. It's important that every point in the planter can be accessed by the outside of it to be worked when necessary. If one is installing a planter on grass, try laying cardboard underneath it. This will prevent the grass from taking over the entire bed. The cardboard will suffocate the grass and, at the same time, transform it into energy feeding the soil below!"

• The Star: Ben Gould happened upon his passion for gardening when trying to find the most inexpensive way to travel the world through the WWOOF program in Belize and India. It has since transformed his life in beautiful and unexpected ways. He now educates children on gardening at several elementary schools in Los Angeles, has recently started his own edible garden installation business and continues to seek knowledge and learn life lessons through all of the gifts that the garden offers. He is also one of my favorite Instagrammers around. (And the lovely Linda Park offered her yard as our garden - check out her new blog on agricultural urban living: Urbn Harvest!)

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Links and Related Posts:
• Ben's favorite long-lasting and rust-resistant screws from Home Depot
Introducing Ben Gould
Three Minutes to Your Best Garden Yet

(Image credits: Rebecca Blumhagen)

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