Grow your own food!
I'm going to cut right to the chase. It doesn't matter how much or what types of food you grow, but you should grow something.
Don't let confined spaces restrict you from having fresh food. I used to have a massive garden. It measured about 100' x 20'. It was great, and I grew a lot of food.
However, time progressed and I purchased a home and had to sacrifice the space I once had. Just because I can't have a 2,000 square foot personal garden doesn't mean I can't grow food.
I went ahead and built myself a raised garden bed that I will show you how to build in the video below. Whether you decide on pots, plots, or raised beds, taking the time to grow some food will give you wonderful benefits.
Here's what you'll need to get started (for a 4' x 8' bed):
This can be done in less than an hour. The most difficult part of this project is the prep work. You need a level ground. If the area you're working in is not level, this project will not work.
Using the concrete blocks
The corners I'm using are referred to as a planter wall block. No tools are required to install them.
They are inexpensive, although I would look into store purchases because the shipping will be high on your end if you buy online.
==> Get planter wall blocks here
Another benefit to using these blocks is that you can branch off from your original box and make more beds.
Creating your own intricate network of raised beds. The best part is that you simply stack a few blocks and you're ready to build! Just be sure to hammer some rebar through the hole provided in the blocks for sturdiness.
What kind of wood should you use?
For my project I used a pressure treated Hem-Fir in 2"X6"x8' sections. It made my work that much easier due to the fact that I only had to cut three boards in half (building a 4'x8' remember?)
Pressure treated wood does contain chemicals and people will advise you not to use it. (Consider this your disclaimer) The main chemical that raised concern however was arsenic, and that has been removed in newer pressure treated wood.
However, while arsenic has been removed, the newer woods leach copper. It's not as hazardous as arsenic but it's not necessarily good for you either.
If you don't want to use pressure treated wood, I would recommend using red cedar, or redwood for your garden. It's naturally rot resistant but you will pay more for it.
It's time to assemble!
Take as much time as possible and level out the ground where the blocks and boards will rest.
This is arguably the most important step. Once that ground is level, the rest is as easy as playing with legos.
Simply set your first four blocks and slide the boards into their slots.
Check to see if everything is level, stack the rest of the blocks and set with the rebar.
Finish by sliding in the rest of the wood. Then fill it with as much soil as you need. Soil is the most time consuming (and expensive) part of the project. I would recommend getting your hands on a good quality soil, or making your own.
Check out the video below on how to build your own.