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In the South, we’re not all blessed with a huge yard or deck to cultivate a garden. I have a pretty large deck but a very small yard, which leaves little room to grow my garden. So, to address this issue, I created a garden on wheels. It adds color to my deck, but I also have the freedom to move it around when I need to rearrange my outdoor space for entertaining!
The Project: Mobile Garden Box
- 2 large crates
- 4 dowels measuring 1 inch x 24 inches
- 3-4 bottles of indoor/outdoor spray paint
- (16) 1-inch screws
- (8) 4-inch screws
- power drill
- 4 wheels
- Cover a flat surface outdoors or in a well-ventilated room. Lay the crates and dowels about one foot part on the covered surface.
- Apply 3-4 coats of spray paint to the dowels and the crates. Let the final coat dry for 1-2 hours.
- Flip one crate over so the bottom is facing up. Using the drill and 1-inch screws, secure the wheels in the middle of each side. Do not attach the wheels in the corners because you will be drilling the legs into the corners.
- Next, place the crate on its side. Place each dowel inside the corner of the crate and drill a 4-inch screw from the outside of the bottom through the crate and into the base of the dowel. This step is a lot easier if you have a friend to help.
- Take the second crate and set it on top of the dowels that are now attached to the inside of the bottom crate. Using 4-inch screws and the drill, drill the screws from the inside of the crate into the base of the dowels connecting the top crate to the top of dowels.
- Add your favorite annuals or herbs to your new mobile garden box.
Fun Add-On: I made a small rag banner and treated it with Scotchguard to add a little festive color.