Permaculture Box


I got my guys at work to knock together a box dim (80cm x 35cm x 43cm deep) out of some old left over planks we had lying around. The bottom has a nice 5cm gap along the entire length in the middle which provides great drainage.

I followed your instructions on how to go about layering the box and planted some seedlings a little bit haphazardly, but the lettuce is growing super, almost time for a taster. I just mixed it up with some spring onions, chives, parsley, basil, a tomato plant, and some marigolds to lure the bugs.

So far so good I will be planting some beetroot and radishes in the visible gap. The soil level is about 15cm below the top on the wooden box which has been a huge advantage protecting the young seedlings from the pretty harsh Cape winds which have been decimating some of my other herbs. Watering everyday is proving to be essential.

Will keep you posted on the first fresh homegrown salad from the balcony. The little seedlings have a great view of ³the mountain² from there 😉

Thanks Sprig.


PS Photos are pretty low res.


8 Responses to Permaculture Box

  1. emme November 2, 2010 at 11:02 am #

    wa-hey, that looks easy. and so compact. i’m going to try it too when i get some spare time. ps good thinking about the wind protection lip, we’re on 4th floor and it gets pretty gusty up there too.

  2. Lyn November 2, 2010 at 12:44 pm #

    What a great idea! I have been wanting to start a permaculture garden and have very limited space, and this will solve my problem. 🙂

  3. Sprig November 2, 2010 at 10:21 pm #

    a box of joy! nice one toastie! thanks for the pics.. 🙂

  4. Niall November 3, 2010 at 7:23 am #

    hey toast … this looks amazing … nice work!

  5. sam November 7, 2010 at 8:51 am #

    Inspired by this – we went out and spent some moola on a long pot and some basil, mint, thyme, oregano and baby tomatoes….sadly I forgot the manure but have everything else to make a start at our own little chefs helper….thanks for the post and wish me goodluck. The only thing I seem to grow well in jhb are succulents!!:)

  6. Niall November 8, 2010 at 8:47 am #

    cool … send us a pic when you’ve done it Sam

  7. mol-d November 8, 2010 at 12:02 pm #

    ja sam, send the pics in… i have seen them on facebook 😉

  8. toastie November 9, 2010 at 11:57 am #

    Had my first salad of green leaves last night… delicious… everything seems to be loving the box. Grow my little ones grow.

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