DIY Wine Box Vegetable Garden

If you’re going to be doing some gardening this year where space is at a premium, then try planting your vegetables in old wine cases!

Vegetables Growing in Wine Crates

Planting a vegetable garden in wine crates made out of chipboard may also suit those people who are wanting to reduce their green-house gases.

Where to Get Wine Crates

Well this is the best place to start, go on and see what you can get:  There are also a number of places locally where people could be getting rid of them for free, like liquor stores, clubs or bars in your area – just make sure that they are clean and not moldy.

If your neighborhood or city has a Facebook page, you can ask there. Someone might have some, or know of someone or some place, that does and would be willing to give them away.

In my experience, I have found that most people are happy to let you have them for free just to get rid of the cases and if not, then they will usually let you have them for a few dollars.

Benefits of Wine Crate Gardening

Growing plants in wine crates can help you save a great deal of space when compared with traditional gardening. Typically, people plant in rows in traditional gardening, so half of their garden space is devoted to the paths between rows!

A lot of space is being wasted there. With wine crates, you can plant a greater number of plants per square foot than if you planted in rows. Therefore, you will be able to harvest a lot more produce per square foot.

It is also possible to cultivate good soil more easily than with a traditional garden. Traditionally, compost is mixed with soil that has been tilled. 

Wine crate gardening also provides the benefit of not having to deal with as many weeds. You should not find as many weed seeds in the soil you place on top as there would be if it had been tilled. Fresh compost or soil mix usually doesn’t have as many weed seeds as tilled soil does. It is easy to spot and remove any weeds that do find their way into your crate garden.

Easier and More Productive

It is often much easier to maintain a vegetable garden grown in wine crates. Gardening becomes more enjoyable and more efficient when there are fewer weeds and plants are closer together. There is no better way to get more produce out of your available space, and it is generally much easier, too.

Vegetables You Can Grow In The Shade

Growing vegetables in the shade can be done with a bit of planning. For example, leafy greens such as lettuce and Swiss chard grow well in partial shade (bright sun only for part of the day); broad-leaved crops like broccoli, cabbage, kohlrabi and cauliflower prefer a little more light; root crops like carrots, radishes and turnips need full sun to grow well; while vines like beans, cucumbers and melons benefit from some shade.

Growing Lettuces

In addition, small gardens may be shady because of buildings or trees. If this is the case for you, plant vegetables that can tolerate semishady conditions. Leafy crops like spinach and lettuce are good choices for partial shade.

Trees that grow well in the garden include citrus, fig and olive trees, as well as deciduous varieties such as apple and chestnut trees. With a little imagination, you can create a shady oasis for your vegetables.

Here are some vegetables that will grow in shade:

Shade Vegetables