Seedboxes have recently increased in popularity. These boxes are small, flat containers that you can fill with dirt and then use to grow plants of your choice. In urban areas, it’s particularly popular to create seedboxes and grow some of your own food, such as vegetables or herbs. Creating a seedbox can be low cost and allows anyone to get involved with gardening, indoors or outdoors. Here are the most important materials you’ll need in order to create your own seedbox.

Space

While seedboxes do not take up much space, you do need some amount of room in order to create your seedbox. Whether you’re keeping the seedbox in your home, on a ledge, or in an outdoor area, you need enough room to set up the box. You also need space for your supplies, such as soil, seeds, food, and water. For some plants, you may need to move them to larger containers as they outgrow the seedbox, so make sure you have space for those containers as well. However, you do not need much space and most living areas have enough room for seedboxes.

Materials

As you begin creating your seedbox, you’ll need certain materials. You could create your own seedbox by using wood and building it as you like or you can choose from pre-assembled materials. The two main types of seedbox designs are a completely open layout with a large space for plants to grow or a box with individual sections for plants so they do not interfere with each other. Overall, you can design your seedbox how you want, as long as you make sure there’s enough room for plants to grow and the seedbox has proper drainage.

Light

Most plants, especially vegetables, require a certain amount of light in order to grow properly. You’ll want to position your seedbox somewhere that it receives adequate light. Another alternative if you have the space and funds is to invest in ultraviolet lights that you can turn on and off as the plants require it.

Food & water

Other materials you’ll need once you begin setting up your seedbox are food and water. You need to plant your seeds in quality soil that nurtures their growth. Learn what soil and food is best for what plants and then use accordingly. Once you have soil down and your seeds planted, remember to water them as each plant requires. Giving them the correct amounts of water is one of the keys to seedbox success.

Seeds

As you start your seedbox, you’ll need to choose an array of seeds for what you want to grow. Learn what seeds work best in the conditions you have and how they grow with one another. If you’re just starting out with urban gardening, look for plants that are easier to grow.

Some knowledge

While seedboxes are fairly easy to build and use, some knowledge is required to successfully grow your plants. There are plenty of books available that you can purchase or find at a local library. You can also find a lot of blogs online that discuss how to successfully create a seedbox, so take a look at those as well when starting yours. Finally, do some research on the kinds of plants you’ll be growing so you know what type of care they need.