Everyone here is so useful with help! Just saying thanks along with yet
another question <grin>.
Closing out the sunroom addition thread, I have an idea to add something to
my backyard. A large long raised garden box for along the back porch. The
back porch is fully screened and has a 6 inch or so cement footer. I want
to make organic (mostly) growing space in a semi-permanent way with 2-3ft
high, 1 foot 'deep' and 16ft long boxes (8 feet each, at least 2, have room
for 44ft worth before we hit the enclosed sunroom). These can be removed
but are not truely 'movable' as they are gonna be too heavy.
Advice cheerfully accepted! I was thinking it would not be good to use the
wall of the porch (about 3ft high, vinyl sided) for any of it but to start
the boxes open to the ground at the bottom (and flush to the footer so I
dont have to weed behind them).
This would allow for ground water to drift up a bit (still have to water
So, start with a framed box of PT 2x4 then nail PT 1x6 to it for the 4
sides? Would I need a sort of riser every 2-3 feet to stabilize the box?
This could be done on the exterior and nailed firmly through to the interior
frame. I can use screws vice nails if needed but am not aware of any
advantage in this sort of construction to them and nails seem easier.
Once frame is built and wood for the sides added, I was looking to fill with
the cheaper 'garden soil' bags, mixed with perhaps some of the clay that may
be left behind after digging out the footer for the sunroom. Clay as I
recall if mixed well, helps retain water? If nothing else, will save me
some $$ on 'garden soil' (aka 'top soil').
I'm not really sure what sort of exterior 'treatment' to do on the wood but
it will be constantly damp on one side (inner). For 'looks' painting it a
dark brown semi-gloss would be best match to rest of house. Seems we'd want
to apply seal on planks then build, then paint the outside?
Details if needed: Back side of house, has a huge porch addition. A 13ft x
11ft section on the far corner is now a sunroom enclosure. A remaining 44ft
section is a fully screened porch with a 'kneewall' about 3ft up covered
with vinyl siding in almond color.