Enter the wooden bookcase I found abandoned on the side of an alley!! Yes, I am that person who will steal abandoned furniture from the dumpster: reduce, reuse, recycle, right?? Anyway, with some strategic planning and A LOT of heavy lifting, I was able to get the entire bookshelf and all of the soil/mulch up to the top of my building! Add some plants and patience, and I was left with a simple garden I could be proud of!
If you have the need for a temporary garden, or just don’t know what to do with that bookcase you mistakenly bought on craigslist, here is a solution. 🙂
What You Need:
- Bookcase (Make sure it’s made of wood and not laminate)
1.) Remove Shelving
If you wanted to keep the shelving and use it to divide different kinds of plants, that would probably work really well too!
2.) Drill Holes in the Back of the Bookcase
Drilling holes will create a drainage system for excess water. There is no right or wrong way to go about this. Take a large drill bit and drill holes all along the back of the bookcase.
3.) Lay Down Newspaper
Once you’ve decided where your garden is going to be placed, place it down and lay a thin layer of newspaper over the bottom. This will also help water to drain without releasing soil.
4.) Add Soil and Plants
Measure your bookcase to determine how much soil/mulch you’ll need to fill it (Length x Width x Height). Once filled you can start planting!! I chose to do one row of strawberries, broccoli, tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, eggplant, and some herbs. The sky is the limit! Talk to your local garden supplier to find out what plants grow well in your climate.
Let it grow and enjoy the fruits of your labor!! 🙂