New project this spring that is up and running–an elevated vegetable garden table planter!


After a good amount of research, I found this awesome mom-and-pop company in Cali, called Mini Farm Box, that makes all kinds of planters using cedar. It was exactly what I was looking for…perfectly sized for urban homes where you have limited space. The planters are gorgeous, it was incredibly easy to put together, and it’s very sturdy. I love the clean, minimalist design–no chunky, knobby, unnecessary decorative accents. I may have gotten my sister on board with using Mini Farm Box planters for her Brooklyn terraces too this summer!

Here’s the planter on Day 1 (this is a 2’x4′ raised bed table garden):


I used a square-foot gardening approach, so I had 8 squares to work with. I started with seedlings for some of the plants and planted seeds for others. For soil, I used Baccto potting soil, mixed in about a cup of E.B. Stone’s Tomato and Vegetable Food into the top 6-8 inches of soil. Then poured a little E.B. Stone Sure Start mix into each seed hole before covering it up.

Starting with the top left square going clockwise, we planted 16 arugula, 9 spinach, 2 garlic chives, 2 parsleys, 1 cherry tomato, 2 basil with 2 parsley, 16 carrots, and 2 leaf lettuces.

The arugula, leaf lettuce and carrots sprouted by Day 6. I couldn’t stop staring at the little sprouts:

Arugula sprouts on Day 6

Lettuce sprouts on Day 6

Then on Day 7 and 8, very tiny fragile spinach sprouts showed up too.

These are updated photos of the arugula too. So adorable.

The oregano is growing fast, with healthy fuzzy leaves. The bottom two “branches” of the plants were only about a centimeter long when I planted them. And it smells like heaven when you rub the top buds just a little.

Here is the basil.

For some reason the cilantro’s lost the original pungent cilantro smell that it came with when I bought the seedling. Not sure why that is but I hope it still works in a salsa!

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