Lego can be credited for developing the creative minds of our modern-day engineers, so what better way to develop the minds of landscapers than by using Togetherfarm building blocks to build your own garden bed?
Some form of imagination
50 x 75 mm (3 in) screws
4 mm irrigation tubing (if irrigating by automatic timer)
Premium potting mix
1. Like a pig in … Mat with his building blocks and inner child about to be released! If working on a hard surface, it’s a good idea to have some drainage underneath for the water to escape. Otherwise, you will have to deal with some water overflow. Really, it’s not a huge deal, just worth mentioning.
2. Start creating … Do we really need to explain how to use Lego?!
3. One nice design feature of these blocks is that they have screw threads that allow you to secure your creation so that bigger kids can’t come over and thieve or knock it over. So, as you construct each level, pop in a screw to hold it together. It also keeps things sturdy, and that helps in the building process.
4. Rather than having irrigation lines buried in underneath and through the soil, or placed over the top of the blocks, there is a hole that runs through each join that allows 4 mm poly tubing to fit through. It is best to run this tubing through as you build, rather than at the end.
5. When time, money and the killjoys say enough is enough, it’s almost tools down and the necessary moment to admire your work, bring in the family – keeping the little kids away – and behold the wonder!
6. Now, fill with premium potting mix, ready for planting.
7. Plant a selection of seasonal vegetables and herbs. With your building block garden so wondrous and colorful, even weeds would look great in this.
We, however, prefer varieties that are more palatable.
Finding the adventure in growing food is exactly what edible gardening is for us, and activities like this not only revitalize our relationship with the patch but help pull in those still sitting outside the veggie patch circle. More than that, they continue to change the perception that people who grow food need to have a beard and jump in excitement at the sight of good mulch.
Together farm blocks are made from 100% recycled and recyclable, UV-protected plastic. This is not a sales pitch – there’s just no hiding that this is a quality, ethically made product. Before you plan some extended leave to conquer this activity, we should warn you that these blocks can only be purchased from the USA. There is some cost, and length of time, you will need to endure to get your hands on the bricks and mortar, so plan your life accordingly.
As featured in the Spring issue of Beekman 1802 Almanac Magazine. For more check out THE LITTLE VEGGIE PATCH CO. DIY GARDEN PROJECTS by Mat Pember and Dillon Seitchik-Reardon, published by Hardie Grant