And the Car-den was born.
Step 1: You'll Need
-Weed blocking cloth or mesh if you've got gophers/moles--available at any nursery/some hardware stores
-Soil, plus any amendments your soil needs (compost, pearlite, fertilizer, etc)
-Veggies (seeds or sprouts)
-Bumper stickers, silver spraypaint etc. for pimping your Car bed
-Tools: shovel, rake, trowel, etc.
Car beds are expensive new, but if you can luck into some other strong enclosure, you can do this very cheaply. We have a dream of a backyard full of found-object vegetable beds. Anyone have a cast iron tub they're looking to get rid of? :-)
Since there's no construction of the box, this project can easily get set up in an afternoon.
Step 2: Site, Level and Lay Ground Cover
Site your box in an area with at least six hours of full sunlight/day if you're planting mixed vegetables.
Measure your bed, level out the ground underneath if needed, and lay the groundcloth/mesh below where your bed is going. Use the stakes to secure groundcloth.
Step 3: Place and Fill Bed
Our moist but sandy soil needed 2 bags of Amend, one of pearlite (to aerate the soil) and one of Peat Moss (for nutrients.) The vegetables love this mix and are going nuts. We planted some "control" veggies in a different area of the yard straight into the soil, and the Carden veggies are kicking their butts in terms of growth rate and general healthiness/happiness.
Step 4: Plant
UPDATE: Our zucchini is doing so well that we're repotting the peppers. We originally planted 6 zucchini plants but thinned it to 4. As the Carden grows, it only gets more fun to look at.