My father in law, Gheorghe, is the gardener of the family. He often walks into the house with produce grown right outside in our soil. He asked me to make him a simple cedar garden box for his garden. So I made him one. And then I made him another one.
I wanted to improve the design, so I kept making them. I posted a listing for the box on Facebook Marketplace. And then the orders started flooding in. Next thing I know, I had made and sold more than 100 of them. It’s been a surreal experience.
I gradually changed and improved the design with only a few parameters in place. It needed to have one foot of interior depth for soil. And I wanted to keep it super simple. I have a tendency to complicate designs where a simple design would suffice. So I made a conscious effort to not do that. Two cedar boards on the bottom and on every side…that’s it.
I also wanted to keep it affordable so that customers could buy as many of them as they needed. After the initial frenzy of orders, I had to raise my price on the box a couple of times. But finally I arrived to a fair price that justified the time and materials I was putting into them.
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