Grow up! (off the ground)

Written by Doug Oster on .

blog grow upThis elevated garden planting box is filled with cool weather crops. I hope to harvest all winter. Photo by Doug Oster

After speaking at the Green Thumb Workshop in Meadville a few weeks ago I was introduced to the folks from Aaron's Homestead Products. They were showing off this elevated garden planting box.

They come in other colors but I had to have the pink, 10 percent of the price goes to cancer research and I love pink. Only a real man can garden in a bed that color.

There's a interesting back story to the creation of these elevated boxes. A family member who loved to garden got cancer, beat it, but had mobility issues. Now she could garden again in an elevated planting box.

The planter is shipped in a box and was very easy to put together. Although I have some fun spoofing the directions in the video below, once I built one, the second could be put together in less than half the time. I'm the most unhandy person on the planet, and found building the elevated bed pretty simple.

The quality of all the components is top notch. The metal parts are powder coated and all the hardware was top notch. The wood is cedar which is naturally rot resistant. Every piece matched up perfectly when building the bed.

This was perfect for my garden as I sited the bed right outside the kitchen door. I'm growing a variety of cool weather greens in the box. They will benefit from the protection the house provides and will be easy to pick at dinner time.

The planters come in two heights, 30 inches and 36.

I'm looking forward to harvesting for months and I'm excited about planting something new in there next spring. I've got the winter to think about what to put in there.

Check out the video for some more details on the planting box.


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