Raised Planter Buyer’s Guide
There’s no denying that gardening can be a little tough on your body. Kneeling down and bending over your flowers can take its toll, and gardeners are now turning to raised planter boxes to get their gardening fix without the strain.
Not only are these easy to access and work around, specifically for people in wheelchairs or those with less mobility, they’re also great for your plants! Elevating your herbs and flowers off the ground can help keep them away from pests and pets. Plus, most raised planters are very portable so can be moved around your garden if needed.
Not sure what to look for when it comes to finding the best raised herb planter? Check out this buyer’s guide.
Planters come in a range of designs. Traditional wooden boxes like Selections Veg Trough and Garden Grow Raised Flower Bed Planter look good in any garden, while more modern and minimalist designs are also available. Some are simple boxes, while others have self watering capabilities and storage shelves. These will be more expensive but are ideal if you don’t have time to water your plants everyday.
The size of a raised planter will also vary, with size usually measured by soil capacity. The great thing about raised planters is that your plants can be placed closer together, so every square inch is productive. This means you can grow much more in a smaller space.
If you have a small garden or balcony, a small planter is perfect. Too large a planter can make the area look crowded.
Raised planters come in a range of materials. Wooden planters are very popular and look great in just about any garden. These won’t crack in cold weather, but they do need to be treated to prevent rot.
Metal planters are also a popular choice. These are very durable but can also be very heavy, and susceptible to rust. Plastic planters are the best value for money and extremely lightweight, but less durable than wood or metal.
The height of the planter is important, as you want to be as comfortable as possible while gardening. As a general rule, waist height is the most comfortable as it means you can water, prune and harvest without bending over too much. If you’re prone to back pain while gardening, go for a planter with a height of 50cm or more.
If you are in a wheelchair, ensure there is enough space underneath your raised planter for you to access it. If you are worried about rabbits and pests, your planter should be at least 40cm above the ground.
Ease of Assembly
Most planters should be relatively easy to assemble, but read the reviews before buying. Those with reservoirs and self watering capabilities might be a little more complex, but they should come with easy to follow instructions.
An easy to assemble planter like the Keter 48L Urban Bloomer Planter and Ruddings Wood Large Raised Trough will allow you to get your bulbs planted and growing as soon as you can. Some smaller wooden and metal planters will arrive fully assembled.
Using a raised planter can prevent back pain, keep pests away from your plants and allow you to introduce a better quality of soil to your garden. The VegTrug Medium Raised Bed Planter has all these benefits, while also making an aesthetic and charming addition to any size or style of garden.