My new edible planter

 

I am on a steep learning curve were edibles are concerned.  I acquired an allotment in November and have been muddling my way along ever since.  I love those bags of salad leaves so I was keen to grow my own at the allotment.  However, I can only get to the plot on average three times a week and I would like to eat salad leaves everyday.  I haven’t found a good way yet of keeping the leaves I pick at the plot fresh at home for a couple of days.  Therefore, I came to the conclusion that the only option was to find a way of growing them at home.  I have been pondering getting a raised bed for the end of the patio to go in front of what is termed the succulent theatre!  My son and I have discussed him building me a wooden raised bed but we hadn’t got far.

However, when I was watching some of the coverage of the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show I saw the answer to my problem.  During some coverage of an edible garden called the Five A Day Garden I spotted some willow raised beds.  How nice, just what I needed and it would make a nice change to more wood in that part of the patio.  A little research and with some help from twitter friends who had been at the show and I discover that the Burgon and Ball were the suppliers for the showgarden and that I can buy the willow planters from their website in a range of sizes.  A salad/herb planter was duly ordered.

It arrived flat pack and was quick to put together.  You just join the four sides to each other with zip-ties (as above) and then there is a cloth bag which goes inside the frame.  This means that you can easily move the planter around and then when you want to put it away or change the compost you just lift the bag out.

I have filled my planter with a combination of peat free compost for vegetable growing and top soil. I added the top soil to give the compost more substance and also it had a better composition for sowing seeds into.

As you can see from the top picture I have cheated a little by buying some lettuce seedlings to get the planter going.  I have also sown some more salad leaves, some Pak Choi and some spinach.  I will report back and let you know how the crops do.

6 Comments on “My new edible planter

  1. Brilliant, Helen. This is just what I need too, as I need a bed where I can grow salad in a shadier, cooler situation. These willow baskets look really attractive as well. Thank you for sharing this with me. Reference the salald you pick at the allotment. If you wash it all, use a salad spinner and then put in a plastic bag (better still those green bags from Lakeland that keep things in the fridge for longer – not sure why these work but they do) in the salad drawer in the fridge. My salad last kept in perfect condition for up to 2 weeks, much longer than the bags I used to buy at the supermarket. Christina

  2. Christina – thanks for the tip about the Lakeland bags, I will go and check them out.

  3. That’s a very attractive way to grow lettuce at home, I love the willow planter.
    We also wash, spin and put our salad leaves in plastic bags in the fridge and they last 1-2 weeks in perfect condition – may have to investigate the Lakeland bags too.

  4. I used a willow planter this year for succulents. It worked out great. With the salad greens, I potted some and other went into the ground. I found the potted ones the first to grow to eating size, and like you want, I had salad each day. But the potted ones went to seed fasted too.

  5. I planted rhubarb in a big round round willow basket earlier this year. It set off at great speed – but the slugs liked it so much we haven’t eaten even a part-stem. I’ve put nasturtiums in now so we have a huge willow basket with inappropriately little plants on top. The nice thing about this disaster is that a good-looking container can conceal a good many failures.

    Esther

  6. Quite a neat idea. I use a large pot in the drive outside the back door. Handy when you want a few leaves for a sandwich! I also keep larger quantities from the allotment in a plastic lunch box container in the fridge – works well I find as the leaves don’t get squashed then damaged which is why they usually start to deteriorate.

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