Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 234
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by AZMike Great container garden and great customer support
I have bought three of these 'City Pickers' gardening system. They work great and we're getting pretty good yields of vegetables out of them.
The second one we bought had two damaged wheels. (Actually, one wheel had a chip in it; and the second wheel broke while I was trying to force it into it's socket). I called the company and spoke to the receptionist. She said to send her an email with a mailing address and if possible a picture of the damaged wheels. She would take over to their customer support folks and get new wheels sent to me. Three days later I had my wheels.
Attached is a picture of two of the gardens. One garden was planted in November (left); the other garden was planted in late December. (I live in Glendale AZ). As you can see, they work great!
February 3, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DandelionMama Gardening for Dummies (like me!)
I've never left a Home Depot review before, but as I was contemplating adding a new box to my existing two City Pickers, I thought I should share my enthusiastic recommendation. My first box last year wildly exceeded my hopes and expectations. I've been trying to grow veggies in containers and a 4X4 raised bed with pretty awful results for years. I probably over planted the box: one grape tomato, one beefsteak, a bell pepper, a jalepeno and a (supposedly) dwarf cucumber. The yield of the grape tomatoes and cuke was unbelievable. They just kept pumping out fruit all summer. The jalepeno and beefsteaks did great, too. I had to fight the grasshoppers to get a few bell peppers, but the ones we got were fine.
I planted a second box with a summer squash, but vine borers got the best of it, as has happened in my raised bed previously. I don't want to use conventional pesticides, so I've just decided my squash will come from the market this year, but I will be planting both boxes with other crops, and maybe even a third. The boxes stayed outside all winter (I drained them), and seem to have held up just fine.
The only complaint I can come up with is the same as what's been said by others: the caster wheel housing is ridiculously weak. Expect at least one to break. But I didn't really move my boxes around that much, so it wasn't a big deal. I used an old set of casters I had laying around as replacements, and while they were apt to fall out if I lifted the box up, they were fine for rolling the box back or forth a short distance.
If I had a big deck, there's no telling how many of these boxes I'd have. One of my best gardening purchases ever.
March 20, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Mindlesslabor Works year round
I bought this item last Spring to raise vegetables on the back deck. Anything planted in the ground around my house was subject to being dinner for the deer and rabbits. I was pleased with the way it produced grape tomatoes and basil for my caprese salads. After the growing season I planted pansies so I would have flowers through the winter and they turned out beautifully.
March 26, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by maxdrew Great Patio Garden
I have 8 City Pickers around my pool. Last year harvested tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, sweet banana peppers, zuchini, green beans, peas, cucumbers, green peppers, carrots, strawberries and assorted lettuce. Produced more produce from those containers on a small footprint than tilling up a garden ever did for me. Make sure your tomatoes have lime and dolomite otherwise your fruit will get blossom end rot.
April 29, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by WorkingDrive Be prepared for an abundance of vegetables or fruits!
I bought City Pickers because I wanted to grow tomatoes on our patio at our home that had awful soil (rocky, clay, uneven, sloped, etc.) I followed the City Picker instructions to a 't' for prepping for tomato plants. I planted three plants, and their growth rate was incredibly fast!
Our harvest that year was 127 tomatoes from three plants that grew to 7-1/2 feet tall.
Keep in mind that the planter gets quite heavy once it is filled, watered, and growth starts to take off, but in the beginning stages with rapid Georgia weather changes (including hail storms!) it was easy enough to move in and out of the house to the back patio to prevent damage from hail and high winds.
I plan on purchasing at least three more for this growing season and trying other vegetables and fruits.
Photos: the initial planting and exactly TWO months later! (April 11th....June 11th)
February 7, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by AronInLHP Great little planter!
It was very easy to put together and only took a few minutes, and amazingly, my plants are growing very fast in the mix they recommended. My tomato already has buds and I've already made my first batch of pesto from the basil, and it's been less than three weeks since I planted them! I would've given it five stars except for a couple small things. First, there is a large rubber band that holds the mulch cover down, which is just a sheet of black plastic. The rubber band only lasted two weeks before it became brittle and broke, and the black plastic is really too hot for South Florida, the plants look a little heat stressed. I plan to take it up and put down a sheet of white plastic if I can find something to attach it with, probably the green plant support twisty tie stuff on a roll. One good recommendation I saw on another review that I will definitely do when I replant in the fall, is to put a sheet of plastic weed cloth over the aeration screen, to keep the dirt from falling through into the reservoir. That should keep my patio cleaner when I accidentally overfill the water reservoir. Overall a great product that I highly recommend!
April 8, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Grumpy This is a great Way to Garden!!!
I advise you to pull up on the tie wrapped black tray and pull out the instruction sheet while you're still in the Home Depot. You can then figure out the correct potting mix, lime additive and vegtable fertilizer needed during the set up. If a wheel stem doesn't snap in as supposed to, just wrap a bit of the packing cellophane around stem and it will be tight when inserted. I put eight starter tomatoes in and will leave in front of patio door for now while we finish out this lingering winter of April 2013'. Second unit set up and waiting for cucumber starters to arrive at my Home Depot in Seabrook New Hampshire.
April 14, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Horsetail Loved it!
I live in an apartment, so all of my garden has to be in containers. I purchased this raised bed, as I wanted to get some larger planters so that my plants had more room to grow.
I planted two tomato plants (one roma, one better boy), three celery plants, and a few flowers. The plants went *crazy*! I had to buy a bunch of 5' tall bamboo supports so that my plants could hold the weight of all the tomatoes I grew.
The celery did really well. I still had them until we had a major ice storm and got down to below 0 with the wind chill. I had my plants covered, but two of the three died. One made it through it all and is still with me now (mid March). I've had the plant almost a year now.
The flowers were great for attracting pollinators to my tomato plants.
I don't know if they have changed it, but my cover was similar to a plastic bag. I used it at first, but my plants just were not doing well. I took it off and the plants took off like crazy. The cover would just get moved around by the winds we have, which would then damage my small plants.
March 13, 2014