Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 3
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by MushroomHunter Awesome for the over 60 crowd!
I love gardening above ground with these mini raised bed planters. True, a raised bed made from rail road ties or old tires is more permanent, this is a perfect and affordable way to plant, some are even big enough to trellis in, Soft but sturdy fabric that holds its shape. They have handles to move them around but the truth is, once they are filled with soil, water and plants, the are too heavy to budge. If cared for properly you should get many years of service from them.
At the end of the gardening season, pull the plants and dump soil (in tarps to save for next year) and rinse pouches with a hose. Dry and store indoors. Buy with confidence and happy gardening!
September 5, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by vahandyman Bigger then expected, which is a + & a -
Was planning on using these collapsible planters for raised bed gardening. May still do so, but their larger than expected. I will be constructing permanent raised beds & create combination cold planter boxes made from 6 x 6 & 4 x 4 timbers VS super heavy & hard to work with rail road ties. I find these expensive, but easier than building permanent raised beds, so if someone isn't able to build raised beds themselves, these would be a more affordable way to plant in raised bed. I on the other hand can easily construct raised beds similarly sized for same cost. These are constructed with very heavy duty landscaping fabric (I buy same fabric by the roll) sewn together with handles added & they will hold their expanded shape. The handles meant to move these once filled with soil would likely pull off & be too heavy to lift. This leave you with 2 choices of what to do at end of season. Either pull out the plants,dump soil on tarp & bag it up in heavy duty bags (I'd use 3 cubic foot mulch bags tied at the top) to save for next year, spray them off with nozzle, dry and store indoors or just leave them in place as is after removing the plants at end of season. Knowing the fabric these are made of very well, if cared properly for (stitching is the weak link with these planters) they will last many years. I'll use 2 as seasonal planters VS leaving them in place due to risk of stitching rotting & third to transport plants for transplanting & any other uses around the property & garden I can think of. ;-)
October 18, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Micah love them
I've only been using them for a few weeks, but so far so good! I wouldn't try lifting with the handles after watering your plants, best to do so when it's on the dry side so as to not risk ripping the handles off. 30 gallons of soil is heavy enough. Make sure you have a pan underneath for water drainage. Since it's a breathable material water can just drain out of the sides or bottom.
September 7, 2016