Moveable gardens are portable, and ideal for people with patios, who live in rentals, are short on space, or would like to move their garden to follow the sun. Moveable gardens are ideal for colour, but they are also brilliant for growing edible crops. Why not do a mixture of colour and crops to attract the bees to pollinate the edibles.
The sky is the limit with portable gardens; whether you DIY your planter box and add wheels or buy something ready to go like Vegepods and Elho Grow Tables, having a garden even in the smallest space is easily achievable.
What to Use
Portable spaces can be filled with flowers and edibles, and often it is a collection of pots or upcycled wooden crates, baskets or wooden pallets that are turned into planter beds or a vertical wall for plants to grow in. Otherwise, people purchase portable garden beds, and we love how easily the Vegepods and Elho Tables with lids provide ready-to-use growing spaces.
Things to Consider
Container gardening is quite different to traditional ground planting. A container has limited soil; this limits root space for plants, needs careful watering and requires supplementary fertiliser after a while. You also need to select the right plants for the space. Consider how big the plant wants to grow before making your selection and think about how much sun the area gets. If you aren’t sure what to plant, pop in and see us; we would love to help.
Add Wheels & Cages
A simple way to make more of your portable garden is to add wheels. This means you can wheel it to a hose or follow the light. Cages or obelisks are also a great thing to incorporate, and they will add height and dimension to an otherwise flat space. Having a raised garden up off the ground saves your back and knees from the strain of gardening at ground level. If you want the luxury of waist-high gardening with no bending over, the Vegepod stands are ideal.
How will you get water to your space? Do you have access to a hose or outdoor tap? When planting your moveable garden, consider adding water-saving products into the soil; we love Saturaid as it reduces water use by up to 50%. If you haven’t seen the solar-powered water timer from Gardena, it is fantastic and will work even when you are away on holiday. It doesn’t need a hose or tap to work; it just uses a bucket of water. Please have a look at our website to find out more.
Plants get all their nutrients from the soil; quality soil ensures quality plants, so don’t take the cheap option. If you are buying quality, you shouldn’t need to fertilise for another six months. What you plant will determine what you feed with. A great all-rounder for ornamentals is Oderings Total Replenish; this lasts in the soil for six months. Otherwise, if you have edibles, I recommend OceanFert. This is a slow-release fertiliser made from seaweed species. Other seaweed brands are health tonics, not fertilisers.