The pandemic has turned many into domestic hobbyists. Since the travel restrictions have limited mobility, entertainment for many has been crafts, cooking, and gardening. These activities distracted many from the frustration of not going out to places they usually enjoy. Along with the time for introspection is the news on the climate change summit. It has sparked interest in sustainable living and practical means to implement a greener lifestyle. Australians are no different; as the rest of the world reeled from Covid, so did most Aussies. As a result, many have turned to the garden as a hobby and commitment to sustainable living.
It isn’t easy to even begin a discussion on practical vegetable gardening without the proper tools, and one of the most basic is the raised planter boxes. It is an enclosed planter box with varying heights to suit your preference. You can use planters for decorative or edible gardening. Since food sustainability is a growing concern, these plant boxes might best serve as vegetable beds.
It is best, to begin with, for good quality soil. Should filling the depth of the box be too expensive for organic soil, you can consider laying the bottom layer with decaying logs or mixed compost and other organic scraps like vegetable peels or fruits. These add-ons act as fertilizer to your soil as well.
Advantages of using raised beds for vegetables
- Easy access; less stress on your back and knees.
- Covered raised beds can create a greenhouse effect and keep worms at bay
- Allows you to tailor-fit your soil quality to the need of your specific plant
- Water drainage is more accessible, helping the soil to aerate
Easy Vegetables to Plant in Raised Planter Boxes
- Carrots are relatively low maintenance, plant seeds around ¼ of an inch deep. Practice caution in watering, not to wash the seeds away; plant them successively to ensure an all-year-round harvest.
- Kale only needs around a square foot of space. It does not like direct sunlight and thrives in cold weather, so position your kale plant box under a shade. You may space kale plants approximately a foot apart in the raised bed while transplanting them into the bed. If you start with seeds, you can scatter a few seeds in the center of each square foot of space.
- Cucumbers come in two variants: bush and vining. In a raised bed, you can plant either one, but if your mattress is tiny and you want to produce vining cucumbers, you may want to consider using a trellis to support the vines.
- Lettuce makes an excellent addition to any raised bed garden. It is a cool-weather crop, but it is also a fast-growing one. You can plant these salad greens near larger plants such as tomatoes, peppers, or other vegetables like beans.
- Radishes are great since they can fill any awkward spot available, and because of the pungent smell, it is a natural pest control agent.
- Tomatoes are a multipurpose vegetable that is very simple to grow. If your raised bed is on the small side, go for a smaller tomato type, such as a cherry tomato.
Start your gardening project now.
Gardening is therapeutic. Many attest the joy of creating food from simple seeds is gratifying; simultaneously, the practice involves other family members participating in becoming eco-warriors in their own little way. Try growing your vegetables with raised planter boxes now.