Easy Patio Garden

One of my Santa Monica College students wanted to put in a starter garden to try out her new found skills on a small scale. She didn’t want to invest in landscaping or permanent raised beds just yet. After a consultation and some thoughtful deliberation, we landed on a patio garden with a pre-fab raised bed.

The patio was level concrete and brick, eliminating the need to level out uneven ground (saving on labor costs). There was no grass to remove either and no irrigation to re-route.

She also didn’t want to have to bend down, so we found a raised planter with a false bottom. It stands waist high, but only requires 10″ of soil in depth. That satisfied her desire to spend less money on materials for the time being as well.

Raised Bed planter (getting 10 minutes of shade from the palm tree overhead)

Raised Bed planter (getting 10 minutes of shade from the palm tree overhead)

Once the bed was set in place and filled with soil, we packed it full of spring goodies: lettuces, chard, onions, peas, cucumbers, tomatoes and even a melon. It’s amazing how much you can fit in a garden bed using biointensive planting methods.

We installed inexpensive cages for the tomatoes and sturdy trellises for the cucumbers and peas made from composite wood. It took a few hours in total (not counting the planning stage) to bring this garden to life. Now our new gardener can grow food successfully before investing in a permanent garden.

New garden veggies

New garden veggies

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3 Responses to Easy Patio Garden

  1. Sarah Bush says:

    I love the idea of easing into gardening. It’s so important that it not be too overwhelming for newcomers. This is a beautiful little garden and it really seems to be set up for success. Good luck!

    Sarah, Sprout it Founder

    • Christy says:

      Thanks for posting Sarah. Sprout it sounds like a great site, though we have to say plainly that we do not advocate the use of any Miracle Gro products in organic gardening.

  2. Sarah Bush says:

    Absolutely. Miracle Gro is our sole sponsor for the 2013 growing season and this is reflected in the ad placements, but they have no ownership/investment in Sprout it and we look forward to other sponsors taking their lead and getting involved. That said, we don’t include any specific instructions for using Miracle Gro products in the app content because our goal is to create a platform that can be used by all gardeners, including those that use organic practices. Thanks!

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