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Smart Pots 12100 Big Bag Bed Fabric Raised Bed
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- Easy to set up: just unfold, fill and grow
- 13.5 feet of growing space is enough to plant a small vegetable, flower or herb garden
- Warms quickly in the spring, releases excess heat in the summer, and provides excellent drainage for healthy plants
- Provides aeration, air pruning roots for vigorous root systems
- 50 inches wide x 12 inches tall, providing 13.5 square feet of growing area
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From the manufacturer
- No installation or construction required. Just unfold, fill and plant
- Circular shape allows you to reach the center from any position
- Weatherproof and reusable. It’ll last for years.
- Warms quickly in the spring and releases excess heat in the summer
- Provides excellent drainage and won’t hold excess water
- Air prunes the roots which causes a better root system. Healthy roots, healthy plant!
- Discourages ground pests such as gophers and moles
Smart Pots Big Bag Bed Fabric Raised Bed
Provides excellent drainage for healthy plants
The Big Bag Bed offers all the benefits of a Smart Pot in a raised garden bed. This easy to set up weatherproof bed requires no laborious installation and folds out to offer up to 13.5 square feet of gardening space that lasts for years. It warms quickly in the Spring, releases excessive heat in the Summer, and provides good drainage all year long. The Big Bag Bed also air prunes roots while protecting plants from underground pests like gophers and moles. Big Bag Beds are available in three different sizes in either black or purple.
Setting up a raised bed garden can be time consuming, back breaking and expensive. The Big Bag Bed is simple to set up, with no installation required. Just unfold, fill and plant! Raised bed kits or purchasing lumber to create a raised bed can cost hundreds of dollars, plus you have to install it. The Big Bag Bed is very inexpensive and also reusable. Expect at least 3-5 years use with the Big Bag Bed.
The Big Bag Bed is constructed from the same porous fabric as Smart Pots. This material dissipates excess heat and encourages excess water to evaporate.
The fabric has a unique ability to air prune the roots, enhancing the plants’ ability to create strong healthy roots. As roots grow they soon reach the container walls causing the roots to air prune, which also causes a natural, fibrous root structure. In hard sided containers like plastic or wood, these roots immediately start circling. A plant’s roots naturally grow laterally, penetrating the earth for nutrients and water; natural roots do not circle.
|Dimensions||50" Diameter x 12" Height||36" Diameter x 12" Height||24" Diameter x 8" Height|
|Growing Area||13.5 Square Feet||7.1 Square Feet||3.1 Square Feet|
|Capacity||13.7 Cubic Feet (100 Gal)||5.9 Cubic Feet (50 Gal)||2.1 Cubic Feet (15 Gal)|
|Best For||Large crops such as tomatoes, summer & winter squash, melons, eggplant, and asparagus.||Small flower or herb garden, beans, carrots, cucumbers, cabbage, sweet potatoes, beets, chili peppers, Brussels sprouts, peas collards.||Small flower or herb garden, onions, kale, lettuce, spinach, radish, shallots, arugula and even strawberries.|
Also Available: Bed Wetters Raised Bed Watering System
The ideal watering system for Big Bag Beds and other raised beds. Available in 3 lengths:
4-feet (ideal for Big Bag Bed Mini).
10.5-feet (ideal for Big Bag Bed Junior).
13.5-feet (ideal for Big Bag Bed Original).
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Create a raised bed in a snap with the Smart Pot Big Bag Raised Garden Bed. This handsome structure goes up in minutes and blends nicely into your landscape, offering a handy place to plant your flowers and veggies without the back-breaking work of busting sod. Dimensions: 12L x 12W x 2.4H in.. Has LCD display. Calculates total and single use water consumption. Measures 1/10th of a gallon. Housing is waterproof.
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I used a mix of (all organic) garden soil for raised beds (NOT potting soil), my own & some commercial compost dirt (I compost over winter, Colorado Boulder area gets 300 days of sun, so it works), some vermiculite to aerate and retain moisture, little bit of lime on the tomatoes side, some coir throughout and shoved uncomposted bananas, eggshells, coffee grounds & some other soft, non seeded veggie waste, straight into the soil all season.
I planted the seedlings I raised back in Feb (inside by a south facing window, in a cheap little greenhouse that can be disassembled). I placed a mint plant (chocolate mint because I like the flowers) in the middle (MUST be in a container, in the earth, not direct planted or it will take over your bed & garden !) to keep bugs at bay and it worked, I don't used any herbicides or pesticides & grow completely organic, I use Dr. Earth 706P Organic 7 All Purpose Fertilizer in Poly Bag, 4-Pound fertilizer (various ones for general and tomatoes etc)
The Coir I used, was this one and I just bought more Compressed Coconut Coir Brick, 10 Pound (lb)-Green Texan Organic Farms
I irrigated it with just micro line drippers running off a standard garden hose connected to a timer system, used one 2 gal-per-hour dripper at the bottom of each tomato plant (4 of them - 2 yellow salad pear and 2 giant heirloom and got SO MANY I ran out of room in our giant freezer after making 2 very big batches of sauce (over 60 pounds worth), eating pounds, giving bags of them away), PLUS planted eggplant (1 plant), cucumber (1 plant), summer squash (4 plants, different kinds) and a bell pepper. I increased auto watering time over the summer as they grew and rooted deeper. Very efficient & easy.
It all fit in the largest Bag Bed, Not ONE thing died or failed to produce, they all grew and all produced incredibly well all summer (some still are & it's almost mid Oct), especially the tomatoes, squash and cukes. Best growing system I ever used. EVER. Better than my raised cedar bed or whiskey barrel or other pots or ground planting and I can reuse it for at least a few years.
I'm also going to try my herbs in the upright hanging-garden style ones next season, attached to the fence, being all about efficient watering and irrigation on everything, because I have automatic timers set up on 3 garden hose lines with a 12 line micro tube manifold set up on each hose for my veggies, flowers & herbs to each bed and pot, so for a disabled person, this makes it possible for me to garden, for an able person, it makes it effortless, once set up.
It was lot of effort to set all this up, mostly the irrigation, but the Smart Pots were the absolute easiest part and WOW are they sturdy and work exceedingly well at growing anything. I'm prepping my new ones now for next year so all I have to do is turn the soil a bit, fertilize and throw my seedlings in there. Just Awesome and pays for itself in organic produce in weeks once fruiting starts.
I did also use an Earth Box to grow more tomatoes and although they produced well, it was a complete pain to water down a tube (my only manual watering, because a micro line wouldn't fill it during the timer watering I had everything on), to fill the base of the box so it would wick up water. The legs collapsed on the one I had, so I put it on the ground, but the rubber thing holding the (barely big enough) black plastic you have to use, over the plant bases snapped as soon as it got some sun and kind of flapped there all summer with the plants just holding it (I tried to tie it, but kept coming loose), but resulted in a lot of evap and the plants never got as big and fruitful as the Smart Pots plants which were a lot less effort.
Nope, not affiliated with this company in anyway, but I'll praise the product all day long.
As per his rec, I did 1/3 coco coir, 1/3 vermiculite, 1/3 organic compost, some azomite, and my veges are going wild~!!!!!
1. It has a bottom so you don't need to remove grass before using it.
2. "Mel's Mix", is recommended by many people here, but it's very expensive (1/3 vermiculite, 1/3 peat moss or coco coir, 1/3 good compost). So I used Mel's mix for the bulk of the soil, but used sand and cheap garden soil on the bottom, and Miracle-Grow for the topsoil. I can get anything to grow in this, and if I periodically add more good compost, the soil should last indefinitely.
3. Drainage is great. The breathable sides of the pot keep plants from being waterlogged. The vermiculite and peat moss in Mel's Mix also do a lot to balance the moisture. We had triple our normal rainfall this summer, and my plants did great.
4. If you put high-quality soil in this pot, you can use it to give plants a good start, and then transplant them to a different garden. I did this with my cucumber and it went crazy this year. I also resurrected some snapdragons that were on their last legs in the clearance aisle.
5. I put this around my mailbox. It was easy to cut an X through the bottom with heavy shears. I planted wave petunias in the regular clay soil surrounding the pot to hide the edges. This gave me a beautiful two-tier garden. I also put a heavy layer of mulch around the rest of of the mailbox area and set potted tomatoes on the mulch.
6. I planted lots of seasonal flowers and herbs, strawberries, and baby watermelons. When my melons started to vine, I just trained the vines over the side of the BBB and onto the mulch. After they grew even more, I moved my potted tomatoes to another location and let the vines take over.
I don't see any reason why this wouldn't last through the winter. After the sunflowers die down I plan to put in mums, then add more compost and plant bulbs for next spring. In the winter I'm sure I can dress it up with Christmas decorations and maybe a snowman. : )
I've noticed that with the raised bed, neighbor kids seem to be more careful. I've never had any problems with kids stepping on plants or picking the flowers. No problems with animals, either. I really like the raised bed concept.