Smart Pots 12100 Big Bag Bed Fabric Raised Bed
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- High Caliper Big Bag Raised Bed
- Easy to set up: just unfold, fill and grow
- This product is made in China
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From the manufacturer
The Smart Pot is the original fabric aeration container designed and manufactured at our Oklahoma City, OK headquarters since 1984. Each bag is made by hand using only the highest standards to enhance plant production and shipped worldwide from our beautiful campus.
Smart Pot Fabric Raised Beds
•The Smart Pot Raised Bed air prunes the roots.
Air pruning allows plants to use all the space inside the container for root growth resulting in bigger plants. Root growth occurs through branching, which creates more root tips and more opportunity for the plant to feed.
•The Smart Pot Raised Bed stimulates beneficial bacteria.
Our porous, non-woven fabric provides essential oxygen allowing plant roots and beneficial bacteria to breathe. Healthier roots equals healthier plants.
•The Smart Pot Raised Bed responds to climate conditions.
During hot weather the Smart Pot allows excess heat to be released protecting roots. In cold weather, the fabric warms quickly in the sun.
•The Smart Pot Raised Bed made to last.
Weather-resistant, UV resistant, and extremely durable, Smart Pots will not fray, split or crack. With over 30 years serving growers, farmers, and gardeners, millions of plants have been grown successfully using Smart Pots.
Smart Pot - Fabric Raised Bed
Easiest and Most Affordable - Smart Pot fabric raised beds cost half the price of traditional raised beds and are lightweight and reusable. Smart Pots deliver value, versatility and ease of use. Perfect for Urban Gardeners!
A Durable investment - Our fabric raised beds are stronger than similar products. Constructed with reinforced seams and strength-tested fabric, your Smart Pot won't tear when supporting even the heaviest crop.
Extend your Growing Season - The Smart Pot fabric raised bed is environmentally responsive. You can install a bed earlier in spring because it warms quickly. In late summer, the bag releases excess heat allowing longer than average growing season. Take advantage of these extra few weeks of growth!
Big Bag Bed - Available in 3 sizes and 2 colors
Big Bag Bed - Original
50" Diameter x 12" Height
13.5 Square feet
13.7 Cubic Feet (100 Gal)
Best for growing large crops such as: tomatoes, summer and winter squash, melons, eggplant and asparagus.
Big Bag Bed - Junior
36" Diameter x 12" Height
7.1 Square feet
5.9 Cubic Feet (50 Gal)
Best for growing a small flower garden or herb garden, beans, carrots, cucumbers, cabbage, sweet potatoes, beets, chili peppers, Brussels sprouts, peas and collards.
Big Bag Bed - Mini
24" Diameter x 8" Height
3.1 Square feet
2.1 Cubic Feet (15 Gal)
Best for growing a small flower garden or herb garden, onions, kale, lettuce, spinach, radish, shallots, arugula and 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.
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.