Wondering what to do with all those old root balls from your indoor garden? Why not chuck them into a raised bed? Specifically, one of these fabric raised beds? When I first saw this it was definitely one of those "Why didn't I think of that?" moments - but who better to create a fabric raised bed than the good folks of Smart Pot? These guys have been making fabric aeration pots for many years. Now they've created a raised bed for under $40 that you can literally flip out and set up in minutes! Ingenious!
Now there's now excuse not to get growing—even if you have a gravel or concrete yard. The Big Bad Bed is a raised bed you can assemble in minutes - no tools, hammers, wooden scraps or nails!
The "Big Bag Bed" as it is affectionately known is available at indoor gardening stores and gardening centers for under forty bucks. You simply unfold, fill and get planting!
The Big Bad Bed holds 1/2 Cubic Yard of Mix and instantly gives you 13.5 square feet of growing space, more than enough room for a bumper crop of salad or heavier fruiting annuals such as peppers, cucumbers or tomatoes - you name it!
The bed measures 50" x 12" and you'll need to fill it with 100 gallons (380 liters) of growing media. That growing media could be a peat-based potting mix, or a coco-coir / perlite mix. Anoth
So how does the Big Bag Bed compare to a regular raised bed that you can fashion from a few old planks of wood? Well, it's not only weatherproof and built to last for several seasons but its fabric design means your growing media will warm more quickly in the Spring and your vegetable's roots will also benefit from being air-pruned meaning healthier roots, more feeder root hairs, and a highly-oxygenated root zone!
The Big Bad Bed also provides excellent drainage and discourages ground pests such as gophers and moles. Also, as with all raised beds, those extra few inches can make all the difference when it comes to avoiding those low flying carrot fly!
For more information visit the Smart Pot website. Proudly made in the U.S.A.