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The Gardenista 100: Best Elevated Planter Boxes

    Garden in a box. To kick off our new Gardenista 100 guide to the hundred best garden and outdoor products for 2015, we’ve rounded up our favorite elevated box planters.

    An elevated planter box is a solution for both big and small gardens. Put a single planter box on a small deck–or five in a row in a sunny backyard with lots of space but terrible soil:


    Above: We spotted the elevated Cult Vege-tainer Planter from Belgian designer Tradewinds at this year’s Maison de Objet show in Paris, where we fell for its ergonomic (and stylishly modern) design. Made of weather-resistant wood and galvanized steel, the raised bed planter is generously sized (it accommodates a 16-inch-deep bed of soil) and in a small space, it enables you to grow a salad on a balcony.

    The planter’s 27.5-inch height makes it comfortable to tend a crop without stooping; for more information and prices see Tradewinds.


    Above: A solid wood VegTrug Patio Garden stained charcoal gray is $279 from Gardener’s Supply.

    The planter’s V-shape allows you to grow plants with deep roots (such as tomatoes) in the center, and shallow-rooted herbs and lettuces along the perimeter. The planter comes with plastic feet to protect the wood legs from wet surfaces.


    Above: From Belgian company Les Potagers De Thomas, a Table Garden (€210) made of hardwood and a fitted Wrought Iron Conservatory (€650) are sold separately. Both measure 19.6 inches square and are suitable for either outdoor or indoor use.


    Above: An Elevated Table Garden from MiniFarm Box made of untreated cedar has a lower storage shelf and is resistant to termites and rot. It measures 48 inches long by 24 inches wide by 36 inches tall; $229.

    Would you like to grow microgreens for salad? MiniFarm Box founder Conor Fitzpatrick offered 9 Tips to Grow Edible Microgreens in our Ask the Expert series.


    Above: From Farmer D, a cedar Bed on Legs arrives with pre-drilled wood pieces ready for assembly (hardware included). It measures 48 inches long by 24 inches wide (other sizes are also available); $299.95.


    Above: From French design firm Compagnie, a Babylone Indoor Planter is the ultimate window planter. Made of lacquered steel, it has a removable aluminum plant tray and a fixed lower shelf. The planter is available in two colors including white and chocolate for £974 from Made in Design.


    Above: Here’s our favorite edible garden on wheels. A FoodMap Container is made of recycled milk jugs and sits atop a weather-resitant frame made of metal tubing. With heavy duty rubber casters, it’s easy to push around; $128.

    For more about the FoodMap container, see our earlier post, An Edible Garden on Wheels.

    Are you planning to plant a portable kitchen garden this spring? For more on edible gardens, see:

    • Hardscaping 101: Design Guide to Edible Gardens.
    • 5 Quick Fixes: Shade Tolerant Herbs.
    • DIY: Windowsill Herb Garden.

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