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Ordered two of these to grow herbs, cherry tomatoes and shallots on my patio. For years I used pots. But after starting a small herb garden in a "self-watering" plastic planter at another home with great success, I thought I would try these. First, like other reviewers, I put the first one together only to discover the bottom of one leg was missing. Called Support for manufacturer and within a couple days had the missing part. Opened the second box and the corner of the planter was broken (probably box was dropped and cracked the plastic). Sent it back as I decided that I only needed one planter. Today we had a major rain storm and I see how the water (and soil if I had put any in it) would be super heavy. I pulled the drain plug and I'm getting the water out. I think if you have this full of soil you should open the drain whenever you have rains in your area. That will prevent the legs from breaking.
Love my little indoor garden! I read many of the reviews that it was too heavy to move, so we filled it with half packing peanuts and half dirt and it is still pretty easy to manipulate. Easy to put together and sturdy.
I live in a condo and thought I was doomed to have a small, lame garden, but I was wrong! I bought the first one of these for flowers, but after seeing how well they did, I bought a second to grow vegetables. The soil stays moist even in the summer without having to water every day, which is convenient for me since my balcony isn't plumbed for a garden hose. I love it and will buy another for spring planting!
This is a FABULOUS planter. Super easy to put together - you just need a Phillips screwdriver to screw in the 4 legs.It has a tray that separates the water area from the soil and it has a little water gauge to monitor when there is enough or too much water in the basin. It also has a spigot so you can release the extra water. The good thing is that the released water, with all of the soil nutrients, can be used to water the other plants I have.As far as the amount of soil needed - I bought two 2 cubic ft bags of organic potting soil and I used about 1.5 - 1 3/4 of the bags. I didn't tamp down the soil too solidly, so if you do, you might need a bit more of the soil.I am tired of replacing the wooden containers because they end up disintegrating and breaking apart. So, I am trying this.I LOVE that it is raised.Some reviews say the legs are not stable. I am not having that experience. Do try to get it in the position you want it BEFORE putting in the soil, unless you only want to move it a few inches - or have some REALLY strong people to move it to a new location.I did call the company to ask whether I needed to line it out of concern that the soil would drain into the water reservoir. They told me that I did not need to line it, as they addressed that in the design. We will see!So far, very pleased! Time will tell!I am going to order a few more and get rid of all of the wooden planter boxes I have!I just planted a bunch of lettuce seeds, so we'll see how it goes.Nice design. SIMPLE assembly. It's very nice lookingUPDATE 9/1/2017 - I am still in love with this planter box, so much so, I bought two more, have shown it to several friends and they each bought one or two.The pictures show Japanese eggplant, Persian cucumbers, lettuce - lots of lettuce. It's so nice to receive a product that really works., is effortless. Having it hooked up to a drip system makes it perfect.UPDATE 7/24/2020 - I am STILL in love with this planter box. I have 3 of them. They have held up well, produce amazing vegetables and fruit. I love that the water goes into a reservoir that I can reuse - I call it "tea" - it looks like tea - it's water and the nutrients from the soil - my vegetables are more robust and I attribute some of that to reusing the tea water. The price appears to have gone up a bit since I purchased it, but after 3 years of owning them, there is absolutely no wear and tear on them. They remain sturdy. I LOVE THEM!
I have been told that darker containers absorb/hold more heat from the sun which makes plants grow better. I don't know the science behind it but I planted kale in this and the same kale in a container that was a lighter color. The kale in this container is twice the size of the other one and my lettuce is growing like crazy too. The product is very well made (all the parts fit into the slots that they're suppose to), feels very sturdy and was incredibly easy to put together. You just need to have your own screw driver. This is a great raised bed. I'm 5'4 and it's the perfect height so that I don't have to strain my back to tend to my plants. I'm thinking of getting 2 more.