I have two new portable garden container options for this year's edibles: Easy Gardener's Instant Garden and Portable Garden Bags. I should start by saying Easy Gardener provided both of these items to me at no expense, though they did not restrict the content of my review in any way. I received the Portable Garden Bag at the P Allen Smith Garden2Blog event and the Instant Garden in a subsequent mailing.
I opened them both and set them up on my patio a few weeks ago. I am absolutely in love with the Instant Garden! It was super simple to set up and is an attractive container.
As you can see, it holds quite a lot of compost and the design is very sturdy. The only thing I wish were different is the metal supports that hold the container up. There are so many and they are positioned in such a way that the space below the planter is restricted.
I planted a mix of ornamental and edible plants. Starting at the back, going left to right, Dinosaur Kale, Peacock broccoli, lettuce of some sort, red beets (check out my fave beet and other veggie jewelry at Artifacts of Life*), and three Proven Winners 2012 Calibrachoas on the edges. These grape colored beauties will drape down and hide some of the hardware.
I absolutely recommend the Instant Garden. I think it retails for around $25...and that's cheap for any sort of container.
I also filled and planted my Portable Garden Bag with a mix of edibles and ornamentals.
It is full of carrots, with Proven Winners 2012 verbenas on the edges. This retails for quite a bit less (though I am not sure of the price), but it is definitely less sophisticated in appearance. It comes in three sizes (S,M,L) and is about as flexible as it comes, in terms of accommodating space requirements. I like this option for flexibility, but for appearance, not so much. I am also not so nuts about the way the bag...well...bags out on the sides. The lack of structure looks a bit sloppy to me. When I use this next year, I will probably use it as a liner for this green crate (part of the batch of unusal containers I bought at GoodWill.)
I think I might investigate the measurements for the larger size. It would be a perfect way to cover the hardware of the other. If not, I am going to staple in some recycled plastic landscape cloth and use the crate for squash or melons of some sort.
Have you tried either of these products? What was your experience?
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