I think with anyone who starts or maintains a garden in the ground, the question each year is, should I try a raised garden bed this year? Do they work and do they really eliminate the headache of weeding and watering? Are they easy to build and how much time and money will I put in to them? And, of course, the magic question, will they last? Well, the eco garden system self-watering bed is that one raised garden bed that can answer those questions and more when it comes to gardening in raised beds. The Eco Garden will have less weeds and eliminate the worry of overwatering or underwatering.
The Eco Garden system gardening bed is easy to assemble and easy to plant. Manufactured out of a high grade LDPE that is food-contact ready, it will last a long time through the years with very little wear and tear. Once you have assembled your garden, the next important thing to do is find a great location for your garden. We recommend choosing a spot that gets at least 6 to 8 hours of sun. When you decide where that spot is you need to think about how to level the ground for this type of garden. The Eco garden has a reservoir tank at the bottom which holds water that should be level in order to maintain water consistently. If you have a hard surface such as cement or gravel this works well to ensure that the garden does not sink over time or become uneven making it hard to maintain a consistent water level. Having a water source close is ideal because you will need to replenish the water about every two weeks. Now that you have an ideal spot and your garden is set it is time to fill it with soil and water.
To fill your garden bed you will start with 3 cubic feet of peat moss. Spread the peat moss evenly on the bottom of the garden. This peat moss will act as a barrier and wicking source for your garden’s soil. Next you will want to add between 9 and 11 (2cu. Ft) bags of garden soil. We recommend filling the garden up to the lid on the black box that contains your float system. Most vegetables can grow in 9 inches of soil but 12 inches is preferred for some of your bigger root vegetables. The soil in your garden will settle over time as well which makes it easy to add compost after each year. We recommend an all purpose garden soil that has components of peat and compost in it and not the heavy top soil people will use in ground gardens.
Next you will attach the hose to the hose attachment below the garden and let it fill. The water will shut off when the float indicates the tank is full. You can now remove your hose and hook it up later or let it remain intact to use the sprinkler system on top.
Now that your garden is full with soil and water we recommend that you let the garden sit for two days to allow the water to wick up into the soil before planting seeds. If you have existing plants than you can plant them right away and water as needed with the sprinkler system until established. When planting your seeds consider making a garden plan to be sure you have taller vegetables to the North and shorter vegetables to the south. If your plants are vines the corners of the garden work well for the vines to grow down over the sides. Consider companion planting when deciding where to plant your vegetables. Check out our blogs on companion planting and beneficial flowers to see what works for you. Our Pinterest site also offers lots of gardening tips when planting vegetables next to each other. Now that your seeds are in the garden we suggest watering the first few days until the seeds germinate and show thru the soil. After that, just stand and watch it grow!