Review by Michael Smith
Haxnicks Patio Planters
Lakeland Ref: 50948 (3 Vegetable Planters)
Price: 14.95 GBP
Those planters are another product from Lakeland's new dedicated Garden Catalog that caught my attention when going through it after I received my press copy for review/preview.
You don't need a garden to “grow your own”...
Especially for small spaces, this collection of durable polyethylene sacks allows you to have your own vegetable plot on a patio, in a yard, or right next to the back door. Easy to manage and to maintain, they are great way to introduce children to growing vegetables too. And they might actually eat those vegetables if they have raised them themselves. With drainage holes at the bottom to avoid waterlogging, they have carry handles and can be reused year after year.
Those planters are, as I had guessed, and described thus in my review of the Garden Catalog, similar to the so-called builders' bags, being from about the same type of material. The only difference is that the material is not as heavy and it is also, in contrast to the builders' bags, additionally coated.
I have used builders' bags in my garden for container planting already and found them to work very well. The only drawback with the builders' one, despite the fact that they can ge had by the ton for free from building sites, is that they are rather big and once filled with soil can no longer be moved. They also take rather a great amount of compost and soil.
The Patio Planters from Lakeland have handles sewn onto the sides which I assume to be for ease of moving should one wish to after they have been filled with soil. Not something I would advise unless one would like to have a sprained back. 40 liters of compost can be heavy. In the bottom and on the bottom rim there ate a number of good sized drain holes with brass grommets and those should make for good drainage.
The Haxnicks Vegetable Patio Planters come in a pack of three containing three different sizes; Deep, Medium, and Shallow. The shallow version will make a great bed for growing mixed salad leaves and I have employed it for exactly that selfsame purpose. In due course, therefore, I hope to be harvesting from that planter.
In today's climate, and here more than just the weather and such, growing your own food locally, or at least some of it, is something that many people want to do and with planters such as these here available from Lakeland anyone can do so, even if one has bot a balcony in an apartment block. Fresh home-grown salad leaves and other vegetables are no longer out of reach for even the smallest patio or balcony. With the Patio Planters the smallest patios and balconies can become personal vegetable gardens.
Another great product available from Lakeland. The Patio Planters can be found in the Lakeland Garden Catalog on page 22/23.
In addition to the Vegetable Planters, that I am reviewing here, there are also available Kitchen Herb Planters, Strawberry Planters and Potato Planters in this series.
So, let's go and grow some veggies.
© M Smith (Veshengro), 2009
Review by Michael Smith