Dimensions: 28″ x 14″ x 12″
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My Rating: 9.5 out of 10
The Garden Patch Grow Box Product Overview
For the easiest, weed-free, self-watering, portable garden that produces the freshest vegetables…get your hands on a Garden Patch GPO1GR-O6 Grow Box.
Before getting into what I like and dislike about this product, I’m going to tell you why my husband and I decided to purchase it in the first place. We live in New England on 10 acres of land which is mostly woods…or as some would say, forest. On any given day we can see deer, coyote, Fischer cat, bear, flocks of wild turkeys with their young and even a mountain lion rambling about looking for food and water. It’s great fun to watch the wildlife and how they interact with each other, all by just looking out of any window…and as night falls, we hear them.
We gave up on our vegetable garden located in the South West part of the yard because the animals thought of it as their own “all you can eat” buffet. So this past Spring, we purchased the Garden Patch Grow Box and set it up on our back patio, just steps from the kitchen. We now are enjoying a huge crop of tomatoes and every day 2 to 4 more are ripe and ready to pick.
The Garden Patch GPO1GR-O6 Grow Box arrived within a week and I was very excited to get it set up. All I needed to supply was potting mix and starter plants, so off I went to my local garden center and purchased two little tomato plants…two different varieties, costing me $4.
Why the Garden Patch Grow Box?
In my research, I found other brands of grow boxes at twice the price of the Garden Patch. As I’m new to this whole grow box thing…I consider this my learning summer. At Amazon.com the Garden Patch Grow Box costs $39.95 with free shipping to your door. This is extremely reasonable considering what you’re getting for your money. The grow box comes with complete instructions on how to set it up, includes specific planting suggestions and even suggestions on where to place it in your yard.
The Garden Patch GPO1GR-O6 Grow Box comes with a nutrient rich soil cover patch and planting guide. I decided on tomatoes and was a bit miffed that the guide suggested only two starter plants. Just a few months later the same two little tomato plants are over 5′ tall…now I understand. The box, itself, is extremely durable and made with UV protected polymer. It holds 4 gallons of water in the bottom well and 32 quarts pf potting mix in the planter that fits snug on top of the well.
If you want to go organic, I’d suggest putting a 3″ layer of regular potting mix in the bottom of the planter, then a 3″ layer of Black Gold (worm dung) and fill the rest of the planter with potting mix. Omit the soil cover patch altogether (it contains fertilizer) and just moisten the soil to insure the reservoir continues to function, automatically watering your plants.
If you choose to go the organic route, may I suggest egg shells? To insure the soil has enough calcium for healthy tomatoes, line the holes you dig with pulverized egg shells and mix them in with your potting mix. I’ve already started saving mine in a zip lock bag, stored in the freezer for next Spring. I’ll be all set to go.
There are many. If you live in an area like I do and are tired of picking a tomato just to find that something beat you to it by taking a bite or having your entire crop consumed, the grow box is for you.
If you’re new to gardening, this is a great way to start and you won’t feel overwhelmed. The grow box is perfect for flowers that will attract butterflies and humming birds. It’s so easy to grow your own lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers. Feel like a salad tonight? Step out your back door and pick your own freshest of the fresh.
Once you purchase your grow box, you’re all set and ready to garden. It’s very sturdy and will last for years. The company provides lots of extras you can purchase like a trellis, but you can make-shift your own, as we did. You don’t even have to order a new nutrient rich soil cover next Spring if you don’t want to.
The grow box is a wonderful way for people with RA or other physical problems to garden. It literally can open a whole new world for you. And the grow box can be put on cinder blocks or a sturdy table for those that have difficulty bending over or use a wheel chair.
And…if you are going to be away for a few days, the 4 gallon reservoir will automatically keep your precious plants watered and happy.
Size does matter…
If you live in an apartment or condominium the grow box is perfect for your deck or small patio. It’s ideal for city apartments with access to roof gardens. And if you have no time for a big garden, the grow box is the perfect size and it’s excellent for growing herbs.
And in case you didn’t know… not only are Garden Patch grow boxes made in the USA, they are made by, packaged by and shipped by disabled Americans. Reason enough to support this product and this company.
The Garden Patch Grow Box does not come with wheels so the initial placement is very important. Once it’s filled with the needed 32 quarts of potting mix and 4 gallons of water, it’s almost too heavy to move.
I highly recommend ordering your own Garden Patch GPO1GR-O6 Grow Box. I’m so pleased with mine that I intend to order a few more so I can grow my own lettuce, cucumbers and one specifically for herbs. I’m choosing to grow vegetables that are the most expensive to purchase, like tomatoes and peppers. Take a walk around your local Farmers Market and check out their prices. For the cost of 2 little starter tomato plants of just less than $4, I’m enjoying an entire summer of fresh, home-grown tomatoes every single day. I’m including them in salads, salsa, making tuna salad stuffed tomatoes and adding fresh tomatoes on pizza and in omelets.
One final thought…I’d suggest mixing in a few marigolds around your tomatoes and cucumbers to keep bugs away. I sprayed an animal repellent on the slate around my planter to deter animals from nibbling on my tomatoes. It’s environmentally safe, biodegradable and won’t harm plants or animals….it’s basically like putting hot pepper spray on your bird feeder to deter the squirrels….and the best thing? It’s working. Not a nibble yet.
I’d also suggest putting in a little piece of “mosquito dunk” in the water well to prevent mosquito larvae.
To pick out your own grow box, click here: Garden Patch GPO1GR-O6 Grow Box. It was the best bang for my buck and with my first season in full swing….I’m thrilled!
I hope you enjoyed this review and learned something new. If you have any questions, comments or would like to leave a review of your own, please leave it below. I welcome your feedback.