New project this spring that is up and running–an elevated vegetable garden table planter!
After a good amount of research, I found this awesome mom-and-pop company in Cali, called Mini Farm Box, that makes all kinds of planters using cedar. It was exactly what I was looking for…perfectly sized for urban homes where you have limited space. The planters are gorgeous, it was incredibly easy to put together, and it’s very sturdy. I love the clean, minimalist design–no chunky, knobby, unnecessary decorative accents. I may have gotten my sister on board with using Mini Farm Box planters for her Brooklyn terraces too this summer!
Here’s the planter on Day 1 (this is a 2’x4′ raised bed table garden):
I used a square-foot gardening approach, so I had 8 squares to work with. I started with seedlings for some of the plants and planted seeds for others. For soil, I used Baccto potting soil, mixed in about a cup of E.B. Stone’s Tomato and Vegetable Food into the top 6-8 inches of soil. Then poured a little E.B. Stone Sure Start mix into each seed hole before covering it up.
Starting with the top left square going clockwise, we planted 16 arugula, 9 spinach, 2 garlic chives, 2 parsleys, 1 cherry tomato, 2 basil with 2 parsley, 16 carrots, and 2 leaf lettuces.
The arugula, leaf lettuce and carrots sprouted by Day 6. I couldn’t stop staring at the little sprouts:
The oregano is growing fast, with healthy fuzzy leaves. The bottom two “branches” of the plants were only about a centimeter long when I planted them. And it smells like heaven when you rub the top buds just a little.
For some reason the cilantro’s lost the original pungent cilantro smell that it came with when I bought the seedling. Not sure why that is but I hope it still works in a salsa!