Raised planters to grow vegetables or herbs in are great for several reasons: they keep your plants out of reach of dogs and chickens and whatever else is wandering around your place, you can move them into varying shades of sun/shade, you can use them if you don’t have a yard for a garden, and you don’t have to bend over to garden.
We made our planter out of bamboo, available locally in the form of long poles and strips of bamboo. I don’t have exact instructions for this, since we just sort of pieced it together. Basically, we formed a flat bottom out of strips of bamboo nailed onto longer pieces of wood. This was then fitted to the top of a frame, made out of bamboo poles.
Once the stand was all put together, we lined the bottom with old rice sacks, with holes slashed in them for drainage. Next, fill the tray (ours fits 2-3 inches of soil) with the best, most light-weight soil you can find.
The soil dries out easily because it is so shallow, so be sure to add water and nutrients regularly. Since it’s so hot and sunny here, we found that ours works best under a bit of shade.
Posted by Daphne & Ryan | Prey Veng, Cambodia