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How To

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What you need for your plants
  • 6 - 8 hours sunlight for your plants to grow.
  • Be aware of wind, some plants don't like it and others dry out fast.
  • Be aware of shade some plants like shade, most don't.
  • Be aware when - what season to plant your plants.
  • Check what plants suit your area,ask at a plant nursery.

How to plant up the Edible Island Planter.
  • Check weight capacity of your balcony or rooftop, wet potting mix is heavier than dry.
  • Drop (100 liters) roughly 2 and a half bags of potting mix suitable for your plants into the planter.
  • Check at the nursery what potting mix is suitable for your plants. Natives need less nutrient, citrus also need their own potting mix which is different to vegetable potting mix.
  • Dig a hole for your plants. You can add Crystal Clear to help maintain moisture ( follow instruction on the container ). Well water your plants after planting them.
  • If you are planting dwarf fruit trees on balconies or rooftops, attach them to the wall so they don't blow away.
  • Feed while trees are blossoming through to autumn with potash feed such as liquid sea weed. Keep well watered.
  • If plants get too hot in mid summer pop a shade cloth or umbrella over them.
open base 1
The base with large hole for a hose
holes dark
There are 6 holes in the base for drainage. 
Wheels and light connection 1
Casters and light connection.
1 wesite Lemon
Don't put herbs near roots of a citrus they will compete and often need different soils

Watering and good soil / potting mix are the most important things to remember to have healthy plants.  

Before you put the soil in the planter its worth setting up a self watering system, especially if you are a busy person who doesn’t have much time to water plants.

You can install an easy irrigation system in the Edible Island Planter.

Click on timer
hose and hose connection 1
Push hose through Hose hole 
soak hose and hose connection 1
Click on soak hose
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Length of the soak hose and push on connection.

this one(copy)You will need
  • Water Timer
  • Hose connector
  • Soak hose.
  • Mulch
Put a water timer on your tap.

Pull your hose through the large hole in the base of the planter and attach a connector for a seep soak hose.

Place the seep soak hose slightly beneath the top soil and around your plants cover with thick mulch - Pea straw is good.

You don’t need to replace potting mix

Rotate your crops each season for example spring, potatoes, autumn, broad beans, summer, winter lettuce,

Asian greens. At the end of each season pull out old roots and sprinkle handfuls of slow release plant food across the top of the soil. If you have a worm farm regularly sprinkle “worm tea” on your veggies.

website herbs whiteGrowing Herbs in containers such as the Edible Island planters are a very practical pretty way to keep fresh, delicious flavours for your salads and food near at hand You don’t need to throw out your potting mix each year but for vegetables you do need to mix into the top layer slow releasing plant food or liquid fertiliser and dolomite.

Grow tomatoes in container gardens by making tepees with thin bamboo sticks (the longer the better) this insures large crops in small places. You can do the same for peas. Try trailing pumpkin, cucumbers and courgettes along balconies or along walls.
Growing potatoes in containers is a clean and easy way to get at your produce without having to go down to the bottom of your garden. You can easily grow them on balconies.

Fill container with 4-6 inches of vegetable potting mix (buy 2 big bags ready for the next stages), Mix in slow release organic fertilizer (read instructions on packet) or use horse manure. Put in 8 to 10 small sprouted potatoes (sprouts up) with 5 to 6 inches space around the potatoes.

Then cover with 3 inches of soil water well. Potatoes need 6-8 hours sun and to be kept moist. Wind can dry them out, but also don’t let them get boggy.

When you see little green leaves sprouting above the surface cover once again with 3 inches of veg potting mix and slow releasing fertilizer.

Repeat as they show more green shoots. Gradually the planter will fill up. You can dig the new potatoes out once the plants have flowed.

Easy Dwarf trees

Citrus, Bay, Olive

Scrambling vines

Passion fruit Kiwi, Grapes, Pumpkin, Courgette, Cucumber, Melons.

Medium plants

Lavender, Sage, Rosemary

Ground cover

Oregano, Wasabi, Lemon Balm, Strawberry, Garlic, Mint, Sorrel,
Least thirsty edible crops
Spinach Bay Nasturtium
Salad Onion Rosemary Marigold
Peas Thyme Viola
Globe artichokes Oregano  
Cape Gooseberry Lemon verbena  

Plants that like Shade Wind Resistant Plants
Salad leaves Garlic
Runner beans Olives
Parsley Gooseberry
Coriander Raspberries
Spinach Redcurrants
Radish Radish
Beetroot Strawberries
strawberries A Blue Berries

Depth of soil needed to grow plant roots.
15cm 20cm 30cm
Lettuce Tomatoes Potatoes
Tumbling Tomatoes Broad Beans Beetroot
Peas Carrots Carrots
Spinach Aubergines Rhubarb
Radishes Pumpkin Goose berry
Chives Cucumber Blue Berry
Courgettes Leeks Raspberry
Dwarf French Beans Sweet Pepper Bay
Nasturtiums Chilly  
Marigolds Melons  
Violas Rosemary  


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