Another of my “Best Of” selections at the 2012 ProGreen tradeshow is a new idea for container gardening called Smart Pots.
If you’ve followed my blog, you know that every year I have a big container garden of vegetables. I’ve grown all kinds of vegetables and herbs and I’ve grown them in all kinds of containers.
But this year I get to try something new: a Smart Pot aeration container I picked up at ProGreen.
The Smart Pot is a foldable fabric container that’s said to be better than plastic containers because it releases heat from the pot, aerates the root zone and stops roots from circling inside the container. That’s because the container air prunes the plant’s root structure.
There are 4 different container sizes from 7 to 20 gallons. Gardeners can grow garlic, leeks, greens, herbs, beans and small annuals in the 7-gallon size; a 20-gallon Smart Pot is made to grow tomatoes, melons, pumpkins, sweet potatoes and winter squash.
Steve McCurdy of High Caliper Growing in Oklahoma City gave me a 15-gallon Smart Pot to try in my container garden this summer. This size is perfect for planting and growing potatoes and summer squash. Cucumbers, eggplant and tomatoes can also be planted in this size of pot.
I’ve grown potatoes in a trash bag before, but something tells me this Smart Pot will produce a better yield.
In addition to the Smart Pot, Steve gave me a Compost Sak because I was curious about the reusable fabric composting containers.
These are 100-gallon containers that can produce 12 cubic feet of compost. Steve told me the breathable fabric speeds the microbial activity needed to make compost.
Another product that looks promising is the Big Bag Bed, a fabric raised bed for gardening. All you have to do is unfold the bed, set it where you want it and start planting. Gardeners can grow vegetables, herbs and flowers in these long-lasting beds.
The raised bed offers 13.5 square feet of growing space, measures 50″ x 12″, and holds 1/2 cubic yard of planting mix.
Gardeners can look for these products at garden centers and hydroponic supply stores. For more information, visit the SmartPots website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.