Product: PatioGro Multilevel Growing Frame including trays and labels.
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Product Dimensions: 175 x 54 x 116 cm
Shipping Weight: 12.5kg
My score: 8/10
The problem with modern housing is that often there is no garden at all or if there is one present it cannot support directly planted in the ground. Modern backyards are often concreted or have a patio, where you have no soil to directly grow in. This can be problematic if you want to grow salads, vegetables or flowering plants, as you have no media to grow in.
You can buy a lot of containers but this will take a lot of room, so what is the alternative? You need a device that will not only look good, but will allow you to grow enough vegetables or flowers to keep any keen gardener happy, and at the same time occupy a smaller surface area. Only if this is possible?
This is not only possible but also practical if you use a PatioGro Multilevel growing frame, where you will have a full 2 square metres of growing area to grow your vegetables and plants in.
WHAT IS A PATIOGRO MULTILEVEL GROWING FRAME?
The PatioGro Multilevel Growing Frame is a three-tier growing unit that combines vertical and horizontal growing in the same unit. The unit has 12 large GroTrays which have dimensions of 17cm in width, 43cm in length and 11cm in depth. This means that the volume of compost that each GroTray holds is approximately 8 litres, and therefore the whole unit will hold 96 litres of compost. Tier 1 has 2 GroTrays, whilst Tier 2 has 4 GroTrays, and Tier 3 has 6 GroTrays.
You can use it in spring to grow your spring bulb and spring bedding flower display, or in summer where you can have a summer bedding plant display. You can mix what you grow so that you can have flowers in some tray and salads and vegetables in other trays. In autumn and winter, you can use the PatioGro frame to give an autumn and winter display of your favourite flowers.
You have a wide range of choices of what plants that you can use, and you can change it from season to season. This will ensure that there is a point of interest all year round, where the displays can be revitalized a number of times throughout the year.
WHAT MAKES THE PATIOGRO FRAME GREAT?
The PatioGro Multilevel growing frame can be used in patios or open spaces near the house. All that is required is a flat level spot in a sheltered, sunny area, away from strong winds. The beauty of the PatioGro frame is that you can 12 different displays of different crops and flowers. Think of it as like having 12 different hanging baskets but on a much larger scale.
As mentioned the 12 extra deep reusable GroTrays are deep enough to allow shallow root crops to be grown or for any bedding plant, as long as it does not have a long roots system.
The trays fit compactly into the PatioGro frame and the plants will receive enough light and air to crop and flower successfully. The other big advantage is that each tray is off the ground which eliminates slug and snail damage.
The steel frame has been powdered coated dark green, so should blend in with most back gardens found in your home. Do not worry as the PatioGro frame will not stick out like a sore thumb.
The frame itself is 175cm wide, 116cm high and 54cm deep, and is very sturdy. It weighs 12.5kg before any compost, water, and plants have been added. When the PatioGro Frame is full it will be quite heavy and should be stable in strong winds.
You can turn the PatioGro Frame into a greenhouse by buying a PVC Cover or a horticulture fleece cover, which you will have to pay extra for. If you have to go away on holiday or on business you can buy an irrigation system to provide water whilst you are away.
Extra GroTrays can also be bought in case one breaks or you want to add more trays to the unit itself.
- Can give 2 square metres of growing area over a very small (0.88 square metres) area of land use.
- You can grow 12crops or flowers at one time in deep growing trays.
- Offer protection from slug and snails.
- Strong and robust powder coated frame.
- You can add a PVC cover, horticultural fleece cover, or an Irrigation system to make it more efficient unit. This will cost you extra.
- 12 T-shaped labels are also given for free, making identification of each tray easy, especially if you have sowed seeds directly on the trays.
- Value for money.
Can be used for a number of years.
- The compost in the GroTrays will dry quickly, especially when the plant matures. This means that frequent watering is required, especially in hot summers. Watering spikes can reduce the need for this or you can purchase the irrigation system. Adding water retaining gel should also reduce the need for watering.
- Be careful not to knock the unit over. It is stable but can be easily pushed to the ground if you accidentally brush past it very quickly.
WHY SHOULD YOU BUY THE PATIOGRO MULTILEVEL GROWING FRAME?
I have personally used a PatioGro frame for a number of years to grow salad leaves, lettuces, radishes and a number of bedding plants, where they have grown with great success. This is provided that you feed your plants regularly, water them and then shelter them from strong winds. If I have had great success with the unit, so should you, especially if you want to grow vegetables or flowers in a small area.
For less than 1 square metre of occupied area, you will get 2 square metres of growing area. So it is a win-win situation.
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Happy PatioGro Growing.