Vegetable gardening with Loni’s planter box: Maintenance Tips

Gardening tips. How to maintain a vegetable planter box. Watch Loni give tips on how to prune. Plus: download how-to plans and build your own planter box.

Just back from a wine conference in Sonoma, Loni discovers her vegetable garden is overgrown. Time to cut back and prune!

Vegetable Gardening with Loni

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  • Helen

    Like your planters, but why don't you make the planter lower to the ground so that you don't have to climb up a ladder to do the pruning? Is there a reason for a tall planter? Thanks.

  • Helen

    Like your planters, but why don't you make the planter lower to the ground so that you don't have to climb up a ladder to do the pruning? Is there a reason for a tall planter? Thanks.

  • Helen

    Like your planters, but why don't you make the planter lower to the ground so that you don't have to climb up a ladder to do the pruning? Is there a reason for a tall planter? Thanks.

    • Hi Helen – LOL. You bring up a very good point.

      I had built it on legs so that I could easily work the soil without having to bend down, Makes a lot of sense for those that are growing herbs in the planter box. The other reason was I had also designed a lower shelf for storage and any lower and the storage area would not be as useful. The sun also gets to it easier higher up as the fence casts shadows.

      Having said all this, when you bring up this point, it does make me think if I had weighed this factor to lightly in my original design. Yes, for tomatoes, a lower planter box may have been a nice compromise. I do know some readers have built this planter box without the legs and that is definitely a good option too.

      Best,
      Loni

    • Hi Helen – LOL. You bring up a very good point.

      I had built it on legs so that I could easily work the soil without having to bend down, Makes a lot of sense for those that are growing herbs in the planter box. The other reason was I had also designed a lower shelf for storage and any lower and the storage area would not be as useful. The sun also gets to it easier higher up as the fence casts shadows.

      Having said all this, when you bring up this point, it does make me think if I had weighed this factor to lightly in my original design. Yes, for tomatoes, a lower planter box may have been a nice compromise. I do know some readers have built this planter box without the legs and that is definitely a good option too.

      Best,
      Loni

    • Hi Helen – LOL. You bring up a very good point.

      I had built it on legs so that I could easily work the soil without having to bend down, Makes a lot of sense for those that are growing herbs in the planter box. The other reason was I had also designed a lower shelf for storage and any lower and the storage area would not be as useful. The sun also gets to it easier higher up as the fence casts shadows.

      Having said all this, when you bring up this point, it does make me think if I had weighed this factor to lightly in my original design. Yes, for tomatoes, a lower planter box may have been a nice compromise. I do know some readers have built this planter box without the legs and that is definitely a good option too.

      Best,
      Loni

  • Helen

    Like your planters, but why don't you make the planter lower to the ground so that you don't have to climb up a ladder to do the pruning? Is there a reason for a tall planter? Thanks.

    • Hi Helen – LOL. You bring up a very good point.

      I had built it on legs so that I could easily work the soil without having to bend down, Makes a lot of sense for those that are growing herbs in the planter box. The other reason was I had also designed a lower shelf for storage and any lower and the storage area would not be as useful. The sun also gets to it easier higher up as the fence casts shadows.

      Having said all this, when you bring up this point, it does make me think if I had weighed this factor to lightly in my original design. Yes, for tomatoes, a lower planter box may have been a nice compromise. I do know some readers have built this planter box without the legs and that is definitely a good option too.

      Best,
      Loni