Raised bed gardening is incredibly popular among home and professional growers. Traditional raised beds use layers of wood stacked to form a box, traditionally with ground cloth or a fabric layer at the bottom of the planter to improve drainage and prevent the growth of weeds.
Here at GeoPot, we wanted to improve on the design of the traditional raised bed with our own planter, so in 2010, we introduced the GeoPlanter, a fabric raised bed solution for gardeners who want the benefits of raised beds without the potential risks, hassle or labor associated with traditional raised beds. Let’s check out 10 reasons why Fabric Raised Beds are a better buy than wooden raised beds.
10 Benefits of Fabric Raised Beds Over Wooden Raised Beds
Fabric Raised Beds like the GeoPlanter offer superior aeration of the root-zone thanks to our breathable fabric design. Aeration of the root-zone supports a healthy, thriving microbial population and discourages soil borne pathogens from taking hold and potentially affecting your grow. Superior aeration of the soil also has benefits for your roots – the fabric facilitates air pruning in your planter. Air pruning occurs when the roots near the edge of the fabric and come into contact with oxygen. Contact with oxygen in the media will stunt the outward growth of these roots, encouraging more root growth throughout the media. More roots means increased nutrient and water uptake, resulting in improved plant health and yields.
Fabric Raised Beds also offer superior drainage without the need for excessive amendment or additional drainage layers. The porous fabric naturally allows water to drain from the media once it reaches its water-holding capacity limit. Good drainage is key to maintaining an ideal level of soil moisture to support microbial populations and prevents over-watering from even the heaviest of hands. Traditional wooden raised beds will only drain from the bottom, and in a limited fashion from the sides, resulting in a media that is more prone to root-zone issues and degradation of the wooden frame.
No Risk of Wood Rot
Wooden Raised Beds have one big problem – they’re made of wood. Wood is a natural material, which means that it is more susceptible to mold, rot, and pest infestation than a fabric stock like those used in GeoPots and GeoPlanter. If not properly treated with a chemical based sealant or polymer coating, wood can also quickly degrade under typical environmental conditions and reduce the longevity of your planter boxes. In heavy salt and moisture laden conditions, wood planters can degrade even quicker, turning your hard work into a pile of rotten wood and soil. Fabric Raised Beds like the GeoPlanter use PVC piping for the framework, a UV-stabilized Polypropylene fabric for the body, and double bonded polyester thread – the same used to make sails for boats and marine vessels – to support your grow for years to come even in the most demanding of growing conditions.
Built in Trellising
Fabric Raised beds are extremely versatile, and like wooden raised beds have the ability to incorporate things like trellis cages with a simple modification. Items like the GeoPlanter Trellis Kit make converting your raised bed into a fully functional trellis-supported system a breeze. Trellising is a great way to improve yields and bolster plant structure to prevent breaking or deformed branches while evening out the distribution of your canopy.
Lightweight yet Durable
Fabric Raised Beds are considerably lighter than traditional wooden raised beds, and last much longer! When assembled, a GeoPlanter 4x4 Fabric Raised Bed weighs less than 10 Lbs.! But don’t let the lightweight design fool you, GeoPlanter Fabric Raised Beds are built tough to last for years and years after the first use. Users can expect years of quality growth and performance without worrying about
Easy to Assemble
Fabric Raised Beds like the GeoPlanter can be easily assembled in a few minutes with just a rubber mallet. This makes setup a project that can be done by all, including kids, and is a great way to get them to help out in the garden and learn about gardening. Check out this video of a GeoPlanter being assembled to see how it all comes together in no-time!
Easy to Move
Let’s face it – it can be hard finding the perfect spot for your raised bed garden. Fabric Raised Beds like the GeoPlanter give you peace of mind when looking for that perfect spot. Sun not as prominent as you thought? Fear not! Even when full, most GeoPlanter products can be easily moved due to their lightweight yet durable design (Be sure to get a friend to help for larger planters!). For Greenhouse and Cement surfaces, GeoPlanter are the ideal fabric raised bed for pallets – simply place each planter on a pallet (this also improves aeration!) and wheel them around with a pallet jack, or create a frame with castor wheels to move your planters around with ease on any surface.
Fabric Raised Beds also save the aspiring raised bed gardener time and money in their setup process. 4x4 planters are less than 50$, and even are available with free shipping on websites like Amazon and GeoPot.com – Wooden raised beds have costs that can add up quickly and require much more labor to construct. GeoPlanter Fabric Raised Beds come with all parts pre-measured and ready to go out of the box, making them ideal for getting your raised bed garden going as quickly as possible!
Available in Multiple Sizes
Fabric Raised Beds are available in a variety of sizes to fit the needs of any gardener looking to use raised beds. Check out the available sizes for GeoPlanter products here and decide which is the best fit for your garden! Deeper row planters make a great choice for root vegetables and deeper rooting plants, and square planters are the ideal solution for square-foot and commercial gardening styles. It never hurts to experiment and see what you can grow in any planter!
Great for Professionals
GeoPlanter Fabric Raised Beds are the original framed fabric raised bed. Designed for growers by growers, GeoPlanters offer unmatched returns due to their longevity, durable design, and space saving features. For commercial and professional growers, GeoPlanter has been the go to for nearly ten years, and continues to be the #1 fabric raised bed available. In addition to the savings in cost on water and nutrients, GeoPlanters improve your yields and reduce the risk of plant disease, meaning a healthier and heavier crop. For those looking to switch to raised bed cultivation, the GeoPlanter is a must have.