Planning your raised bed for spring? Here’s what grows best

Every plant has different needs, and some grow best I the ground while others grow best in a pot, raised bed, or even hydroponically. While it’s true that plants will grow no matter what, the big question is how well they’ll grow and how to decide what will work best where you want to plant them.


Outdoor gardens are the default for most gardeners, and some like their grow to be well organized, and only a raised bed will do for this type of garden. Raised beds are useful for using any blend of soil, fertilizers, and keeping your plants up and out of the way of any ground-roaming pests.

Gardener with strawberries

What’s important when planning on using a raised bed planter for your grow is knowing what is going to grow best in it. The most important aspect of this is knowing the depth of your bed, and what plants will take well to the fairly shallow area they have to root in. Geoplanter raised garden beds are some of the most durable raised beds that combine the benefits and aeration of GeoPots with a raised bed construction that requires no tools and can be put up in a matter of minutes. Available in 12” and 14” depths, there are any number of vegetables, herbs, and flowers that can be grown in them, let’s take a look:

Peppers in a geoplanter

Vegetables that do well in 12” depth: Turnips, cucumbers, broccoli, beets, lettuce, green onions, cabbage, tomatoes, carrots and peppers all do well in a planter with up to 12” of depth.

tomatoes in a geoplanter

Flowers that do well in 12” depth: Any flower will do well with 12” of depth.

Most herbs are shallow rooted and will do well with 12” of depth.

Chard and Kale in a Geoplanter

Vegetables that do well in 14” depth: All the above 12” vegetable, along with leafy greens, radishes, bok choi, fennel, broccoli, onions, leeks and chives will do well with 14” of depth.

Flowers that do well in 14” depth: Any flower will do well with 14” of depth.

Mustard Greens in a Geoplanter

Most herbs are shallow rooted and will do well with 14” of depth.

These are not exhaustive lists, by any means, and while it appears that most anything can be grown in a Geoplanter, it should be noted that vine crops – like pumpkins, winter squash and watermelons have roots that extend 24 to 36 or more inches, and support roots for longer growing seasons, making them better for growing directly in the ground. As well, flowers that grow from shrubs, like roses, may start well in a container garden, but will quickly outgrow it.

Bountiful veggies in a geoplanter

But, if you’re looking to make sure you have crisp greens for tasty summer salads, annual flowers for you table, and fresh herbs as a garnish, a Geoplanter is what you need – this season and all the seasons after!


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Can the PVC support raised beds stay outside all winter? I live in Zone 6.

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