The full crate is the original Little Veggie Patch Co product and still one of our favourites. Our full sized veggie crates are made from FSC approved, non-treated, 25mm a-grade pine. Measuring 1.16m by 1.16m (0.73m in height), they provide approximately 1.3m2 of growing space - with 30cm planting depth - giving plenty of opportunity to grow and harvest your own vegetables and herbs.
Crates delivered as a DIY Pack will contain all of the necessary components for a ready to plant garden, but customers get an enhanced ownership and experience by filling the crate themselves. It's often the first step in someone's gardening experience and we've worked hard to make it as easy as possible by providing everything in the exact quantities required. Every ingredient is pH balanced and organic, so once it is assembled, you can plant immediately.
DIY Full Crate Ingredients:
1 x Full Crate
1 x Bale of organic sugarcane or pea straw mulch
1 x Bag of organic fertiliser pellets
8 x Bags of organic compost
1 x Bag of cow manure
1 x Bag of organic worm castings
1 x Bag of organic potting mix
Location- Place the crate in a level position that it will catch as much light as possible. Edible plants love light, and will benefit from whatever you can grab. Ideally, this would be a position with a northerly aspect. However, don't be fussed if you don't have the perfect location, plenty of gardens still thrive in a variety of conditions.
Once the location is settled, break apart the bale of sugarcane mulch and spread it across the base of the crate.
Then, sprinkle the entire bag of fertiliser onto the mulch. As the mulch and fertiliser break down, they will slowly release a steady source of nutrients to the garden bed.
Next, empty four bags of compost.
Then the bag of cow manure.
Followed by the remaining four bags of compost into the garden bed; mix and level the soil. This makes up the bulk of the growing medium and is specially balanced for edible plants. Mature compost is pH neutral and contains all vital nutrients and trace elements that plants require to be healthy and productive.
Add the entire bag of worm castings (life). If you haven't heard, we're big fans of worm castings- not only because they smell like dark chocolate (go ahead, breathe deeply), but most importantly because they contain thousands of worm eggs, ready to colonise the garden bed.
In our experience, it is simply not enough to have nutrient rich soil, you need it to be alive. A healthy biota of living organisms and bacterium greatly enhances soil by assisting with the decomposition of organic material and conditioning nutrients so that they can be better accessed by plants. This means that the garden will remain productive for many years to come.
The final step to assembling the DIY Full Crate is to top it off with a bag of premium, organic potting mix. Although the many layers of compost below will be the engine for growth, we find that seeds and seedlings will initially do better in potting mix. It is perfectly balanced and gentle on young plants. As the garden grows, however, their roots will then tap into the vast nutrient reserves below.
That's it. As easy as packaged cake mix and a whole lot healthier. The garden is ready to plant!
To take it a step further, check out our articles on Planting Seeds and Planting Seedlings.