Raised Planting Bed Accessories
A few accessories can improve a raised bed's efficiency, help manage its growth, or simply add to its visual appeal.
Start your seeds indoors in late winter with a soil-filled peat pot or a thatched coir nest pot, which needs no soil. Once a seedling sprouts, plant the entire pot; its roots will grow right through the walls. Nest pots, $12 for 30, from Gardener's Supply Company; gardeners.com; peat pots, $4 a dozen, from Kmart; kmart.com
This perforated plastic mulch retains moisture, and the sturdy steel "ladders" support tomato vines heavy with ripe fruit. The bright color reflects red light to the plants, triggering proteins that stimulate vibrant growth, according to USDA test results. Mulch, $10; ladders, $60 for 5; both from Gardener's Supply Company; gardeners.com
Give a raised bed more dimensionality by growing vines on these steel topiary forms. Dome top, $125; Gothic spire, $100; web obelisk, $40; all from English Creek Gardens; englishcreekgardens.com
Shelter delicate plants and help retain moisture and heat in early spring with a glass cloche. Copper leading divides
the panes of this dome-shaped cloche, while the straight sides of the flat-topped cloche shelters plants up to a foot tall. Multipanel, $110; flat-top, $42; both from English Creek Gardens; englishcreekgardens.com