Mortar trough as planter and herb bed


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Mortar trough as raised bed

The mortar trough must be prepared before the soil can be filled. For this purpose, holes are made around the lower edge of the side surfaces. Keep an even distance and drill in about five to six holes. In this way, the excess irrigation water drain. Then the bucket is placed on the bucket scooter. Break the Styrofoam into small pieces and place on the bottom of the pan. Alternatively, Lecaton (clay), stones or larger pebbles can be used as drainage. Then proceed as follows:
  • Then the planting fleece is given, so that the earth can not clog the drainage
  • Mix soil with sand and lecaton or gravel to make it more permeable
  • if no special soil from the trade is used, also mix in some compost
  • Fill the soil just below the edge of the tub
  • Cut the battens to the appropriate bucket height
  • with the selected color
  • Install around the mortar trough, connecting the wood with cross braces
  • Be careful not to damage the mortar trough on its side walls
  • otherwise irrigation water will escape later and the wooden border will swell up

The planting

After the mortar trough has been prepared and finished, the desired plants and herbs can move in. Since it is primarily a cultivation in a mortar trough to a small raised bed, of course, all plants that are suitable for such a raised bed, suitable for this bed. Added to this is the chosen location, because depending on whether it was very bright and very sunny or rather selected in the shade, the matching herbs, vegetables or blooming flowers and shrubs must be selected.
Also, it should be considered before the plant, which plants are one-year old and which are multi-annual. Because these should not be mixed in a bucket. So tomatoes, peppers and other vegetables are annual and can therefore be cultivated well together in a bucket. Perennial herbs, however, are planted together in another tub. In addition, attention must be paid to the growth height. The big plants come to the back of the wall, the smallest are used in the very front. Further questions before planting should be made as follows:
  • The herbs and plants should be used mainly for the kitchen
  • Herbs are needed for various healing methods
  • or should only fragrant and decorative plants be cultivated
Tip: If enough space is available and cultivating different types of plants and herbs, it may be convenient to arrange several mortar pans of different sizes and shapes together or in different corners.

Suitable plants and herbs

For the bed in the mortar trough, many different herbs and plants are available for cultivation. But as already mentioned, the plants in a bed should always match. But also those herbs and plants, which have the habit to spread quickly are better suited for the planting of a container, than for the garden bed planting. These include, for example, lemon balm, mint or oregano. Due to the natural stop of the side walls there is no unimpeded expansion. The following herbs and plants are suitable, among other things, for cultivation in a mortar trough:
  • chives
  • rosemary
  • thyme
  • lovage
  • tarragon
  • sage
all of which belong to perennial herbs.

Mortar trough planting


Vegetable plants which can be cultivated in a pot or bucket and thus also in a mortar trough are:
  • Tomatoes, they like it sunny, but no rain and are therefore ideal on a covered but sun-drenched terrace
  • paprika
  • eggplant
  • Cucumbers, however, must be tied up
  • Carrots, because they have enough opportunity in the mortar trough due to their height to grow down into the ground
  • it also looks like radish, radishes and other root vegetables
Tip: If you do not have your own garden but a terrace or a balcony, you can cultivate almost every vegetable and all herbs as well as decorative plants in the mortar trough. Especially the attempt makes you smart here. If the cultivation of a vegetable does not work then something different will be grown next year.

The pros and cons

Many hobby gardeners are reluctant to use mortar tubs, especially for plants that will later be used in the kitchen. For mortar tubs, when they are new, give off an unpleasant odor for some people. Therefore, many assume that this may not be good for the cultivated herbs or plants.But it can be reassured here, because it looks like this:
  • Mortar troughs are made of polyethylene or polypropylene
  • These substances do not contain plasticisers that are released into the soil and could therefore be absorbed by the plants
  • The smell of the mortar troughs comes from the filler, which consists among other things of soot
  • this is not harmful to the plants, even those used in the kitchen
  • The smell is not recognizable and perceptible to everyone
  • Smell disappears immediately when the mortar trough is filled with soil and clad from the outside
  • Mortar troughs are very cheap to buy
  • In this way can be dispensed with balcony boxes, which usually have no sufficient depth for the herbs
  • If you use mortar tubs, you can quickly create beautiful raised beds for your balcony or terrace
Tip: If you want to be sure, water the tubs for a few days before using them for the first time, then any existing toxins would have to pass over to the water and the use of the mortar tub would be harmless. Even the smell evaporates faster in this way.
Conclusion
Mortar troughs are an ideal alternative to a homemade wooden herbal bed or the much smaller flower boxes. Because they are available in many different sizes, despite their size relatively inexpensive and can be quickly converted into an eye-catcher on the balcony or terrace and embellished. For example, they can be clad with colorful battens, so that the simple plastic tub is no longer visible. In this way there is also space in the smallest corner for a small herb garden, tomatoes, peppers and other vegetables and also blooming flowers or shrubs can be cultivated. Almost every plant can find its place in a mortar trough, because it is also suitable for deep-rooted plants or root vegetables because of their depth.

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