We shop at Sam’s Club all the time – with five kids, what do you expect? It’s a monthly journey to stock up on the stuff we need and take a look at what Sam’s Club has going on. Right now they have some incredible outdoor living items available, including this cedar raised-bed planter – their Backyard Botanical Complete Gardening System. I was sent one to review and we’ve had it set up for about a month now.
The kit comes in two boxes with all the components needed inside. Unlike some kits we’ve tried in the past, the Backyard Botanical actually has all the needed parts.
The sides are cedar paneling that Sidney says is a little thin for his taste. Definitely pre-drill your holes when you are screwing the panels together to avoid splitting the wood. The directions were easy to follow and all the parts were marked clearly making it easy to put together.
The raised bed planter is big. It’s a full-sized garden set up with a watering hose, spray nozzle, timer, soaker hose, trellis system, and gates. So don’t expect that this will be an hour-long project. Give yourself a full weekend to put it together, fill it with dirt, and add the plants.
The outside sides have one trellis panel and the outside back has three trellis panels. Inside the garden system, where you see Adam standing above, is open for easy access.
One of my favorite features is that this garden system included a complete watering system. The soaker hose that lays into the garden part is a little flimsy so I’ll probably replace it next year. The hose pictured above, and watering nozzle attachment is awesome. I’ve been using it with my hose in the front yard as well. The timer works perfectly and is great if you are easily distracted like me!
A month later you can see how well all the plants are doing. The gate keeps unwanted critters (and kids) out. The cedar wood is naturally water resistant so I anticipate this garden bed lasting for a long time. Once the cedar raised-bed is put together it is very sturdy.
We’ve tied our tomatoes up onto the trellis with bailing twine as needed. The growth has been amazing in just a month thanks to the ability to fill the bed with aged manure, good dirt and simple mulch AND the easy watering system that makes it less of a chore to keep the plants well watered.
The Backyard Botanical Complete Gardening System is available at Sam’s Club stores and online. It seems like a good deal when you consider the raised-bed is complete with gate, watering system and timer, and the lumber is water-resistant so it will last for years and not rot. I was sent a system to review and all opinions and photos are my own.