Slot Planter Seed Tray- On Trial

Searching for alternatives to plastic, I’ve come across a new product called a Slot Planter. And if you’d like to try it, there’s one available in my prize draw this week.

The Slot Planter is made from interlocking panels and comes flat packed through the post.

It’s well packaged with recyclable cardboard materials.

Opening the parcel, I find four panels that simply slot together. No screws, glue or fixings are needed.

Drainage holes are already drilled.

I filled mine with good quality compost. I use Dalefoot salad and vegetable peat-free compost made from sheeps wool and bracken. I sowed some Twinkle seeds from Suttons. These produce tasty pea shoots, and after three harvests, can be planted outside and allowed to grow on.

Grown in a greenhouse with the heater set at 5C, the pea shoots looked like this after three weeks. I’ve only watered the compost once.

After another couple of weeks, the pea shoots are ready to harvest. Just pinch out the top two or three inches, and the peas will branch out and grow back.

The Slot Planter has proved sturdy enough to be moved about from potting shed to greenhouse and outdoors for the photos to be taken. I’m delighted with it so far. It could also be used for sweet peas or broad beans. I’m going to try sweet corn and salads too.

It’s made from Medite Tricoya Extreme. The blurb that comes with the planter says this is a durable, sustainable, environmentally-friendly wood panel product with a 25 year guarantee against rot and decay. Planters are available in various sizes. The seed tray size above costs £12.99, or £35.99 for three. £3.50 postage per order.

I have one seed tray, as shown above, worth £12.99, to give away in a prize draw. Please leave a comment and let me know if you would like to be included in the draw. The owners Colin and Kay Thompson will pull a name out of hat. Winners are randomly selected and our decision is final. There’s no cash alternative. No purchase is necessary to take part. A winner will be selected on Sunday 17th March.

What products have you found, as alternatives to buying plastic for the garden? Let me know. We are all trying our hardest to recycle and reuse what plastic pots we have. It’s interesting to see alternative materials and products come on to the market, specially designed for gardeners.

Links for more information: slotplanter.co.uk Order online or telephone 01728 684433

https://slotplanter.co.uk/

Colin and Kay Thompson, from Tuddenham, Suffolk, also make beautiful wooden garden obelisks. https://woodengardenobelisk.co.uk/slot-planter-wooden-plant-pot.htm

Dalefoot compost https://www.dalefootcomposts.co.uk/

Sutton’s seeds https://www.suttons.co.uk/

32 thoughts on “Slot Planter Seed Tray- On Trial

  1. Would love to try one of these in our community allotment .
    We try and reuse as much plastic as possible, including food trays, but they are not a long term solution to the plastic problem.

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    • Thank you Jan. I tried using clear plastic food containers, the sort that contain strawberries and tomatoes. They don’t last long, and you still have th problem of

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    • The problem of what to do with them when they are broken. So now I buy all my fruit and veg from the village greengrocer and just take my shopping bag and use that. Thanks again. Karen

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  2. What a carefully thought out design. The planter looks sturdy and as you describe it, in use, flexible. There are few implements in gardening, except small relatively lightweight ones that can be described
    In that way. I think you are going to enjoy using your planter for a good while.

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  3. I love that it is sustainable and a great alternative to plastic which I abhor … I’m looking for ways of reducing ghastly plastic so this would be wonderful. Oh yes please do enter me into your draw 🌱💚🙏🏻

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    • Thank you Mary. Can you see your beautiful twigs, in use. They have been invaluable. The hyacinths are still standing, in all this dreadful wind. The scent in the evening when the wind drops is amazing. xx

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    • Hi Amelia. That sounds like a good idea. I’m using hazel twigs, with the bark scraped off one side. I’ve also got some old slate tiles I’m getting cut into lengths. Thanks for reading.

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  4. Looks good. I do have plastic trays, I bought them ages ago and they’re still as good as new, I think they’ll be going strong when I can’t garden any more. I also reuse containers that fruit and other food is sometimes sold in (although I prefer to buy things without plastic). People here have a terrible habit of using plastic plates, cups, knives and forks if they have a small party – it’s crazy because they all have masses of lovely china. I refused to use it at a friends party for carnival a couple of weeks ago and I intend having some in the car that I can just pop in my bag when the occasion arises, but I digress.

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  5. The design is awesome, but I would be concerned about the material. What prevents it from rotting for twenty five years? Is it toxic to organisms that are associated with rot, or is it composed of material that such organisms are not interested in? ‘Wood panel product’ sounds like it is a product that does not qualify as ‘wood’, but is merely a product that can be used like wood; like a ‘cheese product’ that is not really cheese. It is probably a product that is composed of recycled wood with some minor additive that inhibits rot.

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  6. It looks as if it is made from MDF which can only loosely be called ‘wood’, and presumably exterior grade MDF if it is guaranteed for 25 years. Like Christina, i have enough plastic seed trays which are likely to outlive me – and are easy to clean too. Interesting idea though

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  7. Karen I love the Wooden Planter Slot! 25 years warranty, that’s a long time to use it. I have plastic trays that I wash and I use them again. Two years ago I came up with the idea of ​​using the toilet paper roll that is made of cardboard. As it has no background and is very deep I put down newspaper and then the land of sowing. I put them together in a high plastic tray of a large cake that we bought for a birthday and they serve as seedbeds for a year. I also really like the vegetable compost without peat, sheep’s wool and ferns: it’s great. I have loved the bulbs and the plants that you have around the peas planted in the Slot Planter. Thank you Karen for showing them. Thank you very much for the links, they are very interesting and I am going to write down your address in my notebook. Karen love, health, strength and happiness for your whole family and for you. Take care and rest. Have a very good week. Very loving greetings from Margarita.

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    • Thank you Margarita. Your suggestions are very welcome. I also use the cardboard rolls, for sweet peas and nasturtiums. It’s still quite windy here, but the temperatures are rising, thank goodness. Have a great week. Loving greetings to you and your family. Karen xx

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      • Thanks to you, Karen for your kind words. I’m very glad that the weather improves. Here yesterday we had 24ºC and today 20ºC. Tomorrow a storm will enter that will leave rain only on the north coast but temperatures will drop a lot. Weather is like the roller coaster in Spain these last two weeks. In the south they are watering the wheat to save the crops. Climate change is horrible and it has arrived. We need urgent rain throughout Spain. Forgive Karen my speech, but this year the weather is totally abnormal. I do not know what I will find in the country house when I go in May having made temperatures of 16-20ºC since February when they had to be at 4-8ºC with frosts and a lot of snow and rain. Greetings and memories of Margarita.

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  8. Hi. May I just comment to Tommy Tomeo regarding the material used for the planter. Medite Tricoya Extreme is an MDF like no other. Firstly, Medite (the manufacturer of the board) is part of Coillte Group, the Irish State Owned forestry company. They plant around 19M trees a year, so have sustainability running through their veins. The MDF is manufactured from 100% sustainable, FSC certified timber. The resin used to bind the MDF fibres features ZERO formaldehyde, meaning no nasty toxins or carcinogens. The ‘chemical’ used to prolong the life of the fibres is Acetic Anhydride. Sound familiar? Yep, Acetic acid is the main constituent part of vinegar. Effectively the fibres are simply pickled at an industrial level. Absolutely ZERO nasties. Whilst the guarantee in this application is up to 25 years, Medite actually guarantee to board for up to 50 years in situations where it’s not in direct contact with the soil (garden rooms, outdoor sculptures, external furniture etc). You can find out more here http://www.mdfosb.com .

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