About us

Orto Urban Gardens began with a gardening fanatic asking her furniture making husband to build raised garden beds every other weekend....

Thankfully the task became more interesting and rewarding as different types of planter boxes, raised beds and wicking bed systems were researched and trialled. Very quickly, with more energy than understanding, the kitchen started filling up with fresh home grown produce.

Growing herbs and veggies for yourself is not difficult even with small spaces and limited experience. You just need to get started and not worry about everything being 100% perfect. Plants thrive in a variety of environments, so its not necessary to replicate somebody else's idea of a perfect garden in order to have your own success.

Experienced gardeners tell us the rising cost of water is a serious issue. Thanks to the work done by Colin Austin and others, the "wicking bed" system of watering from below has become better known and allows us to save up to 50% of water previously used on traditional raised garden beds. 

At Orto we are trying to build on the excellent work already done on wicking beds by adding ease of use and flexibility with castors for mobility, level gauges for checking water, convenient working heights and options for set up and delivery in Melbourne.

We hope that you enjoy your gardening as much as we do at Orto,

Tom Scott