Early this year, while the snows still fell, I bought another Earthbox. I figured I'd double the food production on the patio.
|These two have the optional staking system.|
And then she bought me another two for Mother's Day. They arrived Saturday and I spent a good part of the afternoon enjoying the sunshine and setting up my newest EarthBoxes while Turtly roamed the yard munching on weeds.
Three of the EarthBoxes have coconut fiber instead of soil. The coconut fiber comes in compressed blocks that need to be soaked in water and then broken apart.
I had to use a large rock to weigh down the block and keep it under the water...
Then break apart the quickly expanding block and place the fibers in the EarthBoxes. It takes 3 blocks of coconut fiber to fill an entire EarthBox and it can be used year after year.
|Is it just me or does this picture make the coconut fiber look like a heap of dog food?|
I have 3 boxes ready for the tomato and jalapeno seedlings and I have already sown cucumber and pole bean seeds in the remaining two. I know, I know...I'm not supposed to plant until after Mother's Day - but the weather guy said it would be alright. No freezing weather for the next week...supposedly. My basil and cilantro will be scattered in other containers.
I sure am looking forward to this year's harvest!