Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Earth Box Gardening

With Spring upon us, I've been itching to get outside and plant things. I've always kept a small garden for veggies and herbs and the yard was full of bulbs I planted every fall.

This year while the apple trees lining the street burst into bloom, I stare out at my small, barren yard and sigh. This is a rental house so digging and planting are out of the question. Still, the brown of the back yard, the grass dried and dead long before we ever moved in, makes me cringe every time I look at it.

I've already known of the challenges I'll face in trying to create a yard full of green foliage and big beautiful blooms. I know that with frequent hailstorms and high salt content in the soil will make vegetable gardening a pain. That will have to be faced later once we have finally settled into a home of our own. But I still felt the urge to plant something...

I was never one to enjoy container planting. My tomatoes and peppers never seemed to produce as much when they were in containers but that seemed the only option this year. In researching some possible options, I came across the Earth Box. The makers of the Earth Box claim I can grown my herbs and veggies anywhere with less water and fertilizer (perfect for a climate with poor soil and very little rain). The boxes are also on (optional) casters so I can wheel them into the garage if freezing temps or a hailstorm threatens to come our way. So I ordered one.

I figure that if it works, I'll treat the soil in the Earth Box every year for my veggies instead of constantly trying to correct the soil in my back yard. I can also get additional Earth Boxes to use if I want more growing space. It took about a week for it to ship to me. I've had it stored in the garage since then waiting for the right time to plant.

Although the last frost date here is May 15th, I couldn't wait any longer (though I might regret that later). If cooler temps come back, I'll wheel the box into the garage for the night. I chose to plant pole beans. Everyone in the family likes pole beans. I can put up to 16 pole bean plants in one box and we have always eaten every bit of beans that we've harvested. If I were planting tomatoes, the box would only hold 2 plants and if we planted green peppers, it would hold up to 6 plants. If I choose to combine 2 plants in one container, I would just plant half the number of each (one tomato and 3 green peppers, etc.)

Since I am growing pole beans, I also purchased the optional staking kit which included outriggers, 2 additional casters, poles and pole attachments and the trellis netting.

Now all I have to do is keep the water reservoir full and wait for my little pole bean plants to pop up out of their holes.

You can find the EarthBox at and

June 27, 2011 - For an update, view Earth Box Update

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