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EarthBox 1010011 Garden Kit, Terra Cotta
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- Wheeled garden box growing kit with fertilizer, dolomite
- Great for cultivating vegetables, herbs and flowers on windowsills, decks, balconies, and even indoors!
- No digging, no weeding, no guesswork
- Just add planting mix, seedlings and water; includes foolproof instructions
- Measures 29 by 14 by 11 inches (l x w x h); 2-cubic-foot soil capacity . Item is made of Plastic and color of the item is Terra Cotta
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The patented EarthBox was developed by commercial farmers and proven in the lab and on the farm. This maintenance-free, award-winning, high-tech growing system controls soil conditions, eliminates guesswork and more than doubles the yield of a conventional garden with less fertilizer, less water and virtually no effort! No digging, no weeding, no guesswork. Vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers grow bigger, tastier and faster in the EarthBox! The EarthBox Garden Kit measures 29"L x 14"W x 11"H and includes fertilizer, dolomite, two germination covers and castor wheels for easy movement. Almost any brand of potting mix for containers or hanging plants will work with EarthBox (not included), which has a large capacity of 2.0 cubic feet. Anyone can enjoy delicious homegrown veggies, fruits, and herbs grown in an EarthBox. EACH item always includes 2 black/white mulch covers. Where indicated on each product’s packaging, 1 red mulch cover may also be included. So the entire case pack has 8 B/W, and 4 Red if the label states there is a bonus red cover inside. This includes : 4-piece gardening system (EarthBox® container, Aeration Screen, Water Fill Tube, 2 B/W Mulch Covers) , 1 lb. Bag of Fertilizer (Regular 7-7-7) , 1 lb. Bag of Organic Dolomite , 4 Casters, BONUS: 1 FREE Red Mulch Cover(where indicated on package)
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This year I bought two more boxes and added corn to the mix. I also tried melons, but they dawdled, probably too shaded by the corn and green beans, and when I finally had one lovely melon getting steadily bigger, a squirrel came along and ate it. (Alas, Earthboxes can't protect your produce from the critters.)
The initial investment of soil is, as others point out, not particularly cheap. But I had no problem replanting in the boxes this year. I suspect I may need to top off the boxes a bit next year--I figure after I dig out the corn and green bean roots, there will be some rather deep holes to fill.
One warning: if your garden has slugs, they can indeed find their way up the boxes despite the wheels elevating them. I had more than one surprise when I would peek under the plastic cover. (After a while I was no longer surprised. It became part of my watering ritual to check under the plastic for slugs, and lift them out with a stick and kill them.)
I found during the height of growing season I needed to water my tomatoes twice daily (on my way out to work and then when I got home). I had enormous yields of tomatoes, sufficient that the squirrels' thievery was no detriment.
2015 update: At one point this summer I was harvesting 20+ tomatoes from each plant per day (Roma tomatoes, which are heavy producers, yes). I have more sweet green peppers from a single plant than I can deal with. I successfully grew watermelons this year, using a trellis (not Earthbox's trellis, but a construction of my own) to keep them off the ground and out of reach of the rabbits.
The comparison experiment in my garden this year was parsley. The parsley in the EB significantly outgrew the parsley in the regular planter. I cannot deny that EBs really do live up to their hype.
I did find the boxes dried out quickly this year—it's been an arid summer in the Philly region, instead of our usual swampy humidity. I top off the water twice a day, but had to supplement with top-watering reservoirs: 2-liter soda bottles upended and with the opening jammed into the dirt. They release water as needed, so the balanced approach of the EB doesn't get disrupted, but thirsty plants such as melons, cukes, and tomatoes are happy.
2016 update: Another dry summer in Philly, but I didn't need to supplement the boxes with water bottles this year, probably because I didn't cram quite so many plants in each. I mostly got away with watering only once a day, except during August because, well, it's August, hottest month and all the tomatoes are producing fruit like their species depends on them.
One of my tomato plants was getting blossom end rot this year, so I just put a bit of calcium fertilizer down the watering tube of the Earthbox, and that worked out perfectly.
I'm thinking about other plants to grow in these, like tomatoes, lettuce, parsley, and carrots. I had this planter on my deck and will probably put the others on the deck, too, which I hope will deter rabbits from sampling them. I've seen a groundhog come up on the deck and, of course, squirrels. But so far never a rabbit.
When I wondered about overwintering the Earthbox, I went to their website and found a forum that answered my questions. A lot of other good info there, too!