For the past few years I have been using Earth Boxes for my gardening. Here’s last year’s post: https://www.realmomlife.com/how-the-garden-grows/ This will be the third year we are using the Earth Boxes and I want to report on how it’s going.
I love these things! I live in a clay pit. Not literally, but if you did down even just a bit in my yard you will reach clay. I can’t explain the horticultural reasons for this, but it makes growing ANYTHING a challenge – except weeds and crabgrass. They grow like crazy.
A few years ago I heard about these Earth Boxes and decided the give them a try. I ordered four of them because I wanted to plant several vegetables. You can only put 2-3 plants in each box. They come with wheels you can attach so you can move them around, but I didn’t get the wheels so they are kind of heavy when filled, but I have a 17-year-old strong boy in my house who I can call on to help.
My gardening challenges include the aforementioned clay but also the fact that I am a dingbat. I forget to water, or I water too much, or I don’t make it outside to pull weeds because I have terrible allergies. The Earth Box solves all these problems.
Generally weeds can’t get a start in these boxes. You fill them with quality soil and some plant food and they work like a charm. There is a tube leading to an open space at the bottom of the planter and the plants suck up water when they need it, so it’s pretty hard to over water. If you do over water, you can just dump some off through the same tube.
We planted around Mother’s Day, which is the starting date around here. The Midwest can be unpredictable!
This is what the boxes looked like around M-Day:
This is what they look like today, approximately a month later:
I expect we’ll be having some yummy tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers before long!
My family teases my because I can kill the most un-killable plant. But with these Earth Boxes, I can have some success in gardening!
Do you have a brown thumb like me? What solutions have you encountered?