Kim’s Veggie Garden: Planting Earth Boxes
Since my garden bed is so full, I decided I would try to grow a few things in EarthBoxes. EarthBox is a product made by Novelty right here in Lancaster, PA. The box is a kit with everything you’d need to grow vegetables in a container. This is perfect if you don’t have enough space in your yard but would like to grow some herbs or veggies! In my case I just ran out of room in our raised bed, plus I love trying new things.
The vegetables I planted in my EarthBox Garden Kit were three types of peppers: Banana, Bell Boy & Jalapeno. This seemed like a great first try type of plant since peppers don’t spread much.
The kit itself comes with the container, an aeration screen, fill tube, two covers, dolomite, fertilizer, wheels and step by step instructions
First things first, I pulled everything out of the kit and popped the wheels on. This is a GREAT feature so you can move your box wherever it gets the best light easily. There’s a fair amount of soil in these boxes so it can get pretty heavy. Compound that with water, and without wheels, moving these boxes can be really tough.
Next I laid the aeration screen on the bottom and the tube. Again, super simple with visual instructions provided.
Next I used Baccto Premium Potting Soil to fill the EarthBox, and then added all natural dolomite and fertilizer.
When you add the dolmite make sure you spread it evenly and then mix it through the potting soil. I started doing this with a little hand rake but then ended up throwing my hand in there anyway. So much for being dainty…
Next, I dug a small trench across the EarthBox where the water tube is and a poured the fertilizer into that.
Finally I added the cover on the top and then cut small x shapes into the top and planted my peppers through this. What’s so great about the black cover is that it will prevent weeds from growing in my container and it will help keep my soil warm.
Whenever I water these peppers, I will do so through the tube and it can’t be over-watered because there’s a drain on the bottom. So once I see water flowing out of the bottom, I will stop watering.
I also got my hands on the new Earthbox Roots and Veg Kit. This is extremely similar but square shaped and deep for the roots. All of the same features (wheels, visuals instructions etc) and supplies (fertilizers, dolomite, cover) applied.
I planted a “Patio Baby” eggplant and a about three yellow onion bulbs. I was a little unsure about covering the onion bulbs but once they sprout out I will cut where they’re placed.
If you have any questions about EarthBoxes you can ask our experts, or use the Earthbox website as a resource. It’s got wonderful galleries of videos and forums for questions. Here’s an example of what you’ll find…
Next week, I’ll share with you all the details about Dig Drip irrigation. This will be our second year doing this, and we’re so into it, we’ve added even more lines. So check back and I will have great photos for you learn from.
Please don’t judge me by my disappointing video skills… I was using my phone. The POINT of it is to check out our amazing sprinklers that we used from our irrigation kit.
Until next week… Happy Gardening!