Our Earthboxes are Exploding!

We grew a container garden when we lived in Boston in 2010. The first year we planted in garden “buckets”. We didn’t have great success but it was still a lot of fun.

The next year we decided to do earthboxes, because we heard about their amazing yield. I watched tons of you tube videos of people’s gardens and I was blown away.  The boxes aren’t super cheap so there was a significant initial investment, but now we’ve had these boxes for several years and so every year the cost is less and less. I also recently learned that you can reuse the soil for 5-6 years so that also drastically reduces the yearly cost.

With earthboxes, as compared to regular containers, they water from the bottom up. There’s a tube in the corner where you put in the water and the soil soaks it up. That way the nutrition stays in for the plants to utilize. You can see an explanation here. You also have to use a soil with a slightly different composition- you want a large amount of peat moss so that it holds moisture. Near the top of the box there is a layer of dolomite lime to help adjust the ph of the soil and a trough of fertilizer in the center. Instead of buying the earthbox soil packages (which can be very expensive) I found recommended replacements and we bought it all at home depot.

When we landscaped our backyard we put decomposed granite along the side wall (where there is TONS of sunshine) in anticipation of having our earthboxes there.

I’m pretty excited about how it turned out.

This year we planted heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, jalapeño and bell peppers, cucumbers, zucchini and edamame.

Our zucchini plants are monsters, they remind me a little of the Little Shop of Horrors.  We’ve already harvested 4 zucchini and Mila is so excited because she LOVES zucchini muffins.

When we finished, we still had one earthbox unplanted, so I decided to add a lettuce box. I couldn’t find any lettuce already started at the nursery so I bought some packages of seeds and started them in the jiffy peat pots.

I couldn’t find our old heating mat so unfortunately I had to buy a new one. But they sprouted and are now out in their new home!

I forgot how much fun it is to grow a garden! Can’t wait to show you how this garden progresses and update you on the yield!

-erica

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  1. Oh, looks very cool! We did something similar – a diy build called earthtainers and got really fantastic yield on them from our deck. I swear you could see the tomato plants grow from day to day! They eventually fell apart (UV rays + plastic = bad combo) and I will have to look at the earthboxes when we are ready for a new garden.

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