I have never considered myself to have a green thumb or enjoy gardening. Growing up my grandfather has been the gardener in the family- he grows all kinds of things from corn, tomatoes, okra, squash, blueberries and more. My grandmother cans everything and they store what the eat and eat what they store. I'm hoping to learn how to can from her soon. I love this concept and wonder why our society has grown away from this.
Over the past couple of years I have been wanting to grow my own vegetables. I looked into all kinds of ways to go about this new adventure of container gardening but nothing made sense until I found out about Earthbox. I found out about them from my vet- yes random I know. He was telling me how healthy our dogs are and I told him that I've been feeding them apples. He started to tell me how he has apple trees and his dog also loves them, etc. We continued to talk about gardening and he told me about Earthbox and how he has had better harvest from them in the past 10 years than he has from raised beds or anything else. He gave me a brochure about it and I was thrilled because it was the first time that it made sense: water from the bottom and never over water. I was also sold on these two things: "Homegrown Vegetables without a Garden" and "No green thumb required!"
Here is a diagram describing their system- they also have kits that you can buy that have everything in them to make putting one together easy. All you have to do is add the plants. I bought 3 Organic Earthbox Ready to Grow kits and one Junior Organic Earthbox Ready to Grow kit for my herbs.
A coworker and his wife have been growing seeds since February and they brought in some plants for people to have. I was a little excited and brought home 8 varieties of tomato plants, 2 pepper plants, and a brussels plant.
Once I learned how the planting system was I realized I needed more boxes, I was thankful the local Pike nursery had some as well as the staking systems for the tomatoes. I probably should have only started out this first go around with 1 earthbox but oh well.
Honestly putting together the boxes with the soil, dolomite, fertilizer and plants was the most work I had to do and it took me a few hours to get them all together. Not bad at all.
It's been a fun adventure thus far. All of my tomato plants except 1 have tomatoes on them and I feel like a parent watching over her babies as they grow. Gardening with these boxes is not hard at all.
If you're someone like me who was intimidated by gardening- buy an Earthbox and you will not be disappointed.
If you have any questions let me know and I'll update soon with harvest. ♥