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OT Earth boxes and grow boxes????

BajaTomBajaTom Posts: 1,269
edited 12:02AM in EggHead Forum
Would like some feedback on these 2 types of growing boxes. Are they easy to use? Maybe some pictures. Thanks to all who respond.


  • Cpt'n CookCpt'n Cook Posts: 1,917
    I have a few Earth Boxes and a couple that I made myself. I find that they work very well! I am trying to go organic with them this year.




    We are growing Tomatoes, Eggplant, Peppers and Cukes in them. I grow Lettuce and Potatoes in regular boxes. They produce much more than my garden.
  • BajaTomBajaTom Posts: 1,269
    Thanks for info and the pictures.
  • RRPRRP Posts: 17,347

    We have much-o shade and after 25 years of lousy growing luck I noticed one part of our driveway got pretty good sun, but the potential spot was bad for other reasons. Instead we went with these flower pots around which I built a frame to hold the tomato cages upright and to drape a netting to keep pesky squirrels and coons from raiding our "garden". Works for us and we supply neighbors with tomatoes with our successful bounty!
    Dunlap, IL
  • BajaTomBajaTom Posts: 1,269
    Thanks for the info and the pictures
  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226

    I can't seem to get a darn thing to grow other than weeds.

  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
    How often are you watering those pots and do you fertalize, if so how often?

    I am having a horrible growing time this year.

  • RRPRRP Posts: 17,347
    We water religiously every day. Since they are sitting on our asphalt drive there is a lot of radiant heat to deal with and every morning the soil in those pots look parched! Other wise we just fertilize once a month having learned that we overdid it in some years past and just had a wall of foliage, but little fruit.

    This Spring to keep peace with Pat I completely replaced all of the soil in the containers. Jury of one is still out, but she who has to be obeyed has been! :laugh: She thought maybe they had become contaminated last year since we had a lot of lower limb wilt.
    Dunlap, IL
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 18,446
    any problems with wind tipping it over. im experimenting with peppers this year on the deck with glass mounted on the railing to help limit the wind coming across the lake, that looks good to try next year. wind here gets so strong i lose most of the apples and pears off the trees by early august so now im trying some safety glass on the veggies
  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
    I am probably not watering enough. The fruit is smaller and I am not getting close to the height you show in the picture.

    I guess there is next year...

  • Cpt'n CookCpt'n Cook Posts: 1,917
    It has been a hard year for everybody, With all these days over 90 degrees my huge, healthy looking pepper plants have almost no peppers on them :angry:
  • RRPRRP Posts: 17,347
    No wind problem as the neighbors screen of 5 evergreens are a backdrop and practically touch our plants. Before I built that sturdy frame though the pots just sat on the ground with the cages wired together. One morning we found all five knocked over. On further exam we found a flurry of deer tracks, skid marks in the mud etc. I assumed a deer was being chased by coyotes or a wolf that we have around here and busted through the neighbors evergreens and encountered our nest of cages knocking them down after stumbling.
    Dunlap, IL
  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
    What are the sizes of the grow box, lining material and the type of soil you used to fill the box?

  • elzbthelzbth Posts: 2,075
    We have the Garden Patch boxes and love them. We planted tomatoes, squash, and peppers this year. Squirrels trampled the squash, so my husband declared war on the squirrels. This is our 3rd year, and we are going to add to our collection next year. I'd really like to have a small garden but don't have enough time to tend it - these boxes have been great!



  • bamagirlbamagirl Posts: 24
    First year using them - kinda went overboard with them.
    Great for a beginner gardener.

  • UPEggerUPEgger Posts: 39
    Have not heard of the earth boxes. Looks like an efficient space use setup. We went with the Square Foot Gardening system. 4'x4'x6". Just fill them with ingredients and water every evening. We have four of the 4x4 boxes. We further divide them into 1 sq ft spaces. Each square foot is something different or planted a week or two later. Works great. UPEgger.
  • HossHoss Posts: 14,587
    Yellow pears??? B)
  • HossHoss Posts: 14,587
    Clark,MissippiEgger uses them extensively and has had good luck with them.Village has a Raised Bed systen that is to DIE FOR!
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