Survival Gardening–The Earthbox is More Than a Container Garden

Now that it’s getting closer to spring, it’s time to get transplants going, if you haven’t already. Tomatoes and peppers are a couple of plants that need to be started several weeks before your last frost date.

If you’re in an urban area or have poor soil, but want to garden right away, consider container gardening. In fact, why not consider the Earthbox, which is more than a container garden. I’ve chosen it as this week’s DestinySurvival Pick.

The Earthbox is a self watering system reviewers rave about. They’ve given it high ratings on Amazon.com. In fact, one reviewer prefers growing in the Earthbox to square foot gardening. Another plans to buy more of them.

What’s so special about the Earthbox? To start with, it’s a maintenance free system you can put just about anywhere. Start plants sooner and grow them into the fall longer.

It’s made from durable UV stabilized plastic. It holds two cubic feet of potting mix and the reservoir holds three gallons of water, so you won’t have to water your plants constantly. Plants take the water and fertilizer they need, and a plastic cover reduces evaporation. Casters allow the Earthbox to be moved indoors if it’s cold or windy, or move it to a sunnier location on a deck or patio.

The instructions show you just how much you can grow of vegetables or flowers. Depending on what you grow, it will hold up to 16 seedlings. Grow lettuce, radishes, peppers, carrots, even tomatoes. A friend I knew grew tomatoes successfully in his Earthbox until he decided tomatoes disagree with him. The last time I spoke with him, he hadn’t put his Earthbox back into service. He just hasn’t gotten back into growing some of his own food for some reason.

But you can’t argue with success. Why not get at least one Earthbox for yourself and put it to the test. Click on its name wherever you see it linked in this post, and you’ll be taken to the amazon.com page where it’s featured. Place your order there.

If you’re like me, it’s fun to experiment and find out what plants grow best in different kinds of containers or watering arrangements. Since the Earthbox is such a low maintenance system, why not find out what you can grow in it this season?

 

Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.

4 thoughts on “Survival Gardening–The Earthbox is More Than a Container Garden”

  1. Gardening time is coming!!! I was reading your post and just wanted to see if you’ve heard of the Grow Box? I’ve tried it last spring and had so much success. I had Spanish Onions, Cucumbers, Butternut Squash and Beets that grew like crazy! It’s actually a bit better and a whole lot less expensive than a lot of competitors! They hold about a gallon and a half more water. Check it out at http://www.agardenpatch.com
    Happy Gardening!

  2. Thanks for letting me know about this. It looks like a good system. I’m all for anything that works. If anyone has tried it and has any idea how it compares to the Earthbox, I’d be glad to hear the results.

  3. You know, the comment about about the grow box really bugs me because I’ve been reading comparisons about the grow box and earth box and have seen this EXACT same comment on several sites. Not cool grow box. Don’t know if it’s a zealous fan or the people who own and sell grow boxes. Just wanted to let you know. Thank you for your article though!!

    PS-here are some links below that if you scroll to comments and look around you will see the exact same comments as the one above (these are just a few I found and I’m sure there are tons more).

    http://www.veggiegardeningtips.com/welcome-spring-with-a-hot-grow-system-discount/

    http://www.recipezaar.com/bb/viewtopic.zsp?t=327337&sid=811cbf1f30d59937ec7e2e2d840a40cb

    http://www.kolotv.com/daybreak/headlines/83446447.html

    1. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. It’s not uncommon for some people to do that sort of thing. That comment didn’t look like spam, as many I see obviously are, and it does lead to a site promoting the product. I encourage my readers to buy the Earthbox, but they’ll have a chance to decide for themselves with these additional links here in the comments section.

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