Gardening Via An Earthbox

A few of you asked for more information about the earthbox I’m using as a container garden this year.

As most of you know, I haven’t been able to garden since my car accident.

A friend recommended I try using an earthbox (a type of container garden) instead of taking on the more difficult task of digging into my backyard.

(Pre-car accident, I kept a plot of our backyard as a garden area.)

I’ve actually got two earthboxes growing this year.

The first one, is a small herb garden.

My herb garden earthbox sits up high, to keep it out of reach of Herb Loving Bunnies.

(We have a problem with those in Southern California.  We also have a lot of  Herb Loving People!)

The earthbox “kit” came with everything I needed except a bag of dirt and the herbs I planted.

(Included:  the earthbox, dolomite, fertilizer, germination covers, dummy proof instructions.  Not included:  the stand.)

An earthbox is a garden for people with black thumbs …

Or in my case, a bum arm.

It’s bullet proof gardening in a box.

(Earthboxes also come in different colors – !)

Water, via a garden hose, goes in the tube sticking up in the top right, front, corner.

You know you’ve watered enough when the overflow drain towards the bottom begins to leak.

(That’s right – you can’t even overwater your plants!)

Here’s a closer look at my herbs:

Earthbox Herb Garden

Please note, there are no illegal herbs planted!

The box contains rosemary, cilantro, basil, and sage.

I was so happy with my herb garden, I purchased a second earthbox to plant tomatoes in.

Tomato Plants growing in an earthbox

The tomato plants are much bigger now than they were when I took the above photo a week or two ago.

They’re growing like weeds.

(They also have a lot of green tomatoes on them now.)

As you can see, the box I bought for tomatoes sits on the ground and has a staking system.

You can configure your earthbox differently, depending on what you’re growing.

(Stand or no stand.  Trellis or no trellis.  All earthboxes come with wheels. I didn’t think I’d ever need wheels, but I really like them.)

If you live in farm land somewhere, feel free to laugh at my little container garden(s).

I’m happy, because they’ve made it possible for Damaged Me to “garden” on a small scale again.

(They’d also be ideal for anyone living in tight quarters.)

Next year I will re-plant these same earthboxes again.

Now if I can just keep the raccoons away from them this year …!

P.S.  This post is not sponsored by earthbox.

P.P.S.  Do you have any type of garden?  What are you growing?

10 Responses to “Gardening Via An Earthbox”

  1. PippaD @ A Mothers Ramblings

    How fantastic! Here in the UK I’m growing Tomatoes, Potatoes and six different types of herbs (Mint, Chives, Rosemary, Parsely and two others that I’m not sure what they are as my MIL gave them to me from her own garden). I’m just keeping my fingers crossed!

  2. Diane

    Did you mean to have links to Earthbox? All of your links are linking to your today’s post. Would love to see the Earthbox so will see if I can find on my own. Looks like a neat way to garden.

    • Twenty Four At Heart

      Ya know Di, when I took blogging 101 several years ago I apparently flunked LINKS. lol! So sorry about that – the links are up and working now! : )

  3. Jan's Sushi Bar

    I live in farm country, but I would never ever laugh at your gardens in a million years. I think they’re wonderful!

  4. Denise

    I would love to have a garden but it would take a fortress to keep the critters out of it. Ground squirrels, gophers, bunnies, deer, birds….you get the idea. We have had too many other projects without building such a garden. Someday…..

    • Twenty Four At Heart

      Yes, I’m sure it’s a big project. My parents live in Oregon, out in the “boonies” and surrounded by critters. They have to go to great lengths to protect their garden and orchard.

    • Twenty Four At Heart

      The links are working now Stacy! I will use them year after year, so I think the cost is reasonable. Let me know if you decide to try them! (I got the idea from a friend who is recovering from a tough year … he thought they’d be manageable for me with my arm!)


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