I have been a backyard gardener for the past 13 years, and most of my gardening is pretty low-tech. There’s a lot of trial and error that goes into gardening and very few guarantees from year to year. My squash harvest this year can attest to that.
But five years ago, I received a Christmas gift from my in-laws that has been a staple in my garden ever since, an Earthbox Garden Kit. I had seen them before at our local hardware store, and I was a big fan of watching Rick Bayless’s Mexico: One Plate at a Time. In one of the episodes, he takes viewers to the rooftop of his Chicago restaurant, Frontera, and there he had an entire salsa garden covering the roof. I was familiar enough with Earthbox to know that this is what he was using, and the garden was amazing!
Earthbox: Easy to Use
As spring rolled around, I was finally able to test out the Earthbox by growing tomatoes. I had to purchase my own soil, but everything else was included with the kit:
- the planter with watering tube
- caster wheels (for easy moving)
The instructions tell you exactly how to put the dolomite and fertilizer into the soil, where to plant (determined by what you’re growing), and how to water. It’s so easy that my kids can do it on their own.
One of the easiest things about using an Earthbox is how easy it is to maintain and care for your crop. Because of the cover over the soil, there is zero weeding. There have been very few times as a gardener that I’ve ever been able to say this. Ha! And the black cover also helps absorb heat, and the plants love it.
Watering is also incredibly simple. The watering tube is located in the corner of the box, and you simply fill the reservoir until water begins to spill out from below. Once this happens, you know the reservoir is full and your plants have what they need. The plants get their water from the bottom, and you never have to worry about overwatering or wetting the leaves of your plants during watering.
Use Every Season
The Earthbox isn’t just for summer veggies. In fact, I use mine almost year round, giving it a little break in the dead of winter. Here are some suggestions of what you can grow in each season.
- Spring- salad greens, kale, beets, strawberries, cauliflower, radishes, carrots
- Summer- tomatoes, peppers, squash, zucchini, corn, beans, peas, okra, eggplant, herbs, cucumbers, melons
- Fall- collards, arugula, brussels sprouts, winter squash, turnips, cabbage, chard, spinach, lettuce
- Winter- garlic (started late fall), spinach, winter greens (this will depend on your climate, of course)
Earthbox even has a recent post on how to use a garden kit to grow indoors during the winter months.
As I type, I have one of my Earthboxes planted with two tomato plants and one watermelon. (I’m a bit of a rebel and tried planting the watermelon between the two tomatoes just to see what would happen… so far so good!) In my second earth box, the squash has just finished up, and I’m about to replant with butternuts for the fall.
New and Experienced Gardeners Alike
The Earthbox is perfect for those who are just getting started with gardening and those who have been growing for years. I have two Earthboxes in my garden now, and I use them both in almost every season.
Have a little gardener in your home? There’s also a junior garden kit, perfect for little hands that want to grow big things. It’s a fantastic gift for a budding gardener.
Because I love Earthbox so much, and I’d love to see you have one in your own garden space, Earthbox has graciously offered one free Earthbox Garden Kit (a $55+ value!) to one of my readers. It could be you!! So check out the giveaway below, and good luck!
The winner will be announced via email and social media on July 19th. For those who don’t win, but still want to try Earthbox (or gift one to a friend or loved one), I’ll have a coupon code for a discount on the Earthbox Garden Kit.