Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Homemade Earth Box Experiment

The Earthbox is a container growing system.   Basically, there is a water reservoir in the bottom of the box that you  fill through a PVC tube. a plastic screen  holds the soil over the reservoir. Two holes in the screen allows soil to serve as wicks to bring the water up into your box as needed for the plant. There is a runoff slot just below where the plastic screen would sit inside the box. You water  through a PVC tube, just until you start to get some runoff flowing out of the holes in the side of the reservoir.  That way you'll always have water, without overwatering. (Google Earthbox)
Being cheap and somewhat skeptical I designed my own using a $3 plastic box . Fertilizer is placed on top of the potting soil and feeds all season long. Once you plant and cover the box you don't open it or add fertilizer  until the growing season ends. Just add water and stand back!  Check out Global Bucket on youtube to get an idea how they are built .

Just been planted a month!
Brandywine Heirloom tomato 5-11

Brandywine Heirloom tomato 5-11 tomatoes  growing





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