I have spent the last 40 years as a potter and metal sculptor.
This blog is to share my work and thoughts with all who are interested.
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 .