MADE IN USA
The EarthBox® Junior™ container gardening system is perfect for growing tasty herbs and healthy greens anywhere—even indoors. With the same smart technology as the original EarthBox® Original gardening system, the Junior™ is approximately half the size and designed to fit in smaller spaces and on countertops and windowsills. Designed by commercial farmers, this container growing system is easy to set up and maintain. Just add potting mix, plants, and water following our simple instructions and enjoy homegrown vegetables and herbs right at your fingertips. This sustainable system prevents weeds, conserves water, and reduces fertilizer usage while growing bigger plants faster than a conventional garden—with virtually no effort and zero guesswork. You can also use the EarthBox® Junior™ as a flower box to showcase your beautiful arrangements. Good things really do come in small packages!
Build your own EarthBox® Junior™ Container Gardening System, Junior™ Garden Kit, or Junior™ Ready-To-Grow Kit from the options above!
- 1 EarthBox® Junior™ Container
- 1 Aeration Screen
- 1 Water Fill Tube
- 1 Black & White Reversible Mulch Cover
- 1 Red Mulch Cover
- 1 Overflow Saucer/Drip Tray
- 0.5 lb. each Fertilizer & Natural Dolomite (if selected)
- 1.0 cu. ft. of Organic Potting Mix (if selected)
- Instruction Manual with Planting Guide (view PDF)
WHAT YOU CAN GROW
You can grow an abundance of vegetables and herbs in an EarthBox® Junior™ gardening system! These are the plants we recommend for this growing system. Click on any of the images to be taken to our Growing Guide page where you'll learn how to succeed at growing each crop. Follow the recommendations for plant placement, light, and watering guidelines to get the most out of your container gardening experience!
The Standard 7-7-7 Fertilizer is great for all plants, but is highly recommended for growing all fruiting and root crops such as:
- Peppers, Beans, Strawberries, Radishes, Green Onions, Flowers, Garlic, Shallots.
The Natural 8-3-5 Fertilizer is recommended for only growing leafy and cruciferous vegetables and herbs such as:
- Lettuce, Salad Greens, Herbs, Spinach, Kale, Chard, Celery, Cabbage, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Leeks, Collard/Mustard Greens, Kohlrabi, Bok Choy, Radicchio, Escarole.
Do you offer quantity discounts or tiered pricing for multiples?
Are seeds or plants included with the gardening system?
Seeds are not included with your EarthBox® Junior™ gardening system. When available, we do offer a selection of seed packs, and some Value Bundles may include seeds as a promotional offer when available. We do not sell live plants at this time.
Is the Natural 8-3-5 fertilizer certified organic?
The EarthBox® Natural 8-3-5 Plant Food is derived from meat and bone meal, feather meal, sulfate of potash, and dolomite lime. When available, USDA certified organic by-products may be used in the manufacturing of this fertilizer, but that is not a guarantee; nor are certified organic fertilizer components required to be used in order to produce organic-certifiable foods. The term “organic” can only be used to certify USDA food products, and the 8-3-5 fertilizer we offer for growing produce allows for the certification of organically-grown produce (outside of California). Fertilizer in and of itself cannot be certified “organic” because it is not food, but can be used for organic food production, based on the components and materials of the fertilizer. Our 8-3-5 fertilizer previously was registered with OMRI (Organic Material Review Institute), which is an independent third-party organization that analyzes the materials and components in various agriculture products and the effect they have on the environment. Only those products that pass OMRI’s environmental standards may bear their certification label. Because this certification is extremely costly, and we have had no formula changes to the 8-3-5 fertilizer, we have declined to continue registering this product with OMRI since 2013. The food that is produced with our 8-3-5 fertilizer would still be considered organic (outside of California). Organic controls (herbicides, pesticides, disease controls, etc.) follow these same guidelines.
What are the dimensions of the EarthBox® Junior™ container?
The dimensions of the EarthBox® Junior™ are 23" L x 9.5" W x 7.25" H. It holds just over 1 gallon of water and 1 cubic feet of growing media.
Can I plant a tomato in the EarthBox® Junior™ container?
We don’t recommend planting tomatoes in the EarthBox® Junior™ gardening system due to the smaller size and shallow depth of the planter. Tomatoes have extensive root systems and require a lot of water, so they should be planted in larger containers such as the EarthBox® Original or EarthBox® Root & Veg™ container gardens.
Do I really need to use the Mulch Cover?
Yes! The Mulch Cover is what protects the growing environment of the entire EarthBox® gardening system. It helps conserve water by limiting evaporation, and it prevents heavy rain from washing away all the plants’ fertilizer and nutrients. The Mulch Cover also protects the growing media from weeds and pests. Place the cover on the system before planting and leave it on until your growing season is over and you’re ready to remove the plants and clean up the growing system.
Always use the Mulch Cover, even in very hot climates. If your local temperatures are typically in excess of 85° F during the peak growing season, place the Mulch Cover on the system with the white side facing up. This will reflect the sun so small plants don’t become stressed from the heat.
For cooler climates where early growing season temperatures may still be too cold for some plants, place the Mulch Cover on the system with the black side facing up. This will attract the sun and warm the growing media to help small plants grow.
If growing strawberries, use the Red Mulch Cover. In some studies, light reflected off of red mulch onto fruiting plants has been shown to increase yields by helping fruit set, and quicken ripening.
Can I use casters on the EarthBox® Junior container?
Casters are not compatible with the EarthBox® Junior gardening system. The system is only slightly larger than most window box planters and is very easy to lift, if necessary.
How many plants can I grow in the system?
The number of plants you can grow per system at one time will vary based on the type of plant. The included Plant Placement Chart indicates how many plants you need and where to place them. For first-time EarthBox® gardeners, we don’t recommend growing more than one type of crop per system.
The Plant Placement Chart is the tried-and-true method for the very best EarthBox® results. With nearly 30 years of success, our researchers and gardening experts have determined the ideal number and position for each type of crop.
Always follow the recommendations in the instruction manual and on the EarthBox® Blog for best results. The age-old adage “less is more” applies to the EarthBox® gardening system; by overcrowding the growing system, you risk crop failure due to plants competing with one another for water, fertilizer, and sunlight.
How will I know when to add water?
A good rule of thumb is to add water every day to the Fill Tube until water starts to flow from the overflow drain. By filling the water reservoir every day, you are ensuring plants always have what they need.
For the first few weeks after transplanting small seedlings to the system, it may seem like reservoir is still very full. Roots are still small and developing so they are not taking a lot of water in this phase. Once more leaves develop and the plants begin growing tall and filling out, they will start requiring more.
On very hot days, or if plants are kept in direct sunlight all day, they may require more water because they are heat-stressed. Plants that bear fruit, such as peppers, will require more water than herbs or greens. If you are growing fruiting crops, be sure to fill the water reservoir first thing in the morning, and again later in the day or evening.
Do I need to use herbicides, pesticides, or other controls when growing in the EarthBox® gardening system?
You will not need to use any herbicides in the EarthBox® system. The mulch cover is designed to keep weeds out so that your plants have all the fertilizer for themselves to grow healthy and strong instead of competing with weeds.
Pesticides and disease control sprays, whether you choose organic or conventional options, may be beneficial to your plants depending on common garden problems and pests in your area. It is your personal choice whether you want to use these controls. If you choose to use any sprays or powders, always follow the application instructions on the product label.
Disease control sprays can be used to help prevent diseases on your plants when they are used before plants have a chance to acquire disease. Without preventive spraying, plants are susceptible to any number of diseases, which can occur from poor air circulation, infection by the saliva of chewing insects, airborne spores, and more. Once a plant is infected with a disease, there is no cure for it and the spray will aid in slowing the progression only. Always follow the directions on the disease control label.
Pesticides should be used only if you have a known pest in your area that you want to prevent, or your plants have become infested. Keep in mind that many pesticides—even organic ones—can easily wipe out any beneficial insects on your plants in addition to the bad ones. If you choose to use pesticides or disease control products, never spray or dust when bees and butterflies are active, typically in the mornings and daytime hours. Always wait until dusk when there is no insect activity and plants cannot be burned by chemicals from being in the sun. Always follow the directions on the pesticide label.
It is important to inspect plants daily to check for eggs or larvae, insect damage, frass, discoloration, wilting, and overall plant health. A good time to do this is when you are filling the water reservoir. If you see insects or eggs on your plants and you don’t know what they are, don’t remove or kill them right away. Many beneficial insects will lay eggs, which will help your garden once they hatch; but until they grow into the more easily recognizable adult insects you may be familiar with, you may not know what they look like in other lifecycle stages. Check our Insect Identifier or take a photo and consult a Master Gardener at your county’s Extension Service.
What happened to the standalone Container Gardening System, Garden Kit, and Ready-To-Grow Kit?
Nothing! We've simply combined what used to be 3 separate product pages into 1 where you can decide which components you'd like to buy. You can use the below reference if you're unsure what you purchased from our old site.
EarthBox® Junior™ Container Gardening System (CGS) - This is our base version and is equivalent to selecting "None" for all the above options since the Junior™ Container Gardening System does not come fertilizer & dolomite or growing media (i.e. potting soil/mix).
EarthBox® Junior™ Garden Kit (GK) - This is our most popular version which includes your choice of standard or organic fertilizer. This is equivalent to selecting "Standard 7-7-7" or "Organic 8-3-5" fertilizer & dolomite and no growing media.
EarthBox® Junior™ Ready-To-Grow (RTG) - As the name implies, this includes everything you need to start growing! This popular version is identical to the Garden Kit but also includes our organic potting mix.
Do you ship outside the United States?
We ship internationally to Canada only. We recommend using a freight forwarding service, such as DHL, if you wish to order and ship outside of the U.S. or Canada. All shipments from our facility must be sent to a U.S.- or Canadian-based address.
Customers wishing to ship outside of the contiguous U.S. (AK, HI, U.S. territories, and Canada) will need to contact us during business hours to speak with a Consumer Care Representative who can provide a shipping quote to your destination.
The EarthBox® Junior™ gardening system operates and uses the same components as the EarthBox® Original; just half the size! This growing system is a low-maintenance, fail-proof design determined to fill the needs of the home gardener of any skill level. Since not all home gardeners live in the same area, there are many challenges to finding the perfect container gardening solution for everyone, but the EarthBox® system does just that. Combining science—and a ton of testing—with great design and American manufacturing, the EarthBox® container gardening system was designed by applying a variety of tried-and-true commercial growing concepts to a small footprint to produce better results than traditional in-ground gardens. If you are really pressed for space, the EarthBox® Junior™ container is great option. The following diagram explains in detail how the EarthBox® Junior™ growing system components all operate together:
Check out these articles from our blog to learn more about the EarthBox® Junior™ and container gardening:
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*For shipping to AK, HI, US territories, Canada, APO/FPO addresses, and for orders over $1,000, please contact Consumer Care. Note that we do not ship to PO Boxes. All value bundles + the EarthBox® Garden Stand ship free within the contiguous US; however, please note that you will still be charged a shipping fee against any items in your cart that do not qualify for free shipping based on the above table.
When will I receive my order?
All items are shipped directly from our Lancaster, PA headquarters. Orders are typically processed and shipped within 1-2 business days via FedEx Home Delivery. An estimated delivery date is provided during checkout. You can also view this map from FedEx to estimate how long a shipment will take to arrive to your location after it leaves our warehouse. We do not currently offer expedited shipping options.