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Our Gardening Containers Make Growing Easy
The EarthBox® Original gardening container and system is designed to make it easy for you to start your own container garden. These unique, sub-irrigated planter box gardens allow home gardeners of any level—from novice to expert—to grow delicious fruit, vegetables, and herbs without the need of a traditional, in-ground or raised bed garden. Grow anywhere: balconies, patios, porches, rooftops—even indoors.
Planting Boxes for Gardening Ensure Success
Designed by commercial farmers, this gardening container growing system is easy to set up and maintain. Just add potting mix, plants, and water to the growing box. And follow our simple instructions to enjoy homegrown vegetables, fruit, and herbs right at your fingertips. This sustainable container gardening 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’ll be amazed at your success!
Original Gardening Container Features:
- Award-winning, maintenance-free gardening system
- Great for growing just about everything
- No weeding or worrying about overwatering
- Controls soil conditions and eliminates guesswork
- Sustainable and can be used year after year
- Grow anywhere – on balconies, porches, rooftops, or even indoors
- Optional casters help you move your garden around
- Choose your options above to build your own EarthBox® Container Gardening System, EarthBox® Garden Kit, or EarthBox® Ready-To-Grow Kit
- 1 EarthBox® Original Gardening Container
- 1 Aeration Screen
- 1 Water Fill Tube
- 2 Black & White Reversible Mulch Covers
- 4 Casters with Locking Mechanism (if selected)
- 1 lb. each Fertilizer & Natural Dolomite (if selected)
- 2.0 cu. ft. of Organic Potting Mix (if selected)
- Instruction Manual with Planting Guide (view PDF)
GROW IN OUR GARDENING CONTAINERS
When you use our gardening containers like the EarthBox® Original gardening system, you can grow just about anything! These are the fruit, vegetables, and herbs we recommend for this growing box. 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 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:
- Tomatoes, Peppers, Eggplant, Cucumbers, Zucchini/Sumer Squash, Butternut/Winter Squash, Melons, Beans, Pumpkins/Gourds, Strawberries, Okra, Corn, Onions, Radishes, Beets, Garlic.
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, Brussels Sprouts, Artichokes, Celery, Cabbage, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Leeks, Kohlrabi.
Do you offer quantity discounts or bulk pricing for multiples?
Now that we offer free shipping over $149 within the Contiguous USA, we no longer offer quantity discounts or bulk pricing for this product. The reason for this is because most bulk orders are either the same price or less expensive than before due to the significant shipping savings.
We also continue to offer our customer favorite Value Bundles, which remain the best deal and always ship free (within the Contiguous USA)!
What are the dimensions of the EarthBox® Original container?
The dimensions of the EarthBox Original are 29" L x 13.5" W x 11" H. It holds 3 gallons of water and 2 cubic feet (60 dry quarts) of growing media.
Are seeds or plants included with the gardening system?
Seeds are not included with your EarthBox® 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.
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 rains 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.
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 (tomatoes, peppers, squash, etc.) will need more water than herbs and 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. Tomatoes can take up to 10 gallons per day when they are producing fruit, depending on the variety of the plant and the climate they are grown in—which means you may need to add water 2-3 times per day during this phase.
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 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 Container Gardening System - This is our base version and is equivalent to selecting "None" for all the above options since the EarthBox® Original Container Gardening System does not come with casters, fertilizer & dolomite, or growing media (i.e. potting soil/mix).
EarthBox Garden Kit - This is our most popular version which includes casters and your choice of standard or organic fertilizer. This is equivalent to selecting "4 Casters", "Standard 7-7-7" or "Natural 8-3-5" fertilizer & dolomite, and no growing media.
EarthBox Ready-To-Grow - 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, which requires contacting us to get a custom shipping quote.
If you wish to order and ship outside the United States or Canada, we recommend using a freight forwarding service such as DHL. All shipments from our facility must be sent to a U.S.- or Canadian-based address.
The EarthBox® Original gardening 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. The following diagram explains in detail how the EarthBox® growing system components all operate together:
Check out our blog articles to quickly become a container gardening expert!
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