EarthBox Root & Veg Gardening System

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Vegetable Planting Box Features:

  • Easy-to-use, maintenance-free container gardening system
  • Great for growing almost anything, and especially root crops like carrots, beets, onions, etc.
  • No weeding, digging, or worrying about watering too little or too much
  • Controls soil conditions and eliminates guesswork
  • Sustainable and can be used year after year
  • Grow anywhere – on balconies, porches, rooftops, or even indoors
  • BPA-free and recyclable
  • Build your own EarthBox Root & Veg Box Gardening System, Root & Veg Garden Kit, or Root & Veg Ready-To-Grow Kit
  • Proudly manufactured in the USA
Carrots growing in a terracotta EarthBox Root & Veg planting box

Plant Box for Vegetables That Lets You Grow Anywhere

Ready to try growing your own vegetable crop? EarthBox® Root & Veg™ planting boxes and gardening system make growing vegetables easy, from delicious tomatoes to hearty carrots.

Our vegetable planting box is sub-irrigated to remove watering guesswork. It's suitable for gardeners of all levels, from novice to expert. With it, you can grow delicious fruit, vegetables, and herbs without needing a conventional, in-ground or raised bed garden.

Planting boxes are a convenient, space-saving solution that allow you to grow vegetables anywhere: balconies, patios, porches, and rooftops. Plus, they work as indoor or outdoor planters.

Get some essential tips for container gardening here.

Box Gardening Made Easy

Commercial farmers designed our planting boxes. And they're lab-tested to ensure their performance. But, most importantly, they're an easy way to grow your produce with little fuss. Just add potting mix, plants, and water following our simple instructions, and enjoy homegrown veggies at your fingertips.

This sustainable self-watering system prevents weeds, conserves water, and reduces fertilizer usage. In addition, it grows bigger plants faster than a traditional garden—with virtually no effort and zero guesswork. You'll be amazed at your success!

Vegetable planting boxes allow you to control the soil, watering, and sunlight your plants receive. So your plants will be healthier and more productive. They also provide convenient access to your garden.

Learn more about how to use planting boxes to grow vegetables.

EarthBox Root & Veg Container
EarthBox Root & Veg Aeration Screen
EarthBox Root & Veg Water Fill Tube
EarthBox Original Black and White Reversible Mulch Covers
EarthBox Standard 7-7-7 or Organic 8-3-5 Fertilizer
EarthBox Dolomite
EarthBox Organic Potting Mix
EarthBox Root & Veg Instruction Manual


  • 1 EarthBox Root & Veg Planting Box
  • 1 Aeration Screen
  • 1 Water Fill Tube
  • 2 Black & White Reversible Mulch Covers
  • 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)

What You Can Grow in Our Vegetable Planting Boxes

You can grow almost anything in an EarthBox® Root & Veg™ plant box for vegetables! We recommend these vegetables, fruits, and herbs for this growing system.

Click on the images to be taken to our Growing Guide page. We'll give you tips and insights on how to succeed at growing each crop. Then, follow the recommendations for plant placement, light, and watering guidelines to get the most out of your box gardening experience!

Our vegetable planting box is perfectly sized to grow all types of vegetables. The box is nearly 16 inches deep. It was designed to accommodate carrots, parsnips, rutabagas, beets, and onions since those roots are larger.

Woman adding fertilizer to EarthBox container gardening system

Water and Fertilizer are Essential for Box Gardens

After planting, there are two major concerns: water and fertilizer. We help take care of the watering part with our self-watering planting boxes.

We also help with the fertilizer. You can select two mixtures, each designed to address specific plant types.

The Standard 7-7-7 Fertilizer is excellent for all plants. However, it's highly recommended for growing all fruiting and root crops, such as:

  • Tomatoes, Peppers, Eggplant, Squash, Carrots, Onions, Beets, Pumpkins/Gourds, Strawberries, Turnips, Okra, Garlic, Radishes, Parsnips, Rutabagas, Jicama.

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, Artichokes, Brussels Sprouts, Chard, Celery, Cabbage, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Leeks, Collards/Mustard Greens, 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 that 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)!

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 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 Root & Veg vegetable planting box?

The dimensions of the EarthBox® Root & Veg container are 17.75" L x 17.75" W x 15.75" H with a base size of 11.75". It holds nearly 2 gallons of water and 2 cubic feet of growing media.

EarthBox Root & Veg container dimensions

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 over 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 the 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 the 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 if 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 Root & Veg Container Gardening System - This is our base version and is equivalent to selecting "None" for all the above options since the Root & Veg Container Gardening System does not come with fertilizer & dolomite or growing media (i.e. potting soil/mix).

EarthBox Root & Veg Garden Kit - 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 "Natural 8-3-5" fertilizer & dolomite and no growing media.

EarthBox Root & Veg 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® Root & Veg™ planting box for vegetables operates and uses the same components as the EarthBox Original. But it features a square design and a deeper growing space!

Our planting boxes and growing system provide a low-maintenance, fail-proof design backed by science. It applies tried-and-true commercial growing concepts. But scales them to a small footprint that produces better results than traditional in-ground gardens. So even those without a green thumb can use it to grow vegetables.

Root & Veg planting boxes allow growing root plants that require a deeper growing space, like carrots and parsnips. The following diagram explains in detail how the EarthBox Root & Veg planting box and gardening system components operate together:

A diagram of the EarthBox Root & Veg Gardening System showing each element, including plant food/fertilizer, dolomite, growing media, aeration screen & wicking chambers, water reservoir, mulch cover, and water fill tube and overflow drain

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