December 2012

In This Issue
EarthBox Education
Gifts Galore
Retailer of the Month
Fresh from the Forum
Facebook
>From Our Customers
Share Your Experience
Join Our Online Community
Ordering
About EarthBox

EarthBox Education

Every class at Bay Haven School of Basics Plus in Sarasota, FL has its own EarthBox garden. From Kindergarten through 5th grade, students assemble their EarthBoxes, plant and care for organic seedlings, harvest produce, and enjoy the vegetables at a salad party. During the growing process, the children discuss key "food justice" facts about water conservation, health benefits of fresh produce, and growing without pesticides.

Plant sketches and classroom "name tags" are laminated on the EarthBoxes, to identify what is being grown and by whom. The planted EarthBoxes are placed in public areas of the school, for high visibility to students, teachers, and guests.

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The Bay Haven Garden Project was founded 6 years ago by parent volunteers who blazed the trail with a teacher liaison, Rolf Hanson. Mr. Hanson, the Science Laboratory teacher, became coordinator in 2009, and helped integrate this project into the school curriculum. Donations from the Sarasota County Extension Coordinator, a local farmer, and parents have made this possible.

"Six years into the project we're still amazed that students linger once they put their hands in the dirt," notes Mr. Hanson. "They enjoy luxuriating in the smell of the basil, as much as they love to recoil from the reek of the organic fertilizer! Even the toughest kid wants to cradle a baby plant or harvest and wash a head of lettuce, and the most finicky kids will gobble up salad.

"We've found that the senses of touch, smell, sight and taste are the hooks that bring students into conversations about the food they put into their bodies. The love of a garden opens the way for dialogue about the world around us."

For more information on starting your own EarthBox project, click here or contact our Education Department at 1-800-821-8838, ext. 8348 or 8369.



Featured Product

If you've got an EarthBox garden you'd like to start earlier in the year or continue growing well past the end of the fall, we've got the perfect solution: our line of sturdy, attractive Snap & Grow greenhouses, which can easily house up to 10 EarthBoxes. They're easy to install: the doors and windows come preassembled, and you just slide and lock the SnapGlas panels into place.

Our greenhouses come in two sizes, 6 by 8 feet and 8 by 12 feet, and both are available in silver and green. They're all great for extending the season for vegetables, flowers, and herbs, simply by raising the interior temperature by as much as 10-15 degrees during cooler weather. In milder climates, that may be enough to grow some plants year-round!



Free Shipping!

To make your holiday gift giving even easier, we're offering Free Shipping and Handling from now through Monday, December 24, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. EST. You must place Christmas orders no later than December 17 to get them on time. Hurry, because the offer is good only while supplies last, and no rain-checks are available for any back-ordered, sold-out, or out-of-stock items.

Expedited shipping options are available for additional charges. Items shipped to AK, HI, Guam, VI, and all other U.S. territories are not guaranteed to arrive in time for Christmas, will be delivered by Parcel Post, and will be charged accordingly (see the S&H table for holiday rates).

For shipping orders to APO/FPO addresses via Parcel Post, please call Customer Service Monday-Friday at 1-800-821-8838 between 9 am-5 pm EST. Offer valid only in the United States & U.S. territories. We regret that we cannot ship to foreign countries.

Parameters: The offer applies to FedEx Ground S&H charges only; all other shipment methods will be charged accordingly. The offer is not valid on previous purchases, Education orders, or any wholesale orders. Sales tax will apply in PA and WA. All orders must be purchased with intent for immediate delivery, and cannot be placed on hold for a later shipping date/time. The offer does not apply to overweight surcharges, or items that are required to be sent via priority shipping or air.



We Have a Winner!

We've chosen the latest winner in our ongoing contest! This month's winning photo comes from Matt Garver of Plymouth, Indiana. "I love the EarthBox!" says Matt. "My landscape is covered in flowers from Spring into Fall. No matter what I plant, everything grows quickly and looks so healthy."

"I never grow tired of seeing my friends gaze in wonder as their eyes travel from one EarthBox to the next. And it's very relaxing to spend time outdoors watching the hummingbirds and butterflies also enjoying the flowers."



Photo of the Month Contest

Want to win a $25 EarthBox gift certificate? Just send us your EarthBox success photos with the word "contest" in the subject line of your email, and you could be our next winner!

Please make sure your image is in .JPG format and at least 640×480 pixels or 5 x 7 inches at 72 dpi. We'll pick a new winner every month, and post the entry in an upcoming issue.


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Dear Customer,

We hope you had a peaceful Thanksgiving!

Now that Turkey Day's past, you've probably turned your attention to your holiday gift list. If you have people on your list who are challenging to find presents for, why not give them the gift of gardening?

Here at EarthBox, we have items suitable for everyone, from children up to great-grandparents, from beginner gardeners to avid growers. We can help with every aspect of container gardening, from organic EarthBox Juniors to Snap & Grow greenhouses.

Read on to learn more!

Happy gardening,

Frank DiPaolo
EarthBox

P.S. By the way: we're offering free shipping and handling to most locations until December 24. Check the "Free Shipping!" section on the left side of the newsletter for more details.

Gifts Galore at the EarthBox Store

EarthBox can meet all your holiday gifting needs -- and there's no gift like a gardening gift, because it just keeps on giving from season to season! Among other things, our gardening gifts can be used to:

  • Make gardening more convenient
  • Build group camaraderie as you create something together
  • Experience the satisfaction of sharing produce with others
  • Learn the lesson of being gentle with the Earth
  • Reduce grocery expenses

And these are only a few of the things you can achieve with our products. Best of all, we're offering free shipping and handling to most locations until December 24!

Easy Gardens for the Young and Seasoned
The EarthBox gardening system is ideal for anyone who wants to grow plants. It's self-contained, rises above the needs for space and in-ground soil, solves watering quandaries, and accommodates both the young and young at heart. Grandparents and their grandchildren can easily grow together! There's no bending necessary, and no experience required.

The EarthBox Junior is especially appealing to those who want to try out gardening. It's suitable for growing herbs, as well as for window box, deck, balcony and patio gardening. Not only is the size manageable, but so is the price.

Another gift idea for new gardeners, those who can't bend and dig, and even seasoned growers is the EarthBox mini or "vertical" garden. Vertical gardens are very popular these days. They're perfect gifts for those who have limited space, time, or mobility, but want to grow fresh produce indoors or out. Our mini-gardens are reasonably priced, and look great in the kitchen.

Or you could give someone a cold frame, which is ideal for seed-starting and provides plant protection when planting early, or from late-season cold.

Want to really dazzle a loved one? How about a Snap & Grow greenhouse? They're great for the gardener wanting an early start on growing plants; you can start up to 10 EarthBoxes inside. These greenhouses really are a "snap" to install, given their preassembled door and windows, and SnapGlas panels that slide and lock into place.

EarthBox Accessories
If your loved one is already an EarthBox grower, a Replant Kit should delight them. We also offer a wide variety of other accessories for every need. If birds have been feasting on someone's tomatoes, get them some bird netting. EarthBox Garden Stands are ideal for those who can't easily bend, while staking kits and trellises will help keep vining plants and their fruit aloft. If you know someone who'd like to dress up their EarthBoxes, give them some of our veneers.

Small Surprises
Sometimes you just need a small item for a grab bag, business gesture, or stocking stuffer. Gardeners may appreciate practical accessories like labels, a soil analyzer, even a twine dispenser. Tomato lovers will be especially appreciative of the numerous varieties of tomato seeds we offer.

Food preservation products such as pickling kits, tomato sauce packets, and home canning guides are also great for anyone who grows an abundance of produce and wants to preserve some for later enjoyment.

If you're not sure what someone on your gardening gift list might like, you can always give them a gift certificate and let them make their own choice. EarthBox gift certificates come in denominations of $20, $25, $50, and $100, and can be applied to the cost of products, shipping, and/or taxes if applicable. They're good for 12 full months after the date of issue.

We've Got It All
If you've got a grower or interested beginner on your shopping list, then you've definitely come to the right place to shop. We've got items appropriate for every gardener, especially those with limited space and time. There's plenty more where all of the above came from, so come check us out!


Retailer of the Month

This month we salute Stringer Nursery and Garden Center, serving Tulsa, Oklahoma since 1957.

Stringer's Manager, Stan Bunnell, is very responsive to his customers' requests. In fact, four years ago, Stringer began selling EarthBoxes because so many customers had asked for them. They've been selling well ever since.

The organic and regular EarthBox Kits are featured in the Indoor Garden Center, where they're easily seen by customers. Sales are most robust in springtime, but they sell other times of the year as well, whenever the weather is conducive to growing.

"Customers are particularly satisfied with the EarthBox system here in Tulsa, because they don't have to contend with the clay-intense soil," says Stan. "They can control the soil conditions and grow plants that would be challenging to grow in-ground."

To find out more about Stringer Nursery and Garden Center, stop by 7203 E. 41st Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma, call 918-628-0296, or visit http://stringernursery.com/.

Fresh from the Forum

If you're prepping your EarthBoxes for overwintering and have been wondering whether you should add a little dolomite before you put them away, then it's worth your while to take a look at this forum discussion. If you have your own take on the matter, then why not join the conversation?


What's Growing on Facebook

If you live in the southern U.S., the growing season probably isn't over for you unless you want it to be. Check this chart on our Facebook page to determine what you can plant as the year winds down.

For those of you who live too far North to keep growing plants outdoors, learn how to winterize your EarthBox with these helpful video tips from Frank.

From Our Customers

"Here's my start for the fall: seven corn (one never germinated), one Tabasco pepper, and eight bush green beans.

"The divisions on the orange-and-white stick are 1 dm = 10 cm. Sort of strange to have them in front of the house, but what little of the back yard is not filled with swimming pool is covered by a live oak tree!"

Dale
Pinellas County, Florida
Zone 9b


Share Your EarthBox Experience

We appreciate your opinions about EarthBox products, and so do your peers. Because we recognize how helpful and valuable our customers' viewpoints can be, we would love to receive your comments -- whether positive or negative.

Here's the process: go to our website, click the category on the left column, and then click on the product name. Next, click on "Review this item," and start writing.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Join Our Online Community

Join fellow EarthBox growers on Facebook or our Forum for interesting gardening discussions, EarthBox offers and resources, and to view awesome photos. Your fellow EarthBoxers are a wonderful source of information, always willing to advise you on your EarthBox issues!

Gardening with children in EarthBoxes? Find ideas for growing in or outside the classroom on our Education Department Facebook page, in the Education section of our Forum, and in these videos.

You don't have to be an educator to find inspirational ideas on growing plants with youngsters. Videos are a members only feature, so if you're not already a Facebook member, you'll need to sign up.

You can also view tutorial videos on combination plantings, replanting your EarthBox, winterizing your EarthBox, and more on our EarthBox videos page.

Ordering

To place an order, call us at 866-727-5532 (24/7) or visit our online store. We accept PayPal in addition to all major credit cards.


About EarthBox

The patented EarthBox was developed by commercial farmers, and proven in the lab and on the farm. Our maintenance-free, award-winning, high-tech growing system controls soil conditions, eliminates guesswork, and more than doubles the yield of a conventional garden -- with less fertilizer, less water and virtually no effort.

It's used successfully on a daily basis by commercial farmers, educators, and consumers. Distributors are also finding it to be a popular growing system.

EarthBox is a remarkably easy-to-set-up system that can be used to grow produce virtually anywhere. EarthBox systems have been incorporated into community gardens all over the world, enabling families and neighbors to share fresh produce, while minimizing work and expenses.

EarthBoxes can even be found in classrooms. Our EarthBox Pre-K through 12th grade standards-based curriculum can bring science to life, with hands-on cross-curricula lessons that teach principles of growing and nutrition utilizing the scientific method in student-driven experiments.

To find out more, visit www.earthbox.com. To request a catalog, call 888-917-3908.


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