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July 2011
In This Issue
EarthBox Education
Retailer of the Month
Food Preservation Options
Snow Pea Activity Guide
Please Write a Review!
Fresh from the Forum
From Our Customers
Join Our Community
Ordering
About EarthBox
EarthBox Education:
Top of Parking Garage Sprouts Fresh Vegetables  

 

Pre-schoolers at Acorn Learning Center are budding gardeners, and the Rooftop Garden at Trinity Lutheran College in Everett, Washington is brimming with the vegetables and flowers they have grown! 

 

Ranging in age from one to five, these tots have created a desert area (from sand) and a meadow (made of grass). EarthBoxes, wading pools, and their meadow are home to pumpkins, snap peas, cherry tormatoes, carrots, wildflowers, and other plants.

 

Rooftop Garden

Dr. David Ellingson, Professor of Children, Youth and Family Studies at Trinity, works with the toddlers.  

 

"The children love to watch the pumpkins grow, pull the carrots, pick the cherry tomatoes and eat the snap peas!" notes Susan Houglum, Professor of Early Childhood Education at Trinity.

 

"It's wonderful that the children are growing all this healthy food in the middle of a city, on top of a parking garage. The garden is quite unique, colorful and fun!"

 

Rooftop Garden

 

Funding for the garden comes from several grants provided by the Thrivent Foundation and the Wheatridge Foundation.

 

For information on starting an EarthBox project of your own, click here or contact our Education Department at 1-800-821-8838, ext. 8348 or 8369.  
Retailer of the Month: 

Bachman's Floral, Gift

and Garden

This month we salute Bachman's Floral, Gift and Garden of Minnesota. Bachman's has been in business since 1885, when founder Henry Bachman planted and sold potatoes, lettuce, onions, and squash in South Minneapolis.

 

Bachman's 

Today, Bachman's serves the community with six home and garden centers in the twin cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul. They also serve the gardening industry with indoor and outdoor landscape divisions, nursery wholesale, seven acres of greenhouses, and a 670-acre growing range of plants,
flowers, and landscaping products. Customers and landscapers can avail themselves of seminars, flower shows, cooking demonstrations, and design workshops throughout the year.

For store locations and hours, click here or call 1-612-861-7600 for general information.

 

To find an EarthBox retailer near you, visit our Dealer Locator page. If you're a retailer interested in carrying EarthBox products or have a favorite garden center that you would like to recommend for EarthBox products, please contact Kathy Sponenberg here.    

We Have a Winner!
 

We've chosen the latest winner in our ongoing photo contest! James Ferstl will receive a $25 EarthBox gift certificate for his photo of his huge pea plants. Here's James's winning entry:   

 

July Winner

 

James tells us, "Mike needs a ladder to help his Pop-Pop harvest these eight-foot tall EarthBox peas!"

 

We'll be posting more winners as we choose them -- and we're still waiting to hear from you

Photo of the Month Contest 
 

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

 

We hope you are having an enjoyable and productive summer so far, despite the unusual weather!

 

By now, many of you are harvesting and enjoying your fresh EarthBox bounty. You may already be pickling and canning fruits and vegetables for later enjoyment. 

 

Whether you are a veteran or just starting to preserve your produce, we invite you to take a look at the pickling and canning items here at EarthBox. We also offer some helpful tips and links in this issue.

 

Happy harvesting,

 

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Frank DiPaolo
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  Food Preservation Options

 

There are many options for the safe preservation of food, including canning, pickling, freezing, and drying. Let's take a closer look at each of these methods.  

 

Canning
Food that has been properly canned and stored in a cool, dry place will last for about a year. The two most common canning methods used nowadays are the boiling water canner (for naturally high-acid foods, like tomatoes) and the pressure canner (for low-acid foods). For more information on canning, check out our Mrs. Wages Home Canning Guide. It includes a handy step-by-step primer for easy canning, as well as 120 tested recipes. You'll find old favorites like crunchy pickles and strawberry jam, as well as variations such as low-sugar and sugar-free preserves. 

 

Speaking of preserves, this special form of canning allows you to enjoy produce such as tomatoes, berries, peaches, apples, and pears all year long. It's also an excellent way to preserve fruit that's otherwise unsuitable for traditional canning or freezing. 

ketchupTomatoes are in a class by themselves. In addition to canning them in various forms, you can use tomatoes as the primary ingredients for specialty preserves such as ketchups and salsas that you and your family will love. Mrs. Wages' ketchup mix contains a mouth-watering mixture of herbs and spices that can make up to five pints of ketchup from your fresh tomatoes, and it's ready to eat in just 24 hours.

 

Pickling 

july pickleMany vegetables can be pickled (that is, preserved in brine), with the most popular being cucumbers and cabbage (for sauerkraut). We make pickling easy with our Mrs. Wages mixes, from pickling lime to kosher dill mixes. We have the ideal mix for you. If you choose to pickle from scratch, just follow the instructions in this helpful guide for safe handling and optimum enjoyment of your harvest.

Freezing   

Freezing is an easy and convenient way of preserving extra fruits and vegetables. If properly frozen, both will retain much of their fresh flavor. For some helpful tips on freezing fruit, visit this site. You can learn more about freezing vegetables properly by clicking here.  

 

Drying

Drying or dehydrating is one of the oldest methods of preserving foods, and it's a good alternative if you lack both canning equipment and freezer space. You can dry food using a conventional oven or a food dehydrator. This site offers plenty of helpful tips on drying your produce.   

 

Saving Your Harvest

As you can see, there are many ways that you can preserve your EarthBox bounty for later enjoyment throughout the off season. These methods all offer relatively simple, straightforward ways to ensure that none of your produce goes to waste.

Olive Green Arrow Snow Pea Activity Guide
 A Healthy Gift for the Special Kid in Your Life!

 

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Parents, grandparents and mentors, you have three good reasons to purchase the EarthBox Snow Pea Guide:

 

1. Right now, in July, you can help the kids in your life retain academic skills by completing the fun-filled, hands-on activities.

2. When the kids are becoming restless in August, they can plant, nurture and collect data from their crop in the box! 

3. Finally, when they harvest their crop in September and October, they can bring it to  school for "show and tell" and share the harvest with their classmates!

Olive Green Arrow  Please Write a Review!

 

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! We look forward to reading the reviews, and improving your EarthBox experience. So please, don't hesitate to post reviews on the product profiles at www.EarthBox.com.  

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Blossom End Rot 

Fresh From the Forum

Wondering how to deal with Blossom End Rot (BER) on your tomatoes? Check out this discussion in the forum for helpful information on this annoying problem.

   

If you'd like to ask a question, commune with your fellow EarthBoxers, or just swap recipes, we urge you to join us in the Forum at http://forum.earthbox.com.

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My First Garden 

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"This is my first anything garden. I have seven EarthBoxes, one Square Foot Gardening 4x4 foot plot, and a large grow bag. I also put some of my leftover seedlings in 10-inch plastic pots.

 

"The preparation of the garden area took me a while, as we have a lot of mature trees and not much space gets the sun. This area gets about six hours of good sun, so I am hoping that will be enough!"


Cathy

Owings, MD

Zone 6b

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EarthBox is on Facebook!  Now you can become a fan of EarthBox, joining a community of fellow EarthBox users for conversations, advice and photo sharing -- or just to check out whatever new information EarthBox has to enhance your gardening experience.

And don't forget to check out our videos! This is a members only feature, so if you're not already a Facebook member, you'll need to sign up to view the videos.

We'd also like to remind you about our forum, which you can find at http://forum.earthbox.com. We'd love for you to weigh in on any EarthBox matters that interest you, and show us how your EarthBox crops are faring this year. And don't hesitate to ask questions, because your fellow EarthBoxers are a wonderful source of information who will gladly help with any of your EarthBox issues!
Olive Green Arrow  Ordering 

To place an order, call us at 866-727-5532 (24/7) or visit our online store.

Olive Green Arrow  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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