July 2012

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

EarthBox Education

Hunger is a terrible thing. It causes constant head and stomach aches, weakness, and fatigue. It predisposes people to all kinds of disease and sentences them to a short lifespan. Sadly, the majority of the hungry people in the world are children. They have no voice -- but it doesn't have to be this way. We can be their voice.

The EarthBox campaign to end hunger began last year when we introduced the EarthBox for World Food Day School Kit. Students across the country learned to grow crops, collect and analyze garden data, and to observe World Food Day by growing local and thinking global all year round.

This year, EarthBox joins with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and a network of collaborators from around the world to fight hunger and advance food security. On October 16, World Food Day, we will work together to educate, advocate, and take action for a hunger-free world. Counted in the World Food Day group are The USDA's People's Garden, 1,000 Days, Hunger Free Communities Network, Oxfam America, the One Campaign, World Food Programme, Universities Fighting World Hunger and EarthBox.

As collaborating partners, our individual campaigns and World Food Day events will be showcased on the World Food Day USA & Canada website. In addition, we will promote each other's campaigns in our e-newsletters, blogs, and websites, at conferences, trade shows, and wherever we can.

The EarthBox campaign will directly support the World Food Day 2012 theme, Agricultural Cooperatives: Key to Ending Hunger. We will promote collaborations to observe World Food Day between schools and farmers markets.

Specifically, EarthBox is reaching out to you, the EarthBox community, non-profits, businesses, and leaders of farmers markets. We are asking you to coordinate the sponsorship of a school's participation in The EarthBox for World Food Day Campaign. In turn, students will encourage people to buy local at farmers markets throughout the entire season. On October 16, they will observe World Food Day at farmers markets, or wherever it is appropriate to do so in their community.

Help us educate, advocate, and take action for a hunger-free world. Join the EarthBox for World Food Day campaign. You can coordinate a group or individual effort. It is as easy as:

1. Contact a local principal to introduce the EarthBox for World Food Day Campaign.
2. Offer to sponsor the program at the school.
3. Contact EarthBox to order the EarthBox for World Food Day School Kit and an EarthBox Ready-to-Grow Kit to get them started!

Hunger. Let's grow out of it.

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 want watering your EarthBoxes to be as convenient as simply turning on a spigot, then take a look at our Automatic Watering Systems. We offer two-EarthBox, six-EarthBox, and 12-EarthBox setups. Each includes all the water fill tubes, tubing, connectors, regulators, sensors, and reducers you need to let you set up multiple EarthBoxes so it's easy to keep the reservoirs full.

EarthBox AWS

The AWS is a convenient way to make your EarthBox gardening easier than ever. Green thumb or not, it's hard to go wrong with an AWS working on your side! They're easy to assemble, and all our AWS kits come with a one-year guarantee.



Educational Packages

This is a great time to get some EarthBox Educational Packages for the upcoming school year!

These STEM-based plans (for early learners up to elementary, middle, and high school students) are ideal for teaching the art and science of horticulture. They make it a snap to illustrate where food comes from and what it takes to produce it -- a process that's rather mysterious to many students these days. Click here to learn more!



We Have a Winner!

We've chosen the latest winner in our ongoing photo contest! In this photo, Kelly Thompson of Spanish Fort, Alabama shows off some of her tomatoes.

Kelly tells us, "We have had great success with our Earthbox tomatoes here in Spanish Fort. Atkinson tomato plants are growing like Amazon vines in one box, and Bush Goliath tomatoes are taking over another (see below). We just started harvesting around 10 or more tomatoes per day!

"Marinated tomatoes and bruschetta are two of our favorite ways to prepare the freshly picked ripe tomatoes. We look forward to a steady supply of tomatoes throughout the summer!"



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're enjoying a robust growing season so far, and that Mother Nature is treating you and your plants well.

This is a time of year when heat can be excessive, and not surprisingly, high temperatures lead to watering concerns. EarthBox gardeners have been chatting quite a bit on the forum lately, presenting questions about keeping their plants hydrated.

So in this issue of the newsletter, we provide answers to key watering questions, and explain how easy it is to keep your EarthBox plants thriving during these hot summer months.

Happy gardening,

Frank DiPaolo
EarthBox


EarthBox Irrigation Control

One of the main advantages to the EarthBox growing system vs. other container gardening is that it takes the guesswork out of watering. The EarthBox is designed to conserve water, and prevent over- and under-watering even during the hottest spells. The only requirement is that the reservoir never run dry, and this is easily accomplished by filling the reservoir through the water fill tube.

Another distinction is that the plants wick the water from the bottom, while the fertilizer remains on top of the soil. The plants will drink as much water as they need, no more. This may seem unusual, but our scientific research proves that the EarthBox system provides the best possible growing environment for plants -- and yet it's so simple to use!

There have been many questions on our Forum recently about how often to water, how to know when the reservoir is filled, about the Automatic Watering System (AWS), and whether to water from the top or not. In response, here are a few key pointers for keeping your EarthBox plants hydrated.

How Often to Water
The frequency of watering will depend on the stage of growing, but always try to keep the reservoir completely filled. You'll know it's full when the water starts to run out of the overflow hole.

When the EarthBox is first planted, the box will only need to be watered every 2-3 days. However, as the plants get into the rapid growth phase, watering will most likely be required every day. Crops like tomatoes, melons, and peppers may require water twice a day when they are heavily fruited.

The Water Fill Tube
The EarthBox system is designed for plants to wick water from the bottom. Just add water to the reservoir through the water fill tube. Plants will take the exact amount of water they need, so you can't ever over- or under-water. Resist the temptation to second-guess the system, as this will only decrease your results.

Keep the Mulch Cover On and Rain Out
Don't remove an EarthBox's mulch cover until your growing season is finished and you're ready to replant. The EarthBox mulch cover helps to keep your growing media moist; plus, it keeps rain from washing away your fertilizer, and prevent weeds and unwanted plants or pests from getting into your EarthBox.

Moving the EarthBox After Watering
You might need to move your EarthBox after it's filled. Just keep in mind that a full-sized EarthBox weighs approximately 80 pounds when filled with water and growing media, which is a bit much for one or even two people to handle. We offer a caster kit to make full EarthBoxes a lot easier to move.

Keeping the Bugs Away
There's generally very little water around the EarthBox, but some of our Forum members have noted some mosquitoes buzzing around their boxes. There are perfectly safe ways of keeping the water in your EarthBox reservoirs completely clean of these pests, without any danger to you, your pets, or your plants.

In addition to other accessories, we offer some very effective mosquito dunks to toss into your EarthBox reservoirs. These ring-shaped products release a bacterium called BTI into the water; it attacks and kills insect larvae only, without harming other living things.

The EarthBox Automatic Watering System
Watering your EarthBox plants is simple; all you have to do is keep the reservoir filled.

If you want even more convenience, try our AWS. All you have to do is turn on a spigot to water one or several interconnected EarthBoxes. The benefits include maintenance of a constant water level for consistent hydration during hot spells and for dry climates, and saving the time of filling the reservoir yourself.

We offer EarthBox AWS kits for connecting two, six and 12 EarthBoxes so they can be watered from one hose, as well as an expansion kit for adding another box to any system. A water sensor, pressure regulator, and system reducer are also available. Assembling the AWS is easy. For step by step instructions, view this tutorial video.

We hope this answers all your questions about watering your EarthBox!

Retailer of the Month

This month we salute Strawberry Blossom Home & Garden Center in Wayne, New Jersey. A small fruit stand business begun in 1959 has "blossomed" over the years into five acres of home and garden items to suit every need. Strawberry Blossom's offerings include tools, seeds, flowers, birding and outdoor living items, water features, gifts, and a full tropical greenhouse. There are also workshops, including container gardening Q&A sessions that help guide EarthBox growers.

Sales of EarthBoxes at Strawberry Blossom are most robust in spring and early summer. Throughout the growing season, customers share their successes with staff. Growers delight in how large the EarthBox plants grow, and the volume of fruits and vegetables they yield. Notes Manager Craig Okken, "Customers appreciate the versatility of the EarthBox system, and that feature definitely helps gardeners succeed."

For information, store hours, and directions, call 973-694-7500 or visit www.strawberryblossom.com.

Fresh from the Forum

Thinking about growing some sunflowers in your EarthBox? Check out this discussion for some helpful hints and links!



From Our Customers

"Jalapeno peppers!

"Looking forward to some poppers! Have three plants and each have four nice peppers so far."

"hritter 007"
Zone 7b
North Carolina



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

Join Our Online Community

Join fellow EarthBox growers on Facebook for interesting gardening discussions, to find special EarthBox offers and resources, and to view photos from both us and our customers. While you're there, take a look at our new Education Department Facebook page.

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.

We also invite you to participate in our forum. 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. 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!

Ordering

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


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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