In This Issue
EarthBox Landscaping Tips
Retailer of the Month
Fresh from the Forum
>From Our Customers
Share Your EarthBox Experience
Join Our Online Community
The Community Gardens Project is keeping members of the Mental Health Day Program Social Club of Norwich, New York very busy these days. They've been growing fresh vegetables in EarthBoxes for months now. This garden endeavor is organized by Stacie Edick, Community Gardens Coordinator, through Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chenango County.
Funded by the New York State Department of Health's "Healthy Heart Program," this project is putting fresh produce on growers' tables, as well as filling the kitchen at the County Mental Health Office in Norwich.
Says Ms. Edick, "It's wonderful to see this group working together to tend the plants.
"It gives them great satisfaction to see their plants bloom into fresh vegetables, and it's wonderful for these folks to be able to bring home the healthy results of their gardening."
If you're landscaping with your EarthBoxes, then consider jazzing them up with the classic elegance of our decorative Garden Veneer products, which are ideal for patios, decks, and poolside.
All you have to do is set an EarthBox inside the Veneer container to achieve a clean, stylish look. If you're growing vining crops, just add a matching Garden Trellis to complete the décor.
Both the Veneers and the Trellises come in two colors, Mocha and White, and are made of durable, UV-stabilized PVC plastic. They're easy to assemble, and require no maintenance.
2012 Educational Packages
Our 2012 Educational Packages are still available for purchase, and this is a great time to start planning for the fall semester.
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: Jim Ferstl of Washington, D.C.
This darling photo shows one of the results of Jim's efforts to introduce the benefits of EarthBox growing to a new generation. Here, the grandkids enjoy Jim's mixed greens this past April!
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.
EarthBoxes are imminently practical for growing vegetables, herbs, and flowers alike, but have you considered including your boxes in your landscaping designs? Whether they're filled with greens, ornamental produce, or flowers, EarthBoxes can add texture, color, and even fragrance to your outdoor living spaces.
In this issue, we'll explore the EarthBox's landscaping potential.
||EarthBox Landscaping Tips
While many people use EarthBoxes to grow edible crops, the truth is that they adapt very well to ornamental landscaping. In fact, many individuals, civic organizations, and cities make extensive use of EarthBoxes for just such purposes. They can be placed along walkways, driveways, front entrances, on patios, as components in outdoor gardens, even in rock and pond creations.
Beautify Decks and Patios
A deck is a good location for stacking your EarthBoxes into a visually interesting design; for example, keeping one on ground level with one on a bench or stand, and another on the railing.
Some people even beautify their rooftops with EarthBox gardens. Now, there's an unusual landscaping idea!
If you'd like to decorate the scene a bit more, consider using our Garden Veneer products. Check our Featured Products section on the left side of the newsletter to learn more.
Provide Edible Centerpieces
The EarthBox Junior works great as a centerpiece for larger patio and picnic tables. A standard EarthBox can even work for sturdy tables. Either way, you always have living plants to enjoy, and if you play your cards right, you may even end up with fresh produce for the meals you eat at that table.
Adorn Sacred Spaces
A flower-filled EarthBox, especially an EarthBox Junior, can be placed in a cemetery or other sacred space to commemorate a loved one. This is especially appropriate for locations that don't allow in-ground plants. But do be sure to check with the facility first to find out what their parameters are for potted plants, before you put your tribute in place.
Remember: while EarthBoxes are more water-efficient than many other planters, you'll still need to keep them well watered, so leave yourself plenty of room to access their watering tubes.
Filled EarthBoxes can be very heavy, so it's best to settle on your landscaping design before you put it together. We recommend that you make a sketch first, laying out where you intend to place your EarthBox elements. It's much easier to erase a few lines than to transport a full-sized, planted EarthBox from one place to another. Juniors are significantly lighter, but are still heavy.
That said, you can move a planted EarthBox. Two people can shift a classic EarthBox, and one person can handle a Junior. And don't forget, we sell caster kits for our late-model EarthBoxes, to make them much easier to roll around.
With their roomy sizes, regular shapes, and large water reservoirs, EarthBoxes make wonderful additions to any landscape. Their impermanence adds to their attractiveness; unlike in-ground plants, you can rearrange your EarthBoxes fairly easily. Just exercise your creativity, keep the above pointers in mind, and you'll soon be on your way to creating a garden with the potential to delight all the senses.
||Retailer of the Month
This month, we salute Mendham Garden Centers in New Jersey. This family-owned and operated business has been serving Hunterdon County and Central New Jersey for over 50 years. They've offered the EarthBox system to customers since 2007.
As you approach the front door of the Mendham nursery, you'll see a full display of EarthBoxes. And you'll certainly notice the EarthBox brimming with produce on display near the vegetable plants. The nursery employees cheerfully explain the system to shoppers, and even offer fresh EarthBox vegetables to take home -- right off the plants!
"Every customer I have ever spoken with about growing in EarthBoxes loves them! 'Amazing', 'wonderful' and 'easy' are some of the most common descriptions," notes Manager Summer Franklin. Ms. Franklin's own mother has become a successful EarthBox grower. "She never had any luck growing vegetables until I got her the EarthBox. Now she has more tomatoes than she and all her neighbors can eat!"
Mendham Garden Centers are located in Mendham, Annandale, and Chester, New Jersey, and offer a wide range of gardening and home products, including plants, flowers, soil, tools, and lawn care items. For information and hours, call 908-730-9664 or visit www.mendhamgardencenter.com.
||Fresh from the Forum
Are you planning to grow tomatoes in your brand new EarthBox? Great choice -- the EarthBox system is ideal for raising America's favorite veggie! Check out this lively Forum discussion for some tips on how many plants to grow, what varieties to try, and more.
||From Our Customers
One of your fellow EarthBox growers, "gardendoc" of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, certainly does. Check out his robust plants as of this past March 20 -- just a month after he planted the seedlings!
||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 recently posted a new video on Facebook to help you decide what to plant in your EarthBoxes. Take a look!
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!
To place an order, call us at 866-727-5532 (24/7) or visit our online store. We accept PayPal!
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.