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In honor of World Food Day, Keep Greenville County Beautiful (KGCB) of South Carolina recently donated two EarthBoxes and automatic watering systems to a local women's shelter, Serenity Place. Here, women and children rebuild lives affected by substance abuse. The EarthBoxes, filled with kale and collard greens, are just inside the shelter, for easy access.
The installation was a group effort that included shelter residents and Roshni Malde, a Girl Scout Troop 215 member who helped organize this project for her Golden Badge Award (above photo, center). Growing materials were provided by the Greenville Organic Foods Organization (project partner), Lowe's, South Pleasantburg Nursery, and by private donors. A rain barrel was donated by the local Conservation District, providing a clean, sustainable water source for the plants.
Serenity Place residents are encouraged to participate in the maintenance of the garden, which involves weeding, watering, and picking produce. Tending the EarthBox plants provides the women and children with lifelong gardening skills, and educates them about how food is produced.
There are many garden expansion plans underway in Greenville County, including a partnership with the Girl Scouts, Greenville Soil and Water Conservation District, and Greater Greenville Master Gardens to install gardens at ten more community centers and shelters by spring 2013.
KGCB was recently acknowledged for its commitment to the area, with the Beautification Technical Assistance Award bestowed by Keep America Beautiful and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, which helped launch the Serenity Place project.
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.
Want to garden from the comfort of a chair? Here's the ideal solution for your standard EarthBoxes: the EarthBox Garden Stand.
Each sturdy steel frame, made of four easily-assembled pieces, comes with stainless steel hardware and can be put together in minutes. Casters are available (sold separately).
Need help assembling your EarthBox Garden Stand after it arrives? Check out this video, where General Manager Frank DiPaolo shows you how.
It's never too late to garden in the classroom! If you haven't already
done so, you can still order some EarthBox Educational Packages to grow plants year round with grow lights.
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 to help build critical thinking. 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! This month, our winner is Rhea Demory of Saratoga Springs, New York, with her corn as high as an elephant's eye.
Rhea says,"My corn was as tall, if not taller, than any in the fields around Saratoga Springs!"
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.
Gardening is an activity accessible to just about everyone, regardless of physical condition or yard space -- so don't let anything stop you from growing your favorite plants!
Traditional in-ground gardens are only one option for growing produce and flowers. Here at EarthBox, we offer several no-bend gardening choices, from table-top growing to vertical gardens. Read on to learn more.
||No-Bend Gardening Options
There are many benefits to gardening, among them the joy of creating, stress relief, and the stimulation of most human senses -- sight, touch, scent and taste. Even hearing plays its part if you enjoy the rustle of leaves and the trickle of water. All these pleasures are accessible to everyone.
With EarthBox, even if you can't bend, you can still garden, reaping all of the benefits of freshly grown produce and flowers.
Those who can't be on their feet or who prefer to work from a chair have numerous options for growing plants. EarthBoxes and EarthBox Juniors can easily be placed on tables, benches, stands, and other platforms, allowing you to sit while you work. Our EarthBox Garden Stand, sized for the classic EarthBox, is especially convenient for the seated gardener. In addition, Junior is well-suited for window box growing, as well as for some deck railings and other small areas.
If you use casters with the Garden Stand, engage the two caster brakes to keep the EarthBox sturdy. If you place your EarthBox on an elevated surface, make sure it's level, so water wicks properly from the reservoir. And of course, tall plants should always be secured, no matter where you're working with your EarthBox.
You can complement or supplement your EarthBox garden with other planted containers as well, such as window boxes, raised beds, hanging baskets, barrels, tubs, boxes, pots and even terrariums.
There may be a wide range of reasons why you can't bend, from arthritis to being wheelchair-bound. For advice on how to garden comfortably and safely, visit the University of Minnesota's Accessible Gardening page, and the University of Missouri's wheelchair gardening site. These links offer helpful tips no matter what your situation is.
Bending may not be possible or just might not appeal to you, but if you want to kneel to tend your plants, make sure you do so on a soft surface. A good garden kneeler will provide comfort and protection, so you can dig into your EarthBox or raised bed garden with ease.
Standing and Reaching
Some gardeners may avoid bending by standing when watering, pruning and harvesting. Window boxes offer this option, for example.
Those who are working with trellises, or tall vining plants, will most likely be doing some reaching. It's advisable to do some simple warm-up exercises before you stretch and reach. Long-handled tools can help also. For those who enjoy working on their feet minus the bending, vertical gardens are ideal.
It's All in Your Hands
Limited mobility doesn't have to mean limited gardening. You can be the envy of the neighborhood with abundant harvests and gorgeous flowers. With EarthBox products, you can garden in the manner that's most comfortable for you, so you still have flowers, veggies, and herbs to brighten your home and dinner table.
||Retailer of the Month
This month we salute Duncheon's Nursery and Landscaping, Land O' Lakes, Florida. A full service nursery and landscape design center, Duncheon's began carrying EarthBoxes five years ago, in response to customer requests. "All of our EarthBox customers rave about high vegetable yields, and about the profuse blooms and vigorous flowering plants grown in their EarthBoxes," notes Reese Bernier, nursery manager.
"The EarthBox is popular with Florida natives as well as with those who have relocated from colder climates. Retired folks and others who have recently arrived here are able to grow plants, even without being familiar with the local climate. The elder residents can garden without the normal physical demands, and many newcomers simply enjoy native Florida plants that thrive in EarthBoxes."
Duncheon's displays EarthBoxes in their greenhouse, near the vegetable and herb plants. The greenhouse is strategically located just inside the nursery entrance, attracting a lot of customers. Spring is the busiest selling season, with December also being a robust month, as customers buy the EarthBoxes to give as gifts.
To learn more about Duncheon's Nursery and Landscaping, visit www.duncheons.com, call 813-948-1890, or stop by 2720 Land O' Lakes Boulevard, Land O' Lakes, Florida.
||Fresh from the Forum
If you've enjoyed fresh basil in your EarthBox garden this year, sadly, it's time to harvest the last of it...if you haven't already.
If you're wondering what to do with all your leftover basil, consider this unusual but effective recipe!
||What's Growing on Facebook
Thinking about planting garlic? Fall is the right time to plant this versatile bulb for summer harvest.
Garlic is not only tasty, it's a natural deterrent for many pests. Several companion plants get along quite well with garlic.
Visit us on Facebook and check out our October 5 entry to find out more about growing garlic in your EarthBoxes.
||From Our Customers
"Just wanted to do a little bragging. I entered bell peppers (red and green), hot peppers, and Fairy Tale eggplant grown in my EarthBoxes in the Jackson County Fair. All won Blue Ribbons, and the red bell peppers won Grand Champion!"
Ocean Springs, MS
||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, single row planting,
winterizing your box, and more on our EarthBox videos page.
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.
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.