October 2011

In This Issue
EarthBox Education
Retailer of the Month
Feature Article: Growing Up
Please Write a Review!
Fresh from the Forum
>From Our Customers
Join Our Community
About EarthBox

EarthBox Education

EarthBox is part of some very important wellness programs in Newark, New Jersey. A program called KidsFit is taking place at Maple Avenue Elementary School, among other places. Registered dieticians Kerri Rossi and Geraldine Pierre teach the students about making healthy dietary changes and increasing physical activity.

Ms. Rossi and Ms. Pierre take time out from Newark Beth Israel Medical Center to help students from Grades 3 through 5 grow in EarthBoxes, both during class and at after school clubs. They plan to harvest lettuce and herbs and consume it in class. Next spring, Maple Avenue students will take walking trips to the farm at Beth Israel to plant warm weather crops in EarthBoxes.

These EarthBox growing projects are made possible through a partnership between Garden State Urban Farms and Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. "We're very appreciative for this collaboration," notes Ms. Rossi, "and we commend Ms. Lorraine Gibbons, founder of Garden State Urban Farms, for helping to teach students the importance of eating locally grown produce. We're also very grateful for the generous funding from Merck."

This year, on October 21, Ms. Rossi is coordinating a World Food Day event with the principal of Maple Avenue School, Mrs. Deneen Washington.

The event will take place in the auditorium with participation of all grade levels. The activities in the event will be taken from the EarthBox for World Food Day School Kit. They include student participation in a powerful activity that demonstrates the ratio between the 1 billion of 7 billion people on Earth who go to bed hungry each night.

For 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: MiniGarden

The MiniGarden is an innovative modular system that lets you grow aromatic herbs, greens, strawberries, and ornamental flowers in a vertical structure. You can install units indoors to create "green walls" or for kitchen use, or outside on patios, porches, decks, rooftops, outdoor kitchens, and even on fencing and around windows.

The MiniGarden is free-standing and self-draining. It can be connected vertically, horizontally, back-to-back, or any number of ways with other units, given its unique and functional design. Holes in the assembly clips allow the unit to be attached to a wall with washers and screws (not included).

It comes in three colors: white, green and terracotta.

We Have a Winner!

We've chosen the latest winner in our ongoing photo contest! Christopher DeSilvis of Philadelphia, PA will receive a $25 EarthBox gift certificate for his wonderful photo. Here's Christopher's entry:

"I really love the company," Christopher says, "and it's been the only way, with no green space, that my neighbors and I are able to have ridiculously successful rooftop gardens here in center-city Philadelphia.

"Here's a recent picture of our zebra tomato plant and fall crop of Brussels sprouts. We have six EarthBoxes on the roof, and our tomato plants are consistently over eight feet tall. The yield is amazing -- we love EarthBox! It's the ultimate urban garden!"

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 other month, and post the entry in an upcoming issue.

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Dear Customer,

Autumn's in full swing now, and many of us are breathing a sigh of relief after a long, hot summer that included some astonishing weather extremes. Depending on location, your weather may now be cool enough for you to start taking some plants indoors, before the first frost hits. For others, the autumn offers a second growing season for cool season produce.

Regardless of your climate, this is a great time to add vertical elements to your garden. Whether you grow indoors or out, "growing up" is an enjoyable and easy way to garden, adding both additional beauty and produce to the mix. It's particularly advantageous for those with limited space or mobility. Whatever the case, and wherever you grow, I think you'll find vertical gardening is a natural evolution from what you're already doing.

Happy gardening,

Frank DiPaolo

Growing Up

There are plenty of benefits to vertical gardening, whether you pursue it indoors or out. While lack of space is a good reason to go start "growing up" rather than out, so to speak, it's not a prerequisite. Even if you have plenty of gardening space, you can add vertical components to increase production, beautify your garden, or both.

Among other things, vertical growing can also:

  • Keep plants off the ground, minimizing pest and rot
  • Beautify walls, fences, and compost piles
  • Provide additional privacy
  • Add shade
  • Provide windbreaks
  • Simplify pruning and harvesting produce
  • Give sore backs and knees a rest
  • Add focal points to gardens
  • Provide organic wall art
  • Help filter the air naturally
  • Add humidity to your environment
  • Provide fresh produce to enliven meals

Where and What to Grow
Your vertical plants can grow on trellises, arches and arbors, gazebos, walls, fences, and wire cages, and can dangle from stands. Trellises are the simplest way to grow vertically, and they don't have to be fancy. You can make your own with relative ease, or you can purchase them in many sizes.

Arches and arbors make excellent entrances or accents in the yard or garden, especially once the plants have covered them completely. They're ideal for supporting vines, roses, and other climbers, and arbors in particular offer a versatile choice for patios, where they can provide much-needed shade.

Hanging baskets also make attractive additions to support structures such as arbors, roof overhangs, or even ceilings. Containers that have one flat side, like our MiniGardens, can be mounted to a wall or fence.

Decide on the location first, so you know how much space you're working with. Then choose what to grow, taking into account how much light, sun, and wind each plant will be exposed to. Prepare a list of plants you want and, if necessary, consult with a local garden center or county agricultural extension agent.

If you live in an area with cold winters, at this time of year your best bet is to set up indoors. Vertical gardening is very adaptable to in-home growing, provided you use a little imagination and you're prepared to provide your plants with the light they need.

Vegetables that adapt best to vertical gardening include vining cucurbits like cucumbers, squash, zucchini, gourds, and melons; pole beans; and peas. Just be sure you purchase vining types, not bush varieties, and go for the kind with smaller fruits. As for flowers, you've got a huge number of choices, including favorites like climbing roses, clematis, honeysuckle, morning glory, moonflowers...the list goes on and on.

As you can see, vertical gardening can add a whole new dimension to your gardening experience -- quite literally. Whether you have an acre of land to enjoy or you're limited to a small strip of ground along a fence, a satisfying gardening experience is at your fingertips!

Retailer of the Month

Mayo's This month, we salute Mayo Garden Centers in Tennessee. They've been serving Knoxville residents for over 132 years, and have been voted East Tennessee's Best Garden Center several times. Mayo's offers a full array of lawn and garden products, from whimsical lawn ornaments, flowers, soils, power equipment for residential and commercial uses, to one of the South's largest selection of patio furniture. Mayo's has been carrying EarthBoxes for several years now.

"We have customers that were so impressed with their EarthBox purchase that they came back for more the next year," notes Assistant Manager Judy Lee. "I think that each year our sales will grow, as familiarity with the product spreads."

For information on Mayo's store hours and locations, call 865-588-1351 or click here. Mayo's has three locations:

4718 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919
(Tel. 865-588-1351)

9629 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37922
(Tel. 865-691-1230)

620 E. Emory Rd, Powell, TN 37849
(Tel. 865-938-1010)

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.

Fresh from the Forum

Sometimes you get a surprise, even when you think you know what you're planting. Care to help identify a fellow EarthBox mystery plant? Join the discussion here and weigh in with your answer!

From Our Customers

beans"I harvested my first squash this morning; I was out watering, and this squash looked so tender and beautiful. Not too big nor too small.

"I took it off the vine, rinsed it off, and ate it for breakfast right then and there.

I love grazing in the garden!"

Springfield, MO
Zone 6

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 our product pages.

Join Our Community

Join fellow EarthBox growers on Facebook for interesting gardening discussions. Recently, folks were discussing the differences between potting media and potting soil. EarthBox has a list of approved potting media for growers; to see the discussion, check our Facebook Wall.

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 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.

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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