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No Yard? No Problem!
Retailer of the Month
Fresh from the Forum
>From Our Customers
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The Chester County Food Bank in Pennsylvania observes World Food Day all year round. It goes well beyond collecting non-perishable food for families in need. A pilot nutrition education initiative called "Community, Classroom, and Cafeteria" is underway, in which EarthBoxes will be donated to local schools for classroom growing. Recipients will be eight Head Start sites across Chester County, two pre-schools in the Phoenixville area, and eight Kindergarten classes in the Owen J. Roberts and Phoenixville Area school districts.
Small hands will produce large harvests, when toddlers and kindergarteners grow vegetables in their classrooms for lessons, snacks, and to donate to a local Food Cupboard!
"The goal is to build community partnerships that promote healthy eating and also an awareness of the importance of agriculture," says Executive Director Larry Welsch. "We are pleased to be able to use the EarthBox. Although the Food Bank has a very extensive Raised Bed Garden Program, with over 460 gardens at 103 sites in Chester County, we believe the EarthBox will meet a critical need at schools where a raised bed garden cannot be built. This program is essential to the success of the Food Bank's nutrition initiative. "
For more information on the Chester County Food Bank, visit www.chestercountyfoodbank.org.
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.
The newest member of the EarthBox family of products, EarthBox Junior offers all the same great features as the larger EarthBox growing system, but in a new compact size.
The Junior takes up about half the volume of a full-size EarthBox, making it ideal for those who either have limited gardening space, or who want just a few plants. At 23 inches long by 7.25 inches wide and 9.5 inches deep, it holds about a cubic foot of growing medium. If you're looking for a nice windowbox or kitchen counter garden to grow herbs in, give Junior a try.
Junior comes complete wth overflow hole, one Junior Aeration Screen, one Junior Water Fill Tube, two B/W Reversible Junior Mulch Covers, a four-inch Overflow Saucer, eight ounces of Dolomite, and eight ounces of 7-7-7 Fertilizer. Good things really do come in small packages!
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
garden in the classroom 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 Suzan Morris of Old Orchard Beach, Maine, with this beautiful picture of her super-tall cherry tomato plants -- and their raider.
Suzan tells us, "Unbelievable! Our large, 70-pound Golden Retriever, Friday, is dwarfed by the 9 1/2 feet tall cherry tomatoes in our EarthBox. We've also discovered that he's a tomato thief! Bad boy! Good thing he can only reach so high.
"In the foreground, you can see the summer squash, which are also doing great, planted along with cucumbers on a trellis in the same box. Being disabled, I really appreciate the accessibility of my EarthBoxes."
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.
We hope you're enjoying your latest round of EarthBox bounty!
One of the greatest things about EarthBoxes is how they allow virtually
everyone to garden. Even if you have limited space or no yard at all, you
can still enjoy fresh vegetables straight from your own garden, be it on
your balcony, patio, or even in a kitchen window.
Both EarthBox and EarthBox Junior make ideal platforms for limited-space
gardening, no matter the time of year. Read on to learn how a little space
can yield a big harvest!
||No Yard? No Problem!
Whether you live in a house with limited land or bad soil, a condo, or an apartment, you can enjoy a garden that produces beautiful flowers or edible, fresh produce in just weeks. A yard isn't necessary for EarthBox growing. All you need is a little space.
This is especially true of EarthBox Junior, the smaller version of our standard EarthBox. With either, you can turn a patio, deck, balcony or even flat rooftop into a colorful garden. EarthBoxes can be placed on outdoor surfaces, elevated with level blocks, or even dressed up in our veneer holders. Add some additional limited-space growing techniques like trellising and our wall-mounted minigardens, and you can increase your harvests even more.
EarthBox Junior: Space Saver and High Yielder
You can add beauty and aroma indoors also, by growing herbs in Junior right in your kitchen window. A handy overflow saucer (included) will keep the water where it's supposed to be. Other plants that grow particularly well in our EarthBox Junior include salad greens, lettuces, and various flowers. Junior makes a great gift, too!
A Little Planning, a Lot of Plants
To make optimal use of your EarthBoxes, follow a few basic planning steps for elevated growing areas. Be sure the structure can support the weight of your EarthBoxes, then put them firmly in place, as level as possible, so that they'll draw water evenly from their reservoirs.
If you're growing in a partially-covered or lightly shaded area, there are some vegetables that only need 3-6 hours of sun or constant dappled sunlight. They include most salad greens, cauliflower, Swiss chard, leafy greens and broccoli. Other vegetables, like onions, peppers, tomatoes, peas, cucumbers, and squash, require full sunlight to grow best.
If you live in an apartment building with a flat roof, ask your building manager about starting an EarthBox garden. Perhaps this will become a neighborly event. Many businesses also have flat roofs; if management is amenable, you might even be able to create a "green roof" at work, as this young woman has done.
The EarthBox Advantage
If you've found that you just can't grow a standard in-ground garden, whether due to lack of space or bad soil, EarthBox can help. EarthBoxes are self-contained and compact, so they're ideal for those of you with limited space. With their large reservoirs, your plants will get all the water they need for optimum growth. You may
find in the beginning of the growing cycle that you'll only have to water every couple of days, but as the plants thrive, their water demands will increase.
All it takes is a small amount of room and a little preparation, and you can soon be growing an amazing quantity of flowers and food just a few steps away from your home.
||Retailer of the Month
This month we salute South Pleasantburg Nursery, Greenville, South Carolina. South Pleasantburg keeps gardeners busy all year long. From early spring through summer, growers buy flowering plants, vegetable seedlings, EarthBoxes, statuary, water gardens, and outdoor living accessories. During fall and winter, upstate South Carolina residents flock to the nursery for trees, shrubs, lawn seed, indoor plants, and to purchase EarthBoxes as holiday gifts. There are also seasonal "how to" workshops to help insure success.
EarthBoxes made their debut at South Pleasantburg in 2010, after Manager Jim Borenstein viewed them at a trade show. The timing was right to offer customers a self-contained growing system, as vegetable gardening keeps rising in popularity.
"Feedback from customers is always positive. Everyone raves about their EarthBoxes!" notes Jim. He sings their praises as both nursery manager and gardener. "I am growing in EarthBoxes in the front of our house, as we have too much shade in the backyard. They are also a great solution for those who only have patio and balcony space."
For more information on South Pleasantburg Nursery, visit spnursery.com, call 864-299-6677, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
||Fresh from the Forum
Do you have a favorite tomato you grow every year? Want to hear what your fellow growers have to say about their tomato harvests? Then just click here to see what folks are talking about tomato-wise.
||What's Growing on Facebook
In addition to our vibrant community on the Forum, we also have an active Facebook community. Here's one recent highlight: an amazingly life-like owl made entirely of fresh fruit and vegetables! Click the link to check it out. It looks like it's ready to spread those lettuce wings and fly away, doesn't it?
||From Our Customers
"I love my EarthBoxes. My plants are doing great, despite the high heat in Iowa.
"I am Asian, and I like to grow Asian vegetables. In this photo, I'm growing Tong Ho Edible Chrysanthemum, a popular Asian vegetable with a special aroma and flavor. You might try them sometime! My pole beans are also an Asian strain."
||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.