Why Earth Boxes?

Fifteen years ago, I received an ad in the mail for these amazing gardening boxes that would produce an incredible number of tomatoes on a single plant.

Earth Boxes are low maintenance.

They don’t have to be watered every day.

It is impossible to overwater them.

There is no weeding.

They can be placed on my deck.

I decided to give it a try.  And they grow so much more…



March 20, 2019 – First Day of Spring

My summer gardening thoughts and dreams begin!

What is Earth Box Gardening?

Earthboxes are  a commercially available product that provides a labor-sparing method for growing vegetables and flowers.  When I found myself unable to garden in the ground as I had done before, these were a manageable way to continue to grow food for my table.  I live in central New Hampshire and in April have already begun planting Earthboxes for 2019.





June 12, 2019

The thermometer dropped into the mid-40’s Fahrenheit last night.  My 4 Basil plants braved the night and are thriving in the sun today.

Steps To Set-up Your First Earthbox

    1. Gather the materials of the Earthbox:
      1. Planting box
      2. Screen
      3. Tube
    2. If using a stand, place the planting box in the stand.
    3. Arrange parts.
      1. Place screen on support tabs near bottom of the planting box.
      2. Place tube through the hole in the screen.
    4. Pack potting soil in the two square corner-holes in the screen.
    5. Place soil on top of the screen to fill half the box.
    6. Mix 1 package of dolomite into the soil.
    7. Wet the soil.
    8. Fill the remainder of the box with potting soil.
    9. Refer to directions of how to arrange plants and fertilizer according to plant type.

      1. Dig a trench in the soil according to the diagram.
      2. Fill the trench with fertilizer.
      3. Cover the fertilizer with thin layer of potting soil.
    10. Place plastic cover over the soil, placing hole in cover over watering tube.
    11. Cut X’s in the cover for plants according to the diagram.
    12. Plant individual plants or seeds through holes in cover.
    13. Water plants from above one-time-only.
    14. Place a hose into the watering tube and fill until water runs out the bottom of the box.
    15. Continue to water 2-3 times per week until the water runs out the bottom of the box.