If you have always wanted to grow your own veggies yet hated the thought of actually digging the ground, turning the ground, mulching the ground, buying the ground to add to the already turned ground, pulling the weeds, adding irrigation, digging the ground again to add irrigation, blah, blah, blah…then the Earthbox way of gardening is for you. And ME! You can plant veggies, flowers, trees, rose bushes, fruit…anything that gets planted can get planted in an Earthbox. We are lucky here in Sarasota to have the inventor of the Earthbox, Blake Whisenant, and their experimental garden very close by. I will show you some pictures next time I go to their garden and you will really drool.
All you have to do each day is put the hose into the tube and fill until water runs out the bottom. Done. Go inside and have a glass of wine…don’t judge!
I am growing Heirloom Black Krim tomatoes and cherry tomatoes, red, yellow and green peppers, sweet banana peppers, poblanos, serrano and sweet Marconi peppers. Not to mention herbs, including basil, flat leaf Italian parsley, thyme, rosemary, mint and oregano. Then I also have red leaf lettuce, romaine and green leaf lettuce. The lettuce went from small to better eat it now in the last three days. Yikes. What to do with them? Maybe a tuna salad lettuce wrap, the obvious salad, burger topping (which we used for our Easter picnic along with sliced sweet banana peppers for the dogs…hot dogs, not Fern and Jingle).
I planted these Earthboxes in February, the tomatoes need a bit more sun and heat and the leaves are turning a bit yellow on the bottom, which I will investigate tomorrow. Sorry northerners, I know you wish to just see some grass and sun plus the fact that you were driving all willy nilly on our southern roads for the last four months so you really didn’t have time to plant your Earthboxes, but you will soon.
Go plant something…makes you feel all warm, fuzzy and springy! Happy Spring