EarthBoxes: Growing Machines

No, it is not too late to have your own personal vegetable planter producing a crop this year. One way is to plant EarthBoxes, and they are now on sale (see their web site). I have had a planter for over twenty years, and I call mine the pepper growing machine because they produce all summer until frost. It produces more peppers than we can ever use. I hope these step by step planting instructions help.

Once the bottom inset is placed, I use coffee filters to cover the large holes you are not using for stakes or the watering tubes and add a good planting mix over the coffee filters to stabalize them. Then, I put the soil mix in the earthbox

Once the bottom insert is placed, I use coffee filters to cover the large holes you are not using for stakes or the watering tubes, and add a good planting mix over the coffee filters to stabalize them. Then, I put the soil mix in the EarthBox.

I generally plant only 3 peppers per box

I generally plant only 3 peppers per box.

Once planted at the soil level they came out of the container, I sprinkle with a good fertlizer (like 5-10-10). I put about of cup of fertlizer per box

Once planted at the soil level they came out of the container, I sprinkle with a good fertlizer (like 5-10-10). I put about of cup of fertlizer per box.

This is one of my boxes I planted this year with all three plants with peppers ready for harvesting.

This is one of my boxes I planted this year, with all three plants producing peppers ready for harvesting.

Remember, as the plants start growing and the weather gets hotter, I make sure to add water to the boxes through the tubes daily until it flows out the base or holes on the sides, depending on the type you have. Over the years, the cover on the top wears out, and that is the only part that I have ever had to replace.

John Floyd

John Floyd has been gardening--and learning about Birmingham area gardening--for more than 30 years. In addition to his day-to-day experience, John has degrees in horticulture from Auburn and Clemson Universities and was Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living.

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