Update March 29 2010…
Since this article was written in October last year, I’ve relocated. There is a newer post on my Spring Earth Box HERE
Another note is that when I visited my old house the other day where the below project was undertaken, I was amazed to see lettuce growing EVERYWHERE! I had let a couple of the plants go to seed and boy did they seed! There was romaine in every sidewalk crack and covering the area where the old earthbox project lived! Scroll down for more about the October planting.
The Earth Box Project Lettuce is growing nicely. The first photo shows the Earth Box, 10 days after planting tiny fragile lettuce seedlings. The second photo shows the lettuce thriving 8 days later. At this rate, I should be eating my first salad in a week!
A comment I received on the original Earth Box Article asked if I’d ever tried the “Grow Box.” I followed his link and found that the grow box is very similar to the Earth Box, with a few improvements. A larger water reservoir, and the water fill area is actually part of the box, rather than a standpipe. Looks like a nice improvement and the price is about 10 less than the Earth Box. You can check it out here. Just checked out this site for updates and I’ll tell you one thing folks.. the price on the Grow Box is pretty good. Just sent a friend to their website to buy one.
Since writing this post, I’ve found a home made variation that is very intriguing! Ray Newstead, an heirloom tomato grower found the Earth Box not quite strong enough to support some of his larger tomato plants. He set out to create a variation. He calls it the “Earth Tainer ” tm. Here is a link to the detailed building plans on his website here. It looks strong and fairly easy to build. Check it out ! I can’t wait to build one! Here is a photo of an Earth Tainer TM Farm.
4 replies on “Earth Box Project Lettuce Continues”
Great little bit of writing! I know hydroponics helps keep my plants healthy all year round. We make some killer hydroponic grow cabinets that include everything you need to get started. If you ever want to get in touch let me know, my name’s Nohemi Griffin. Peace!
I was reading your post and just wanted to see if you’ve heard of the Grow Box? I’ve tried it and I’ve had so much success. The directions are so easy my 6 year old could do it!
I had Spanish Onions, Cucumbers, Butternut Squash and Beets so far this summer! It’s actually a bit better and a whole lot less expensive! They hold about a gallon and a half more water. Check it out at http://www.agardenpatch.com
I was looking around on line today and added to the earthbox post. I found some detailed plans for building your own that look pretty fantastic. Cant wait to try it for larger tomatoes.
Here,Here to the Earth Box! Once I CORRECTLY used the device, I had some of the best heirloom tomatoes in a long time. In fact,I am just now picking the last fruits of the season.
My first experience was with the Grow box many years ago. In my excitement to assemble the box, I didn’t bother with the directions and proceeded to take all the deck apart including the stove pipe because I thought it was all part of the packing. In no time I was left with a rather large, plastic box.
With my current box, I read all the directions and took all appropriate steps and the results have been well worth it.
Good luck with yours. I’ll have a BLT!