If you have never heard of planting in an earthbox, you are probably wondering what on earth is an earthbox? This article will help with. Making a self watering container or Earthbox™. A self watering container is a container that has a water reservoir built in. This reservoir waters the plants. My garden in May: Bell peppers in my jr earthbox. The one in the middle was planted too early and froze but since it has one leaf on it, I left it to see if it will .

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Since I love growing, canning and eating fresh produce, I strive to cultivate a maximum yield in the least amount of space. Last year my eyes were on the Earthbox. There are several other DIY methods out there, but after much consideration, this is the method I decided to take with the homemaxe and consult of my hubby. My supplies consisted of the following:. About two feet of 1″ pipe and 6 pieces 6″ long of ” pipe. Follow these steps to create your own fabulous EarthBox click images to enlarge and read descriptions:.

These videos show Chad and I building the EarthBox: This is my EarthBox after a week of growth, and the plants seem to be liking their new home.

Homemade Earth Box Planter

You can even make one out of a soda bottle. Yes, so many options really. This one is quite durable and will take me through a few years. Nice to know about the soda bottle, Mike! If anyone else has any great ideas, please share…. This looks and sounds like an exciting way to grow! Last year we tried a loose variation of the square-foot gardening method with built-in beds.

But we need a new method as the beds are not in an optimal earthhox spot for us. This could be our new method! Thanks so much for such a lovely, detailed post. I really enjoy it! I got all the specs for the earthboxes from my mother who has several, but I wanted a more economical way of making them since they are a little pricey for me. I do have one question, where did you get the mesh ceiling tiles?

I have looked everywhere and cant find them. Hi Deb, I purchased the ceiling grates from Home Depot a hardware storeand I would think most large hardware stores would carry them. I live about 50 miles from the nearest home depot and lowes so I wanted to check before I made exrthbox trip that far. I use the piece of plastic you cut out from the center of the roughneck farthbox. I line them with landscape fabric to keep soil out of resevoir. Attach to the screen with plastic wire connectors and cover screen with landscape fabric.


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There are several sites with photos of this setup. I have used this system for 3 years. Put two tomato plants or 5 peppers in each 14 gal roughneck. Only use roughneck containers as others do not work as well. My only problem has been figuring out how to support tomatos that are ft high and peppers feet high! I love to earthbod what worked for others. I am trying to find instructions homemde how to cultivate an area of hoomemade hard clay soil with newspapers and allow the worms in my yard to do the work.

Does anyone know the correct formula to make this happen? I had enough containers in storage to setup all my tomatoes and peppers, also made a few for friends. I planted the tomatoes on may 27 and it hasnt even been 4 weeks and the plants are Hojemade, green top to bottom and LOADED with tomatoes… they are doing so good, I made up some pots with cucumbers just to see eaethbox they do….

Where are you located? I LOVE your innovative reuse of materials! Thanks for the update; you totally made my day. Our tomatoes are doing so good everyone thinks we know a secret. As for the staking issue, I got some babybed rails from the dump, turned them on end, added T legs to the bottoms and set them across the tubs in the middle.

I let the tomatoes go up both sides….

Thanks for the great and very clear plans. Another site mentioned concerns about using PVC piping. Are there legitimate concerns about chemicals leaching homemadee the PVC into the water reservoir or is this much ado about nothing? If so, can you recommend a substitute? Thanks for your comment, Stephen.

This is a concern I have considered, but have not yet found an alternative. My husband and I live on what seems like solid bedrock. We can barely get grass to grow…. We live in brutally hot north Texas. We used an old chair mat cut to size with holes drilled in it.


Then for the wicking containers, we used 3 sections of black drain tubes with holles drilled into the bottom. Like most others I have seen, we used a 3 inch PVC pipe for watering. Since it homemadde already July, my options for vegetables has diminished, but I am planning on growing zucchini, squash, and cucumbers.

Any suggestions are desired. Tried posting photo, but I do not know how. I was wondering about clear tubs. I have a bunch I wanted to use for this. Have you tried clear tubs?? Your email address will never be published. Subscribe to this comment feed via RSS. Vigilance Theme by The Theme Foundry. Homdmade your own EarthBox March Here are the basic elements of the EarthBox: Self-contained, so you can garden even without a plot of land to till.

Small container for the amount of yield produced. You do, however, have the benefit of more growing space as this is larger than the original system. However, for the me the positives of the DIY version outweigh the negatives: Much more cost effective, especially when compared to the organic version of the EarthBox.

Larger growing space and water reservoir than the original Earth Box. I have the freedom to modify any of the components. The yield compared to space is incredible. Our tomato plants grew ewrthbox nearly 8 feet while only using a couple square feet of floor space.

This makes our boxes fantastic for patio gardening or for those with limited growing space. My supplies consisted of the following: Zip ties Waterproof covering material I used garbage bags 3.

Homemade Self-Contained Gardening Systems

A container I used an 18 gallon Rubbermaid tub. Earthobx sheet of rigid grate I used plastic ceiling grate. Loosely woven burlap The roots need to be able to push through. Click here to cancel reply. Get Updates Get the latest Cultivating Conscience news delivered right to your reader or your inbox: