21 thoughts on “Container Gardening Making Your Own Earthbox

    Harold Croley

    (August 6, 2018 - 1:04 am)

    made some of these to use in southeast alabama, it gets hot here. right now the weather is 40 to 70 , night to day. how often do you have to add water ? summer when its 90 to 100 . reason i ask the 18 gal i just made i have to add water every 4 days.

    Harold Croley

    (August 6, 2018 - 1:04 am)

    what is the white cloth on top and why, liked the video .

    Michael Morano

    (August 6, 2018 - 1:04 am)

    Rubbermaid Roughneck 18 gallon $32 + Rubbermade Roughneck 10 gallon $8 + Pond basket 10 inch $9 + PVC pipe $5 = $54 (not to mention time, labor, headache, etc).

    Earthbox with fertilizer, dolomite, wheels, 2 mulch covers, and free Amazon prime shipping to your door = $54.99

    Loyce March

    (August 6, 2018 - 1:04 am)

    Question…i have mayerial that is cotton poly. Will that allow wicking if I use it to cover so dirt will not leak thru. Not covering hole where I have wicking pot. I have a lot of old bins I am using.

    yes350yes

    (August 6, 2018 - 1:04 am)

    With only the one pot in the middle seems like the dirt weight would cave in eventually.

    Matty Pantaloons

    (August 6, 2018 - 1:04 am)

    How long can a tomato plant last without a water refill?

    Carole Jackson

    (August 6, 2018 - 1:04 am)

    I've had my food grade Earth Boxes since 2011. They are still like new!

    Carole Jackson

    (August 6, 2018 - 1:04 am)

    Excellent frames / plant stands!

    richard whittington

    (August 6, 2018 - 1:04 am)

    about inside the home want do you do?

    Geri Sullivan

    (August 6, 2018 - 1:04 am)

    Nice Video. What is the white Visqueen for? Your's is the first I've seen with visqueen.

    Kenneth Marlow

    (August 6, 2018 - 1:04 am)

    They make a red plastic cover , that is for tomatoes. I think they call red mulch ? I'm not sure

    Carole Jackson

    (August 6, 2018 - 1:04 am)

    I'm a grower w 22 Earthboxes. Benefits to Earthbox:
    1. Food grade construction
    2. Durability
    3. Educational support from the Eb company and their forum. Some of the forum members have higher education in horticulture.

    A friend of mine followed the above instructions. Within 2 years grow boxes were destroyed by weather. I've had my Earth boxes since early 2011. They still look and work like new. sometimes cheap is expensive! I know people who have had them for 20 years and they're still growing strong!

    Jackie Joseph

    (August 6, 2018 - 1:04 am)

    Papercrete construction, i'll let you know outcome. Thank you for good, inspiring sharing. Hari Rama

    Brett Abernethy

    (August 6, 2018 - 1:04 am)

    I was thinking sure what ever – Until you showed your past success. Great video. Thanks!

    DIYARMORY

    (August 6, 2018 - 1:04 am)

    That is a really nice design @CrashbladeKnives

    NashBash

    (August 6, 2018 - 1:04 am)

    Hi, in your FL climate, how often do you typically have to add water to these? Thanks for posting this, btw.

    Frank Kopke

    (August 6, 2018 - 1:04 am)

    FYI Check out the alternative type of 'wicking barrel etc. at RobBobs Backyard Farming. on his You Tube channel.

    Frank Kopke

    (August 6, 2018 - 1:04 am)

    What a great idea and an even better system. Might suggest light straw mulch rather than the vis-screen whatever color you might think. Living in Townsville North Queensland Australia, we average temperatures of low to mid 80 during the winter so keeping plants cool is a skill we all need to learn mighty fast. A bale of straw or hay (straw has seed in it sometimes) is cheap and much cheaper than any of the ground cover manufactures screening materials available. Hope these boxes worked well for you.

    Troy Santos

    (August 6, 2018 - 1:04 am)

    Thanks for posting. Two questions: 1) why isn't the lid that sets inside, above the reservoir, buckling and breaking under the pressure? 2) how much soil gets down into the reservoir through all the holes in that lid above the reservoir? 🙂

    Troy Santos

    (August 6, 2018 - 1:04 am)

    🙂
    Cool, but I just don't get these "false bottom" designs.

    My understanding of wicking beds (Earthboxes work on the same principle) is that there should be a porous barrier between the soil and the reservoir. Without that barrier, the soil must have filled the reservoir in your box. That drastically reduces the volume of water in the reservoir.

    Also, does the bottom feeding planting basket (at 2:30) support the middle of the platform / "false bottom" supporting the weight of the moist soil, and preventing the false bottom from buckling and breaking?
    🙂

    Don Draper

    (August 6, 2018 - 1:04 am)

    Thanks for your video, I made two this year and they turned out really well for peppers and tomatoes. I'm going to build 10 more for next year.

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