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EarthBox Education
Fresh From the Forum
Retailer of the Month
From Our Customers
About EarthBox
Teaching Baby to Plant Healthy Vegetables in an EarthBox
I work with the Children's Home of Wyoming Conference in Binghamton, NY. I've been utilizing EarthBoxes for several years. When I first heard I had to go to a gardening workshop, I wasn't pleased; I thought the training was about growing daisies. What we would actually grow, and the method used, got my attention. 
 
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Roger Van Gorden in the EarthBox roof garden in Binghamton, New York
 
Now, after three years of growth with the project, we've increased our number of boxes and quadrupled the amount of produce we grow. Our first site was near the transitional apartment on Main Street, on a roof near the Parent/Child apartment building. A few of the mothers in our program brought their babies to the rooftop garden to show them the growth, and the process of nature right at their fingertips. The children played in the tomato forest and stood beside the tall green bell pepper trees that towered over their heads. They laughed and touched the plants and vegetables and even ate some of the fruit, right there on the spot, smiling, with juice dripping down their chins.

Where ongoing daily living skills are concerned, we teach best when face-to-face. The child lives in the here and now, so this is a true practical experience. We teach "give a baby a vegetable, they eat for a day; teach the baby to plant a vegetable in an EarthBox and they feed the community from a rooftop for a lifetime!"
                 -- Roger Van Gorden
 
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Dear EarthBox Customer,
 
At first glance, companion gardening seems simple: all it involves is growing different kinds of plants together in the same EarthBox. But as it turns out, you can't just throw any two species together; you have to know which combos work and which don't, or you might end up with a gardening disaster on your hands.
 
While you can get some ideas from your local county extension agent about what works and what doesn't, the fast and congenial way of getting EarthBox-specific information is from your fellow EarthBox gardeners. Many of us have been experimenting for years with companion gardening, and in the Forum, you'll find many answers to our query, "Let us know about your mixing successes and mixing disasters in your EarthBoxes." 

Some general tips that have been suggested by forum regulars include:
  • Always halve the number of plants recommended for a two-plant combo.
  • Try to combine plants that have the same growth rate.
  • Research the habits and requirements of the plants before combining them (e.g., light, watering, and root systems).
Now, keep in mind that just because a combination didn't work for one person, that doesn't mean it won't work for you. That said, here's what our bold experimenters have discovered over the years.
 
Successes!
Tomatoes are by far the most popular plants grown by EarthBox gardeners, so here's a list of plants that get along well with them: 
  • Bell peppers
  • Green beans
  • Watermelon 
  • Eggplant
Effective non-tomato combinations include:
  • Artichokes and strawberries
  • Broccoli and leaf lettuce
  • Yellow squash and cantaloupe
Failures!
Not every plant combination works in the EarthBox. Here are a few that our forum members recommend that you avoid:
  • Tomatoes and cucumbers (the cucumbers grow faster)
  • Cucumbers and green beans (the beans died)
  • Armenian cucumbers and pole beans (the pole beans got lost)
  • Yellow squash with bell peppers (the squash grew monster leaves that blocked the light)
  • Peppers and zucchini (the zucchini got vine borers)
These are just a few examples of plants that have been combined in the EarthBox. For more information and advice, visit our Forum and go to the "Mixing Plants" discussion.

Happy harvest!

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Frank DiPaolo
EarthBox
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Fresh from the Forum 
Leftover Seed Storage
 
Forum picScratching your head about what to do with all those leftover seeds from this past growing season? Check out the Q&A section of our Forum, and you'll learn how to store them safely until next planting season. 
Retailer of the Month
Kingwood Garden Center
 
At EarthBox, we value our partnerships with our GC-FRONTauthorized retailers. There are nurseries and garden centers throughout the country that carry our systems; some even offer seminars and workshops on getting the most out of your EarthBox. This month we salute Kingwood Garden Center, located in Kingwood, Texas, 30 miles north of downtown Houston.
 
The goal of everyone at the Garden Center, which is celebrating 30 years of service to Kingwood and the surrounding area, is to promote successful gardening. They're constantly on the lookout for plants, products and amendments that make gardening rewarding and fun for the whole family. General classes are routinely scheduled on Planting, Amendments, Tools, and Irrigation. Specialty classes in Bonsai, Citrus, Organics, Herbs, Heirloom Vegetables, and Roses, among others subjects, are held as the experts become available. 
 
For the past three years, the Garden Center has held an Open House Weekend the last week in February to kick off the spring gardening season. Their tables are stocked with vegetable starter plants, potting mixes, EarthBoxes, and other containers for the early gardeners.
 
Kingwood Garden Center
1216 Stonehollow Drive
Kingwood, TX 77339
281-358-1805
http://kingwoodgardencenter.com
From Our Customers 
Green Friend Living in My Watering Tube!
 
FROG"All summer I've had a tree frog living in the watering tube of one of my EarthBoxes. I looked forward to seeing him every day... the watering didn't seem to bother him..."
 
Darb
Central Michigan
About EarthBox 
 

The patented EarthBox was developed by commercial farmers, and proven in the lab and on the farm. Our maintenance-free, award-winning, high-tech growing system controls soil conditions, eliminates guesswork, and more than doubles the yield of a conventional garden -- with less fertilizer, less water and virtually no effort. To find out more, visit www.earthbox.com.

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