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EarthBox Education
Fresh From the Forum
Retailer of the Month
From Our Customers
About EarthBox
EarthBox Education:
Expanding a Victory Garden
In 2007, several EarthBoxes were donated by the children of resident Tom Nunes, Sr. to the Gino Merli Veteran's Center in Scranton, PA in order to enhance their existing Victory Garden.
 
Although the garden has been popular for years, limited space prevented expansion to accommodate the needs of all the residents.  Some residents couldn't grow what they wanted; other residents were in wheelchairs, and couldn't assist in planting -- that is, until they got the EarthBoxes.
  
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Adult volunteers at the Gino Merli Veteran Center EarthBox Garden Installation, 2007.

When EarthBox learned about the donation, we quickly got involved. After sponsoring a small fundraiser, we had enough money to purchase crops and flowers for the entire garden, with money to spare. The morning the garden was planted was filled with fun, laughter, and conversation.
 
Local Boy Scouts came to assist in the planting, along with EarthBox employees and administrative staff from the center. Veteran Louis Ross was thrilled: "Because of the EarthBoxes," he pointed out, "the Center will have an abundance of various varieties of our favorite food -- the tomato!"
 
Sadly, Tom Nunes, Sr. passed away in the spring of 2008. But the garden donated in his name lives on through other residents at the Center, and through the support of the Laurel Garden Club of Scranton. They've purchased and donated additional supplies, and planted the Victory Gardens at the Center this year.
 
Also assisting with the planting was John Romanaskas, Horticulturalist in the Educational Sales Department at EarthBox, who says, "The addition of the EarthBoxes to the existing Victory Garden makes it a productive, sustainable and very impressive garden! The participating garden club members were awed by the ease and water-saving features of the EarthBox system."           

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Dear EarthBox Customer,
 
Growing fruits and vegetables in your EarthBox can be very rewarding, but once they sprout, you need to keep a watch out for insect pests. In this issue, we'll take a look at a few of the most common insect pests, and tell you how to identify them and get rid of them. It's always prudent to try natural remedies first, of course, and we offer many organic solutions here.

Know Your Bugs. Proper identification is the key to pest management, so keep a magnifying glass handy and be sure to check on the underside of leaves, where pests are likely to hide. There are many great websites that will aid in the proper identification of any insect you may find; here's a good example from Pennsylvania State University. 

The Chewers. Some pests make their livelihood from chewing up plants. The corn earworm, for example, can damage many crops, including corn, tomatoes, cabbage, cucumber, eggplant and peppers. These caterpillars vary in color, but can be identified by a light-colored head that may be orange or brown, and a dark-striped body from one-eighth to one-and-a-quarter inches long. Fortunately, older corn earworms are cannibalistic and thus self-limiting, and the small fry have a variety of natural predators, including ladybugs and big-eyed bugs.

Cabbage loopers (a.k.a. cabbage worms) are light green caterpillars with white stripes that commonly attack cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and other brassica species. They can grow to nearly two inches long and are voracious feeders, adept at stripping foliage from plants. You can remove these critters by hand and dispatch them; but if that seems a little too hands-on for you, they can be knocked for a loop by a pyrethrins-based insecticide.
 
Finally, be ready for the appearance of the imported Japanese beetle, a fat bug about half an inch long with a green-and-gold carapace that loves to chew up roses, crape myrtles, cannas, and grapes. To keep these villains away, consider using a pyrethrins-based insecticide. For small infestations, the bugs can be removed by hand or knocked off the plant gently with a broom onto an old sheet. However you collect them, you should then drop into a jar of soapy water, where they'll soon expire.

More to Come. We'll discuss other varieties of insect pests, as well as a number of beneficial insects, in next month's issue. Until then, happy gardening!

Sincerely,

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Frank DiPaolo
EarthBox
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Fresh from the Forum 
Keep an Eye on Those Ants!
 
Forum picWhile not particularly destructive themselves, ants can be annoying -- and since some species herd the aphids that love to suck the juices out of your plants, you should do your best to keep them out of your EarthBoxes. Check the Forum to see what our experienced EarthBox customers have to say on the subject.
Retailer of the Month 
McDonald Garden Center  
 
We're proud of our dedicated, authorized EarthBox Gardening System retailers around the country. Every month we highlight one of our valued partners, so you can learn more about them and their products.

rolling garden gmaThis month, we honor McDonald Garden Center of eastern Virginia. McDonald Garden Center offers a complete selection of quality plants year-round, including trees, shrubs, perennials, edibles (herbs, veggies, berries, and fruits) and indoor foliage plants. Their knowledgeable staff is always available to offer garden solutions for any kind of project, big or small. EarthBoxes are promoted and supported in-store with visual displays and special event demonstrations, and on their website and in promotional print throughout the year.

Store Locations:

1139 West Pembroke Ave., Hampton, VA 23661; Phone: 757-722-7463.
 
1144 Independence Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23455; Phone: 757-464-5564
 
3925 Portsmouth Blvd, Chesapeake, VA 23321; Phone: 757-465-1110
From Our Customers 
The Mobile Garden
 
"I had several reasons for going mobile. Our yard proper is a playground for rabbits. Armadillos come in at night and aerate the yard, raccoons come along and eat my pecans, the occasional deer comes along, and I also didn't want our goats getting into the plants -- they're vegetarians and love vegetables. Another reason: I figured if I moved, I could take it with me.

rolling garden gma"Here's today's picture. From left going forward and around to the right are: Box 1 -- Sun, Moon & Stars watermelon (an heirloom that dates back to the Civil War); Box 2-- cucumber; Box 3 -- green beans; Box 4 -- okra; Box 5 -- yellow squash; Box 6 -- heirlooms Jerry's Giant onion and Grace Lahman tomatoes, at the far end; Box 7 -- two Celebrity tomatoes; Box 8 -- one cherry tomato and two bell pepper; Box 9 -- heirloom Black Russian & Tatar Mongosomething tomatoes; Box 10- heirlooms Brandywine and red grape cherry tomatoes; Box 11 -- zucchini.

"If these things do get big, we may  be overcrowded, but we'll just ride it all out and learn from it." 

Greengrandma
Odessa, Texas
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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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