An earth box planter combines container gardening with the idea of having the soil in the container sitting on the earth. With the earth box, there is no need for trellis work or the like. Soil can be built up very quickly using this type of container gardening method. Container gardening does not require a lot of work up front but will still require some diligence once the plant has established itself.
An earth box planter consists of a metal frame with two tiers and is assembled with underground pipes and a drain screen. Construction of the container merely takes an afternoon and yields the wonderful advantage of retaining your plants’ roots from draining into the ground. It is important to have at least 1 foot of soil in the bottom of every three to five inch container that you plan to use for your plants. This rule of thumb is based on the fact that soil expands less than air and water, thus it is wise to keep the soil in the bottom of every container equal to or slightly above the level of the container walls. Keep this rule in mind, if your container gardening plan includes seeds and seedlings.
This type of gardening allows you to be creative, since you can place just about anything in a container. Flowers, herbs, vegetables, herbs, shrubs, even trees are all possibilities, provided they are allowed to grow to their full potential. The container gardening earth box planter allows you to be flexible and experiment with the type of plant life that you wish to cultivate. You can grow all manner of perennial flowers in a container garden, including roses, daffodils, and even tropical species like palms and trees. Vegetables, herbs, fruits and berries will also be able to thrive if you provide them with the proper conditions for successful growth.
Some people choose to use an earth box planter as their primary container gardening system, and then supplement it with a traditional planter, such as a hanging pot, raised bed or even a simple pergola. For those who choose this method of gardening, watering is very important. For the first few months after planting, you will have to water the plants from the bottom up. As the plant grows and starts to spread out, you can increase the watering, but the initial period of heavy watering will have to be dealt with if you wish the plant to thrive.
One common problem that many people who use their earth box planter for container gardening experience is blossom end rot. This problem occurs when the roots of the plant become damaged and they start to rot the flowers on the surface. Blossom end rot is usually an occasional problem, but it does occur and you want to make sure that it does not occur if at all possible. If you are experiencing any problems with the tomatoes that you are growing, it is imperative that you remove the plants immediately and begin watering the area once again. Remember, the blossom end rot will eventually kill the tomatoes.
When the blossom end rot appears to be occurring, you might also notice that your soil seems to be losing some of its nutrients, which can result in poor overall plant health. One way that you can combat this issue and to help keep the soil healthy is to use organic mulch. You should be able to purchase organic mulch at a local garden store.
Another thing that you might notice as your tomato plants begin to flourish is that they are becoming taller. Many gardeners experience this as the plant has gotten more water in the early days, and therefore has more potential to produce large and healthy tomatoes. However, if the height continues, it is another sign of blossom end rot and you should consider removing the plants immediately and re-potting the plant.
Finally, you might notice that your earth box has holes all around it. This is actually due to the fact that the design provides more support to the roots of the plant, thus preventing them from being damaged by heavy soil conditions. It is important that you keep an eye on the soil around the plant and water the area only when the soil begins to drain. If drainage is present, then there is no need for you to water the area at all. Also, you need to remember that the blossom end rot will eventually destroy the plant if it remains in the earth box for too long.