I bought 3 earth boxes last year. They were easy to set up using the included instructions and some soil from the local hardware store. The wheels on the bottom were a bit cheap-- and moving them in and out of the garage to avoid frost wasn't an easy task. However, we ended up with 6 ft tall tomato "trees" and enormous, sprawling cucumber plants. Those two boxes alone provided more veggies than my whole in-ground garden. We had huge amounts of produce. It was fantastic! (The third box, which was planted with greens, died out due to a bug infestation. I don't blame the Earthbox, of course.) I don't really love the plastic look in the yard, especially before the plants start growing. But, I love that you water through a tube, so you can easily give the plants just the right amount of water. One thing to plan for, though, is that you will need to have a way to hold up the enormous plants. I had tomato cages on mine and they were far, far to small.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? actually a bit lighter, and the cover on top looks like a garbage bag--they aren't beautiful
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. reasonable quality
My husband is wheel chair bound, but he used to really enjoy gardening. He was able to put in dirt, and the fertilizer etc and then plant some zucchini and cucumbers and now they are growing wonderfully. His sister said his were 3x the size of theirs. We now have a great deck garden and love the look of green growing things on it.
I wanted an easy way to grow a few tomato plants on my deck and this is it! It was easy to do and my plants look great so far. They get the perfect amount of water and nutrients without the work of a garden. It's perfect for a small family.
I bought one Earthbox last year, direct from the manufacturer, as an experiment. Would I grow bigger/better tomatoes, and was it easier? Especially, were all of the above enough of an improvement to justify paying the difference between the Earthbox and a big ceramic pot? The answer was YES, absolutely. More tomatoes, earlier. Less watering. No nasty scummy water in a saucer. And no weeding of the thousands of box elder seedlings that would sprout in the pots. So, this year, I bought two more, from Overstock. These came with the organic fertilizer and the dolomite already measured. That wasn't such a big deal; I had both left from last year, and as a once and done chore during the planting, it's not exactly a big deal to measure them out. But the wheels! OMG. I can now turn the boxes for more even sun exposure for plants that live on a deck. When we need to clean the deck, we can move them to sweep under them. As we start to think about downsizing to a condo, I know one thing that will be essential in our decision making: is there a deck or patio, so we can grow our own salads in our Earthboxes?