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ICDOCEAN1's picture

I saw this at Sam's yesterday.  Neat idea for a little back yard garden.


Backyard Botanical Complete Gardening System




 


Gretchen's picture

(post #52072, reply #1 of 44)

How much was it, out of curiosity.

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Ozark's picture

(post #52072, reply #2 of 44)

Not $999.00 neat.

 


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Gretchen's picture

(post #52072, reply #3 of 44)

Yup, I just looked it up too!  8X8.

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ICDOCEAN1's picture

(post #52072, reply #4 of 44)

Certainly pricey, but a good idea and a project for a woodworker.  Perfect for someone that has a green thumb and not a lot of yard space. 


 




 


msm-s's picture

(post #52072, reply #5 of 44)

It is cute, and a good idea for people who are older or have back problems since it's raised, whether you have a big or small yard. but you don't gain growing space

ICDOCEAN1's picture

(post #52072, reply #6 of 44)

Kind of reminds me of the square foot gardening concept from years back, very productive if planted properly.


For that kind of money my DH was reminded that I asked him 13 years ago to consider finishing and raising a bulkheaded area becuase it is a pain in the everywhere on a slight slope. 


 




 


TracyK's picture

(post #52072, reply #7 of 44)

I did one of those square foot gardens, but I think I mixed the soil wrong. I had prodigious greenery but precious few vegetables. Ah well.


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Gretchen's picture

(post #52072, reply #8 of 44)

Too much fertilizer probably. ;o)  BTDT!! Tomato plants 10 feet tall with 2 tomatoes!!

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TracyK's picture

(post #52072, reply #9 of 44)

In my case it was ginormous bombastic zucchini plants taking over the yard, then producing teeny 2-inch squashes.


Come to think of it, kind of a metaphor for my relationship at the time. *rimshot*



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BonnieinHolland's picture

(post #52072, reply #10 of 44)

Tracy, take a look at the NPK of your fertilizer....I am wondering if it was heavy on the N (nitrogen), which feeds the leaves.  For good flowering, you need a high K or potassium, which promotes flowering (and good fruit, thus).  tomato food is the best for veggies.  cheers, Bonnie

Gretchen's picture

(post #52072, reply #11 of 44)

Yep, that was sort of what I was hinting at. A garden store here sold a fertilizer for flowers that was 0-0-59!

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moxie's picture

(post #52072, reply #12 of 44)

Hahahahahaha! I read the first part of your post and thought "I could totally make an inappropriate comment here."


And then you did. Freaking awesome.


msm-s's picture

(post #52072, reply #13 of 44)

My dad made a large grid of sq ft garden plots. they did quite well despite too much shade from neighboring property.
tracy, there are fertilizers made for vegs as opposed to ornamental greenery and houseplants, as described by others. you'd know if you had too much fertilizer- the plants just burn up and die.

ICDOCEAN1's picture

(post #52072, reply #16 of 44)

Good advice on the Earthbox site for fertilizers other than their own.  I love the Earthboxes.



 


Florida2's picture

(post #52072, reply #17 of 44)

The boxes are definitely very attractive.

FL.Cook's picture

(post #52072, reply #32 of 44)

Not only attractive, but they really do the job!!

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Florida2's picture

(post #52072, reply #14 of 44)

A much cheaper way to go is to buy large pots, put the soil in it and the plants. Put the pots on a table so its easy to reach. The whole project will cost under or about $100 -- thats what I am doing on my flat roof, and I'm getting a wonderful crop of tomatoes, broccoli, herbs, flowers, radishes, scapes

ICDOCEAN1's picture

(post #52072, reply #15 of 44)

Been there done that and then some.  Old as I am, I've tried everything in gardening. 


Fresh garden tomatoes at this time of year is special, great for you.  The tomatoes coming out of Florida to here are now running about $4.99 a pound...No we don't buy them.


My earthboxes will be planted with all sorts of things by next week.


 




 


Gretchen's picture

(post #52072, reply #18 of 44)

Too bad about your tomato price--they are $0.79/lb. at the farmers' market (from FL obviously).

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ICDOCEAN1's picture

(post #52072, reply #19 of 44)

Ridiculous, but my neighbor wanted 1 great tomato for sandwiches and they had the Ugli ones, just under 1 lb and it was around $4.  I used to buy them for about $.99 per pound until someone discovered how good they are.


I like those little compari tomatoes from Sam's and I just bought some lovely plum tomatoes for roasted tomato soup.  Sam's sells them in the 3 lb box, but they are not always so nice, they were the other day and they are roasting right now. 


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Gretchen's picture

(post #52072, reply #20 of 44)

Well, I'd have to admit these are not the Ugli tomatoes.  But it is nice that we know that tomato season is approaching at least.

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ICDOCEAN1's picture

(post #52072, reply #21 of 44)

I am headed out shortly for lettuce plants, but I did notice tomato plants are already out at our Lowe's.  I think it is a bit early, but I have the earthboxes and I might take a chance on planting a couple, keeping old sheets on hand in case of a freeze.  At the very least, I'll keep them on the back porch (complete shelter).  I don't know, all will be determined by what I find in the veggie department.  Those boxes can hold 8-10 lettuce plants, arugula, etc.  I'll see what else they have in the way of spring plants.


 




 


MadMom's picture

(post #52072, reply #22 of 44)

I have two earthboxes which I bought last year.  They seemed to come with fertilizer, etc., but no potting soil.  Is this correct?  Any suggestions?  I bought green bean and pea seeds, hoping to plant some.  Any other ideas?  I'm a complete neophyte at this gardening, have normally had a brown thumb, but have always been able to grow herbs and tomatoes, so this year I'm branching out. 



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FL.Cook's picture

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They should have come with the potting soil.  A large bag.  Honestly, everything seems to thrive in those box's!!!  I am going to buy another one and just do different kinds of lettuce.  The parsley is really taking over the box, and I am now know as the parsley lady, as every time I go to bridge I bring a bouquet of parsley to give away!!  Sage is beautiful, and the thyme is perfect!  I saw box's with gorgeous strawberries, peas, beans, cukes, corn... you name it and they planted it.  Just go for it!!

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Gretchen's picture

(post #52072, reply #25 of 44)

I think they come two different ways. And you can buy "replacement parts" for those that they have.

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FL.Cook's picture

(post #52072, reply #26 of 44)

If you buy the box as is, it comes with both the fertilizer and the soil, also the cover.  I bought wheels, which makes it easy to move around.The soil holds over, but you need to add fertilizer when you plant again.  You can buy the box alone too.  We have friends coming in, in a few weeks, and since they are interested in taking one of the box's back to Pa., I am going to take them to one of their classes.  They have them every Wed. and Sat., and they show you how to plant the box.

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Gretchen's picture

(post #52072, reply #29 of 44)

You be preachin' to the choir. I bought 6 for DH last year!! ;o)

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FL.Cook's picture

(post #52072, reply #34 of 44)

Good, what a great gift!!

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Gretchen's picture

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I was at the end of my rope, and we needed "something"!!

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MadMom's picture

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I checked out mine, and they seem to have a lot of replacement parts, including fertilizer, but no potting soil.  I'm a bit disappointed, as I had thought they came with everything.



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