The Earth Box Patio Garden
As flight crews and other traveling professionals, our schedules too often limit us to what we are able to enjoy outside of work. This includes growing your own food. Issues of moving around from domiciles, renting low cost apartments, living in cramped crash pads, etc. are some road blocks that rob you of enjoying fresh, organic food. Not anymore!
I have been using the Earth Box for several years and it is the perfect solution to enable any traveler to maintain a supply of fresh veggies and herbs at home! It is cost effective, low maintenance, minimizes water consumption and fertilizer, no runoff, no pests, and prevents weeds! In its simplistic design lies its genius. Also, if you live in an area with poor soil structure, bad drainage, or low nutrients, then you can get your veggies going instantly instead of amending soil for several years for similar results. No special tools, no digging, no special irrigation, no weeding and no green thumb necessary … it’s awesome!
It is a simple box (made of plastic) that sits on wheels for mobility. A perforated divider sits in the bottom of the box, creating a permeable bottom the elevates the soil, creating a gap of several inches for water to fill in. So all you do is fill the bottom with water and allow the water to naturally keep the soil moist from below. Your plants are never over-watered or under-watered and there is enough water to easily keep your plants stress free for 5 days or more; perfect amount of time to commute to a trip. The top is lined with a plastic sheet that prevents evaporation, locking in the water to the soil and saving water usage. The plastic sheet also prevents weeds from infiltrating your garden, eliminating any upkeep.
All you do is plant the veggies and herbs, water once a week and that’s it! The Earth Box is small enough to fit on an apartment porch, front door step, anywhere there is adequate sunlight. It is a great way to have your favorite, and especially expensive veggies on hand and fresh, including aggressive root plants like tomatoes!
We keep one for herbs and like to include fresh basil, oregano, thyme, stevia, cilantro, and mint (mint is great contained in the Earth Box so the plant doesn’t spread and infest your entire garden). The other one we use for vegetables, generally tomatoes.
After traveling for 4-5 days and eating food the same leftovers, it is nice to come home to fresh food picked right off your back porch! If you find yourself on reserve and commuting to a crash pad, have the house chip in a couple Earth Boxes to have fresh food on the road as well! It’s a win – win for everyone! Save money on herbs and veggies and spoil yourself with great tasting fresh food.
You can learn more by clicking here on Earth Box or find a local store that carries them! If none are locally available, then you can have them shipped right to your home or crash pad. Or purchase on amazon here.