It’s amazing the stuff you can find when your brain is ready to find it. I’ve been spending a bit of time online looking to streamline and improve upon my on-deck vegetable growing project. I not only found tons of encouragement, but I found out how to make a self-watering system out of common household items to make growing veggies a cinch.
Here’s a video made by a woman who grows all sorts of vegetables in Rubbermaid containers. In her video she explains how to make a self-watering system:
After watching that, I came across a product called EarthBox. In essence it’s a $35 kit for folks like me who want to grow organic veggies on a deck. I went to my local garden supply store (I don’t think they’re sold in Home Depot or Lowes), to get a better look at the product.
While the product is neat and compact, the containers are much smaller than my 50-gallon tub. It’s about ½ the size. However, just for comparison purposes, I’m considering purchasing one kit to compare the ease of use to a homemade gardening tub. If nothing else, the EarthBox is much more attractive than my 50-gallon tub.
If you can’t find the EarthBox at your local garden supply store, they are available on Amazon. The plastic container goes for about $35 and the terracotta container for about $48. What I like about the EarthBox is the kit comes with wheels so you can easily move the container if necessary.
Investigating and Planning
I’m still in the investigation and planning stages. In addition to researching containers and watering systems, I’ve got to learn a bit about dirt, organic fertilizing, pest control (the EarthBox has an optional mesh net to keep birds, bugs and other pests out), seeds and planting times. Fortunately, I learned about diatomaceous earth a few years ago and can use that to keep crawling pests to a minimum.
Because we’re already at the end of March, I might not be able to grow some plants from seeds. The good thing about seeds, once you buy them, they don’t go bad, so I can still go seed shopping for my next year’s crop. In the meanwhile, I’m learning about growing and planting seasons so I can best construct my garden.