Inside the Box

All About Blossom End Rot

Posted by EarthBox Sales & Marketing on May 26, 2017 at 8:08 AM

If you’ve ever grown tomatoes, it’s likely that you’ve had the unfortunate experience of watching your fruit rot on the vine—you may have had the most perfect little tomatoes setting all over, only they start turning brown, eventually to an ulcerous black color—and quite literally, the fruits of your labor are wasted. After experiencing such disappointment, frustration, and defeat, who could blame you if you vowed to never garden again?

Maybe you thought your plants were diseased, or perhaps you were a budding gardener with little experience and thought it was normal. Maybe a neighbor told you that you had “bottom rot” which sounds offensive, and you didn’t bother to look into it.

Well, it turns out that your neighbor was sort-of right. “Blossom End Rot,” also known as BER, is a plant disorder that affects Nightshade crops: eggplants, peppers, and especially tomatoes. Not to be confused with a systemic disease such as Blight, which is fatal to your plant, this common disorder is not transmitted through the air or by a vector…BER occurs naturally when the plant is stressed, and can be corrected if caught early.

Before you throw in the towel and declare yourself to have a black thumb, read on to learn more about what you can do to prevent and treat Blossom End Rot.

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Topics: General, Helpful Hints

RECIPE: Grilled Jalapeño Party Poppers

Posted by EarthBox Sales & Marketing on May 22, 2017 at 2:58 PM

Spice up your next party or barbeque with these rich, smoky appetizers!

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Topics: Recipes

Preparing Your EarthBox® for Spring Planting

Posted by EarthBox Sales & Marketing on May 11, 2017 at 3:30 PM

Spring has arrived, and for many of us, that means it’s almost time to get the garden planted. Taking the necessary steps to prep your EarthBox® gardening system will ensure it’s ready for the growing season. We’re here to help and tell you how to do just that. The process is fairly straightforward—just follow these simple steps, and your garden will be ready in no time!

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Topics: General, Helpful Hints

How It Works: The Science Behind the EarthBox® Gardening System

Posted by EarthBox Sales & Marketing on January 25, 2017 at 8:06 AM

The EarthBox® gardening system is a unique, sub-irrigated planter that allows the average home gardener—anyone from 4 years old to 94 years old—to grow a multitude of vegetables, herbs, and fruit without having a traditional, in-ground garden. It’s no secret that growing in the EarthBox® leads to a bountiful harvest; but have you ever wondered just what exactly makes the system work so well?

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Topics: General, Helpful Hints

Pumpkin Spice Pillow Cookies

Posted by EarthBox Sales & Marketing on December 13, 2016 at 3:15 PM

These sweet and spicy cookies are perfectly fluffy and easy to make.

Pumpkin spice is everywhere these days, and with good reason--the warming spices combined with decadent sugar is the perfect complement to cooler weather. The problem is that many commercially produced pumpkin spice-flavored foods are artifically colored and flavored, something that many home gardeners prefer to avoid. But you can easily grow pumpkins (our Pumpkin Growing Guide is helpful with this) in the EarthBox® gardening system and preserve their sweet flesh for use in many recipes!

These fluffy Pumpkin Spice Pillow cookies are easy to make, delicious, and are so soft–just like little pillows! Just in time for the holidays–whip these up when you're expecting a crowd, participating in a cookie swap, or need something to bring to a party. . .

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Topics: Recipes

Herb-Roasted Beets with Blue Cheese

Posted by EarthBox Sales & Marketing on November 17, 2016 at 4:07 PM

Enjoy the sweet, earthy flavors of roasted beets combined with the warmth of rosemary, and the tangy bite of blue cheese.

Who doesn't love warm roasted beets in the Fall, or sweet pickled beets in the Summer? You can easily grow beets in the EarthBox® Root & Veg gardening system and enjoy them any time of the year!

These herb-roasted beets make for an unexpected delicious side to dinner, or can be mixed with greens and served as a salad or appetizer. . .

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Topics: Recipes

Easy Gardening for Kids with EarthBox

Posted by EarthBox Sales & Marketing on November 17, 2016 at 3:48 PM

Gardening with your children means they'll be learning lifelong lessons and values.

The key to gardening success (especially with kids) is to grow in EarthBox® container gardening systems, no matter how little the hands or the experience. The secret is that there can be no overwatering––a main reason plants fail to thrive when otherwise well-cared for––if your kids or grandkids have a tendency to go overboard with the watering can.

Gardening with your children means they'll be learning lifelong lessons and values, and it makes for a great time to bond with one another. Growing food will teach your young ones where it comes from, how they can be part of the production process, and healthy eating habits. When children help create and care for plants, they learn responsibility, independence, teamwork, problem solving, patience, and discovery. . .

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Topics: General, Helpful Hints

How EarthBox Found a Home at Novelty Manufacturing

Posted by EarthBox Sales & Marketing on November 16, 2016 at 10:09 AM

A history of the EarthBox® brand. . .

People often ask us how the EarthBox® gardening system came to be. We're pleased to tell you about the history of EarthBox® and how it eventually found a home in Lancaster, Pennsylvania . . .

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Topics: Insider, General

6 Ways To Use Your Tomato Harvest

Posted by EarthBox Sales & Marketing on September 28, 2016 at 11:06 AM

This versatile fruit can be used any way possible!

When it comes to growing tomatoes, we here at EarthBox tend to plant A LOT of tomato plants. Whether we start them from seed or purchase seedlings from a garden center, we always have a hard time choosing which varieties to grow each season. And still, to this day, it amazes us how many tomatoes a single plant can produce.

One person can only eat so many tomatoes right off of the vine—and with the number of recipes out there (thanks, Pinterest!) you can get lost on how to cook with your tomatoes!

Is there such a thing as, “too many tomatoes?” We don’t think so! Try out these six simple ways to utilize and save your tomato harvest to its full potential . . .

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Topics: General, Recipes, Helpful Hints

How to Preserve Your Summer Harvest

Posted by EarthBox Sales & Marketing on September 23, 2016 at 4:36 PM

Savor the taste of summer through the Fall and Winter

Fall is upon us—soon the leaves will start turning and those cool autumnal breezes will be on their way! Once Winter hits, it’s hard to stare out longingly where your thriving garden used to be. In a few easy steps, we’ll tell you how to preserve the taste of summer with the last bit of your delicious summer crops. Through food preservation, you’ll be able to enjoy your harvest on those cold Winter days when you’re longing for Summer! 

Here’s how to save a few of your garden favorites. . .

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Topics: General, DIY, Helpful Hints

EarthBox® Watermelon Salad with Mint

Posted by EarthBox Sales & Marketing on July 29, 2016 at 5:56 PM

This twist on Caprese salad is a refreshing summertime treat that's sure to please!

Most people would agree that watermelon is delicious in the summertime. You can easily grow watermelon in the EarthBox® gardening system and even turn it into a vertical garden by letting it grow on the Staking System!

Try this yummy twist on Caprese salad for a refreshing summer treat. . .

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Topics: Recipes

No-Guess Watering with EarthBox®

Posted by EarthBox Sales & Marketing on July 29, 2016 at 1:52 PM

Watering just right!

Water aids in photosynthesis, helps deliver nutrients, and protects plants against diseases. Plants use about 95% of the water they receive for transpiration -- basically, exhaling. Sunny, hot weather increases transpiration rate, so wilting occurs quickly, unless plants are rehydrated. . .

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Topics: Helpful Hints

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