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!
Get Organized and Prepare Early
Taking the time to properly shut down your EarthBox® gardening system at the end of the season can make it easier to replant. When it's time to grow again, have everything ready to make replanting quick and simple.
If You Didn't Winterize Your EarthBox®:
- Start by cutting down and removing any dead plants and their remaining root ball.
- Pull off the old mulch cover and discard it in the trash.
- Locate the residual fertilizer strip (it usually looks like dark grey, muddy clay), and scoop it out.
(Next time, avoid any potential issues by winterizing your EarthBox® system. Learn how, here.)
To Replant Your EarthBox®:
- Decide What You Want to Grow
- Loosen and Inspect the Old Growing Medium
You can do this directly in the box, or you can turn it out onto a tarp to aerate it and put it back in the system. If you notice a foul odor, that is normal and natural due to the composition of the growing medium and fertilizer—don't let that cause alarm. There is no reason to discard this and start from scratch with new growing medium, unless you come across any infestations or your previous crop was diseased. This is especially important if you want to plant tomatoes or peppers, which are prone to Blossom End Rot (BER)—any residual dolomite mixed throughout the old growing medium is an added benefit to this year’s crop.
Make sure the growing medium is moistened throughout and the wicking chambers are packed down to ensure proper absorption of water.
- Have a New Replant Kit on Hand to Prep Your EarthBox®
The benefit of the Replant Kit is knowing you have exactly what you need for a successful garden—there is no measuring or guesswork involved.Add the entire pouch of dolomite to the growing medium and mix throughout.
- Top Off the System with Some Fresh Growing Media
- Make a Trough for Your Fertilizer According to the Planting Chart
- Put a New Mulch Cover On
- Fill the Reservoir Until Water Flows Freely From the Overflow Drain
Always Remember To Do the Following:
- Use the Mulch Cover and Keep It On Throughout the Growing Season!
- Keep the Water Reservoir Filled!
- Don’t Burn Your Plants!
- Inspect Your Plants!
- Use Plant Treatments Responsibly!
Do you have any tricks or garden hacks that cut down on time, or help your garden grow? Share them with us in the comments!