$10 Earth Box Clone – Growums Container Vegetable Garden at Lowes

This is John Kohler with growingyourgreens.com,
I have another exciting episode for you. Today we’re outside the local Lowe’s store,
Lowe’s Home Improvement and we’re here today for one specific reason. I heard that
they have an Earth Box type garden for 10 bucks, so I’m here to find out if they have
any in stock, and this is a clearance item so YMMV. What does that stand for? Your mileage
may vary, which means you may go down to your local Lowes they won’t have it, they won’t
know what you’re talking about because this is a clearance item that has been probably
on clearance for several months now. Some stores may still have stock and some stores
may not. So what you’re going to want to do is actually call them up before you go
down to make sure they got it so you don’t waste some gas because it’s actually a very
valuable resource. In any case let’s actually head into Lowes and find out if they have
this Earth Box for 10 bucks that will allow you to grow more food because it is self-watering,
and you can grow indoors or even outdoors with this box so check it out.
Now we’re in the section of Lowes where they have the raised bed gardens, and I always
like to peruse Lowes for good deals on things that will allow you guys and also me to grow
more food and check it out, I had in a previous episode these guys, these little Growums which
is actually good for teaching kids to grow food, so if you have kids this is definitely
good. I covered these guys, now these aren’t necessarily too great of a deal they’re
$2.50, comes with a little DVD and interactive to teach kids about growing, which I think
is very important because kids are the future. What’s really cool here is what’s next
door and I didn’t see this before at any other Lowes I visited. This has probably been
on clearance for a while so it may or may not be available at a Lowe’s near you and
check it out, this is the Growums Garden in a Box – a complete garden kit and interactive
website, and it was 30 bucks, it’s on clearance now for 10 dollars, actually 9.99. So that’s
a 66% savings, and that includes a pizza garden kit. And what it is, it comes with a self-watering
container, it comes with the Growums magic soil which actually looks like the coconut
core, comes with some stickers, big deal, some seed starting pellets, and some cool
characters online. Basically what this is to me, it’s basically an Earth Box clone
for 9.99. The Earth Box sells for a lot of money, but this guy, if it allows you to grow
some food indoors in the winter time or on a patio and bring it in when it’s cold at
night and put it out in the sun, it’s going to be really good but don’t use the herb
seeds inside, you going to want to grow things like kale and collards that are more tolerant
of the cold weather. So let’s go ahead and pull this guy out and actually will show you
guys actually what it comes with, we’re going to open this guy up here. And check
it out, if you like purple, this is the garden for you, I personally don’t mind the purple
color. But this is basically an Earth Box. It comes with a little block of coconut core
here ready to expand once you put it in water. It comes with a little herb seed kit, it comes
with tomatoes, basil, peppers and oregano, something definitely not to plant during the
winter because these are summer crops save them for next summer. Comes with some Growums
stickers, so anybody got kids I’ll give you these stickers I don’t need them. And
of course it comes with complete directions so that you will know how to assemble and
start growing some food today. Another thing I like is that these are all the different
parts, this is basically a self-watering container, and you’re just going to add the water and
it’s going to water itself. In addition it has these holes on the corners here so
that you can add trellises, like bamboo stakes to make a trellis system to grow things vertically
which I think is really important. Oh and on the bottom it’s even set up to put some
casters in. You probably get some casters that would fit in there that actually it does
not come with. So this is definitely really cool, once again 9.99. What I’m going to
do next is actually purchase this, bring it home, and then I’m going to set it up and
actually show you guys how easy it is to set up and grow in a 9.99 Earth Box that’s purple.
Now we’re going to show you guys how to set up a Growums grow box, as you can see
I’ve got a stack of them behind me because literally I’m going to fill this patio area
with the Growums grow boxes. So the Growums grow boxes, which are very similar to an Earth
Box are excellent container gardens, and this is very beneficial if you have something like
a patio or a lanai or a little porch you can set something on but you can’t grow something
in because it’s concrete or cement. You could also put these out in your driveway
if it gets good sun. So in this area I get good sun over here in the morning to the afternoon,
the other side of this patio I don’t. So we’re going to go ahead and line these guys
up on this side of the patio and grow some things that are going to grow this time of
year. So without further ado let’s go ahead and open up the box and show you guys actually
what I got, and how easy this is to set up. All right, so opening the box here we got
he grow box here that you saw earlier, we’re going to toss that out of the way. And there’s
just a few things in here we got the instructions, and you know real men don’t need instructions.
Next we got the grow block, or the Growums block, and what this looks like is basically
some coconut core. And this is the growing medium that they ship with the unit. Now you
can use this, but I’m going to only improve on what they’re sending. Due to space and
weight requirements this is something easy that will work to grow in, but you can definitely
make it better and I’ll show you guys how to do that when I make up the soil mixture
in a little bit. Next you got some Growums stickers, and I don’t really need the stickers,
there’s even a little sticker that says “Blank’s garden,” put your name here,
so I could put John’s garden. But in all reality this garden kit is for kids, and this
retails at about $29.99, $39.99, and for kids this may be an excellent investment in, 30
or 40 bucks to teach them how to grow food and to get started. For us adults, I don’t
know that I’d spend 30 to 40 dollars on it, but on clearance for 10 bucks, I’d buy
it all day long, definitely a good container garden to grow for 10 bucks. In addition besides
the stickers, they give you some little Growums starter pack, and this is actually kind of
cool because you open this up, and it looks like little pea pellets in here, and this
is a self-watering container. You just water here and then the water goes to all the pea
pellets, they expand the pea pellets, and they give you all the different seeds, basil,
oregano, tomato, and peppers, and as well as little plant tags. So this is nice for
kids, for us adults, once again I’m not going to use this especially because it’s
not the summer season and these are summer crops that you should be growing in the summer,
so maybe I’ll save this for next year. The main value of this kit to me is actually what’s
left. What’s left here is the container itself, and the container here has a little
plug in the front, so if you should overwater it, you can take this plug out so your plants
won’t drown. And it’s a standard container, this is made out of recycled plastic bottles.
So I think that’s a pretty good plastic although it may not be as durable as I’d
like and I’m not sure how this is going to hold up to the UV light and if it’s going
to last a long time like some of the real Earth Boxes and grow boxes are. In addition
we got some plastic parts here, and this is where the assembly comes in, so let’s go
ahead and open this guy up and start assembling. So we’ve got a bunch of black plastic parts,
and then we got these guys here. Now these guys are where you would actually put the
water for one of them which is cool. And this other one is actually literally a dip stick.
So a dip stick, just like your car has a dip stick to check the oil, this is actually a
dip stick with actually a Styrofoam here, now I haven’t seen this on any other product.
It’s going to go in there, and what’s going to happen is when the water’s in there,
this will actually float up and let you know at this point, and this will actually come
up, and on the top here it says “Empty,” “Half,” and “Full.” So if this little
thing that says full is at the top of this, then you’re full. So I think this is actually
really cool because I haven’t seen this on any other Earth Box tile or self-watering
container yet. So let’s get assembling. Unlike some of the Earth Boxes this is actually
kind of more parts to put together, and these are basically the little platform that sits
on the bottom so that this will work as a self-watering container. And let’s very
simple, what you’re going to do is you’re going to go ahead and interlock these guys,
pretty simple pretty easy, it’s like kind of supposed to snap into place. And then you
go the over under thing, and there’s some locking tabs that’ll lock into place here.
All right so we got this last tab in here. All right, got that last tab in there and
this is the platform that it sits on. And then you have little stand offs that you need
to pull off from this plastic injection molded thing. I think it’d be much smarter to actually
mold in into the bottom of the container these standoffs, but they have them separate. So
once you got that, then you’re just going to go ahead and put these standoffs on the
bottom here, and it’s pretty self-explanatory. If you can’t figure it out, you better read
the directions. All right so we got all these guys on except the last one, so now we’re
just going to go ahead and put the last one on, this was actually fairly easy to assemble.
Now if you’re a kid you better get an adult to help you with this stuff. All right so
now that’s all good, and they got basically some stand offs here around the corners here
where it’s going to have the pipes to water. We’re going to go ahead and [inaudible]
to the bottom right here like that, nice and simple. I mean to me, this pretty much looks
like an Earth Box. Next we’re going to go ahead and put these tubes in the little holes
here. And the tubes kind of come up at an angle just like so. Once again you got your
dip stick – don’t be a dip stick use your dip stick people. We’re going to go ahead
and put the dip stick in. Now if we were to add water, right now it’s on empty, if we
were to add water it’d go to half full, and then full. Man, I like the dip stick a
lot. All right so check it out, that’s how easy it is to assemble. Now once you have
it assembled, the hard part begins. You got to actually mix up your soil mixture. Now
you can use the coconut block like they have, but I’m going to make it better so let’s
go ahead and show you guys actually how to do that.
Now what they recommend actually is you take your coconut core block, or their growing
medium, and then you’re going to add three to four gallons of water. So I have a nice
bucket here, and we’re just going to slowly add some water, and then we’re going to
see this guy expand. Now they just want you to use this block by itself, and what I might
want to do is actually weight this down. Now I’m not exactly sure if they add any fertilizer
to this block or not, they probably don’t, so then you’re also supposed to use your
own fertilizer to bring fertility to the coconut block which is basically just a medium for
your plants to root in, because there’s not a whole lot of nutrients in the growing
block there. So what I’m going to do instead is I’m not going to use the whole growing
block like they suggest, I’m going to deviate from the plan and I recommend that if you
guys get a growing box you guys do that too, because I don’t necessarily want to grow
in just coconut core unless I want to do something like hydroponics, where I’m feeding the
plants the nutrients they need specifically. What I prefer to do actually is model nature,
and in nature some things might grow in a coconut block like a coconut tree, but for
most plants, they like to grow in a wide variety of different soil mediums, and more importantly
the soil nutrients. So what I’m going to do is I’m going to make basically a standard
square foot gardening mixture which also works great for containers, and it’s basically
I’m going to use some compost, we got some Sonoma compost here. We’re going to use
about one third of the mixture of Sonoma compost, one third of the coconut core, and then we’re
going to use this stuff right here, the vermiculite about one third. So those are the main things
you’ll need to use in your growing mixture to use in the Growums Grow Box. That being
said, you want to ensure that you have enough coconut core, because the coconut core is
going to be the wicking material that’s going to help actually make the self-watering
container work. If you put too much compost or too much vermiculite even, the wicking
properties actually will not work properly. So that’s the base mixture but of course
I like to brew up my own soil mixture, and what we’re going to do in addition to the
items I just showed you guys are a few things. Now these are optional, but highly recommended.
Number one I’m going to put some worm castings, so the worm castings actually another really
good soil nutrient to add. In addition the thing above all else, if you don’t use any
of these other soil nutrients you definitely want to get this stuff it’s called Azomite,
this is the A to Z of trace minerals, really the plants need the trace minerals to function
properly and in most conventional agriculture these days they’re putting in most conventional
agriculture these days they’re putting in NPK, which is only three minerals, but in
the Azomite there’s over 70 minerals for sure in here in smaller amounts, and I know
some of you guys may be thinking “John is there lead in there, is there arsenic in there?”
Well yes this does contain small and trace amounts of those minerals and it’s only
in large quantities that those minerals form a problem. Nature has been around for a long
time and knows how to deal with these minerals in small amounts. And actually they may be
required and necessary for some plant growth, as there’s new studies and research coming
out to show. What I found is that these trace minerals really super-charge your plant growth,
you’re going to get larger plants, healthier plants, and more importantly, more tasty plants.
The last thing I’m going to add to my mixture here today is the California hummus, now the
California hummus adds another layer, basically is a fungal dominated compost that’s made,
unlike the bacterial based compost that we’re adding here. This adds the other missing element
that many soils may be missing, which will actually be able to break down some of the
nutrition in the standard compost that your plants going to absorb it. Be sure to check
my other videos on the California hummus if you specifically want to know more and how
this stuff specifically works, I have a really excellent video that explains it. I’m just
going to go ahead and use a handful of this stuff because it’s actually quite expensive
and a little bit goes a long way. Wow, check it out here now that I’ve just been yaking
at you guys, this block has been totally expanding, so this bottom just fell off here, and this
is the soil mixture we’re going to use, we’re going to go ahead and turn this guy
over on the back side, and we’re going to go ahead and add some more water. What I’m
going to do now is actually just use a little trowel here to break this up so that it’ll
actually uncompress a little bit quicker here. Now you can use a five gallon bucket to expand
your coconut core. This is a concrete mixing tub it works actually very well also for mixing
other soils as well. I’m mixing up the rest of this coconut core here, and this is the
growing medium that they want you to use, and you might be wondering “John, what does
this coconut core come from?” It doesn’t look anything like a coconut that you know
of or that you’ve seen before, because unless you’ve been to the tropics, this is actually
the husk of the coconut, and actually I have one right here to show you guys. The coconut
in there store is usually just that round, brown kind of a little bit hairy thing, and
that’s the middle of this guy. The coconut kind of looks like a little football, and
around that little ball that’s in the middle that you guys know as a coconut is the fibrous
husk. And this husk is actually a renewable resource, each coconut tree can put out 100
coconuts a year, that’s a lot of coconuts, and the edible part is inside the nut. And
they take out all the fiber and they got to deal with it. And they found out that it’s
actually excellent growing medium, and I prefer it actually to peat moss, which is not as
renewable as the coconut is. It definitely is one of my favorite foods, but while it
is one of my favorite foods, I don’t think it’s necessarily the best growing medium
to grow straight in. So that’s why I’m going to add some stuff to it and make another
witch’s brew. So the first thing I’m going to add that’s really important is the compost,
I believe every gardener should be using compost, this is from Sonoma Compost, and you always
want to source the best compost you can, and it’s the best compost I can get around in
these parts, but you know get a good organic compost, and not all composts are created
equal. You want to try to find a compost that’s nice and black and when you smell it, wow
it should just have like a nice earthy smell like you’re walking through the forest.
And you want to find a compost you know that doesn’t have a whole lot of particulate
or little sticks in it. This has some little pieces of sticks and wooden stuff, but it’s
fairly well broken down, so I like that a lot. We’re going to go ahead and mix that
into our mixture. The next thing we’re going to add is this [inaudible] guy right here,
this is the vermiculite and this is good for some aeration in there. We’re going to go
ahead and cut this bag open and just put a few scoops inside. There is our vermiculite.
Next we’re going to go add the worm castings, and actually these are earthworm castings,
these are one of the best things you can add to your garden. Now you can make your own
compost and earthworm castings at your own house, you can simply compost your old vegetable
scraps and food scraps and leaves to make your own compost, and to make your own worm
castings you want to just feed food scraps to worms which are then going to make the
worm castings. You can also buy this stuff online really easily, there’s a really good
company that I’ll post in the description down below where you can actually order this
for one low price if you can’t find it locally. And what I’m going to do here is just add
a bunch of the worm castings in. I mean this stuff is literally black gold. This stuff
is so black and dark and rich. So we’re just going to add a bunch to our mixture here.
And last but not least we’ve got to add the most important thing, the Azomite or the
trace minerals, the rock dust. Now the Azomite may be very difficult to find at a garden
center near you, so you will have to mail order it if you want to use it, unfortunately
it doesn’t have really good distribution and if you go to a garden center and ask for
the Azomite or other trace mineral supplementation, they might look at you like you’re crazy.
So don’t worry about it, just check out my other videos to learn the sources where
I buy it. Also be sure to check my video on Sea-90, S-E-A dash nine zero, which is another
form of trace minerals you can put in your garden that they can ship to you really easy.
So for the Azomite what we normally do is I normally add about one pound per one square
foot of gardening space. This garden box is about two square feet so we’re going to
add about two pounds in there. Now that it’s all in here now the fun part, we get to mix
it up. I like that the coconut core is a little bit moist, and that’s going to help everything
mix together and stick together pretty well without too much dust flying.
So we’re just about done mixing up our soil mixture here, and one of the things that’s
very important when using a self-watering container like this, is that you want to make
sure your mixture is pretty much like a sponge and it’s going to hold and wick up the water.
If it totally just falls apart really easily, kind of like sand does, then it’s definitely
not going to be good to use in a self-watering container. Now, you don’t want it like mud
either where it totally sticks together, you want a little bit of body in there, and this
looks like it’s going to work pretty well to mix this water up into the plant roots.
Next thing we’re going to go ahead and take our grow box here, and we’re going to go
ahead and simply start loading the stuff in. Now the most important thing when loading
up your grow box with the soil is you want to put it in the corners here, these corners
that actually dip down, it’s very important to take the soil, and pack it into the corners,
because this is where the wicking action will happen. You’re going to put water underneath
this grid here, and the water in there is going to go through the wicking action through
the corners here that actually are touching the water up into the main area. So we’re
going to go ahead and take some of this soil here and literally pack it down pretty nice
and tight into the corners so that we’ll get good wicking action. All right that corner’s
packed down pretty good, let’s go ahead and hit up the other corner. We got that packed
down in there and once you’ve got the two corners packed, we’re just going to go ahead
and put some of the rest of the mixture in there. Now don’t worry if some of your soil
actually drops through the little holes in the bottom and ends up in the water reservoir,
no big deal, you just don’t want to be loading this stuff up and then packing it through
there. So I’m just going to go ahead and scoop the rest in there.
So they’re all topped off, now you don’t want to pack this stuff in really tight, but
you don’t want it too loose either, you want to just pack it down just a little bit,
and one of the things I like to do is always load up the container I’m growing in to
the top as high as possible. So we didn’t quite enough soil so I may add some later,
but what we’re going to do now because we’re about maybe an inch down from the top, we’re
going to go ahead and start planting our seeds, and then we’ll add some soil in gently on
top afterwards. What we’re going to plant today are some
radishes, and in this container which is 12 inches by about 2 feet, or about 2 square
feet, we’ll be able to plant about 32 radish seeds, and they’re spaced about 3 inches
apart, you can also get away with spacing them actually two inches, and some people
even do them at one inch. That being said I like some space, so that the radish can
actually expand out and grow bigger, because I don’t want them to stunt their growth.
Let’s see here, so what I like to do is I’ll take a little top here for an organic
salad mix, and I’ll just go ahead and put the seeds out there, because they are nice
and small and sometimes they’re hard to actually get out of the packet. And we got
these guys are actually called the radish purple plums organic and actually these were
from Wal-Mart, and these are actually the radish sparkler white tips. My favorite tool
for using when doing a container garden is a ruler, and I have a good episode on buying
these rulers for a penny. But why you’re going to need the ruler is to space out all
the food you’re growing. Now you know, some people don’t use rulers and stuff and they’ll
haphazardly throw their seeds in there, but I’m here to grow food on a production scale
at home, and to do that you need to maximize the use of your growing space. So while square
foot gardening does recommend three inch spacing on the radishes, actually today I’m going
to go with two, so we’re going to go ahead and put this ruler in the bed, and we’re
going to go ahead and plant the seeds out every two inches. So every two inches we’re
just going to go ahead and put a seed. So now that I got all the seeds in place we’re
just going to go take our new soil mixture and we’re going to just gently spread that
on top as not to disturb any seeds, and what I’m going to do is I’m going to spread
this about a half-inch thick, so that’s going to be enough space so that the seeds
can germinate and pop out of the ground when they’re ready.
We got all the soil spread out, the last thing I’m going to do is add water to the container,
so they give you this little funnel thing to put on the top which is kind of nice to
direct the water in there. We’re going to go ahead and pour some water in there. Very
simple and very easy. Another thing besides adding water to the bottom, I’m going to
just add a little bit of water to the top, you know where we planted the seeds, so that
they can start to germinate. All right, and that’s how easy it is to set up one of these
Growum Grow Boxes. Once again, this is a self-watering container pretty similar to an Earth Box,
I’m glad I found these for 10 bucks, and that now you can actually check out, or call
or check online your local Lowe’s store to see if you can get the deal on these guys
as well. I mean it worked pretty well, and now I’ve just go to wait for my radishes
to sprout and start growing. So if I have a few that don’t pop up that’s all right,
I’ll put seeds in later to replace the ones that don’t germinate, and I’m definitely
going to have at least 40 radishes growing in this one container garden. So that’s
totally amazing to grow your own food and to do it for as little as 10 bucks.
Hopefully you guys enjoyed this episode, the sun’s going down I need to go eat dinner.
Once again my name is John Kohler with growingyourgreens.com, we’ll see you next time and remember, keep on growing.

100 thoughts on “$10 Earth Box Clone – Growums Container Vegetable Garden at Lowes

  1. John
    Thank you for the Growums info. I had to open a case with Lowes corporate sales to find them. They located 10 for me in a MO store. I should get them this week. With a large greenhouse and several hundred container gardens I'm always looking to try new things. Have you seen the self watering rain gutters and kiddie pool sub-irrigated planters created by Larry Hall. Seach it up on Youtube. They both work great and are very low maintenance with float valves. From south Texas many thanks.

  2. I received my 10 Growums Garden in a box kits today from Lowes. Shipped by truck freight from MO to TX. They arrived on a shrink wrapped pallet in great shape and look brand new. With my 10% off Lowes coupon the price per box came it at 8.99. What a great deal. Thanks for the heads up John.

  3. azomite does work! i have 2 of the same trees i planted at the same time and the one i used with it is like 3 feet taller than the other.

  4. Hi David, I also live in TX, but could not get lowes to ship this to me, how did you do it? they wanted me to pay 100.00 for the shipping. tried to put in a comment at the lowes review and they blocked it, because I was complaining about the not delivering the product to me since IT WAS NOT AVAILABLE AT MY STORE here in Friendswood

  5. John
    I was just curious how many of these Growums garden kits you actually ended up purchasing. I see quite a few behind you in some of your newer videos. I have 10 but still working to get them all planted.

  6. I called lowes.com and they fourd a manager of a store out of the area who was willing to ship them UPS and not charge shipping. They were awesome!

  7. love your channel and your videos, but that dog, it not only made your video amazing, but it made my day. :]
    (also please more seed starting and indoor gardening)

  8. Whenever I look up rock dust, this is the primary channel that comes up. But a lot of other places criticise rock dust, saying there is no scientific evidence.

    So I don't know if it's paid off scientists downplaying the value of something their bosses in big agriculture cannot sell with a big premium, or this channel has been paid off to promote rock dust by its sellers because people trust what it says.

    Trying to decide if it's worth trying this year but information is very conflicting…

  9. I had to contact the corporate sales office. They did a nation wide hunt for me and arranged shipping via truck freight. It was cheaper than using UPS or FedEx. These boxes can be hard to find at the Lowes price.

  10. Do the PVC's and BPA's from plastic products (very toxic!) transfer through the soil medium, water and organic live micro-creatures you are adding, into the plant roots? I've always wondered about this and growing in plastic containers. I haven't grown food yet, but I have always felt that ceramic pots and containers were better for growing potted house type plants. Am I just imagining a problem where none exists? What about Epsom Salts for Nitrogen? I know my house plants really like it.

  11. John!!! Please, I can't view your video. Do you know if it is currently having issues? I don't think the problem is on my end, but maybe I'm wrong. I really need to watch this video. 🙂 Happy Growing to you!

  12. Thank you for posting this video. I had never heard of this product before. Today I looked online and found a Lowes on the other side of town that still had some and I bought all 4 that they had. I cant wait to grow my Cherokee purple and Black cherry heirloom tomatoes!

  13. Hi John, I have watched your video's on the self watering gardens "Growums". With you using less dirt for the water resevoir. Will we need to add some food to the water or add some food to the top of the dirt for it to get the nutrients it needs to grow?

  14. A good suggestion for making "Mel's Mix" is to have somethings like 4-5 sources of compost or organic material in the mix instead of just compost. For example, for the organic component of the mix you can use: 1) regular compost, 2) worm castings. 3) mushroom compost, 4) forest hummus, etc. This will give you a diverse bacterial community for healthy plant growth.

  15. What a cutie friend you have there!!! They do say that pets take on the qualities of their owners. LOL LOL

  16. Thanks so much for posting this. I called my local Lowes which didn't have any growums. They then did a nation wide search. The only lowes tha had growums was in Ohio. The customer service rep was nice enough to have 4 Growums shipped to my house for 1c shipping. By far the best customer service experience with any home supply company.

  17. Hey John, How do you feel about Topsy Turvy? I live in the Santa Maria/ Lompoc area and they have them at all the 99 cent and Dollar stores here. I picked up about 30 of them.

  18. Didn't have good luck with it last year. Since the water drains down, which is where the plant is growing out of, the roots weren't getting the water they needed. However, adding the coconut coir may help retain the water throughout. Think I'll try that this year.

  19. I went to my local Lowe's today. The store removed them from the shelf and shipped them somewhere only yesterday! They were 9.99 a piece. I went on line and found the number for Lowe's catalogue order center. They tracked down 6 for me. The shipping for six costs $75! So I ordered four, which is within my budget. There are some left as of April 12, 2013 if anyone is interested, although you'll be paying about $23 per box. Looking forward to using these for a hydroponic system.

  20. Do Not Put Casters on theses it will poke a hole in the bottom of the box . Other than that they are Great. I wish the made The better Box for them , then they would be perfect for any gardener. Made in China.


  21. The alternative is to buy an Earthbox directly online, they are more expensive than growums but UV protected and last basically forever especially if you shield them with jute/coffee bag cloth. If you buy 5 or 10, they are much cheaper.

  22. Get some plywood and cut them to the same size as the bottom of the grow box, get 4 casters and screw them on to the plywood. Put the grow box onto the plywood, now you can roll it around and not harm the plastic box.

  23. No, I have made my own grow boxes before and grew tomatoes in them just fine. I grew medium sized tomatoes and cherry types, both did great. I do recommend putting in some sort of calcium supplement into the soil or water though. I got Blossom End Rot on mine once which I found out was caused by lack of calcium. As soon as I put some into the water supply, my new tomatoes were fine in 2 weeks time. The ones with the rot were doomed though, so pluck those off if you get them, put in compost pile.

  24. I have seen some other gardeners saying ..It's OK to put human waste (as in poop) in the compost they use on-in their gardens !! This is very bad it can bring back diseases like Lepers and such ! Please tell your readers-watchers to not do so and why, please this is why we separate garbage from waste in the first place !

  25. I wonder if he squints a lot because hes always in the sun or theirs something wrong whit him, no offense hes a good guy.

  26. Hi John — I love your videos and the length of them as well. I grow with Earth boxes and I recently made some self watering containers out of two food-grade buckets. It appears that you use Mel's mix with no added fertilizer for your earthboxes. Do you use the plastic mulch cover? By the way, Earthboxes are made in United States out of food-grade plastic.

  27. I found a book that shows how to take cheap storage bins and make then into self watering containers using its lid and 4 inch gutter pipe. Can't wait to build one myself.

  28. hey john i have a question…
    im 15 and i have a garden that helps feed my family…
    and i was wondering what the AZOMITE is used from the the soil?
    because once i get a job i want to save up money to do raised beds in our front yard…where my garden is now.. 🙂
    and instead of buying tons of potting mix, i wanted to make my own….
    so here another question… what is a good potting mix thati can make?
    thanks john,

  29. Krista,
    You can make your own worm castings and worm tea very easily. Use your favorite search engine and look up "starting a worm farm" for all kinds of advice and free help. I am starting a worm farm in my living room with a ready made vermicomposting system. Look up the home site for Vermifactory. I think John has a video on it.
    I do not work for them or sell their products, I'm just passing along info. My Grandpa raised worms for his garden and always had prize winning vegetables.

  30. It's bad for most plants only if all or most of the root is in stagnant water. If it is just the ends they should be fine as the rest of the root will be able to get oxygen.
    Although potatoes can sprout and last a long time in water, the quality suffers.

  31. I was able to very successfully grow hot peppers here in Zone 3 a with the earth box !! I highly recommend them !! Not easy to grow those here in Alberta

  32. They need to figure out a way to make this work for indoor gardening where you can't let the overflow go out onto the floor.

  33. hey John,
     I like alot alot of the topics and videos you share, however the last couple you made a couple of repeat statements in reference to "Real Men" and being Gay. It was very  annoying.

  34. Had some growboxes when we lived up North and tried them, with no success, here in FL.  Tried both Winter and Summer – everything just burned…  🙁

  35. Ugh i thought your supposed to push down the seeds not lay them on top? thats what i always read Lol???

  36. John, I always enjoy your videos, no exception on this one. However, that was a good example for the kids you want to teach, throwing away the instructions is always a good lesson. I know, I do it too. That lesson should be be the parents job, just saying….  Keep up the good work. BTW, cute dog.

  37. John, I love your videos, especially the longer ones. I'll watch them in the evening or while duplicating a gardening suggestion. This is a great lesson on thinking outside of the Grow-Box 😀 and how to get better gardening products at a lower price.

    I've used your garden soil recipe and it works great! Good drainage, good water retention and it's enabled me to have living plants in August in Dallas when my neighbor is struggling to keep his plants watered. I garden in containers on my patio. Thank you!

  38. Omg cute dog. Thanks for the info. Its been a while now, more then 2 years. Most likely don't have them any more. I'm wondering if I should buy some cloth bags or a grow box. I filled up my raised bed and would like to grow more but I have a lot of concrete.

  39. got a self-watering container 24"x20" growing surface. stands 30" tall on castors (included) + a black sheet that goes over to of box and straps on w/ a rubber band. Tube + aeration screen included like in the kit in the vid. Got it for ~$13 marked down from $55 nigga. ye yeeee

    Listed for $10.01 here tho' http://tristatebid.hibid.com/lot/15333013/city-pickers-patio-garden-kit

  40. At the end of the video John didn't use the dipstick as a cue to add more water. The dipstick was all the way down so why didn't John keep adding water until the dipstick read full?

  41. I know that John will probably never read this so perhaps any of the subscribers would like to comment on the following question: I purchased an Earthbox like the one in this video and I'm curious to how "safe" it is to use plant starters from big box stores like Lowe's, etc. I plan on planting edible plants like herbs, greens, etc which obviously I will be ingesting. Any concern on eating these plants that are most likely non-organic? Thanks in advance…

  42. well you will have lot of seeds for next year judging by all the box's behind you got a deal just in the seeds when there 10$ for every box lol

  43. John, I went to 7 different Lowe's to buy them out of what they had back then, and all of them are still in use 4 years later. Half of them are no longer self-watering due to cracks, but they still work great as standard containers. When you look at Google Satellite of our yard, it looks very purplish where our 18 Growums are. All I do is add compost and a rock dust to it after every harvest. Thanks so much for this one. It is actually how I first discovered you around Xmas of 2012.

  44. Hey John. I have a question. I have been keeping worms in my back room for composting my kitchen waste products but I never seem to be able to get that lovely fluffy looking worm castings that I see in the videos. What am I doing wrong? My "finished" product is soggy, lumpy and hard. When I do manage to separate the "soil" from the worms ready to use as planting material, it dries out rock hard… I also have a problem with fruit flies and I think someone told me that might be due to over feeding my worms? If you could give me some tips I would be grateful. I have been keeping worms for several years but never have been able to harvest anything worth having.Thanks for any help you can give me. Sandie.

  45. Darn….. would have liked to see how much 2 pounds of azomite looks like. The video cut out at the beginning of the pour.at 19:57

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