EarthBox Planting Tips : Covering Fertilizer with Soil in an EarthBox


For On Gardening I’m Stan DeFreitas, Mr. Greenthumb.
We’re talking about the earth box. We talked about adding the soil which we’ve added to
the earth box and we’ve got a fertilizer which we’ve applied to the base. It happened to
be a nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium type fertilizer and we kind of raked it in and
kind of had good even distribution of the fertilizer. Now one of the things that you’ll
learn in the earth box, and you’ll also learn when you do traditional gardening, is you
normally want to cover over that fertilizer. Why? Because 78% of the atmosphere is nitrogen.
If you leave a fertilizer right on the surface what happens? A lot of it nitrofies and goes
right into the air. It goes back into the air. So here you are, you’ve spent your money
on fertilizer, and when you look at the fertilizer you say why aren’t I getting the value from
it that I should? If you cover over the earth box with more soil you will get the kind of
results that you’re looking for. Now this little trick is also good when you’re doing
backyard gardening. If you can cover over your fertilizer you will get it to be more
effective and more efficient and your dollar will go further. For On Gardening I’m Stan
DeFreitas, Mr. Greenthumb.

2 thoughts on “EarthBox Planting Tips : Covering Fertilizer with Soil in an EarthBox

  1. You are telling people to mix the fertilizer into the mix. This goes against Earthbox directions.
    The fertilizer is supposed to be placed in a srtip across the top and covered with mix.

  2. The Eartbox uses fertilizer as a strip down the middle, not mixed in. And, it uses potting mix, not soil. The two are very different. I have Earthboxes, and if you do exactly what the directions state, your plants will get HUGE! This guy needs to read the directions again.

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