Blake Whisenant, a Florida-based commercial tomato grower, invented the EarthBox out of necessity, when rain and stagnant water from Hurricane Andrew wiped out his farm. He needed a way to protect his crops, and discovered that a portable system that covered his plants not only increased his yield, but also allowed him to move plants in bad weather.
The EarthBox system includes fertilizer, an aeration screen, a water reservoir that regulates moisture levels (so you can’t over-water), and a plastic cover that encourages growth while providing protection and discouraging weeds. For home gardeners, the ultimate addition may be its casters, which means that it’s easy to extend the growing season by moving the EarthBox indoors on a cold night, or into a sheltered area when the skies look threatening. (We’re also offering the company’s staking system for growing tomatoes, pole beans and cucumbers, and a replant kit for next season’s crop.)
The biggest decision you’ll have to make is whether you like the green or the terracotta EarthBox better. Then just plant your seeds or seedlings, fill the water reservoir, and start looking for recipes that will show off the foods you grew yourself.