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Friday, July 5, 2013

Another Earth Box Update

I have another Earth Box update for you! We harvested our lettuce and carrots yesterday and I wanted to let you know how things came out.

lettuce success with the earth box |

Lettuce is PERFECT for growing in the Earth Box. The heads of romaine lettuce grew beautifully, were very healthy and easy to take care of as they grew. I would recommend planting 8 lettuces in each Earth Box, but staggering the plantings a week or two apart (maybe 2 planted each week for a month). By staggering the planting, you will be able to harvest the lettuce over time instead of all at once. That’s what we’re going to do next year!

stunted carrots with the earth box |

Carrots are NOT perfect for growing in the Earth Box. Despite having at least a foot of depth for the carrots to grow, the carrots only grew a few inches long, if that! We think the roots must have sensors that report back to the carrot telling it to find somewhere else to grow. If this is the case, those sensors did a fantastic job. One of the carrots just kept twisting in on itself. You also can’t grow that many carrots in the Earth Box, so there isn’t much of a yield (16 total IF they all survive, and that’s if you just plant carrots in the box). All in all carrots were not worth the effort, at least when grown in the Earth Box.

The tomato plants are still going strong. They are fruiting and we are just waiting for the first ripe ones to appear!


  1. I don’t have much luck with carrots and I have tried several ways (in pots, in the ground, with special soil). They always end up being dog treats since they are either small or don’t taste right (Snoop loves them any way). So I have given up on carrots, but think I have found the trick to crazy yields of tomatoes… we’re going to have counters full of them!

    • Jane Maynard

      what’s your tomato trick? dying to know!

      and I’m glad to hear you have carrot trouble, too…not because I’m glad you had bad carrots, I’m just glad I’m not alone! 🙂

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    Those carrots are cute though! 😉

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