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Earthbox Self-Watering Planter

Sharon’s claim that a cherry tomato plant was a really easy way to grow fresh veggies sounded so good, I added cherry tomatoes to my porch container garden, previously all herbs.

She also sent me instructions on how to make a homemade Earthbox, which is a self-watering planter. You fill the reservoir on bottom once a week or so and the soil wicks up the water continuously. Just the thing for a truly lazy gardener.

It's a pretty simple design, really.

Of course, I’m so lazy that I couldn’t bring myself to actually make one, so I bought it (two, actually). I’m glad I did, because they came with instructions as to what soil and fertilizer to use, as well as placement suggestions for different kinds of plants. I’m sure this was all info I could find elsewhere with a little research, but it was all right in front of me. In fact, I kind of wish I’d bought the kit with all the soil, fertilizer, etc. already included, to make it even easier.

I definitely need to make it as easy as possible. I thought I’d finally grown a green thumb last year, when my herbs took off like crazy, until the day I saw my landlady watering them when she watered her flowers. Apparently I had some help.

So what am I planting this year? Lettuce, cherry tomatoes, basil, chives, and sage (my new favorite herb). This is far more ambitious than I have been in the past, so I hope it turns out well.

When we first planted them.

They perked up overnight.

I specifically planted the tomatoes and basil together, because this piece on companion gardening suggested that it enhances their flavors.

Since I ended up with more tomato and basil plants than will fit in the Earthboxes (they came six to a container), I put the extras in the pots I used last year, as a bonus little experiment. I’ll be interested to see if the Earthbox plants turn out better than the regular pots, and if the front porch or the back porch is a better location. I’ll keep you posted.

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