How-to Directions for an Earth Box


The EarthBox is a trademarked container gardening kit that allows you to easily grow vegetables, such as peppers, lettuce and tomatoes. The EarthBox comes with a kit that includes a large plastic container, a fill tube to add water to the reservoir of the box, growing media, dolomite, fertilizer and a Plant and Fertilizer Placement chart that helps to determine the best planting methods. After setting up your EarthBox you will be able to maintain and grow your plants in a warm location.

Step 1

Determine the type of plants you want to grow and how many you want. Find an appropriate outside location to place your EarthBox, where it can receive at least eight hours of sunlight.

Step 2

Place the screen into the empty EarthBox and insert the fill tube into the hole in the screen. Push the fill tube to the bottom of the box.

Step 3

Add moist growing media to the corners of the EarthBox, and pack the media in firmly. Add the first 1-inch layer of growing media into the box and pack it in.

Step 4

Spread the dolomite evenly over the first layer of growing media. Add at least a 3-inch layer of growing media to fill up the rest of the box and mix in the dolomite.

Step 5

Create a trough in the top layer of growing media by referring to the Plant and Fertilizer Placement chart that comes with your EarthBox kit. Add fertilizer into the trough and then add a 2-inch layer mound of growing media to the top of the EarthBox.

Step 6

Place the EarthBox cover black side up and secure it tightly over the edges. Cut holes into the cover as instructed from the Plant and Fertilizer Placement chart.

Step 7

Insert the plant seeds or seedlings according to your specific planting instructions into the holes you cut. Add water into the fill tube and continuing watering two to three times a day.

Things You'll Need

  • Growing media
  • Dolomite
  • Scissors
  • Seedlings


  • EarthBox: EarthBox Instructions
  • EarthBox: EarthBox Gardening Tips
Keywords: EarthBox kit, container garden, growing media

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Greg Lindberg is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in creative writing. His professional writing experience includes three years of technical writing for an agriculture IT department and a major pharmaceutical company, as well as four years as staff writer for a music and film webzine.