EarthBox Update — June 3, 2013

by A.J. Coltrane

Rolling along. Previous post here.

Our neighbor Kurt has started EarthBoxes! (It’s like a disease, only healthier.) His first post on the subject is here. We share an interest in low-labor container gardening it seems.

Well really, I just try to avoid weeding whenever I can.

The tomato plants got a bird net over their cages this week — four of the six plants are now producing fruit. (The Glacier, Stupice, Siletz, and Sungold. The Roma and Brandywine are holding out, which is to be expected.) The zucchini and brussels sprouts got staked with Ultomato cages. I like the idea of the Ultomato cages, and I’ll be looking to buy more parts either in bulk or on clearance at the end of the season. I know that the “arms” are available as a 36-pack, though I’d buy more at the right price. Getting a good deal may require a little digging.

Among the recent dishes to be partly or fully composed of Earthbox ingredients includes a bunch of green salads, guacamole, pico de gallo, dill “crusted” salmon, caprese salad, and grilled bok choi and scallions. The grilled bok choi and scallions were served with chicken kebabs marinated in greek yogurt, lemon, and Tom Douglas’ Bengal Marsala rub. Very tasty! Also this:

It's pizza Margherita
It’s pizza Margherita with some funky lighting.

Photos of the plants:

The zucchini is going nuts. The cucumbers, not so much. I’m now understanding that cucumbers don’t like being transplanted. I may try from seed next year, that’s what is recommended on the Earthbox forums.

060213 zucchini

The tomatillos:

060213 tomatillo

The lettuces:

We harvested almost a pound of rabbit food out of this container yesterday.
We harvested almost a pound of rabbit food out of this container yesterday.

Parsley, cilantro, dill, and the two transplanted romaine:

 

I see a lot of salsa in the future. At least until the cilantro bolts.
I see a lot of salsa in the future. At least until the cilantro bolts.

 

 

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