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EarthBox Education
Late Summer Planting Options
Fresh From the Forum
Retailer of the Month
From Our Customers
Join Our Community
About EarthBox
EarthBox Education:
Florida Teacher Featured in
 Award-Winning Video
 
Ann Cruikshank has been teaching for twenty years. For the past nine, the EarthBox growing system has been a part of her science lessons at Johnson Middle School in Manatee, Florida. Recently, filmmaker Brian Lynch produced a promotional video of Ann in the classroom that went on to win a bronze Telly award. The Tellies honor outstanding local, regional and cable TV programs, video, and film productions. 

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Ann Cruikshank and her class explore science with their EarthBoxes.

In Mr. Lynch's video, Ann explains how she incorporates the EarthBox into her science studies. Students are actively involved in the entire process, from packing the soil into the EarthBoxes to harvesting the mature vegetables.

Ann's students recently embarked on a service learning project in which they learned about hunger around the world. In response, they grew EarthBox produce to donate to a local soup kitchen. This project resulted in a Florida Agriculture in the Classroom award; Ann received the First Place Middle School Award for Excellence in Teaching About Agriculture.
 
Ann commends the EarthBox system for the lesson plans that are included, because they align with national curriculum standards. With the curricula in place, Ann has more time to spend with her middle school students, actively engaged in growing food.

"We cover a lot of different disciplines when we use the EarthBox in the classroom, from water conservation to plant growth to chemistry," Ann says. "The kids are very engaged, which usually results in them doing better."
Grab Some Free Goodies!
 
Want to win an EarthBox gift certificate? Just send us your best EarthBox-related recipe, article, or photo, and you might find yourself a winner. 
 
Here are the categories we'd like you to shoot for: 
  • A helpful story that provides EarthBox owners with information
  • A story on your most successful crop
  • A photo illustrating a successful EarthBox crop
  • Your greatest number of EarthBoxes in use at once
  • Your best disaster story, so everyone can learn from your mistakes
  • Your quickest recipe using an EarthBox harvest
  • Your spiciest recipe using an EarthBox harvest
  • Articles on non-traditional uses of the EarthBox

Your entry should be brief and to the point. We'll pick a new winner every month, and we'll post each winner in an upcoming issue.

Send your contest entries to photos@Earthbox.com, with the word "contest" in the subject line, and we'll take a look!

We Have a Winner!

We've chosen the latest winner in our ongoing "Grab Some Goodies" contest! Marlene Calderon will receive a $25 EarthBox gift certificate for her wonderful photo. We'll be posting more winners as we choose them -- and we're still waiting to hear from you!
 
Here's Marlene's winning entry:
 
"I have a very limited amount of space in which to use my EarthBoxes, since I live in a community where most of the grounds are common property. This is my 6th year of EarthBox gardening, after receiving my first EarthBox as a gift. I have since added three more.

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"I live in South Haven, MI, where the weather is iffy at best.
Because of the recent warm weather, this year's plants have almost doubled in size and have an abundance of blooms.

"This year, I am growing Big Boy tomatoes, Roma tomatoes, burpless cucumbers and herbs. 
 
"Thank you for EarthBoxes!"
 
Marlene Calderon  
South Haven, MI
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Summer means a time to kick back with a cool glass of lemonade, and the chance to enjoy the fruits of your gardening labor. But that doesn't mean the growing season is over: you may want to start some new plants right now that you can harvest and enjoy in the fall, too. 

There are numerous semi-hardy and hardy vegetables that can withstand light frosts and hard frosts, respectively. In fact, crops such as broccoli and cauliflower taste sweeter after a frost.

This month, we have some tips for mid-to-late summer planting that we hope you'll find helpful. As always, consulting your nursery or county extension agent first is a good idea, as they'll have information and advice specific to your planting zone and local weather conditions.

Stay cool,

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Frank DiPaolo
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Late Summer Planting Options 

A nice variety of vegetables can be planted during July and August for harvesting in the fall; in southern climes, some can even be harvested well into the winter.

Before you begin planting for your fall bounty, though, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Except for crops that have finished producing for the year, such as some varieties of peas and lettuce, keep harvesting the fruits and vegetables of your established crops, as they'll stop producing if you don't. 
  • Use fresh fertilizer strips for the new plantings.
  • Consult a growing chart for your area, or check with a local resource for exact planting dates and maturation times for crops planted in late summer.

Now, on to the crops! Vegetables quite suitable for mid-to-late summer planting include broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, spinach, peas, and kale. Brussels sprouts are especially ideal for late fall or early winter harvest, as they benefit from freezing temperatures.

Some of these vegetables mature in as little as ten weeks. Vegetables that mature even faster include radishes, Swiss chard and lettuce, which can be harvested in about five weeks. Fall spinach can be planted as late as September. Also, look for rapidly maturing varieties of chili peppers, as they'll offer good yields well into the fall, as bell peppers start to wane.

July is also a great time to start an herb garden, for the beauty, aroma and eventual culinary pleasure it will offer. Basil, chives, coriander, oregano, mint, parsley, and sage will all do fine in the summer, provided they're transferred inside in containers when the weather turns cool.

As always, keep an eye on your plants for signs of heat distress, so you can intervene proactively.

Don't leave your EarthBoxes idle just because your early harvests are in, folks! If you replant now, we think you'll be surprised at how productive they can be even this late in the year.

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Fresh from the Forum 
Got Birds?
 
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If you're having a problem with birds munching on your crops, visit this page in the Q&A section of the Forum for some tips on how to keep our feathered friends from eating your lunch. 
Retailer of the Month
Stein Garden and Gifts

Every month, we highlight one of our valued partners, so you can learn more about them and their products. This month, we salute Stein Garden and Gifts, with 16 locations in Wisconsin, from Green Bay down to Kenosha.

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Stein Garden and Gifts was founded in 1946, and for over 60 years it's been the premiere nursery chain in the Midwest. Each family-owned location includes several acres' worth of nursery stock and landscaping items. Among other things, Stein nurseries offer a wide variety of live tropical, flowering, and succulent plants, as well as water gardening items, home décor, and giftware. Seasonal selections include flower and vegetable seeds, bulbs, holiday decorations, and gifts.

All Stein Garden and Gifts locations are open 7 days a week. For store locations or other information, click here.
From Our Customers 
Dottie's Garden
 
peas"Here are some new pictures of my garden. First, here are my sugar snap peas. They are now six feet high, and are flowering and producing pods."

Dottie
Zone 6
Morgantown, WV

For more views of Dottie's garden, click here.

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To place an order, call us at 866-727-5532 (24/7) or visit our online store.

About EarthBox 
 
The patented EarthBox was developed by commercial farmers, and proven in the lab and on the farm. Our maintenance-free, award-winning, high-tech growing system controls soil conditions, eliminates guesswork, and more than doubles the yield of a conventional garden -- with less fertilizer, less water and virtually no effort. It's used successfully on a daily basis by commercial farmers, educators, and consumers. Distributors are also finding it to be a popular growing system.
 
EarthBox is a remarkably easy-to-set-up system that can be used to grow produce virtually anywhere. EarthBox systems have been incorporated into community gardens all over the world, enabling families and neighbors to share fresh produce, while minimizing work and expenses. EarthBoxes can even be found in classrooms. Our EarthBox Pre-K through 12th grade standards-based curriculum support packages can bring science to life, with hands-on cross-curricula lessons that teach principles of growing and nutrition utilizing the scientific method in student-driven experiments.

To find out more, visit www.earthbox.com.  
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