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In This Issue
EarthBox Education
Zones and Frost Dates
Fresh from the Forum
Retailer of the Month
From Our Customers
Join Our Community
About EarthBox
EarthBox Education:
EarthBoxes to SpaceBoxes
to ShelterBoxes
 

Last year, Bay Haven, Florida students enjoyed bountiful harvests from their thirty EarthBoxes all year long, as part of a science lab project entitled "EarthBoxes to SpaceBoxes: Growing Food in School Today, In Space Tomorrow." This was made possible through funding from the William G. Selby and Marie Selby Foundation, the Bank of America Client Foundation, sponsors of an Education Foundation of Sarasota County, Inc. grant, and from prize money from EarthBox Inc. (this project won first prize in the National EarthBox Contest).


Bay Haven

Students at all grade levels learned important scientific principles using EarthBoxes to grow organic vegetables. In turn, they were very receptive to nutrition lessons given by the school nurse. And what better way to impress upon the students the advantages of being a "locovore," (someone who eats
food grown locally) as part of a "go green" lifestyle?

This science lab project expanded into a 2009 Earth Day celebration. Students raised more than $300 by growing and selling their EarthBox produce at the 2009 Bay Haven Spring Festival to sponsor a ShelterBox. ShelterBox Trust is a nonprofit  international disaster-relief program that provides assistance and shelter to victims of natural disasters. The "box" contains a ten-person tent, a cooking stove, blankets, cookware, water purification equipment, and other survival essentials for protection from the elements.


Bay Haven Product Sale

The students were given an identification number (ShelterBox No. 6076) so that they could track the final destination of their Bay Haven ShelterBox -- which was Sumatra, Indonesia, to aid survivors of a disastrous 2009 earthquake that claimed the lives of more than 1,300 people.

Even after a year, this project continues to bring meaning into the lives of these young students as discussions continue in science and social studies classes as part of their interdisciplinary studies. With the enthusiastic support and dedicated teamwork of the many Bay Haven parent volunteers, teachers,  principal, and generous grant sponsors, students realize that they can make a difference in the world.

We hope that the students will always remember this project, and that they will continue to be mindful of their role as responsible stewards of this planet and as caring members of a global community. 

We Have a Winner!
 

We've chosen the latest winner in our ongoing "Grab Some Free Goodies" contest! Father Donald F. Pfannenstiel of Christ the King Church in WaKeeney, Kansas will receive a $25 EarthBox gift certificate for his wonderful photo. We'll be posting more winners as we choose them -- and we're still waiting to hear from you!


Here's Father Pfannenstiel's winning entry:


"
Before turning my garden in September, I transplanted four volunteer tomato plants (unknown variety) to an Earthbox. They're now over eight feet tall. Quite a show for the parishioners! This photo was taken this past
Ash Wednesday, February 17, 2010."

February Winner

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 of Inside the Box.

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

Quick Links

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Greetings!

Since our customers span all corners of this great nation, at any given time some of you will be harvesting, while others will just be starting your new crops.

 

In fact, one EarthBox grower recently posted pictures of thriving lettuce and strawberry plants in the forum -- whereupon a Massachusetts grower responded with awe, saying they were still 2.5 months away from even thinking about planting! This illustrates just how climatically diverse we are.

With this in mind, we invite you to take a quick poll, which will let us know what zone you're in. In turn, that will help us to serve you better, in terms of providing pertinent and timely information (seasonal issues, tips, specific products, and the like).

Though we can't cover every region right away, in this issue we'll provide some links for zone guides and frost date guidelines in several areas to help you with your planting.


Happy planning (and planting),

Frank's Signature
Frank DiPaolo
EarthBox
logo small Zones and Frost Dates 

Depending on where you live, right now you could be in almost any stage of planning your EarthBox garden for 2010. Those of you living in Hawaii and southern climates might already be sprouting 2010 fruits and veggies; but for others, the ice may not have thawed yet. 

No matter where you are, it's always best to have a plan in place before you plant your EarthBoxes. First, decide what you'll grow, and whether you prefer to plant from seed or start with seedlings.


Next, do your research: speak with a local nursery to find out what plants will thrive in your area, and observe your designated planting area for sun/shade, wind, and other conditions. Be sure to take into account sun availability once any trees are fully leafed-out later in the year.

You'll also need to get the necessary information on the lengths of time until harvest, which can be obtained here in Table 2. Finally, you'll need to determine both your USDA plant hardness zone and your average early frost date, in order to determine the best timing for your crops.

Plant Hardiness Zones
Here are two sites that offer handy planting zone dates for you to peruse:

 

http://www.arborday.org/media/mapchanges.cfm 

http://www.usna.usda.gov/Hardzone/ushzmap.html


Keep in mind that there may be slight differences in the zone designations from one site to the next, as the charts have become fluid to adapt to recent environmental changes.

 

So, what zone do you live in? Click here to take our poll.


Frost Dates
Wondering when the average last frost date is for your region every spring? Take a look at these sites:

 

http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov 

http://www.almanac.com

 

By the way -- just in case you misjudge your frost date, or an unexpected frost heads your way, we now offer handy frost covers for your EarthBoxes. Check 'em out!

Fresh from the Forum
The Three Sisters Method
 

fresh from forum 1

Planting beans and not sure what they'll mix with? Try the Three Sisters Method.


Retailer of the Month
Pike Nurseries
 

TULIPSEvery month we highlight one of our valued partners, so you can learn more about them and their products. This month, we salute Pike Nurseries in Georgia.

With sixteen retails stores in Atlanta and Charlotte, Pike carries a plethora of items for indoor and outdoor gardening. This family-grown business began serving the community in the 1950's, and continues the time-honored tradition with certified nursery professionals who are committed to the gardener's success.

Whether you live in an apartment, a house or on a farm, you'll find something to suit your needs at Pike Nurseries, including annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs, houseplants, tools, seeds, and seed-starting supplies. Outdoor living designs abound, from patios and walkways to lighting and water gardens. 
 
Pike's specialty is design and installation services. Their knowledgeable staff, combined with the quality products, leads to unique garden displays. Planting services are also available to those who prefer not to dig in the dirt, and delivery services are an added plus for customers.

Monthly tips and other helpful hints can be found on Pike's web site. Tune into WSB Radio on Saturday mornings for Pike's pick of the week for savings. 
 
Pike Nurseries are open daily from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. To find a location near you, click here.

Corporate Office
2675 Breckinridge Blvd.
Suite 300
Duluth, GA  30096
770-921-1022

From Our Customers
 Mighty Cold in Mississippi

Before"We're looking at three nights of mid-20s here in Biloxi. Had to wrap up most of the garden!" 

Gardendoc 

Zone "Almost 9a"


After

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Ordering 

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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