|This is the bottom of The GrowBox's soil tub.|
I give this product…
a bright sunshiny rating for easy installation and no watering guesswork. After a few days, my little plants are perky and seem like they are getting enough water. The caveat is that I would wait a few weeks to see how the food yield would be!
What’s in the Box?
Planting space of approximately 2 square feet (and then some!) or 12” W x 27” L.
Nutrient Patch which is burlap that lays on top of the soil. It has fertilizer beads attached to the underside which auto-releases minerals to the soil.
$36.90 ($29.95 + $6.95 shipping)
Small spaces such as patios
Supplement to raised gardens
Beginners – yes, even kids!
People with busy lifestyles, travel a lot, and such
Loving It For:
... the fuss-free self-watering technology
... being BPA-Free
... being easy to rabbit-proof
... its foolproof assembly and easy-to-follow instructions
... being proudly made in the USA
But I wish…
… That the spout had some sort of cover on it. It is fine now in early spring, but I wonder how quick water will evaporate in 90+ degree weather. On the upside, I think this opening actually improves air flow and keeps the roots aerated.
… That there was better, simpler information about the fertilizer contained in the Nutrient Patch.
Yet to be determined! Come back in mid-spring for an update!
Do I recommend this product?
I would recommend this product for sheer ease of use and easy installation. The concept is brilliant, but it’s still premature to tell how much food I’ll actually get out of this box. Stay tuned for an update mid-spring!
I also really like the holes on each corner of the planter which is intended for stakes for taller and vining vegetables like tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers (yes, you can supposedly grow those vegetables with success in these planters). For rabbit-proofing, I simply stuck skinny branches I had laying around in the backyard on each hole. I tied landscape fabric to the stakes using a cord, and voila! The makeshift fence feels surprisingly sturdy. We had high winds today (typical of the Sierras) and the thing did not even flinch.
I like that the burlap that you lay on top of the soil is biodegradable, so woo-hoo. The burlap also doubles as a little template for determining correct spacing for the type of veggies you'll be planting. Just cut holes on the fabric and drop your seed or transplant and you're all ready to go (and grow!). I'm using the GrowBox to supplement a raised bed garden where I'll be growing most of my tall summer vegetables. I'm dedicating half of the GrowBox for kitchen herbs and the other half will be transplanted with cold weather vegetables like sugar snap peas and lettuce. Once it starts really warming up, I'll replace the cold weather crops with basil, cilantro, plus maybe a pepper.
What I was not too crazy about is the painted surface, mainly because I'm not too sure what's in that paint. Also, I had to do a little research on whether it's safe to use the fertilizer if the idea was to grow an organic edible garden. In the end, I rationed that the ingredients of the fertilizer, from what I can understand, are naturally occurring minerals in the environment.