Earth Box Bounty & Camping

Extremely productive bell peppers in an Earth Box

Extremely productive bell peppers in an Earth Box

Patio tomatoes in Earth Box

Patio tomatoes in Earth Box

I would never have believed how much lettuce we are getting from 3 Earth Boxes.  The danger is that it will bolt before we can use it.  I’ll be taking several bags on our camping trip, and expect several of the new heads that are growing on cut-off stalks to be ready when we get home.

And I haven’t even started on the romaine.

Little Gem lettuce has small heads that are the perfect size for a salad for two.  Note top left where a head was harvested and is growing a new head.

Little Gem lettuce has small heads that are the perfect size for a salad for two. Note top left where a head was harvested and is growing a new head.

I have two patio tomatoes in one Earth Box and two bell peppers in another.  They are both loaded.  So I am getting my garden fix this year without even having a garden!

We are planning to leave tomorrow for a week camping on the GA/SC border.  It will be hot and humid, but it will be hot and humid at home and I’d rather be on a big lake than at home.

The lettuce plant in the rear is one that regenerated from a stalk that was harvested earlier.

The lettuce plant in the rear is one that regenerated from a stalk that was harvested earlier.

Plenty of rain is predicted, so the little veggies should be fine while we are gone.

P.S.  Just wanted to add that I have used NO pesticides on these plants.  They are so healthy that they are naturally insect repellent.

The romaine will be ready soon.

The romaine will be ready soon.

21 Comments

  1. I’ve heard that if you just cut the lettuce about and inch or two from the bottom, it’ll grow another lettuce for you. I know that if I do that to mustard/collards, they’ll grow another crop. Couldn’t hurt to try.

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    • Cat Lady, I did that. There are a couple of photos that show the new little heads from the cut off stalks. It’s like getting free veggies, isn’t it 🙂

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  2. Very cool! Love dem fresh veggies!

    Virtual hugs,

    Judie

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    • What is amazing is how easy it is. And just to go pick salad for dinner is so much fun!

      Now I need a couple of blueberry bushes and a few dwarf fruit trees! (That can take care of themselves, of course!) 😀

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  3. Wow – your garden looks fantastic! If I ever settle down (or John retires so he can have the time to tend to plants while I’m gone), I’ll have to figure out how you do that. I’m assuming frequent weeding is not needed either?

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    • Once in a while I pull a few grass shoots up, but it’s almost no weeding. Just plant and enjoy!

      If you ever do, I’ll share a couple of my secrets — like planting a couple of vitamin/mineral tablets and calcium tablets to keep the tomatoes and peppers from getting blossom end rot and to provide trace vitamins and minerals. 🙂

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  4. Marcia GB in MA

     /  June 2, 2014

    You’ve got some fantastic looking veggies growing there. I’ll have to try those earth boxes myself next year. That looks like some fun gardening. And speaking of fun, have a great camping trip!

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    • Marcia, it is the easiest, most fun gardening ever! And we are so looking forward to getting out camping. Thanks for the good wishes! 🙂

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  5. cozybegone

     /  June 3, 2014

    Stuffed peppers? Wilted lettuce….oh my mom made the best!!!! A getaway….bet another perfect park!!!!

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    • Stuffed peppers I love. I have not had wilted lettuce, but I have read about it. Will look up a recipe for inspiration. 🙂

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  6. Great looking garden and another camping trip lined up. Have a great time and be safe

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  7. Marsha

     /  June 4, 2014

    Your lettuce looks beautiful. I’ve never been able to grow peppers, but I don’t think we have the climate in Michigan for that.

    Isn’t it great to be able to go out and harvest a salad? And you know what you’re eating because you grew it! Love gardening, although I’ve scaled back this year because we’re finally going to be able to get out in the Casita more.

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    • Marsha, it seems that growing or buying locally grown food is our only protection against GMO foods and all those weird additives that should never be added to food. I’ve noticed that bread contains so many preservatives now that it actually stinks. Nature’s Own is the worst. I sure do miss the clean, wholesome, yeasty smell of real homemade bread.

      I scaled WAY back on gardening when we got our first camper 8 years ago, too. I am SO GLAD you are going to be able to get out in the Casita more.

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  8. Lovely vegetables! Wonderful that you have found a way to grow them without the garden taking over your life.

    Have fun on the next camping adventure!

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    • Lynne, I really am enjoying my toy garden this year. 🙂

      We are camping now, but the heat is keeping us from being able to do much. It’s brutal. But beautiful. 🙂

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  9. I used to do raised be gardens, It is amazing how much you can produce in a small space. Sure beats the rows of seeds!!

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    • Wayne, I used to be a serious square foot gardener. For a few years I grew most of our vegetables, and dehydrated and canned enough to last though the winter. I used a lot of compost and organic fertilizer. I especially loved growing pole beans. And how I miss fresh eggplant!

      But being able to go someplace beautiful and escape the tyranny of land and home ownership, even if just for a few days at a time, is worth giving up a lot. 🙂

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  10. Sharon, feel free to box up your extra produce and send it my way. I’m months away from tomatoes in my garden, the kale is iffy, but I’ve got enough basil to make pesto on everything between now & then. Love your photos!

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    • The basil sounds great!

      When I told my neighbor to help herself to the lettuce while I was gone, she told me her husband is putting in a big garden. That delighted me because whenever she has a big garden, she brings me bags of stuff they can’t use!

      Wish I could share mine with you! 🙂

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