This is part 6 of a series on container gardening produced by the University of Nebraska Extension. It is part of their Backward Backyard Farmer project.
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Watch this video and move the slider to about the 1:29 minute mark. Don’t worry you won’t miss anything worthwhile.
This is what the backward farmer says while he’s standing by an EarthBox with a trellis attached. Note that he never once mentions that it’s an EarthBox or sub-irrigation planter. In fact, sub-irrigation (or self-watering) is never mentioned in all six parts of this waste-of-money series. Such brilliant narrative.
A lot of fun!
It’s also kind of fun to grow something in a pot that’s a vegetable. Again, you don’t normally think of vegetables in a pot. But it can be a lot of fun…as long as you have good support. Now, this trellis system works really well. As the plants grow up you can always tie them to the trellis and make sure they stay firm and anchored. Also make sure the volume of soil is adequate for it’s needs.
Knowing that the EarthBox company has donated many, many sub-irrigated grow boxes to educational institutions, they probably didn’t even pay for this planter.
At the same time, the video includes a commercial for a private enterprise business operating under the name Proven Winners. What is this publicly funded organization doing pitching a privately owned brand name? It may not be illegal but to me it’s higly unethical.
This is particularly true in light of the egregious use of the EarthBox with no mention of one of the finest container gardening products we have in America.