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June 02, 2010


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David in Kansas

With all due respect my dear sirs, the Master Gardener here is comparing containers not Earthbox vs. dirt. Don't get me wrong. I love my Subirrigated containers but I must humbly retort that all things being equal, my tomatoes in the groud (dirt) beat the pants out of my subirrigated container on every aspect: height, production, health, maintenance. In fact, last year when we got hit by some kind of late blight, I had less sick tomatoes on the ground than in containers. This is not to say that my container tomatoes did badly. No, they did really well and that's why I'm keeping my SIPs as a beloved and valuable way to grow plants plus in some instances, such as when we don't have the benefit of a yard, they are indispensable but I would be remissed if I did not pay Mother Nature and her 4 billion year head start on me her due respect. Plants grow on the dirt naturally, they don't crawl and construct containers to live in. I continue to read this blog daily and continue to benefit from it, I just can't put a man-made object ahead of what nature has designed.

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