Frequently Asked Questions
Garden Anywhere Box is a unique automatic watering container garden.
Garden Anywhere Box is different from other container gardens because of our unique and exclusive (patent-pending) watering system.
No other container garden is like Garden Anywhere Box because our boxes are connected to our unique automatic watering system. which is connected through tubing to an outdoor faucet, garden hose or rain barrel. They are then watered automatically through a gravity-fed process. You can go on vacation and your garden will still be watered while you are gone.
Currently we are in the process of creating many beautiful colors to coordinate with your landscaping and home! As soon as they are available, you will be able to choose which color(s) you prefer during the ordering process.
Gardening with Garden Anywhere Box is so simple, it’s like magic. And it’s even more magical for children. Because of the ease of this system, you can be confident that children will be able to learn and grow along with their vegetables and herbs! Garden Anywhere Box is excited to announce the Garden Anywhere Sprites Collection, which comes in whimsical colors and is sized just right for junior gardeners!
And if it’s a fairy garden you want to grow among the herbs and flowers, we will soon be offering the delightful and whimisical Fairies Collection, which will be the perfect fairy garden for your children!
Our manufacturer has assured us that the plastic is safe. We are so certain it is safe, we use it for our own family. Garden Anywhere Boxes can grow organic produce. You just need to choose organic potting mix and fertlizer to start growing organic immediately!
No. It’s potting mix. There is a water reservoir in the bottom of the box, but the Garden Anywhere Box is not a hydroponic garden. We use potting mix as the growing medium.
It is also not aquaponics. You can hook your boxes and watering system up to a rain barrel and put some fish in it. Then you would get the benefit of “fish fertilizer” in your water. That is as close to aquaponics as we get!
We recommend potting mix. Soil can compact and will not wick up the water like potting mix. Purchase a 2 cubic feet bag of potting mix for each Garden Anywhere Box.
No. Your potting mix should last for several years. We’ve been using the same potting mix for almost ten years. You will need to replace a little bit of potting mix each year due to loss as you pull up plant roots. You also might consider dumping out your potting mix, aerating it, let the sun bake it for a couple of days and then put it back in your Garden Anywhere Box to extend the number of seasons it will last.
Yes. Fill your box with potting mix. You’ll need about 2 cubic feet. Mix in 2 cups of dolomite (prevents blossom end rot), a strip (about 1 cup) of fertilizer down the center length-wise and the cover over the top. These three things are provided with your Garden Anywhere Box. We call this a Grow Pack. Once the black plastic covering is in place, you can start planting your seeds or plants.
Yes. Each gardening season, you will need to get a new Grow Pack. This consists of fertlilizer, dolomite and the plastic covering that keeps weeds out and moisture in. You can order it here or you can source it locally at gardening or hardware stores.
Yes! Tomatoes grow exceptionally well. You can grow two tomato plants to a box with a few herbs or flowers sprinkled in.
We have never experienced that and this is our eighth year of gardening in a box. Once the plants are up and growing, they cover the plastic. Because of the boxes being connected by tubing, there is an almost constant flow of cool water to the reservoirs. In fact, we have been told that tomato plants stop producing when it reaches 90 degrees or higher. That has not been our experience. As long as the boxes have a constant supply of water, our tomato plants produce in temperatures of over 100 degrees…all summer long.
You can grow a variety of fruits, vegetables and flowers. Almost everything that you can grow in the ground, you can grow in a box. You can plant seeds or plants, but if you are new to gardening, please do some research. You can plant bigger seeds directly into the box, but you should plant smaller seeds in seed starters and transfer them to a bigger container before you transplant them to a GAB.
Tomatoes need to be started in a seed starter and then moved to a larger container. If you do not let them get a bit bigger, they might not make a smooth transition and may die. Growing in a Garden Anywhere Box is fairly foolproof, but there are still basic gardening rules that you need to follow.
Sometimes plants die–even in a Garden Anywhere Box. If a plant dies or is not thriving, pull it up and plant something else. It’s that easy. Don’t waste the space on something that is not producing.
Yes, we did. We have about seventy active boxes. Every vegetable that you see, we grew. Every picture that you see, we took.
Çonsider these numbers:
- 20 ears of corn (from a single Garden Anywhere Box)
- 20 cantalope, (also, one box)
- 5 watermelon
Hundreds of peppers, hundreds of tomatoes…you get the picture! The Garden Anywhere Box can produce prolifically, spontaneously, and EASILY, almost like magic. It’s a little like being in a tropical climate because of the abundant growth!
The boxes are portable. When filled with water and potting mix, the boxes are heavy, but can still be moved using a regular dolly or a little platform dolly from the hardware store.
If you don’t like where you placed your garden, move it. If you move, you can take your garden with you. This is a wonderful feature for renters and those who move frequently.
If you prefer, you can drain the water by removing a tube or clamp and refill your box when you get it where you want it to go. Because the boxes are portable, you can garden year ’round. If you have a greenhouse or a room inside your home with light and heat, you can move Garden Anywhere Box inside and extend your growing season.
The beauty of Garden Anywhere Box is that you can’t overwater. If you have our exclusive (patent-pending) watering system, your boxes will be watered automatically, so you won’t have to worry about watering your garden at all.
Garden Anywhere Box uses up to 70% less water than a traditional garden so it is perfect for drought-prone areas. The plastic on top keeps the weeds out, but it also keeps the moisture in. Water is wicked up through the potting mix to the roots. It travels through the plant and is evaporated into the air. This system results in zero water waste.
The great thing about Garden Anywhere Box is that you can garden year-round.
Because the boxes are portable, you can start your garden indoors. You can garden during the winter if you have proper lighting. In the spring, when the weather warms up, you can move your garden outside.
You don’t have to wait for the ground to thaw or worry about rain washing your garden away. You can grow cool weather crops like lettuce, broccoli, and cabbage.
You can garden in the summer. Just change out the Grow Pack and you are ready to plant. Summer is the time for tomatoes, cucumbers, squash and okra. You can even grow corn if you want.
You can garden in the fall. Grow pumpkins, squash and other cool weather crops. When the weather turns cold, move a few boxes inside and continue gardening.
It’s easy. If you are moving your boxes inside or into a greenhouse, you might want to drain the water out of the boxes to make them a little lighter. To drain the water, pull off the tubes at each end of your Garden Anywhere Box and let the water drain out. It does not matter that a small amount of water will be left in the bottom. Use a dolly to move your boxes where you want them to go.
If you are not going to garden over the winter, drain your boxes. You can choose to pull up old plants or wait until the spring when you are ready to redress your boxes and get them ready for the next growing season.