Grow Veggies in Foam Boxes

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Grow Veggies in Foam Boxes

What a great way to make use of something that would otherwise go into in decomposable landfill to grow veggies in for your family’s consumption. Foam boxes are cheap if not free, stackable, reusable and highly suited to growing herbs and veggies at home in your kitchen garden.

So what herbs and veggies can you grow in foam boxes? Well almost anything except probably those with a deep rooting system like potatoes or sweet potatoes but other root type veggies such as carrots turnips, radish and beetroot can be grown if you use deeper foam planting containers.

So what are the tips to successfully using the foam boxes for veggies and herbs?

The foam boxes must be holed to make them well drained. The holes should be large, (about ¾ to 1″/18-25mm), preferably triangular in shape (easily done with a thin sharp knife), be plenty of them and covered with a crock of rubble to ensure drainage. They also need to be kept off the ground to further improve their drainage. If left laying flat on the ground the boxes will tend to become waterlogged even with good drainage holes in them.

If you are growing plants susceptible to nematodes and wilts (e.g. solanaceous ones like tomato, eggplant, peppers etc) and, if you are growing them in a soil-less mixture (organic potting mix) to escape these problems, then it is absolutely essential to both keep the boxes off the ground and keep them well mulched to minimize being infected from the soil and other plants.

If you are going to use soil then remember it is a container, so the soil will need to be both well drained and have the ability to hold a good supply of water and nutrients at the same time. The use of organic additives like manures and composts and water crystals and other commercial additives will allow you to do this. And don’t forget they have exactly the same issues as other containers; i.e. they can dry out quickly and become root bound quickly, particularly if planted too densely and with largish plants.

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