I'm in New Jersey, close to retirement, and can no longer get down on my knees to enjoy playing in the dirt. A long-time gardener, I'm not a 'newbie' in that respect... however the whole container/Earthbox thing is very new for me.
Okay... After reading all your posts, I'm convinced I'm more than a little nuts. After spotting the Earthbox in a catalog, mulling it over for a good long while, I finally took THE LEAP. I ordered 30 of them from my favorite on-line farm supplier (got a very good discount for quantity). I have to believe they will be as productive as described, or my investment will be a MAJOR ouchie.
Anyway... not to do anything in a small way, I also invested in a slew of 10-gallon Rubbermaid totes from Lowes ($5.50 each). I drilled out the bottoms, used plastic foam cubes I cut from packing material salvaged at work (for less weight), and covered that with a thin layer of landscape fabric.... then came the soil: Promix BX. They are planted with all the small stuff and leafy greens that just aren't practical for the Earthbox. The size is just right: 20x14x8" inside.
As for the Earthboxes:
10 EB... 5 varieties of tomatoes-- 2/box, trellised
4 EB... Cucumbers... slicers & pickles-- 6/box, trellised
2 EB... Small Sugar pumpkin-- 3/box, trellised
7 EB.... 7 kinds of peppers, hot to mild Bells-- 3/box
2 EB.... Eggplants-- 2/box
5 EB.... Yellow Bush Beans-- 20/box
For the trellises, I used 1/2" EMT bent & connected to form 5 ft wide x 6-1/2 ft tall units. Nylon mesh netting wove on fairly easily, and will last several seasons. I just shoved the legs 18" into the ground... not hard with our sandy soil. to make life a little easier, I'm making low platform supports out of 2x4's to support the totes. This will raise them up 2 ft.
The will still be a couple of wide rows in the ground for the flowers, squash & pole beans, but a friend is helping me till & plant them. Maintenace will be something I can manage. I bought one of those little garden scooters, so I can just sit as I roll from box to box...
Sorry for the long post... when I get finished, and things are coming along I will post pictures. I look forward to hearing from everyone.