I just realized that Molly had posted an introduction here regarding Rain Barrels and Earth Boxes. Great to see that a discussion has started to develop. To address a few of the posts to date, I'd like to point out that the rain collection barrels aren't designed or intended to stay out all winter in cold climates. If the water freezes in the barrel it could get damaged. Our barrels will come in after the fall crops have fallen to a deep frost. I'm predicting that date will be around the second week of December. It takes more than an overnight frost to freeze a 60 gallon barrel of water. Visit the great american rain barrel @ www.tgarb.com
for more info on our barrel of choice.
Our approach to the weight issue of earthboxes and the rain barrels is to spread out the load using pressure treated 1x6 boards. Rain barrels should be nested close to a load bearing wall, not set up in the middle of the roof. 60 gallons of water weighs approximately 500 pounds.
Our project is underway with 7 earthboxes filled with swiss chard, broccoli, rainbow chard, lettuce and elephant chard. All plants are thriving , and we have been documenting their progress. I'm happy to report the harvesting of our first Broccoli Crown in addition to weekly harvests of kale, Rainbow Chard and elephant Chard. The Cauliflower heads have formed and are growing. Despite a number of mild frosts, these hearty fall crops have endured without damage. See the link below for more photos.***New Garden Pictures Updated NOVEMBER 15, 2007 - Seedlings planted September 10,2007 Garden Pictures Updated October 10, 2007 - One Month Since Planting in EarthboxesGarden Pictures of seedlings planted September 10, 2007
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