I purchased my very first EBs today. Two of them. I was so excited, but I waited until my daughter got home from school so she could be involved in the unpacking and setting up. (She's happy we are doing a garden!!)
So we go onto the deck where I placed the boxes, we each got a box, and then I showed her how to take the airator thingy out (I can't think of the name at this moment, lol), and then we went to take off the stickers. And parts got stuck and the sticker kept splitting and ripping, and we were left with a mess to clean up. We were very careful too. And after at least half an hour, with me losing portions of two of my right hand nails, we finally got the stuff mostly off.
What an introduction.
"Hey, look at this great new thing we've got. Let's check it out."
(half an hour later) "Ok, NOW let's check it out!!"
Needless to say, she lost interest before all of the sticker stuff was taken off. So I wound up putting them together myself. Family time was lost.
I have to say, it was quite...annoying. And that's putting it mildly.
Perhaps EarthBox might reconsider the kind of glue they are using for their visual introduction of what the EarthBox is and how to use it.
I do have one other complaint, but it is no reflection on EarthBox.
I was so happy to discover that we have three stores (same company) in the town I go to regularly that are EarthBox suppliers. Unfortunately, not a single one of them have the EB potting mix.
Worse, the store I went to, the lady in charge of the Garden Area was telling me that I should use potting soil and mix it with some compost and to forget about the dolomite? and the fertilizer that comes with it. And that the EB's were pretty high priced planter boxes and that I should go for some cheap round plastic clay looking pot. She was telling me about her experience using the EB growing roma tomatoes, and how she had used this soil and compost mix but that the EB didn't keep her tomatoes moist enough because they kept getting dry and so she had to top water them all the time.
I just kept thinking..."Did you even read up on how the EB works??" but I didn't say anything. Just nodded and smiled.
On a positive note. My two EBs are put together.
Tomorrow I'll be mixing the Peat Moss, vermiculite, and perlite together. I actually already have a bag each of the last two ingredients from a hydroponic experiment a few years ago. I couldn't find any Potting Mix other than Miracle Grow and one that had even worse ingredients. At one of the stores, I saw a bale of Peat Moss, remembered the recipe I'd seen on this forum, remembered that I had the left over other ingredients, and so purchased the bales. I just hope I've got the recipe in my head right.
I'm waiting until I've got the EBs prepared and the brocc and cauli seedlings in one of the EBs, and the pea seeds planted in the other, and the lettuce and herbs and onions planted in some deck railing planters, before I hint to my gardening neighbor a few doors down that I'm finally making my attempt. Boy is she going to be surprised!!!
Tomorrow's going to be a very busy day for me it looks like.
I have to say, even though I'm making my own potting mix for these, as soon as those suppliers get their EarthBox potting mixes, I'm buying a few bags so I won't have to go through this again.