I suppose this speaks to both the greatness of the Earthbox, and perhaps a quality issue with the staking system. Earthbox is sending me a new length of pole for $12. Doesn't seem right that they should charge me, but it's not the end of the world.
In the meantime, I've bent the pole back straight, but it is clearly weakened. Any suggestions on how I should shore up the pole until I can replace it at the end of the season? I was thinking of duct taping the new length of pole, to act as a splint.
Stuart please send me your name through the forum's message system, we will not be charging you for this replacement. In the mean time, I would take a dowel or other wooden stake and duct tape it to the bent stake as a splint. No need to try to go inside it, a product call sturdy stake (which is the plastic coated tin rods that the Ultimato is made of) would also work, but would not be as strong as a wooden dowel. No need to try to maneuver inside the existing stake.