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  1. Just rec’d our order of 6 The Garden Patch GROWBOX containers and was courious about the Vegetable PLUS+Fertilizer 9-14-15. Did you use this type all the time in your grow boxes? Was researching where to purchase some local for future use, but seems only Garden Patch has this specific formula because of salt content. Any suggestions? We’ve always gardened inground, but age is working its toll so trying out this new way. Maybe this is just a perk to only buy with Garden Patch!

    • I used the fertilizer that came with the GrowBox but I’m going to try it with some other fertilizers in the future. I’ll update this review when I have tried a bunch of options. As far as I know, you can only get that particular formula online from Garden Patch – I guess that’s one way they keep you coming back for more! Good luck with your GrowBoxes – they really do work well and I think you’ll enjoy using them instead of digging in the garden 🙂

  2. ginijean

    Great to come upon your site and hear your reviews. This was the first year using the Grow Boxes and I have to say I” love them”. I bought 3 and planted various plants. I will do things a little differently next year. I But I did really get a bountiful crop. I am also going to experiment with the use of fertilizers and like you, I am going to reuse the mat. In one box I planted 2 tomato plants and put an eggplant in the there too, It was very crowded but very prolific. The tomatoes were good, but the eggplants were excellent. However, next time, just two plants, as suggested. The next box I put two zucchini plants on one long side and 2 melon plants on the other. I figured I was well within the limits that were given. The zucchini went wild, yielding 45+ zucchini, but they squeezed out the poor melons. I took out the zucchini plants when I saw that they were failing (happy to do so) and spruced up the melons which I thought would just die off. They didn’t and now I have three little melons and a very strong vine. That was only 4 plants and they were very crowded so I’ll have to re-think this for the next year. I happened to have put two melon plants down in my vegetable bed and they are really doing good. One is the size of a small volley ball and the others are not far behind. The third box I put in Basil plants and a pepper plant. Basil took off and is still doing fine. The pepper plant continues to give more, but not one worth bringing into the house. They all got black blight, don’t know why, so I have to be careful of that combination. As you may have guessed, I Love Gardening. Good luck with the changes you will be making. I’d love to hear aboout the kind of fertilizer you’ll be using and so forth. Success, Yours, Gini

  3. Leanne

    I had a problem with end rot on my tomatoes and had to replace bell peppers twice. The plants did not do well and mature plants produced fruit that rotted before ripe and ready to pick.

    • Esther

      I have dry rot on one of my tomato plants too. I bought good soil from gardening place. Disappointed! I was told to put lime in water, but didn’t help! Any suggestions?

  4. Bill Strebel

    I am still waiting to see how my Grow Boxes do this year. My parents have had great luck with them over the last 2-3 years so I finally decided not to till and purchased 6. Unfortunately, it has been one logistic oops after another. The first shipment I received 6 bottoms, 6 tops but only 2 Nutrient Patches even though the documents stated 6 were shipped. I called and they sent out another shipment, supposedly nutrient patches. This time I received 4 of the Dolomite Soil Sweetners. I called again, they said they would ship by the speediest means. Friday at 3:30 I received notification that the shipping label was printed but unfortunately, no one called Fedex to tell them. to come pick it up 3 days later.
    I am still hopeful to get my plants in the ground by Tax Day which is safe day for No-frost in Mid TN. Will update once I have some news.

    Oh, and one point on the pins. Try cutting some synthetic Quarter Round the length of the grow box, drilling holes and putting long nails through them. One on each side will hold down the nutrient Patch and also keep the sides from Rolling as they are prone to do once you cut them or they get wet.

  5. Maria

    I just got 3 of them for Mothers Day but they do not seem to snap together. Have you run into this problem? Is this usual? I am wondering if the three we got are defective, if this is just as they are or if we did something wrong.



    • Hi Maria, and happy Mothers Day! When you say the GrowBoxes don’t snap together, what parts aren’t doing that? If you’re having trouble with getting the planter box to snap onto the reservoir, it does take quite a bit of force – line up the parts (make sure the pins sticking up from the reservoir are directly under the holes in the bottom of the planter box and the edges of the reservoir line up with the box) and then push down hard. We didn’t run into any problems when testing the GrowBox but I suppose defects are always possible. Please let us know if you’re able to get this assembled.

  6. bernard chavers

    I’ve had the original garden patch for 6+ years and its still growing strong- it show its age with stains and such but that’s OK! My Mom gave me 5 EBs for my birthday after I’d ordered my GP-isn’t that ironic? for my second planting of the Garden Patch I used one of my EB covers and it worked great. I now just use black plastic and a bungee cord. Over all I’d give the Garden Patch a **** rating. It is not as easy to set up and fill as I’d like but it does grow great vegetables and still works after 6+ years.

    • Thanks for sharing your experience with us, Bernie! I like your method of using a plastic cover (or I suppose any other weed and moisture barrier would work too) with a bungee cord to secure it – great idea! Glad to know the GrowBox is still going strong after 6+ years!

  7. Tim Blanchard

    got my Grow Boxes and put them together filled them with a garden grow mix from a local Garden Store,put down my nutrient patch and put 2 tomato plants in each box.The plants grew great,but all my tomato’s had rotted from the bottom up,others had big black spots on them.I got my plant’s from a local nursery and they looked fantastic,great color,no spots or usual tomato disease.They had full sun and I kept the water filled,what happened?

    • Hi Sandra,
      I’d use a good quality mix that’s specifically designed for use in containers. So not a “top soil” or “garden soil”. Personally, I’ve been using a new product from Miracle-Gro called Organic Choice Potting Mix with Moisture Control and Compost. Most potting mixes have no soil – they’re just a sterile mix of substances to which you need to add nutrients (fertilizer) in order to grow healthy plants. With the Miracle-Gro with compost already added, I seem to get better plants with less need for fertilizer. That’s not an endorsement of the product or a recommendation, just an observation on what’s worked for me. Espoma also makes a good organic potting mix.

  8. Joyce

    I have ten of these that are set up in a temperature controlled greenhouse here in Colorado. I outside gardened for years with issues stemming from weather to pests.Blossom end rot is common here in tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and zucchini due to extreme temperatures changes and calcium deficiencies in our soil. I use Miracle Grows Earth Choice organic and natural potting mix, the nutrient patch and Dolomite from Garden patch and their support cages for all my boxes. I also use landscaping pins to keep the covers down and they work well. I have had very prolific harvests for the two years I have been using these boxes in the greenhouse. I grow just about everything from seed or seedlings saving my own seeds for the next years plantings. I am expanding my green house this year to add 10 more boxes for market growing.

    • Thanks for sharing your experience Joyce! It sounds like the GrowBox has worked well for you.

      You raise a good point about the effects of temperature changes and soil issues. Here in Tucson we have extremely hard water, soils are alkaline and temperatures swing from one extreme to the other – even using a GrowBox or other planter doesn’t completely resolve those issues (particularly the hard water and temperature swings) so we have to be careful to add enough soil amendments/nutrients to the potting mix to avoid problems like blossom end rot. It’s not the container that causes the problem – it’s the environment.

  9. JoeB

    Thanks all for the reviews and comments. I just ordered the growbox and was wondering how it would work out. Sounds like if I have the soil right it should work out well. I am planning on putting beef steak and cherry tomatoes in the box, one of each. If I have the crop it sounds like I might have, I will be ordering more boxes. Thanks Again


  10. Good morning! I was glad to see your review of the Grow Boxes. I was given three of them for Christmas and after reading up on them, I ordered three more. They appear to be a perfect solution for the tree roots that invaded my raised bed vegetable garden. Additionally, the watering reservoir is a huge plus – even less water wasted than with square foot gardening! I collect rain water and the run-off from our air conditioner and will most likely not have to run the hose very much. (We have city water, which adds up!)

    Anyway, so far so good with my plants – I have 10 varieties of tomatoes growing, plus a box with four varieties of peppers and one eggplant. (Grow Box doesn’t really encourage the mixing of different plant sizes, but I needed a place for the eggplant, and am trying to rotate all the nightshade family plants out of the one in-ground bed I’ve got.) I set the plants out about three weeks ago – we had three late, light frosts, so I covered everything with cardboard and the plants survived. Now, the seedlings are all taking off and I had to place some temporary supports just yesterday because of wind. I’ll be giving bamboo stakes and twine a go for a more permanent support solution. That’s a great idea. Thank you!

    Has anyone tried growing beans or Brussels sprouts in the grow boxes? I am considering doing this in the future but am a little skeptical over whether or not they’d be successful, since I haven’t seen any reviews about these veggies.

  11. Laurie

    Hi, I’m growing Blue Lake bush beans in one box. They look very green and healthy but no flowers yet after about 3 weeks. we’re in super humid Tidewater VA. We’ll see. I can post when flowers and fruit appear.

  12. Patricia Judkins

    I am just starting with the grow boxes and your comments are very helpful. I tried other planter boxes and lost an entire crop of tomatoes because of the rot problems described here. I gave up trying to plant anything in boxes. I’ve been reading comments on The Grow Box and feel like I want to try it again. I love the idea of gardening on my back deck. I am in Wisconsin and we get those severe temperature changes in the spring and summer. Your suggestions will help me with this too. I can’t wait to get started!

    • Jack Hemingway

      Hi Patricia,
      We’re glad we could be of some help. Thank you for your interest in the Gardening Products Review. Happy Gardening.

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