Side Trip: The EarthBox
On most Sundays my wife and I take a short drive - kind of a kickback to when I was a child. Last weekend we took the Skyway Bridge south from St. Petersburg and drove down to Ellenton, FL. We continued south on I-75, took the 301 exit, and started looking for the Gamble Mansion, which is just inside Ellenton. When we reached the Gamble Mansion, a historic tourist destination, we turned north at the next stoplight. There, to our amazement, was THE EARTHBOX RESEARCH CENTER and a collection of the most amazing flowerboxes that I have ever seen. We immediately forgot about the Gamble Mansion and toured the center.
The EarthBox is a flower/vegetable box that has a self-contained water reservoir and fertilizer system. This project is the brainchild of Blake Whisenant (r) & Dr. Carrol Geraldson PhD. You can read more about it by clicking on the link shown above.
We returned the next day, met Mr. Whisenant, and bought a box. Just for fun I have taken a picture our EarthBox, in which we have planted petunias, and will post a new picture of the box every week. This will give you an idea of how well the box works. The first picture is shown below:
|April 19 - taken 5 days after the petunias were planted.||April 26 - we had 3.45 inches of rain and hail the night before.|
|May 3 - growth this week has been really dramatic!||May10 - the box is no longer visible!|
May 17 - This is the last picture in the series. The EarthBox has exceeded our wildest dreams!