Earth Box: is it worth the investment?
I want to have a garden. I don't especially look forward to the work - in fact, I have to admit that I really kinda hate gardening. But I love, love, love garden fresh produce and it's worth the work. I think we as a family would learn a lot, and I suspect that my kids would really enjoy it.
But I don't want to do a lot of work for nothing. We live among deer and rocks and very little else. It makes for lovely breathtaking scenery, but there's no practical way to grow a garden. We would need an 8' tall fence, several loads of dirt to pile on top of our rocks, a whole lotta water, and some fervent prayers. Prayer is good, but I don't want to test God by asking him to save our veggies before we have taken appropriates measures and those measures won't be cheap.
So...how about container gardening? We have a suitable deck. And now I get to the point.
5 gallon buckets would probably work, but they're a bit on the ugly utilitarian side. And I'm guessing they're not the most efficient use of space, water, and resources.