DIY Earth Box! Make it yourself

I love my Homemade Earth Boxes!  These boxes are easy to make and you will save tons of money, not to mention having the best bounty of vegetables ever!

Make your own Earth Boxes         We made these boxes in under 30 minutes one we laid out our supplies.  Shop around for the Rubbermaid tubs, I found mine at Walmart for about $5.00.  The real “Earth Box”  is available on line for for purchase and also great planting tips!  Just click on the link.

            What you need to make 2 DIY Earth Boxes:

  • 2 Rubbermaid Plastic Storage Tubs (I used 18 Gallon)
  • 1 10′ Plastic Pipe 1 1/2 Diameter
  • Carpet Knife
  • Miter saw to cut the plastic pipe
  • 3/8 inch Drill Bit to Drill Drain Holes

First place I went to was You Tube.  That it my go to place for how to do anything.  I Learn how to build, make and create all by researching You Tube.  My favorite Video is right Here.


First thing you do is cut the insert out of the Lid of the tub, make sure you watch the video.

Drill a drain hole on each end of the tubs about 2 3/4  inches from the bottom.

With the cutout piece of plastic from the lid, drill several holes for drainage.  Cut a circle in one corner of the lid to fit the Fill Pipe, again refer to the video 🙂

Cut the PVC Pipe with the Miter Saw into to 2 1/2 inch pieces.  You will need to cut 15 of them.

Place the pipe pieces standing up in the bottom of the tub and place the Lid you drilled holes in on top.

Cut a length of PVC Pipe about 3 inches above the height of the tub.  Insert in the corner and you have just built your first DIY Reath Box!!!

I think I need to add this Video as well, I gleaned a lot from this guy too! Although we went the way of using the PVC Pipe for stability.


Here are pictures of our Box in progress

I Transplanted 2 Cucumber plants that I started from seeds and 2 Zucchini in the other.  My plan is to put a trellis behind them and train the plants vertical,  another Pinterest idea!  Gotta love that site!!  You can follow me at Jeanene (WinterWheat1).

Congratulations!!!  You now have your own Earth Boxes.  Here are my other 3 Boxes all planted and growing like crazy!  I have Corn with Garlic planted in the front since one is growing up and the other is growing down (made sense to me).  We have 2 rows of Snow Pea’s in one box, and 2 rows of Green Beans in the other.  I am so pleased at how well my “crops are coming along.  I never have to worry about “not enough water as I fill the drain pipe every 3-4 days.  I check them every day since they are growing like crazy!  Here it is April 10th in Phoenix AZ and I have Snow Peas and Beans already.  We also have a Cherry Tomato plant going nuts!  More Pictures!

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Comments: 18

  1. […] we were able to include many of our fresh vegetables and herbs right out of the garden.  We have Earth Boxes full of great stuff,  (2) 4×4 raised beds which are going crazy and several pots with herbs […]

  2. paulalreilly May 25, 2013 at 1:31 pm Reply

    Loved ur ideas. I am a Mastr gardner and certified Nurseryman and I love that u have made gardening accessable to all. Need to know how to receive your blog in my email ?

  3. sondra May 29, 2013 at 10:51 am Reply

    thank for this idea it great.

  4. garden June 6, 2013 at 2:24 am Reply

    Hi, I read your blog on a regular basis. Your humoristic style is awesome,
    keep up the good work!

  5. Atsila Agisdii June 15, 2013 at 10:47 am Reply

    I think your ideas are great! I posted a link to this blog in my own…very helpful, thanks!

  6. Tom Thumb July 10, 2013 at 11:43 am Reply

    Have you planted winter wheat using this method? What box did you use to plant them? This is a great idea for a low cost plant pot but what is the life expectancy of the plastic container? Do you worry about the plastic chemicals leaking into the soil?

  7. Michelle August 20, 2013 at 3:25 pm Reply

    I got really excited about this and made one following these instructions. Unfortunately water doesn’t seem to be wicking into the soil – at least the top soil doesn’t feel damp/moist and one of the plants I put in the box wilted. 🙁 Not sure if I’m doing it wrong? Should I be watering the soil as well as putting water in the PVC pipe?

    • admin August 20, 2013 at 3:42 pm Reply

      Michelle, I live in Phoenix and yes I do water the soil since it is so dang hot here. so far even with the heat the plants are doing great. Water in the pipe does keep them hydrated a heck of a lot longer than in the regular beds. I hope this helps!

  8. joy August 28, 2014 at 3:51 pm Reply

    What a great idea thank you. Im going to do a few of these boxes for doing a bit of a fall garden as I will be able to cover my lettuce radishes and other veggies easier in case of frost.

    • Jeanene September 6, 2014 at 8:03 pm Reply

      This is a great way to plant your fall garden. I am in Arizona and we can grow tomatoes, peppers year round in them!

  9. Shannan Bridgewater January 21, 2015 at 7:35 pm Reply

    Which way does your house face and which backyard fence side are your plants?

    • Jeanene April 18, 2015 at 8:05 am Reply

      Shannan, sorry for the late reply, this one slide by me. Our earth boxes are on the East side and jet all the morning sun and shade in the afternoon here in Goodyear Arizona. That afternoon is a scorcher and the plants do great over there. Thank you for stopping by!

  10. DIANA July 13, 2015 at 2:17 pm Reply

    you said you fill the water pipe every 3 to 4 days. My question is.. when you fill the pipe it fills the bottom first then the pipe fills up? .. after i typed this it sounds kinda obvious.. but now i just have to Thank you

    • Jeanene September 7, 2015 at 7:18 am Reply

      I am sorry for the delay in response first of all. And you are right, it does fill from the bottom up. I live in Arizona and we have to water often and in some climates yo will water less. Everything we plant in the earth boxes we build grows like crazy!

  11. Rock August 4, 2015 at 9:28 pm Reply

    Are there any BPA concerns using plastics?
    Everybody is talking about how harmful they are and how everybody is contaminated with the stuff.
    I myself think plastics are easy but do we need the health concern? Is there a more organic option?

    • Jeanene September 7, 2015 at 7:20 am Reply

      I am not an expert on the environment at all, but Nurseries sell plants and grow all their plants in plastic buckets and recycle them without problems that I have heard about. So far no problems here either 🙂

  12. Matt Ramsey November 4, 2015 at 5:02 am Reply

    We’ve been earthbox gardening for several years and we re-use the same boxes. The nutrients don’t leech away, due to the fact that they are contained within the boxes, the.selves.

    We’ve even been able to re-use the same water with some of them, by using a kiddy pool to house the earthbox(es).

    • Jeanene November 4, 2015 at 7:16 am Reply

      They have been great for us as well! The tomato and pepper plants have huge strong stalks year round here!

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