Why Container Farms Beat Herb Boxes Every Time

Herb boxes entered the scene of at-home farming as an easy starter kit for urban dwellers.

The boxes allow people to grow their own herbs from the comfort of their own home, but they’re much too small to feed anyone but a small family or a few individuals.

You’d need a bunch of herb boxes to reach the level of production needed to start selling!

Container farms provide an easy solution.

Not only are they compact—they are shipping containers after all—but they also grow more than enough to open your own stall at the local farmers’ market.

In this article, you’ll learn how herb boxes are different from container farms and which one is right for you.

Herb boxes are small starter kits. Typically, an herb box comes with potting soil, seeds for a few different herbs, and planting containers, such as pots or the box itself.

Container farms are shipping containers repurposed into indoor micro-farms. These farms use sustainable growing practices to produce herbs and other leafy greens.

As you can probably tell already, there aren’t too many similarities.

Both herb boxes and container farms are used for farming herbs and both grow indoors.

But herb boxes use soil to cultivate crops while container farms use hydroponic systems.

A hydroponic system grows plants without soil.

Instead, it uses another material called a growing medium to support plant roots and delivers nutrients to the plants via water.

Soil is probably the most familiar method for new farmers, but hydroponic systems have a lot of advantages over soil farming.

To name a few, they save water, use less space, and don’t carry diseases like E. coli.

As far as growing indoors goes, herb boxes still require you to have sufficient sunlight for the plants.

If you have enough unshaded outdoor space, this might not be a problem.

But then you’d be subjecting your plants to the elements.

Healthy, green basil plants growing in a container farm.

Unpredictable weather, invasive weeds, and deadly pests may mean the end of your farming dreams.

Growing indoors prevents these things, but if you don’t have enough natural light, you’ll have to purchase supplemental light fixtures.

On the other hand, container farms come outfitted with highly efficient artificial lighting.

Container farms lean heavily into indoor growing methods, not only are plants grown with only artificial light, but they’re also grown in stacks vertically rather than spread out horizontally.

As a result, container farms grow more crops in less space than traditional soil farming methods.

Growing vertically, or vertical farming, allows more herbs to be grown per square foot by making use of the space above the ground.

Plus, herb boxes are too small to support larger herbs.

Larger plants require more nutrients and more root space. A small container and potting soil aren’t enough to support these plants later in their grow cycles.

For example, rosemary would eventually outgrow an herb box, needing to be transplanted into a larger container or the ground.

But in a container farm, rosemary both gets enough nutrients and has enough root space to grow big and strong.

In sum, if you’re an individual looking for a way to get herbs that doesn’t require a trip to the grocery store, by all means look into herb boxes.

But if you’re looking for a farm that doesn’t take up much space and still provides ample opportunities, start container farming!

You don’t need to be an expert farmer to open a container farm. Nor do you need any construction experience.

Our Pure Greens Container Farms come turnkey with highly intuitive systems you can control from your smartphone.

Visit our website or call us at 602-753-3469 for more information.