I'm a little confused. I've seen that the leftover strips of the fertilizer that came with the EBs should be removed when you're ready to replant - but last year, we couldn't find any remnants of the fertilizer,
But, about that fertilizer . . . any ideas?
If you were using organic fertilizer there is no problem. If you used non organic I doubt there would be a problem this one time, but you don't want the salts from the fertilizer to build up in your EB.
Sorry not to answer - computer problems kept me offline - I used the fertilizer that came with the earthboxes both years. That's what I thought I'd seen people talk about having to remove the strip of that they'd put in the previous year, but mine's just disappeared. Getting two earthboxes ready to plant okra in - and there's no strip of fertilizer there again.
leave a granular residue containing a lot of mineral salts which must be removed along with the surrounding mix. For that reason many folks prefer to put the fertilizer in a knee-hi to make removal easier.Organic fertilizers
leave no residue so nothing needs to be removed. For that reason, some folks prefer to just mix it throughout rather than make a strip.
It sounds like you're using organic fertilizer.