My EB garden seems earth friendly and highly productive in spring, summer, and fall of 2011. This season is going on my second year of gardening.
Using the standard EB protocol (potting mix, fertilizer, and dolomite), weekly snacks, and liquid seaweed as need (once per week at the most) and regular prayer to bless garden, I had healthy, high to good yield crops for spring, summer, and fall of 2011. Okra was a little low on production, but they had a bad aphid infestation followed by fungus that I didn't treat other than to cut off the infected leaves. And, one of the okra EBs sprung a leak that made it difficult to maintain even moisture.
I sprayed 2 - 3 times with spinosad and no other chemical intervention for pest control for the whole year. I did a lot of research and had other products available, but they were not used.
Wouldn't that reflect well on EB's contribution to earth friendly gardening?
Details about seaweed:
An avid earth boxer (20 boxes) recommend Medina Liquid Seaweed http://www.hastagro.com/product_details.php?pid=MTM3
She and her co-workers add 1 oz, 1/wk to each EB -- sometimes more if the plant is struggling with a pest/disease.
She's not been using the snack. Since I am using snack, I only use the seaweed when the plants are struggling, and only one ounce per week when used. That helps keep the costs down.
This spring pests were heavy early due to a warm winter. So far, I spayed once with Neem oil, once with insecticide soap, and twice with spinosad. It's been two weeks since I sprayed with anything. No new pest damage evident.
I do spot checks daily and mash pests when I find them.
In addition to spraying, I added seaweed to first set of seedlings after the pest damage started. Then added it to my second set of seedlings before damage started. So far, the second set has no pest damage, and the first seedling set have recovered. It's been over a week since I sprayed anything.
I'll stop the seaweed additive as the plants mature and develop their immunity.
Now if I could figure out why my tomatoes are dropping blossoms. They have all set at least one fruit, but all are dropping blossoms. Maybe I should start giving them seaweed regularly to see if that will helps. So far, I've only used it on my seedlings with visible pest damage.
I've decided to discontinue use of seaweed based on this new info:http://www.puyallup.wsu.edu/~Linda%20Chalker-Scott/Horticultural%20Myths_files/Myths/Seaweed%20extracts.pdfhttp://forum.earthbox.com/index.php?topic=4448.msg37573#msg37573