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My EarthBox / Re: BrittneyT2's first Earthbox Garden - 2016
« on: April 29, 2019, 07:10:34 am »
Welcome BigE!   The cages are made using pea fences - I believe Park Seed and Gurneyís both sell them, but canít remember which I bought from.  I canít take credit for the idea- I got it from others on the forum.  Below is a link to a post I made last year about the setup that I think youíll find helpful.  I wrote it almost 2 years after doing it the first time, so donít have all the details on where I got the materials.   The wire clamps I bought in bulk online, but they also sell them individually at the big box hardware stores.  Hope you have fun with your first EarthBox garden!  Iím headed outside shortly to finish prepping my boxes so I can plant within the week!

Questions and Answers / Re: Bush Bean spacing question
« on: May 06, 2018, 08:42:13 am »
Thanks!!!  This was great to read, since I see you used old seeds. I planted several a few days ago that are 2-3 years old.
What I ended up doing:  I have 2 boxes set up with 2 cucumbers on one side, and 5 bush beans on the other side (same as I did a couple years ago).   I also have an empty box that I plan to plant 16 bush beans in a couple weeks from now so my harvest is spread out a bit. 

Last night I spotted what I think is the start of a sprout, so I'm anxious to check on them today!

Questions and Answers / Re: Bush Bean spacing question
« on: April 26, 2018, 08:20:45 pm »
24? Wow!!! So maybe I just go with the 16 plants after all!
I'm planting 3 Cherry tomato plants, and I love green beans with cherry tomatoes. You steam the beans, and cook the cherry tomatoes halved in butter with basil, garlic, and I think salt and pepper...have to check the recipe....but it's delicious

Questions and Answers / Re: Bush Bean spacing question
« on: April 23, 2018, 09:36:06 pm »
Okay, so two rows of 6? I don't want to overcrowd, but don't want to short myself out of any fresh green beans  ;)

Questions and Answers / Bush Bean spacing question
« on: April 22, 2018, 09:20:10 pm »
Hello everyone, how many bush beans can I plant in a box?  The planting guide says for beans, 16 per box (2 rows of 8) but this seems like a lot for bush beans.  Thoughts?

My EarthBox / Re: BrittneyT2's first Earthbox Garden - 2016
« on: January 11, 2018, 09:52:33 pm »

My EarthBox / Re: BrittneyT2's first Earthbox Garden - 2016
« on: January 11, 2018, 09:48:32 pm »

My EarthBox / BrittneyT2's first Earthbox Garden - 2016
« on: January 11, 2018, 09:43:22 pm »
I planted my first Earthbox garden in 2016 and was hooked after just a couple of weeks.  I posted all of these on the old forum, but I cannot find them so I wanted to post again.  I had 6 boxes that first year.  I loved it, so I ordered 6 more and an AWS.  I was not able to plant in 2017, but I am counting the days to start my 2018 garden!  I still cannot believe how fast the tomatoes grew!  The peppers did great as well.  They grew very slowly for quite a while, but then all of a sudden took off and got huge!  Most delicious sweet peppers I've ever grown - I grew 2 varieties, and my favorite was Marconi Red.

I grew 2 boxes of tomatoes, 1 box lettuce, 1 box spinach, 1 box sweet peppers, and 1 box with cucumbers in the back and bush beans in the front.  I have a few regular containers with herbs & hot peppers, but they did not do well at all compared to the Earthboxes (hence why I ordered 6 more for the next one!)

I had 1 cherry-type tomatoe and 1 standard tomato plant in each of the 2 tomato boxes.  I think I will only plant 1 cherry tomato plant per box next time - they grew so big they drowned out the standard tomato plants.  I did have some problems with blossom end rot, so I will need to remember to supplement calcium this next season.  I grow organic, so I'm not sure what I can use for the calcium - will need to do some research.

Tips and Tricks / How to make trellis cage using pea fences (with photos)
« on: January 11, 2018, 09:15:27 pm »
I made these cages using the pea fences available through a couple of onliine/catalog companies.  I took photographs as I went so hopefully this will be helpful to others.  I made these in spring 2016 and they worked great that year.  I never got around to planting a garden in 2017, but I kept these in the garage and will put them back out this spring.  It takes 2 sections of pea fence to make 1 cage.  I think each pea fence order includes 2 pieces, but I can't remember that for certain.  I ordered the wire clamps online as well - not sure what company, but I believe it was mentioned in an old post on here.  Sorry for not remembering the details - I never got around to posting this in 2016 and then the forum went down, so I'll do my best.  If nothing else, the pictures will hopefully be helpful.

I drove sections of rebar into the ground: 2 posts per box, set on opposite corners on the diagonal.  I assembled the cages, set them on top of the box, and then used zip-ties to attached them tightly to the rebar posts.  I know others have drilled holes in the box rims and ziptied to the boxes directly.  I didn't want to drill into the boxes, plus I also felt the rebar posts going into the ground would help provide more stability and also prevent the box from tipping over in high wind.  The taller the rebar, the more support/stability you get.  I believe mine are about 3-4 ft in length, and I drove them about 8 inches into the ground.

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