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"Chef Dan Barber has co-founded a seed company that is focused on maximizing the deliciousness & nutrition of the resulting food (rather than for yield or shelf life)" via kottke.org

https://www.row7seeds.com

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An EB that grew Romaine lettuce earlier in the year was topped off with more organic fertilizer and mounded higher with planting mix, the old cover was reused, and I planted three Bradford watermelon seeds in mid-May. One sprouted, and after it was clear the other two weren't going to, I planted two more seeds, so there's three vines now. There have been four melons produced.

On the Bradford web site it says it takes about 85 days (in South Carolina) to mature fruit, and that the tendril nearest the melon will brown a day or two before it's time to pick. Here in Central Texas yesterday, 60+ days in on the oldest vine, I picked the first melon because the tendril was brown. Chilled it, sliced it, and it tasted fine but it was mushy, and improbable as it seems I think I may have waited too long to harvest.

Is that something that happens, a crop maturing faster because it's grown in an EB? Does the fact that it's hotter here make a melon come to maturity faster?

These melons are smaller than the ones grown in the ground in S.C. which .. may be because there's three vines in the box?

Resource links:

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/05/19/407949182/saving-the-sweetest-watermelon-the-south-has-ever-known

http://bradfordwatermelons.com/

https://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/heirloom-watermelon-varieties-zewz1310zpit

https://extension.udel.edu/weeklycropupdate/?p=5936

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Questions and Answers / The quest to add more flavor
« on: July 11, 2018, 09:14:20 pm »
I've read about cutting back on watering before harvest to intensify the flavor of tomatoes and watermelons. We can use EB sanctioned potting mixes that have a little bit of bat guano and worm castings and other stuff that's more than just a wicking growing medium. We can add snacks.

What else? I had a thought, want to run it by you. Do you think a tube (a capsule), the size of a cardboard toilet paper roll, made of food grade plastic and permeated with hundreds of tiny holes, could be filled with compost, buried in the EB, and serve the purpose of getting actual compost to the plants without mucking up the wicking? Maybe two or three of these tubes, or one the size of a paper towel core?

I wonder if a modified EB could be introduced that would add the ability to introduce compost from a door in the side that leads to a pocket not unlike the wicking corners...?

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Questions and Answers / Have any of you tried Pittmoss?
« on: May 22, 2018, 01:27:36 pm »
A few years ago someone was on Shark Tank pitching a recycled paper replacement for peat moss called Pittmoss.

https://pittmoss.com/

Have any of you tried it?

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Hi y'all,

Long time gardener, first time Earthbox'er here. Also first time strawberry grower.

I bought five Earthboxes earlier this season, four organic and one not. All are doing really well. The boxes are filled with Fertilome and Happy Frog mix. The strawberry box is the one with conventional/not organic fertilizer, and has no added dolomite. The strawberry variety is Eversweet, and within one week of transplanting ripe berries started showing up.

But, am I using a Ferrari to go to the mail box? When I look at strawberry growing containers online they seem to mostly be shallower, stackable planters. I wonder if I should move the berries into a less sophisticated planter, add dolomite to that box, and plant something thirstier?

If I keep them in the Earthbox, should I remove the cover so the strawberry plants can have their babies more easily? Are strawberries as productive grown in potting mix as they would be in their preferred soil mix of compost and sand and soil? If not I should move them.

Thanks. I'll probably have more questions ... I sure appreciate what y'all have shared on these forums.

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