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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?

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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.

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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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