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Celebrity is always a good choice, Homestead is another

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Pam, here's a video we shot several years ago looking at modifying the AWS height, www.youtube.com/watch?v=4n4CLA58ZFA

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Pam, the lack of after market fittings and valves has been a complaint for years using the non-standard tubing that comes with the AWS.

Theoretically with no plant uptake the the level of the reservoir should not be changing. With the AWS there shouldn't be very much, if any, overflow. Try adjusting the height of the AWS, trying to get the bell end deeper in the reservoir. I'll bet if you shorten the reservoir tube or replace with a shorter tube so you still have the original tube, that would place the bell end deeper in the reservoir and stop the overflow issues you're having.

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Questions and Answers / Re: Snack and basil?
« on: August 06, 2018, 09:14:50 am »
You're using the snack as it should be used.

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Questions and Answers / Re: Snack and basil?
« on: August 03, 2018, 09:17:51 pm »
Yes, both are susceptible to BER

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Questions and Answers / Re: Snack and basil?
« on: August 03, 2018, 01:58:27 pm »
Sure, the snack is not only for tomatoes, but lower leaf yellowing can be a natural occurrence from growing as lower leafs often have their nutrients translocated to the active growing point. Now some folks don't like to fertilize herbs, you could go ahead and see if it helps or simply snip the yellow leafs off.

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Questions and Answers / Re: snack
« on: July 30, 2018, 09:43:31 pm »
forget about polls.     

The "snack" is calcium nitrate, 1 tsp every 7 to 10 days right down the reservoir tube.

It's available at real garden centers, not Lowes or Home Depot. Or Amazon.

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Questions and Answers / Re: Early Blight?
« on: July 26, 2018, 02:06:47 pm »
The trouble with trying diagnose tomato (or any other vegetable) from pictures on the Internet is matching symptoms. Everyone wants whatever foliage symptoms to be blight. I don't think this is early blight. One of the main signs of early blight are stem lesions with small individual lesions that may coalesce into larger lesions. It is going to show up during early warm periods with lots of rain. Of course early season is relative. For Chicago I would think early June, here on the MS Gulf coast it's April.

Remove the affected leaves and use a contact fungicide like chlorothalanil.

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Questions and Answers / Re: filler tubes
« on: July 26, 2018, 01:57:19 pm »
I had to replace a filler tube and I believe 1 1/4" PVC was my solution. Golf club tubes are also real close to the size needed

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I would bet it's the difference in the environment between TX and SC. It could also be a little over crowding and having three plants competing for the limited resources.  I don't grow melons in any of my EarthBoxes, too easy to pick up at the Farmers Market.

Gary

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Questions and Answers / Re: Enzymes and/or bacteria?
« on: July 10, 2018, 09:06:42 pm »
Why?  Through the years I don't remember anyone using anything like this. The wellness package EB offered a couple years ago may have been close. I trialed one and didn't see any differences or advantages.

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Questions and Answers / Re: Blossom Drop
« on: June 25, 2018, 08:57:12 am »
No, the plant will abort flowers as needed

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Questions and Answers / Re: Tiny bugs in starting pots
« on: June 20, 2018, 09:56:30 am »
Aline, they're probably just fungus gnats, just annoying

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Questions and Answers / Re: Input hole clogged
« on: June 11, 2018, 03:36:14 pm »
Raise the tube a little and shoot a blast of water into the tube should break up any clog. This is a tried and method for me and my 136 EarthBoxes

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Questions and Answers / Re: Adding Fertilizer during growing season
« on: June 11, 2018, 03:34:58 pm »
1 tsp calcium nitrate every 7 to 10 days will provide that needed nutrient boost. This has been affectionately called "The Snack"

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