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Something I often do in my drip system when I pull plants, as well as when I have a totally empty EB, is to pull them from the main line, and push in a "goof plug".  Using the large end of the double sized one plugs them for good.   

Questions and Answers / Re: Snack and basil?
« on: August 06, 2018, 01:02:29 am »
I have added calcium nitrate to herbs and lettuce for the nitrogen, and it works well.  I don't add it as often - maybe every 3 - 4 weeks - instead of weekly, with  tomatoes and the like, as the plants are much smaller, and it would be easy to over-fertilize.

Questions and Answers / Re: Tiny bugs in starting pots
« on: June 24, 2018, 12:00:59 am »
Actually, the larvae of those things can do damage to the roots of your plants.  There is an easy way to control them, however:  Mosquito Dunks. The same Bt israelensis that kills mosquito larvae works on fungus gnat larvae, as well.   Just break off a small piece of one, and drop it in - one dunk will provide enough for 8-10 EBs (they say that one works for a pond that is 10 sq ft, for 30 days).  I use them in the EBs, plus indoors in hydroponics, in the off season, and never have a problem with fungus gnats.

Questions and Answers / Re: What is the best method?
« on: May 03, 2018, 12:53:27 am »
I always cut a cross + in the cover, and just separate the parts and plant the seedling in there.  When they are much larger, I simply cut the cross larger, though sometimes, it gets sort of difficult.  Last season, i had to keep some peppers indoors much longer than normal (and re-pot them again!), due to cold, and had pots with over 3 cups of mix in them, so I removed some of the mix in the EB, and set the plants in the holes, and packed it around them.  For small rootballs, I don't bother with this.

Welcome to the forum! 

FB is one of the things that happened to it, but also the original forum shut down, then a new one opened, after the sale of the company.  Here is a link to the old forum archives, just so you can see some of the old posts, but you can't reply, and you can't do searches, just look around.  And not everything comes up...not sure why.  You may have already found this on the "Announcements".

And somebody, when the new forum started up, collected a lot of the more useful threads and put them on here.  The highlighted sections in the different categories are mostly those.

As for your questions, whatever you get for elevating the EB, be sure it is heavy duty, as a filled EB is HEAVY!  Something to think about on roofs, too.

As for feeding, if you follow the instructions (if you didn't get instructions with it, the EB website gives the detailed instructions), with the strip of fertilizer, and the dolomite, there isn't much more you have to worry about, though a tip from Gardendoc works great for tomatoes:  a tsp of calcium nitrate in the watering hole weekly helps with the Ca, as well as growth - a little "snack", as he puts it.   I add some "snacks" from my hydroponics setup, to start them out, and maybe boost flowering, if necessary in some cases, but it is pretty much self-contained.

Good luck with your EB, and good luck finding the info you need.       

Questions and Answers / Re: Basil
« on: March 28, 2018, 12:08:46 am »
Regular basils can get big, but I've been looking for smaller varieties, bred for container gardening, so I can grow them around my deck (and not have to walk far for it! lol) and came up with a couple.  For a Thai basil, Siam Queen is compact, yet very productive; though it bolts early, the purple flowers are edible, and taste like the leaves!.  And my favorite, for several years, in the Earthbox and hydroponics, is Serrata, a.k.a. Sawtooth basil.  It is compact, about a foot high, and a little more in diameter, unless kept well picked - I grow both of these in jr. EBs around my deck, putting 6 in a box - 3 on each side, so more could be done in a regular EB.  I have also tried Italian Cameo, but it wasn't as productive as Serrata, and bolted sooner.  Last year I tried Dolce Fresca - a Genovese type, which was OK, but not as good as Serrata, and bolted sooner, though all of them grow back if severely trimmed of the flowers.  This season, I have another new one - Gecofure - which looks like another Genovese type, and one kudo for it so far is that the seeds sprouted quickly, and it is growing faster than the others I started a week early.  I'll keep you posted.

I liked these compact types even before planting in the containers because they weren't tall and leggy, and falling over , like many of the regular types.  And they do have a lot of leaves! 

Questions and Answers / Re: Seeds will not germinate in my Earthboxes!
« on: December 29, 2017, 06:25:53 pm »
Though I have never tried them direct seeded in the EB, so I don't know what they would do for me, I start all of mine in small pots - 72 pots/tray - and transplant them in 3 weeks. 

I have found brassicas to start slowing down after 3 years stored at room temp where I am, and when 4 years old, even  the ones that come up are much slower (coming up and growing) than the rest, so I make sure I replace them after 4 years.  And given how small they are, there are always some left over!  I try to share them, so I don't throw them away at that point, but not everyone wants some of those strange Asian greens I grow!

Over the Garden Fence / Re: iPhone/Ipad compatibility
« on: October 24, 2017, 11:59:32 pm »
I can post from my Android phone, but I can't even log on from my Android tablet.  Weird...

Introductions / Re: gardendoc Intro
« on: August 26, 2017, 12:25:13 am »
Glad to see everyone back!  Hope nobody is in the path of Harvey!

Announcements / Re: Welcome Back!
« on: August 22, 2017, 12:36:58 am »
Glad to see you back!  I see a lot of time went into this, with many of the useful old posts, being re-posted.   

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