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Questions and Answers / Downloadable Instructions Sheet
« on: July 07, 2017, 08:27:41 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Full Member, Frank. This was originally posted on May 23, 2006.

If you need a copy of the instruction sheet just follow the link below.  You can read them online or download them as a pdf.

https://earthbox.com/instructions

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Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Active Member, tenthousandwaves. This was originally posted on July 30, 2012.

I'm in a temperate region of Australia where the climate is considered "Mediterranean." We get a few blisteringly hot days in the summer, but winters are relatively mild -- no frost or snow. We've been in an extended drought and have water restrictions, which is why I've gone with Earthboxes for my garden.... that and the fact that I don't have a speck of soil on my urban property. Here are my planting locations:

1. I have a west-facing balcony in front which can get intense sun in the evenings and strong winds, but is also open on the north and south sides so receives a gentler light on the northern side as the sun moves east to west.

2. I have a north-facing balcony on the side which receives the same gentler light from early morning to later afternoon, after which it's in shade.

3. I have a ground floor courtyard sandwiched between my three-storey building and the neighboring two-story building. Fortunately, it's on the north side (remember, I'm in the southern hemisphere). It is in medium to light shade most of the day -- light enough that on a clear day things in the courtyard cast a very slight shadow. As the sun moves across the sky, it casts a bright light on the wall about three feet above the ground (the adjacent building blocks the sun below that point.

My question is, will tomato plants do well in light shade? At some point they'll reach a height where their leaves will be in the sun for maybe three hours a day. Otherwise, they'll be in light shade. The benefit of this location is that it's cooler and the plants oughtn't fry when the sun really starts to boil here in the summer (Dec-Feb).

As an experiment, I've gone ahead and planted a Black Russian and a Chocolate Cherry tomato in one of my earthboxes in the courtyard, although it's still a bit early. I'll plant another pair in September (Spring) for a side-by-side comparison.

I'll also plant a determinate tomato on both balconies. I'd plant Black Russian and Chocolate Cherry except the wind on the front balcony would send them airborne, and there's no space on the small side balcony for massively tall plants.

I have lots of other questions, but these are the ones I'm most concerned about. My experiment will be enlightening, I'm sure, but I'd be keen for any tips on growing tomatoes in these conditions or an recommendations on varieties that may be tolerate light shade better than others.

Thank you for a very useful and interesting forum!

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Tips and Tricks / Keeping Strawberries in EB over Winter
« on: July 06, 2017, 11:51:29 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Active Member, sjssjs. This was originally posted on October 2, 2012.

Hi all,
I live in Denver Colorado where it gets cold in the winter.  I would like to keep my strawberries in the EB over winter in order to get more berries in the second year. Has anyone done this in a cold climate? If so, do you leave the EB outside with a new mulch cover over the EB after the strawberries die off for the winter?  How do you water the plants during the winter?  Or do you put the EB in  a protected area ( ie: garage) and water infrequently?

Would love to year any suggestions.

Thanks,
Susan

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Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, writeone. This user is located in Orlando, FL; Zone 9B. This was originally posted on November 26, 2012.
A local gardener recommended using the core of paper rolls for seed sowing pots. That gave me the idea to insert them into the EB to allow for direct sow of seeds that are traditionally indoor sown. I sow 3 seeds per roll inserted in a pattern per EB instructions.

It worked great for the fall garden. Some seeds were a little slow due to temperatures outside of the optimal sow temp, but it was way less work and no growth time lost to the transplant trauma.

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Tips and Tricks / A Water Level Indicator
« on: July 06, 2017, 11:15:52 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Full Member, benhuntin. This user is located in Crawfordville, Florida Zone 8b. This was originally posted on March 15, 2011.

I use 2 or 3 plastic drinking straws linked together with a piece of Styrofoam attached to the end. Put this into the fill tube. With the foam end of the indicator resting on the bottom of the earthbox, cut the straw even with the top of the pipe. It makes a great light weight water level indicator. I just look out my window to see which boxes need to be filled.

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Questions and Answers / AWS Hoses are Hard to Install
« on: July 06, 2017, 10:36:47 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Jr. Member, DeputyDawg. This was originally posted on April 4, 2013.

I apologize, for I have read this in past year or so, but in reinstalling my AWS, I find the hoses extremely hard to install onto the T's.  I remember a couple years ago, someone suggested dipping them briefly in boiling water.  This is an awkward approach, as I see it.  Hard to manage, and keep from getting  burned.
Bic lighter is not working either. I did look at the video, with the Office Manager putting them together, like there was nothing to it.  But those hoses she was using are not the same as in the kit, for sure.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks

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Questions and Answers / Automatic Watering System Not Working
« on: July 06, 2017, 09:28:45 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Newbie, k852696. This was originally posted on June 22, 2008.

Having trouble with watering system. The water is not going down the plastic clear tube. but the watering is coming out of the small hole in the bottom the  Sensor head. Thus it is not filling up with water

Can Anybody help me ??

ED

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Questions and Answers / Washing Potting Mix in EB
« on: July 06, 2017, 09:08:24 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Newbie, peter_fla_usa. This user is located in April 4, 2013.

2nd try at a post. Anyone do this Blake says it helps get rid of salts...

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Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Full Member, johnthomasc3. This user is located in Chapin, SC - Zone 7. This was originally posted on April 4, 2013.

Short of having to keep purchasing new ones, has anyone come up with a solution for the little nipples that keep breaking off on these. I wish Earthbox would just sell the back plate with the 3 screws that has the nipple that keeps breaking, rather than to have to buy the entire sensor, at $14.

Any suggestions would be very much appreciated.  I am a long time Earthbox owner, and would love some suggestions if there are any.  I haven't been to the forum in awhile, and if this has previously been addressed, I apologize.

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Questions and Answers / "Snack" is this O.K. to Use
« on: July 06, 2017, 08:22:26 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, kitkat. This user is located in Escazu, Costa Rica. This was originally posted on February 28, 2015.

This is the closest thing I could get in CR:

Nitrogen                 21%
Magnesium             7.5%
Calcium                  11%
Inert ingredients     60.5% 

Will this do the trick?

Hope so, Louise

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Tips and Tricks / Cattle Panels for Tomato Staking
« on: July 05, 2017, 12:11:23 pm »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Full Member, TexasRobin. This user is located in Cypress, TX, Zone 9. This was originally posted on March 19, 2013.

Last fall was my first time using EB's and I was in a quandry as to what to use to stake my tomatoes (we planted indeterminates which ended up being huge).  I didn't have time to order the pea fences so I ended up going to a local tractor supply store and bought 2 cattle fences (I had 3 earthboxes with tomatoes and 1 with cucumbers).  The panels were 16' long and about 5' high.  My DH basically folded them in half length-wise and we jabbed them in the ground in front and in back of the EB's.  They covered 4 EB's perfectly and were pretty cheap.  This time, he's going to actually cut them at the top and tie-wrap them together so that they don't bow.  I'll post a picture later on if I can find one.

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Tips and Tricks / Grafted Tomato Offer--Harris Seeds
« on: July 05, 2017, 12:01:21 pm »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, baileyj. This user is located in Zone 7A---Annapolis, Maryland. This was originally posted on February 17, 2013.

I have not tried grafted tomatoes but saw this offer today, perhaps others would be interested, it  seems like a great deal:
   
www.harrisseeds.com
Search site for Grafted Tomato Plants and it comes up !

15 Grafted tomato plants for $29.70, includes shipping.
3 plants of 5 varieties--San Marzano, Mr. Stripey, Brandywine, Old German and Cherokee Purple.

Judi

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Tips and Tricks / Tube Connecting
« on: July 05, 2017, 11:53:48 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Newbie, rmellett2. This was originally posted on March 30, 2013.

I am having a terrible time connecting my tubes. This is my second year, and I have tried hot water as well as vaseline with not much luck. I know my wrists are weak but when I watched the video the lady made it look so easy, not so for me!!! Any more ideas from anyone???

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Tips and Tricks / My Own Mix - So Far, So Good
« on: July 05, 2017, 11:37:23 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Full Member, Dogmusher. This was originally posted on April 11, 2013.

Like many others on here, I've been rather unhappy with the mixes on the market lately, so this year I've been making my own.  Since we have over 40 EBs and are starting over because of a move, it's a bit pricey, I can assure you.  I am using the 'potting soil' from Lowes and mixing it with sphagnum, vermiculite and perlite.  In topping up years I'll use coconut coir, but I simply can't afford to use it for the base mix.  I put coconut coir in the wicking corners and use my mix for the boxes.  I've only done 10 to date, but so far, they are wicking nicely. 

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Tips and Tricks / Perfect Holes; Sharing Failures
« on: July 05, 2017, 11:16:38 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, Psyche. This was originally located in Zone 7a, Maryland. This was originally posted on April 3, 2013.

Garden doc makes superb holes for seedlings with copper pipe and a blow torch.

I don't have a blow torch so I though I'd try something else.

Part of research is sharing failure.  I tried to use a set of large paper punches of 3/4", 1" and 1 1/4".  I could get the punch into position, but it failed to cut.  The plastic just stretched.  I tried on an old one, so nothing lost.

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