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Tips and Tricks / Seasonal Produce List-State-By-State
« on: July 05, 2017, 11:10:54 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, mjb8743. This user is located in Zone 7, South NJ, Garden State. This was originally posted on April 18, 2013.

I get email notes from Taste of Home magazine, and this one has a handy list of seasonal produce for each state. Since this list is for what's available locally, to grow your own you need to count backwards the proper number of days to maturity for each item... this will give you a ballpark planting time. For those varieties that are started indoors and transplanted later, add 5-7 weeks to the maturity days.

Mickie

Seasonal Produce: Spring
http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Seasonal-Recipes/Garden-Recipes/Seasonal-Produce-Spring

Seasonal Produce: Summer
http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Seasonal-Recipes/Garden-Recipes/Seasonal-Produce-Summer

Seasonal Produce: Autumn
http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Seasonal-Recipes/Garden-Recipes/Seasonal-Produce-Autumn

Seasonal Produce: Winter
http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Seasonal-Recipes/Garden-Recipes/Seasonal-Produce-Winter

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Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, baileyj. This user is located in Zone 7A --- Annapolis, Maryland. This was originally posted on April 21, 2013.

I am wondering if anyone is growing Dwarfs in the EB jr. 

I am getting ready to harden off my dwarfs and am thinking I may try to grow them in Juniors.  I am setting up EB jr. boxes for my son who has limited space on a balcony and it would be great if I could plant more than 1 in each box.

The planting guidelines for the EB jr. list "Patio" types...and list 2 in each one.
Anyone have any experience with growing the Dwarfs?

I would like to "save" my regular "Senior" EBs for my indeterminates ...
Thoughts ??

Thanks,
Judi

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Tips and Tricks / Clemson Spineless Okra
« on: July 05, 2017, 10:33:14 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Newbie, gogiant22. This was originally posted on April 21, 2013.

This is my second year growing in an Earthbox (Santa Clara, CA) and I was so pleased last year that I purchased a second earthbox this year and decided to plant Okra.  The first week they looked great but now that the second week has passed they are all shriveling up and dying.  Does anyone have any experience with Okra and any ideas what might be the problem?


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Tips and Tricks / Fish Emulsion
« on: July 05, 2017, 09:25:13 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Newbie, Thomcatbob. This user is located in Bonita Springs, FL - Zone 10a. This was originally posted on February 24,
2013.


Has anyone used this as a "snack" for tomatoes or any other plants?  I planted two cherry tomatoes (my first EB experience) three weeks ago and am amazed at how much they've grown so far.  Just planted green pole beans this past week.  Just wondering if any supplementation is necessary.

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Tips and Tricks / Temporary AWS Fix
« on: July 05, 2017, 09:20:50 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, morganmac. This user is located in NW Georgia, Zone 7b. This was originally posted on May 1, 2013.

Thought I'd mention this because it worked for me and I'm sure others have been in the same boat. In setting up my AWS this year, I discovered that I didn't have a long enough piece of the 1/4" tubing because I've relocated my boxes. I really wanted to get things set up since my tomatoes and peppers are getting bigger, but I didn't want to wait for the straight connector to ship and Lord knows trying to find parts to fit this tubing in a big box store is foolhardy.

So I used a spare T-connector and some waterproof, drinking water approved epoxy putty. I plugged the stem on the T and let it cure, and it's held up for a couple of weeks now without leaking. I'll purchase the connector the next time I order from Earthbox...just couldn't see paying shipping for a $1 connector!

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Tips and Tricks / The Best Tomatoes to Grow Where You Live
« on: July 05, 2017, 09:00:36 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, Psyche. This user is located in Zone 7a, Maryland. This was originally posted on May 1, 2013.

I found this article from Mother Earth News interesting.  They took a survey of favorite tomato varieties and divided it by region.  I am fairly new to the wide, wild world of home grown tomatoes.  I am trying to decide on what to grow and found this helpful.  (Along with many other EB posts!).

http://www.motherearthnews.com/Organic-Gardening/Best-Tomatoes-To-Grow-By-Region.aspx?ViewAll=True#axzz2S0dIVWCZ

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Tips and Tricks / Pictures of Cow Panel for Tomato Staking
« on: July 05, 2017, 08:38:58 am »
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.

Here's a pretty good picture of the cow panel . . .

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Tips and Tricks / PVC Seed Starter
« on: July 05, 2017, 08:22:41 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Full Member, croven. This user is located in Dallas 8a 16 boxes AWS. This was originally posted on May 27, 2013.

I am sure I am not the first to think of this and its not the best time either , but pvc pipe make great seed starters. I have been using the 1 inch and 3/4 inch thin walled pvc pipe to create clamps for shower caps for a while and this year I decided to try cutting in four inch pieces to start my okra in and turned out really well. I bought a window sill planter from home depot for ten bucks to hold them in.

I would cut the pvc pipe in about 4 inch sections then will with semi wet peat moss and pack it down into a plug like bottom. I would then fill the pipe again with peat moss and place the seed in each one. the packed plug keeps the peat moss in the pipe. I used to put 3 seeds in each hole for cucumbers and such that can be direct sowed and would end up with some with three plants growing out of them and others with none. I plan on using this next year to cut down on the number of wasted seeds.

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Tips and Tricks / Repurposed Cord Protector for AWS
« on: June 29, 2017, 09:23:09 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, Psyche. This user is located in Zone 7a, Maryland. This was originally posted on June 4, 2013.

I just installed my AWS, and boy, are my thumbs tired!

But seriously folks...

I had to span a door threshold and cross my patio with the 1/4" tube.  I did not want to crush the tube by walking on it nor trip on it so I put it in a cord protector.

I also found some in 10' and 15' sizes and different colors too.  This is great for weighing down the hose and crossing open spaces.

Example:
http://www.amazon.com/Belkin-6ft-Cord-Concealer-Grey/dp/B00006HVLW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1370401808&sr=8-1&keywords=cord+protector

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Tips and Tricks / Easy Grasshopper Control
« on: June 29, 2017, 09:13:42 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Full Member, sphil. This user is located in Texas, Zone 8b. This was originally posted on June 11, 2013.

I have been having trouble with something eating parts of my cantaloupe leaves, and I finally decided it was grasshoppers.  I looked for non-pesticide solutions, and found: 1) horehound, which has long been used as a grasshopper barrier.  I couldn't find any, so I tried suggestion number 2) cilantro.  Apparently grasshoppers hate cilantro.  So I put cilantro pots around among the cantaloupe vines.  This was several days ago, and I can see a significant improvement.  If you have a grasshopper problem, and would prefer to keep them away rather than kill them, you might want to give cilantro a try!

Stephanie

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Tips and Tricks / I Found a Really Good Trigger Sprayer
« on: June 29, 2017, 09:06:56 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Full Member, BK. This user is located in North Houston - Zone 9. This was originally posted on May 19, 2013.

I own several of these. One for Windex, one for Daconil, one for my insecticide  spray.


The spray volume is 3 times normal so now I don't wear out my finger.

Adjustable stream/spray of course.

These are only sold at Walmart.  In the grocery dept., cleaning supplies aisle.

I'm really happy with mine.

The Bottle Crew 3x High Output Adjustable Formula Sprayer, 32 oz.
You can Google that and  Walmart will come up with a pic of what you're looking for.

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Tips and Tricks / Picking Extra Blooms from Cantaloupe
« on: June 29, 2017, 09:01:04 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Newbie, hikerbev. This was originally posted on June 10, 2013.

I have read you should thin out the blooms of cantaloupe if you have an abundance.  It will make sweeter melons and encourage full growth.  What do you think?

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Tips and Tricks / Wintering Strawberries in an EB JR
« on: June 29, 2017, 08:57:53 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Jr. Member, Becca08. This user is located in Zone 5A. This was originally posted on June 22, 2013.

I noticed that someone posted this last fall, but I like to be prepared, so I'll ask it again now. This is my first season for my sequoia strawberries and I'm interested in the best method for wintering them to get a better crop of strawberries next year. I've planted them in my EB JR.

Thanks in Advance

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Over the Garden Fence / Starting Seeds
« on: June 26, 2017, 10:59:10 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, Fldeb. This user is located in Central Florida - Zone 9. This was originally posted on January 7, 2015.

Does anyone use the aerogarden to start their seeds?  I received a seed starting tray for one and wondered if their were any tips to using it. Do you like it, how soon before planting do you start your seeds?

Thanks, Deb

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Over the Garden Fence / Cucumber Barese Italian
« on: June 26, 2017, 10:55:32 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, Outsider. This user is located in Whidbey Island, WA Zone 8b. This was originally posted on March 12, 2015.

Has anybody tried this Barese cucumber/melon?  Got some free seeds from Totally Tomatoes and plan on giving these a try.  Hope I can grow these to be truly bitter free...

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