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Over the Garden Fence / Links Seeds and Plants
« on: June 26, 2017, 10:31:25 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 January 30, 2009.

This is a thread devoted to GARDENING SEEDS and PLANTS. Feel free to add your own list, but please keep the posts consistent with the thread topic.

Here's mine from my Favorites (if a link does go bad, try Googling on the supplier's name).

Mushroom Magic- Kits and Supplies
http://mushroommagic.com/

Seed- Burpees
http://www.burpee.com/

Seed- Caribbean Seeds
http://www.caribbeanseeds.com/index.html

Seed- Cook's Garden
http://www.cooksgarden.com/

Seed- Fedco Seeds catalog items
http://www.fedcoseeds.com/

Seed- Gourmet International
http://www.gourmetseed.com/index.html

Seed- Gurneys
http://gurneys.com/

Seed- Johnny's
http://www.johnnyseeds.com/

Seed- Jung
http://www.jungseed.com/default.asp

Seed- Park Seed
http://www.parkseed.com/

Seed- Pinetree Garden Seeds
http://www.superseeds.com/

Seed- Renees Garden
http://www.reneesgarden.com/

Seed- Savers Exchange
http://www.seedsavers.org/

Seed- Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
http://www.southernexposure.com/

Seed- Territorial
http://www.territorial-seed.com/

Seed- Totally Tomatoes
https://www.totallytomato.com/

Seed- Tomato Growers Supply Company
http://www.tomatogrowers.com/home.htm

Seed- Vermont Bean
http://www.vermontbean.com/

Sprouts- Mumms Sprouting Seeds
http://www.sprouting.com/

Sprouts- Sprout People
http://www.sproutpeople.com/


Mickie

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Tips and Tricks / Temporary Green Onions --- AKA Scallions
« on: June 26, 2017, 08:38:47 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 May 21, 2013.

Have you ever bought bunches of scallions at the supermarket and had them spoil before you could use them up?

Have you planted onion sets to harvest as scallions? And waited...and waited...

I buy bunches at 3/$1.99... I look for medium size with at least 1/2" roots. When I get home, I stick them in a prepared planter and water them. They keep just fine until I use them up. I do this to curb my impatience waiting for my own green onions to get to harvest size.

Mickie

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Tips and Tricks / Milk/H2O Experiment for Powdery Mildew
« on: June 23, 2017, 12:01:17 pm »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Full Member, Bklyngardengrl. This user is located in Brooklyn, NY, Zone 7B. This was originally posted on July 7, 2013.

I have been watching the bottom leaves on my Lemon Cukes slowly turn yellow and die over the past month or so- concerning though great for improved air flow at the bottom of the plants.  The top of the plant is doing great and doesn't seem affected (although these cucumbers were super slow to grow).  Caveat, I have no cucumbers yet but I think that is because I have had 98% male flowers so far.

I think it is powdery mildew.  I will attach a picture to see if you agree or not- but it  seemed a little better after one application of Neem oil 3 days ago.

I started tonight to do a 50/50 mix of (1%) milk and water and apply every 2-3 days.  Not really a double-blind randomized controlled trial- but I have limited space and cuke plants and I couldn't get IRB approval.  I'll keep you posted.

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Tips and Tricks / New Variety for 2013
« on: June 23, 2017, 11:50:18 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Horticulturalist The EarthBox Hero Member, kathy. This user is located in the mountains of PA Zone 5, almost 4. This was originally posted on June 16, 2013.

I have been growing the same cukes for years. Diva, Sweet Success, Alibi, and Burpee's Burpless. This year, I skipped the Burpless and went with Sir Crunch a lot......which is supposed to be a mega producer right up until frost. Well, I can already attest to mega producing, nice crunchy cuke with small seeds. Fondly nick named Sir Grows a lot, it keeps trying to spread over two staking systems.   

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Tips and Tricks / Pruning Zucchini
« on: June 23, 2017, 11:30:08 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 June 6, 2013.

Came across this article and video as I was looking up if/how to prune zucchini. My main issue is when the leaves reach the ground, the ants move in. Mostly I wanted to know if it would hurt to trim back the oldest growth, so I doubt I'll actually try this particular method to this extent, but I thought it was interesting and worth a look if the size of bush squash plants has kept anyone from growing them. Supposedly they've gotten the plant's footprint down to one square foot...incredible!

http://www.mysquarefootgarden.net/pruning-zucchini/

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Tips and Tricks / Cayenne Pepper, Fighting Critters
« on: June 23, 2017, 11:15:45 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, Psyche. This user is located in Zone 7a, Maryland. This was originally posted on March 27, 2013.

I use powdered cayenne to keep furry critters out of my EB.  Last year, I had trouble finding an ample supply without costing a ton.  Chili powder, Korean style pepper, red pepper flakes and taco seasoning are not potent enough.

The place I found it in Maryland was a Whole Foods market with a bulk spice section in Annapolis.  It's about $9 a pound, and I don't need a pound.  I also tried to find places that sold Frontier spices in bulk.  Not all Whole Foods have a bulk spice section.  Other places in the country, check Wild Oats, Fred Meyer and Smith's Marketplace.

A little cayenne pepper on the hole in the plastic was enough to deter squirrels from planting acorns in my EB.  Raccoons were after the fertilizer and needed and larger dose and sent me on the quest to find cheep large quantities.  I sprinkled it on before I put on the cover.  I may add some to the fertilizer directly this year.

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Tips and Tricks / Weird but a Trick
« on: June 23, 2017, 11:13:09 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Jr. Member, gkcin. This was originally posted on August 8, 2013.

A youtube video they say spanking your tomato with a newspaper make them twice as big click link http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3W5_DZjqgqU&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D3W5_DZjqgqUhe tells you how  it works and how It makes your tomatoes big and juicy.Note I do not own this video someone else does I just found this youtube video.


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Tips and Tricks / Tomatoes with Cracked Shouders
« on: June 23, 2017, 11:07:01 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Newbie, JonHodson. This was originally posted on August 23, 2013.

I read somewhere that cracked shoulders on my tomatoes was due to too much or uneven water.
It seems like the boxes should provide just the correct amount and very even amounts of water.
The cracks are radial and run down about 1/3 the way down the tomato.
Anybody got any idea what i am doing wrong

Thanks

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Tips and Tricks / LUFFA
« on: June 23, 2017, 11:04:52 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, superjono. This user is located in Dallas, Texas Zone 8a. This was originally posted on August 31, 2013.

I have been closely observing every bee that visits my bee/butterfly friendly plants. My basil didn't receive nearly as much attention from bees as my luffas did.
MAN! luffas seeds are so worth the money. When a luffa is fully ripened and developed (and dried and brown and wrinkly) smack it around like your BAM BAM FLINSTONE, listen for that loud rattling-then tear off the skin off the fat end to pour out about 100 or more large black seed. Next year your set as to how many you want to plant. Also to note, The luffa grow crazy fast as soon as they are about 4 months old and the summer heat hits. Just F.Y.I.

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Tips and Tricks / New to Earthbox
« on: June 23, 2017, 10:55:57 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Newbie, Veggies R Yum. This was originally posted on July 15, 2013.

Hello everyone!  I'm new to Earthbox, both the forum and the product.  This is my first year using it and I'm very happy with the results from this summer's crop.  My question is, do you typically replace all the soil with every new crop?  I would like to have a winter crop, and plan for it appropriately.  Thank you in advance for your advice!

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Tips and Tricks / Cross Your Fingers!
« on: June 23, 2017, 10:51:11 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Active Member, ja123sweet. This was originally posted on September 27, 2013.

So I'm in NW Ohio, and we had a bit of a warm burst today...up to 75 degrees today, yipee!

But, much to my dismay when I looked out at my heavily laden boxes (which I have been coaxing along paste tomatoes and sweet peppers) I see the pepper plants with completely shriveled leaves.

We have the boxes being watered automatically and it appears some varmit chewed loose the tubing. The box was completely dry up top in the front, though still wet in the back where the tomato is.

I carefully soaked the front part of the box, flooded the base to refill it, and am crossing my fingers that it starts to wick again. I really don't know that I could dig out the fertilizer strip right now to float the whole box.

Cross fingers for me too! 


Jen

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Tips and Tricks / Poor Wicking; Interesting Observation and Solution
« on: June 23, 2017, 10:15:25 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 27, 2013.

I just expanded my collection of EB (again), and on my last box, I ran out of soil.  I filled it up with what I had.  The soil was about 2-3 inches from the box rim.  I added the dolomite, topped off the water, put the cover on and left it for later.

I came back with a fresh bag the next day.  I added about a gallon of water to top off the box.  Lifting the cover, the surface was dry, but immediately underneath the soil was nice and moist.  I filled the box to the rim and added the fertilizer strip.  The soil comes in a compressed bale and is dry.  The day was very windy.  Instead of battling the elements and breathing in a lot of dirt, I just put the cover back on and would wait until the newly added soil got moist and the wind to die down.

Now, the story conflict...  The soil was not moist the next day.   Shocked  It was very dry for several inches down, past the point where it was moist the previous day.  I added another gallon of water to the box.  That water was going somewhere.  No leaks, no hot temperatures, humid.  I reached in the box to repack the corners, just in case.  Put the cover back on and checked the next day.  It was till dry and still drinking about a gallon of water a day.  I never had a wicking problem before.

My other boxes with plants are doing fine (well enough anyway).  None of my boxes are drinking a gallon of water a day, yet.  Peaking under the covers, the soil is dark and moist.  What is going on with my new box?

The answer is blowing in the wind.

The cover was loose on the new box without the "loaf" of soil.  I grabbed some egg sized stones and put them all over on top of the cover.  The next day, under each of the stones, the soil had become moist and the surrounding was still dry.  I built up my mound of soil, put on the cover and added the plants.  When I build my mounds, the cover is pretty tight.  The edge of the cap barely touches the rim.

The next day, the soil was dark and moist.  And the plants lived happily ever after.  Grin

(Or will they?  I'll find out later.  Roll Eyes )

FYI, Promix BX with Mycrorrhizae, Espoma Garden Lime and Espoma Garden Food 10-10-10 in burlap

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Tips and Tricks / Grafted Plants Online FYI
« on: June 23, 2017, 10:02:59 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Full Member, Bklyngardengrl. This user is located in Brooklyn, NY, Zone 7B. This was originally posted on November 16,
2013.


For those crazy enough to already have planned their EarthBoxes for 7 months from now (not that I have done that or anything...) there are a lot of seed companies already with their grafted plants for sale/order online.

Now how am I going to get 16 grafted tomatoes in 5 boxes, hmmmmm.

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Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Newbie, pendletonjohn. This user is located in Pendleton, NY Zone 6a. This was originally posted on January 14, 2014.

greetings all - i was wondering about just using coir only instead of a potting mix/soil. the eb planting kits include 2 cf of the coir and it looks like that is all you need, outside of the dolomite and the fertilizer. are they expecting that you add your own perlite and peat moss to the coir or is it just used straight up successfully?

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Tips and Tricks / Fertilizer Strip
« on: June 23, 2017, 09:31:19 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Newbie, lonejack. This was originally posted on February 17, 2014.

I read somewhere, maybe here, that You can dump Your fertilizer into a woman's sock,
I use knee-highs, and tie a knot in the end.  All You have to do is lay the resulting noodle
over the top of Your box, either center or side and fill the box as You would if You dug
a trench and cover with soil.
This sure makes removing the old fertilizer strip when it is time to replant easier.  This way,
I am sure to remove all of the old fertilizer.  It used to bother me that I didn't get all of
the old spent granuals out.  After a few replantings, I could end up with a build-up of
salts.

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