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Tips and Tricks / Share your Favorite Veggie Prep & Storage Methods
« on: June 23, 2017, 09:14:03 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, John. This user is located in Zone 5. This was originally posted on August 6, 2013.

Wash & core tomato......Slicing tomato like shown helps retain more liquid in the tomato.
Variety: Marianna Peace

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Tips and Tricks / Tomato Disorders to Avoid
« on: June 20, 2017, 11:56:00 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, gardendoc. This user is located in Ocean Springs, MS Zone 9a. This was originally posted on March 6, 2014.

My friend Chris Gunter at NCSU has some good tips and explanations of common tomato disorders

http://www.growingproduce.com/vegetables/tomatoes/learn-to-avoid-these-six-tomato-disorders/

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Tips and Tricks / Cool Tool for Figuring Out Sowing/Planting Calendar
« on: June 20, 2017, 11:42:14 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 April 5, 2014.

I was looking around at Brooklyn gardeners/bloggers and I found this link

http://bioarray.us/Skippy%27s%20planting%20calendar.html

Just type in your last frost date and a VERY detailed plan emerges.  Jeez, I thought I was organized with my crappy notes and drawings...

Enjoy

Rebecca

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Tips and Tricks / ProMix BX Pricing for North Atlanta Area...
« on: June 20, 2017, 11:37:30 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Guest, ErwinBookerBou. This was originally posted on Febraury 24, 2014.

I know it's that time of year to setup the EB's so for folks north of Atlanta...   there's a nursery called Kennemore Wholesale Nursery at Union Hill Rd and Mullinax Rd. in Forsyth County.    They will sell the ProMix BX 3.8 cu foot bag compressed for $30 for one bale, tax included if paying cash.   They do sell to the public folks as well as pro's.  That sucker weighs 60lbs. dry..  Stretch out before lifting that one.  They are real close to exit 12 (McFarland) off of Hwy 400.

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Tips and Tricks / Staking System for Earthbox Junior
« on: June 20, 2017, 11:32:37 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Newbie, laurenrrussell. This was originally posted on April 19, 2014.

Hello,

I have vining vegetables in earthbox juniors and I would like to know if anyone has staking recommendations since the earthbox staking system only fits regular sized earthboxes.

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Tips and Tricks / How long does BT last?
« on: June 20, 2017, 09:59:04 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Jr. Member, DonAndRene. This user is located in McKinney, TX; Zone 8a. This was originally posted on May 4, 2014.

I mixed up some BT last season in a sprayer. Should I toss out that batch and make a new one for this season?

I have not found anything talking about if BT loses it's effectiveness over time.

Thanks!

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Tips and Tricks / FAQ for the AWS?
« on: June 20, 2017, 09:55:13 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Full Member, TNTiger. This user is located in SE Tennessee - Zone 7a. This was originally posted on March 10, 2014.

I just bought one (thanks to the one day sale) and I want to be sure that I don't make any rookie mistakes. Do I need anything other than what is in the box? Are there tricks or tips for initial set-up? I bought the 6 box system. I've got a few weeks before I install everything so I've got plenty of time to get any extras you all recommend.

ETA: I've looked through the forum and haven't found a similar thread so please forgive me if I just missed it!

Thanks!

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Tips and Tricks / Organic Fertilizer and Dolomite
« on: June 20, 2017, 09:42:04 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Newbie, HeidiSue62. This was originally posted on April 5, 2014.

I am getting ready to replant my EBs for the year, and having sticker shock over the cost of the organic replant kits. Surely there is a cheaper way to do this? Has anyone found a reliable substitute organic fertilizer, relatively inexpensive? I'm sure part of the high cost of the kits is just for the service of putting them together in nice little packets. And is dolomite hard to find? The first nursery I went to didn't carry it.
Thank you,
Heidi

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Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Full Member, Eric-02476. This user is located in Zone 6A Eastern MA. This was originally posted on May 19, 2014.

I've learned the hard way that blindly adding "2 cups of dolomite" isn't such a great idea. 2 cups can add up to much more than the recommended 1 pound. Read on:

To save major money, I buy 40-pound bags of pulverized dolomitic limestone for about $5 from my local hardware store, in the lawn section (gasp). The label analysis shows calcium and magnesium in the desired concentrations and proportions. All good for Earthboxes, right? Yes, and so much cheaper than buying small bags of dolomite from the horticultural section.

But I forgot one thing: density.

See, as an avid Earthbox user for 10 years or more, I've long been in the habit of following the "classic" instructions to add 2 cups of dolomite when replanting. This year, when reviewing the latest replanting instructions online, I see the company now says to add one pound. So I got out my kitchen scale, sheathed it in a ziploc bag, and weighed 2 cups of my dolomite. It came to almost 2 pounds!

So, I've been WAY over-liming my EBs for who knows how long. Perhaps not coincidentally, I've had more trouble than usual in recent years with inexplicable signs of nutrient deficiencies in various plants. I wonder if I've been making the potting media too alkaline over the years. That can certainly affect nutrient uptake.

Bottom line: know how much YOUR dolomite weighs, especially if you're going rogue like me and buying it in those 40 pound bags in the "wrong" section of the garden center!

Eric

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Tips and Tricks / Chipmunks - Darn It!
« on: June 20, 2017, 09:12:47 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Newbie, skrubs. This was originally posted on June 19, 2014.

Has anyone figured out a physical barrier that will keep the munks off the Earthbox?  Repellents haven't worked and they are decimating my strawberries!

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Tips and Tricks / Growing Inside
« on: June 20, 2017, 09:06:58 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Newbie, lizapow. This was originally posted on January 10, 2015.

Hello all!

Sorry if this topic has come up before but I searched and couldn't find much. I just got an EB for Christmas and would love to grow something inside to help me get through the winter. Has anyone been successful in doing this? Any suggestions as to what to plant, how to do it (do I need additional lighting, etc) would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks so much!

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Tips and Tricks / Earthbox Mosquitoes? Drat!!
« on: June 19, 2017, 09:28:13 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Newbie, TimmyB. This was originally posted on June 21, 2009.

I have noticed mosquitoes coming and going from the water fill tubes in my Earthboxes. I am thinking they must have a mosquito city down in the reservoir so they breed lots of new mosquitoes.

So, I'm thinking I need something that will keep bugs out (like a screen or net), but still allow me to pour water in. Nylon stocking and a rubber band to stretch/hold it on comes to mind? Alas, I live in an all male household. We have no nylon stockings.  Shocked

Has anyone else had mosquitoes breeding in your EBs? Any ideas?

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Tips and Tricks / Starting Sweet Potato Slips
« on: June 19, 2017, 09:15:18 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Active Member, Irv Wiseguy. This was originally posted on February 1, 2015.

Copying my post from a thread in the Over the Garden Fence forum, with an update at the end.


This is my first year growing slips so I'm by far no expert, but here's what I have read about the process and what I'm trying.

From what I have read, the general consensus is it's best to buy an organic sweet potato.  While people have successfully grown slips from a regular grocery store potato, they may have been sprayed with a chemical to inhibit growth of sprouts (so they last longer on the store shelves, I presume).

Cut the potato in half, put some toothpicks around the potato near the part you cut and put it in a cup of water.  I'm using filtered water and will be changing it every few days.  Keep it in a warm location.  This next part is my own thought, but I'm keeping my potatoes out of direct sunlight and will put them under grow lights after I see sprouts.

Slips should sprout all over the potato.  When they get several inches long break them free from the base of the potato and plant in potting mix.  When it gets warm in your area transplant into the garden.  Some people time the slips so they can direct transplant them.


I started my slip growing process January 24 by using the method outlined above.  After 4 days noticed some roots growing near bottom of the potatoes below the water.  As of today the roots have gotten longer and the number of them has increased.  Haven't seen any growth above the water line yet.

Irv

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Tips and Tricks / Eggplants
« on: June 19, 2017, 09:05:21 am »
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Newbie, Djdezz2. This was originally posted on February 4, 2015.

Two part question:
Has anyone had success with eggplants in the jr. box?
Also, have you found the need to stake eggplants?

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Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, movrshakr. This user is located in Zone 10a - near Cape Canaveral. This was originally posted on March 4, 2015.

There are so any questions on the forum about how to install pea fences, I thought it might be a good idea to have a topic to "collect" such instructions in one place.

Those of you who use them, please pit your tips and tricks for  their use here.

Pics, especially close-ups, would be nice too.

(This is kind of  a parallel to the trellis design gallery topic.)

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