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Over the Garden Fence / Re: Insect Netting
« Last post by gardendoc on January 16, 2021, 09:20:36 pm »
Insect netting is ineffective against whiteflies.   It's best to not plant densely. Hort oils, safer soap and daily spraying with water can help.
Over the Garden Fence / Re: Insect Netting
« Last post by Mindy on January 16, 2021, 10:12:31 am »
was just reseaching this topic, was hoping their would be input here....  last year was my first time using the grow boxes and was so disappointed that I did not get to eat any of my broccoli! 
My EarthBox / Re: 2021 gardendoc Winter Garden
« Last post by gardendoc on January 15, 2021, 09:03:26 am »
Here's an update on the EarthBox grown cool season greens,

You can see all my videos from the Urban Nano Farm at,
Tips and Tricks / How to Harvest Perfect Produce
« Last post by joni barr on January 13, 2021, 01:08:29 pm »
After all the work that has been put into growing in your EarthBox, it is important to harvest the vegetables properly. Knowing when to pick your vegetables crops can make a difference in flavor and stability. Seed packets are helpful, but donít take the dates literally. Maturity rates can vary each year depending upon conditions such as changes in watering, type of soil and fertilizer as well as weather conditions. Using tactile and visual cues are really the most reliable way to know when to harvest.
Our blog site has a wonderful article that will give you some great clues as to when to harvest:

Your local county extension agent can also assist you with advice on harvesting your vegetables. Our website also has a Cooperative Extension List:
They can offer gardening tips specific to your geographic location.
Questions and Answers / Why you Should Use Commercial Bagged Container Mix
« Last post by gardendoc on January 12, 2021, 10:52:22 am »
In this video I take a look at why you should use commercial bagged mixes instead of mixing your own
Questions and Answers / Re: Lettuce
« Last post by dirtdogs on January 08, 2021, 10:59:22 am »
It's good with coffee and hot chocolate too!  Thanks again, Gary.  With temps being unseasonably warm and humidity sometimes dipping into the single digit zone even now, I have obviously been a bit too concerned with underwatering!

.....and now for the math test at the bottom of this page........
Questions and Answers / Re: Lettuce
« Last post by gardendoc on January 08, 2021, 09:06:35 am »
First, the cinnamon doesn't do anything, save for your toast. Since you're bottom watering let them dry out a bit, that germination mix really holds the water and can keep the root system from developing. I'd also start watering from the top and letting the 6-packs drain.
Questions and Answers / Re: Lettuce
« Last post by dirtdogs on January 07, 2021, 11:36:11 am »
Thanks, Gary.  We're at 28 days now, and I've been leaving them outside.  Our temps are ranging 60s to 70s most days for the highs (mid 80s apparently for end of next week, this is strange), I tuck them by a wall next to the trash cans for a bit of shelter at night.  They are growing slowly but seemingly steadily, and I am getting a bit of algae on the soilless seed starting mix I have them in.  It's peat based, and I sprinkled a bit of cinnamon, I'd read that somewhere.  Anything else I need to do to address the algae?  I am trying to wait till they dry out a bit (I feed from the bottom).
Questions and Answers / Re: Fungus Gnats?
« Last post by gardendoc on January 07, 2021, 09:12:33 am »
Perfectly fine, Bti the active ingredient is considered organic
Questions and Answers / Re: Lettuce
« Last post by gardendoc on January 07, 2021, 09:11:31 am »
Welcome to the EarthBox addiction zone. I have myself 136 EBs.

I wouldn't transplant them yet, they need more size and root system before going into your EBs. If inside under lights, try and get them into higher light, like setting outside on warmer days. I don't even consider transplanting my lettuce plugs until at least 28 days after germination.
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