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Tips and Tricks / How To Attract Bees to Your Garden
« Last post by joni barr on December 19, 2019, 10:10:06 am »
Most gardeners are aware of the decline of the honey bee population in the US.  A bee friendly area could be created in a vegetable garden with growing native plants and other flowers that attract the pollinators. We could help our bees and other pollinators with this area.  Imagine all the beautiful flowers growing around the garden with our busy little friends doing their job!

EarthBox has a wonderful blog article, “How to Attract Bees to Your Garden”.

Reading this article will help to learn about the most common bees and how to create your own bee friendly area. There is some great information regarding bee friendly flowers with a link to Xerces Society (for invertebrate conservation) This site has a pollinator plant list broken down into separate regions featuring regional native plants that are highly attractive to pollinators and are well suited for a small garden. Many of these plants attract nectar seeking butterflies, moths, and hummingbirds and some of these plants are host plants for butterfly and moth caterpillars.
Tips and Tricks / Re: Snack and irrigation
« Last post by pmkdo on December 17, 2019, 07:29:54 am »
Thanks Doc
I appreciate all the posts and responses you write for us amateurs
Tips and Tricks / Re: Snack and irrigation
« Last post by gardendoc on December 16, 2019, 01:49:45 pm »
Here's the video I shot a few years ago talking about the "snack"
Tips and Tricks / Re: Snack and irrigation
« Last post by gardendoc on December 16, 2019, 01:39:15 pm »
Good question. You can put the 1 tsp of "snack" prills (calcium nitrate) directly into the reservoir tube. It will dissolve all by itself.
Tips and Tricks / Snack and irrigation
« Last post by pmkdo on December 16, 2019, 07:20:17 am »
I am using the EB irrigation system this year and want to add the snack. Do I have to turn the system off for a few days until the box is down a gallon of water or can I just dissolve it in a small amount of water and put it down the tube. Thanks
Tips and Tricks / How the EarthBox Works
« Last post by joni barr on December 11, 2019, 11:59:22 am »
In case you are wondering how the EarthBox works, we have this great article in our Blog. Using the combination of great design, science and manufacturing, not to mention a ton of testing, the original EarthBox was designed and refined. EarthBox was developed by commercial farmers to accommodate the needs of home gardeners.

Each of the three different EarthBoxes are explained here;  EarthBox Original, EarthBox Junior and EarthBox Root & Veg. Just click on the EarthBox that you are interested in and you will be able to learn more about each design.

This article on our website will explain how the different components of the EarthBox function.  There is a short video showing how to Plant a Single Row of Vegetables in an EarthBox. It shows the  EarthBox dimensions and what you can grow. There is a Learn More section that includes Instruction Manuals. If you click on Instruction Manuals, you will find all of the instruction manuals for our products. You can even read our Blog and find Plant Placement Charts from this article.

Our Blog site also has an article “How it Work: The Science Behind the EarthBox Gardening System”:

This article covers all about gardening basics: what’s in the EarthBox Gardening System, required nutrients to grow healthy plants, as well as accessorizing your garden.
Tips and Tricks / EarthBox Automatic Watering System
« Last post by joni barr on November 21, 2019, 10:59:31 am »
Did you know that you can use an Automatic Watering System with the EarthBoxes? It’s 2-Box, 4-Box, 6-Box and a 12-Box Kit. EarthBox also offers an Automatic Water System Expansion kit for adding additional EarthBoxes to the Automatic Watering System. There is an AWS for the Original EarthBox and for the Root & Veg EarthBoxes.

Junior EarthBoxes can also use the Automatic Watering System. The Junior Water Fill Tube will need to be removed from the EarthBox and replaced with a water fill tube that works on the Original EarthBox. The water fill tube for the Original EarthBox is 12” long. The junior water fill tube is 8.5” long. When ordering the AWS for the Junior EarthBox, order the system for the Original EarthBox. Additional fill tubes are no longer included with the Automatic Watering System. Replacement water fill tubes can be ordered separately.

There is a wonderful blog about how to operate and troubleshoot the Automatic Watering System, “The Best Way to Water Your EarthBox Garden”. Here is a link to that blog post:
Commonly, people call in about the following: The overflow hole is leaking/overflowing, the EarthBox isn’t getting any water, and the pressure regulator isn’t working. There is an easy to read “AWS Troubleshooting” section.
Tips and Tricks / Growing Vegetables Indoors with an EarthBox
« Last post by joni barr on November 15, 2019, 09:41:57 am »
The end of the growing season does not have to be the end of harvesting fresh vegetables! Try your hand at growing indoors with your EarthBox. You can grow some vegetables and fruits indoors, but you will not get the large yields that are normally gotten when growing outside. You will find some great tips on our Blog:

This article has indoor growing tips, challenges of growing indoors, the best crops to grow inside and the ones that are better off outside. EarthBox would like to hear about your adventures of growing vegetables indoors.
Recipes / Re: Favorite Fall Recipes
« Last post by joni barr on November 05, 2019, 03:57:00 pm »

1 large loaf whole-grain bread
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup yellow onion, diced
1 cup red onion, diced
1 1/2 cups celery, diced
1/4 cup fresh sage, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
1/3 cup flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
1/4 teaspoon black crushed pepper
1 1/2 cups of clear vegetable broth

The night before, cube your bread and set it in a large bowl to dry out. You want it to be the texture of day old bread, noticeably dry but not rock hard.
 You can also dehydrate it in a dehydrator if you prefer.

Preheat oven to 350F.

Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium high heat, and add the onions, celery, sage, thyme and rosemary. Cover and cook until tender about 14 minutes.

Transfer mixture to a bowl and add the parsley, black pepper, bread cubes, vegetable broth and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Mix well.

Lightly rub oil on a 11 x 7 x 2 glass loaf dish.

Transfer stuffing to prepared baking dish, cover with foil and bake for 40 minutes.

Uncover and bake an additional 20 minutes or until top is crisp and golden.

Recipes / Re: Favorite Fall Recipes
« Last post by joni barr on November 05, 2019, 03:54:40 pm »

1 large sweet dumpling squash, sliced into 1⁄4” rings, seeds discarded

1⁄2 red onion, thinly sliced into rings

1 1⁄2 tablespoons sunflower oil 

freshly ground black pepper

several sprigs fresh oregano

1⁄2 cup pumpkin seeds

2 tablespoons pumpkin seed oil

Place a large baking sheet in oven and heat to 425°F.

Combine squash and onions in a large mixing bowl.

Add sunflower oil and pepper and toss to coat vegetables.

Remove baking sheet from oven and quickly arrange squash and onions on pan, creating a single layer.

Strew squash and onions with oregano sprigs and roast until squash is golden brown and tender, about 25 minutes.
About 15 minutes into roasting, sprinkle pumpkin seeds over roasting vegetables.

Remove from oven and transfer to serving platter.

Drizzle with pumpkin seed oil just before serving.

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