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Tips and Tricks / Winterizing the EarthBox
« Last post by joni barr on September 20, 2019, 12:26:14 pm »
The end of the growing season is coming up for a lot of EarthBox gardeners. It's a sad time for some. We all know that spring will eventually be back and the planting will begin again. In the meantime,  winter is a great time to think about what could be planted for the upcoming growing season. The seed and plant catalogs will be coming out in late winter.

Remove the Automatic Watering System from your garden if  you are using this system. Drain the tubing as much as possible. Place the AWS in a plastic bag/trash bag for storage inside where it will not freeze. 

To prepare your EarthBox for the winter, cut down your plants and remove debris. Remove the mulch cover. Tip the EarthBox forward towards the overflow hole to remove any remaining water. Leaving water in the reservoir can lead to freezing and cracking the EarthBox. 

There is no need to remove the roots from the EarthBox at this time. The roots will eventually break down over the winter season and are much easier to remove in the spring when you are ready to begin anew.

We do recommend removing the fertilizer strip. Fertilizer salts move towards the top of the box and build up over the season. It is best to remove a layer of growing media above the rim of the EarthBox. Once this has been taken care of, replace the mulch cover to protect the potting media from the elements. It is possible to use a tarp or large garbage bags in place of the mulch cover to cover your box.

Store the EarthBoxes, if you can, at a 45 degree angle to help prevent any melting snow to get into the reservoir. The EarthBox can be stored outside for the winter.

It is not necessary to dump the potting media except if you have had confirmed cases of blight and live in an area that does not get a killing frost. It there was blight, you won't have the months of freezing temperatures to kill it off.  Empty your potting media into a large trash bag and dispose of it if blight has been experienced. Do NOT dump this into your compost or in your yard. The EarthBox can be sanitized by using bleach and water solution. Otherwise, EarthBox recommends using the same potting media for at least 6-8 growing seasons.

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Questions and Answers / Re: Blossom End Rot on Peppers
« Last post by wolfstone636 on September 05, 2019, 07:15:24 am »
Thanks for your reply. I have had this problem for several seasons during which I had always added the recommended amount of dolomite. I think that I need to increase the amount of dolomite that I add in the spring. Any suggestions?
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Questions and Answers / Re: Blossom End Rot on Peppers
« Last post by gardendoc on September 03, 2019, 08:57:13 pm »
BER is caused by inconsistent watering which should be a non-issue in our EBs. It will usually be worse the first season an EB is started. Be sure to add the dolomite each time you plant, the calcium nitrate is not a cure, it helps keep calcium and nitrogen readily available.
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Questions and Answers / Blossom End Rot on Peppers
« Last post by wolfstone636 on September 03, 2019, 12:13:18 pm »
I have been growing Bell peppers in my earthbox containers this season. The peppers have been afflicted with Blossom End Rot. So I have been adding calcium nitrate once a week to deal with it this season. I am planning for next season. I added the recommended amount of dolomite at the beginning of this season. What should i do differently next season to avoid the Blossom End Rot problem?

Thanks for any assistance.
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Questions and Answers / pH
« Last post by Lorry on August 23, 2019, 11:29:40 am »
I tried to search on questions regarding pH but I was not successful.  So I'll post my own new question.  Our well water is pH 8.  I was reading that tomatoes like 6 to 6.5.  Doesn't the lime we are told to add raise the pH?  My earthbox tomatoes this year did not produce very well at all.  They mostly all had blossom end rot. None of my in ground tomatoes had this problem.  So I'm questioning adding the lime. 
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Over the Garden Fence / Automatic Watering System hose connector leaks
« Last post by linear249 on August 20, 2019, 05:42:15 pm »
Has anybody tried using heat shrink wrap over the hose and connectors?  Just wondering.  We keep getting leaks at the connectors and sometimes putting a tie wrap over it helps, but not always.

Thanks,
Aline
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Questions and Answers / Re: Miracle-Gro "down the tube"
« Last post by gardendoc on July 09, 2019, 07:18:00 am »
Don't do both in the same EB, one or the other
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Questions and Answers / Re: Miracle-Gro "down the tube"
« Last post by greatgardens on July 09, 2019, 06:27:27 am »
Thanks!  I might try both.  I do have some calcium nitrate on hand so I can do a little comparison.
-Larry 
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Questions and Answers / Re: Miracle-Gro "down the tube"
« Last post by gardendoc on July 08, 2019, 04:32:24 pm »
Just like using the calcium nitrate "snack", use 1 tsp down the tube per week. Not as good as the cal nitrate.
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Questions and Answers / Miracle-Gro "down the tube"
« Last post by greatgardens on July 07, 2019, 08:15:41 am »
I'd like to add some MG as a little boost for my tomatoes and eggplants in mid-season.  I presume that others have done this.  Ideally, I'd just add powder without pre-mixing, then fill with water, but I can mix if necessary.  How much for a regular EB?

The standard use is 1 Tbs per gallon of water, but that seems pretty high in an EB.  Maybe 1 Tbs to the whole 3 gallon reservoir? Maybe once every two weeks?

-GG
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