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Questions and Answers / Combination planting
« Last post by LaurenDE on March 20, 2020, 04:19:07 pm »
I generally plant only one vegetable per box.  But in this era of social distancing, when we can't go to the store as often, I'm expanding my garden to grow more veg at home.

I plan to plant some bush beans for the first time (as my kids will reliably eat them).  Could I do a combination box with corn and bush beans?  Or would this be insane?

Just wonder if anyone has stories of successful combination boxes they planted that weren't officially on the EB approved list.
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Questions and Answers / Re: Can the Aws be daisy chained
« Last post by tomtomato on March 20, 2020, 03:25:11 pm »
    I wish I could figure out how to fix my picture. Sorry it is sideways. >:( The wicking baskets are part of the Earth Box, It was just easier to draw them in the middle. I grow tomatoes. I put the landscape fabric over the compacted wicking basket (the water will wick right through the fabrick), covering the aeration platform and up the sides of the Earth Box. This keeps the roots of the tomato out of the water.  I don't want the roots of my tomatoes in the water. When the tomato roots reach the water, they then become hydroponic and that wonderful tomato flavor washes out. I know some gardeners refrain from watering their tomatoes before harvest for that reason.
    The tube/hoses that connect the reservoirs of the Earth Boxes, are all connected as low on the side of the container as I can manage. This way the level of all the reservoirs will all be the same and the flow of the water will have minimum disturbance of the wicking basket. I plan on daisy chaining about 14 Boxes together in this fashion. I am sure the hydroponic float valve will work to keep all of the reservoirs topped off Im just not sure that the Earth Box AWS will have the capacity to do the job. I know you use a drip system in your Earth Boxes and I like that system too. Do you turn your drip on and off as needed or leave it on 24/7?
   One thing i didn't include in my illustration are the snack tubes for each Earth Box. I think i will include those in the design. At first I was thinking I would add Calcium Nitrate to the fist reservoir and let it flow into each container from their. but I have decided I will get better more even distribution, adding snack tubes to each individual Earth Box. I also neglected to include the fertilizer strips.   
    All things being level, this design should definitely be a set it and forget it system accept for adding the snack every week.
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Questions and Answers / Re: Can the Aws be daisy chained
« Last post by gardendoc on March 20, 2020, 09:00:13 am »
Why are you thinking about using landscape fabric and wicking baskets?
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Tips and Tricks / Re: Earthbox vs in the Earth
« Last post by tomtomato on March 19, 2020, 10:00:12 pm »
Awesome, Cant wait to get started with Earthbox. Have always had problems with BER and cracked tops.
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Questions and Answers / Re: Can the Aws be daisy chained
« Last post by tomtomato on March 19, 2020, 09:35:13 pm »
here are a couple of daisy chained systems that I have been thinking about
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Tips and Tricks / Re: Earthbox vs in the Earth
« Last post by James on March 19, 2020, 07:59:53 am »
There have been a few studies where we've done in-ground gardening vs. EarthBox gardening. Since you have more control with EarthBox, it typically grows faster and ultimately can yield more than plants grown in-ground.
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Tips and Tricks / Earthbox vs in the Earth
« Last post by tomtomato on March 17, 2020, 02:52:48 pm »
New to this so I hope this not a dumb question. Is the earth box superior to planting in the earth?
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Questions and Answers / Re: Can the Aws be daisy chained
« Last post by gardendoc on March 14, 2020, 04:32:40 pm »
The AWS works off the height of the water in the reservoir tube, how would you daisy chain the EB?
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Questions and Answers / Can the Aws be daisy chained
« Last post by tomtomato on March 13, 2020, 05:15:10 pm »
I was wondering if I daisy chained several Earth Box reservoirs together would a single AWS filler be able to keep them all full?
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Questions and Answers / Re: Garden Doc Question
« Last post by gardendoc on March 05, 2020, 12:06:59 pm »
DEF, thanks for the question. First, with the strip I'm now using 1 cup 5-5-5 or 8-8-8. I like to go lean with the strip

I think overall the calcium nitrate is a better choice, I know some folks have a little trouble finding it in their area.
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