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Questions and Answers / Re: Basil Plants?
« Last post by gardendoc on July 26, 2021, 03:11:26 pm »
Don't let the EB dry out. Basil should be fine in the consistent root zone moisture. What container mix are you using?
Questions and Answers / Basil Plants?
« Last post by CapeCali on July 26, 2021, 01:56:18 pm »
Hi, my earthboxes are working great! Been using them to grow tomatoes the last 2 years. This year I planted some basil in one. It seems that my basil leaves are turning yellowish green. The soil is very moist and absorbing all the water from the bottom, but the roots actually seem dry. Is it better to let the soil dry out a bit or continue to keep filling with water for the roots to sit in to bring back that rich green color? Thank you!
Thanks, I guess I'll give it a try.  Don't seem to have much alternative.
Pick a height and top those plants. Being indeterminant the topping will release buds down the stem and keep growing. Should only interrupt production a couple of weeks.
My tomatoes have predictably grown above my staking kit, and above the top of my 6' enclosure (on my patio).  They're both indeterminate cherry tomatoes (one Sungold and one Sugar Plum Grape).  They're right about at the height that they become difficult to deal with.  They seem healthy and have set lots of fruit so far; just about to harvest my first ripe Sungold.

I have read many pages and watched many videos and I *still* cannot understand the nuances of topping tomatoes.  I get that topping them 6-8 weeks before first frost is a good idea, but it's only mid-July and we're still a few weeks away from that.  In those three weeks the plants will get to be Too Tall.

Each of my plants has two or three "main stems" that are reaching up to the sky.  If I top them, will that limit my crop to flowers that already exist, or will there still be an opportunity for new flowers on lower branches?  I'd hate to needlessly limit my crop, but then again once they're 8' off the ground they become problematic anyway.

As for letting them "flop over", I can't visualize how this works.  They'd have to get quite tall before they flopped, and then it seems like the stems would have to fold, which doesn't seem good.  I don't think I've seen any pictures that show how this would be done in practice.  Even if they did fold over, the folded stems would have no where to go other than to just crowd the rest of the plant.

Any advice appreciated.

PS I know I have some pruning to do :)
Questions and Answers / Re: Over crowded?
« Last post by gardendoc on July 12, 2021, 12:16:35 pm »
In my opinion you're over crowding.
Questions and Answers / Over crowded?
« Last post by LuvTomatoes on July 11, 2021, 11:18:07 am »
Did I over crowd my box?  Standard Earth Box with the following plants and the fertilizer strip in the middle. 

One side has: 1 Burpee red bell pepper plant, Candy Apple variety, 3 Burpee Cubanelle pepper plants, Long Tall Sally variety

The other side has 3 Blue Lake green bean plants

All 3 green bean plants have produced beans.  The red bell pepper plant is producing fruit but only 1 of the 3 Cubanelle plants have peppers growing.  The other 2 Cubanelles look healthy but not one single pepper is present.

In the past, I've mixed Blue Lake green bean plants (quantity 2), yellow bell peppers (quantity 1) and Cubanelle plants (quantity 2) in this same box and everything produced fruit.

Please advise!!  Thanks
My EarthBox / Re: Frog in EarthBox
« Last post by Kinderpirty on July 01, 2021, 10:12:33 pm »
Questions and Answers / Re: Transplanting tomatoes?
« Last post by snorrie on June 29, 2021, 01:33:19 pm »
Thanks very much.
My EarthBox / Re: Frog in EarthBox
« Last post by gardendoc on June 28, 2021, 09:22:00 am »
I wouldn't be concerned about the frogs. You would be shocked at the types and variety of critters that run around all of our gardens at night.
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