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Introductions / Greetings from Denver CO
« Last post by BigE on April 27, 2019, 02:47:21 am »
Hello EBers,

New to the forum. BTW James ignore my last message to you - obviously I have access to the forum now and I didn't realize it.  Trying EB's for the first time this year. I got the Originals + AWS 4 pack.   I've been perennial gardening for many years - an inherited interest from my mom.  Then finally a few years ago I started growing veggies, using homemade grow bags.  I think this would be my 5th year growing veggies. Nothing is as thrilling like having your own food source.   As all gardeners know, every experiment requires a full year, which can be frustrating, especially when you make mistakes.  For that reason forums like these are a tremendous resource, if you're willing to spend some time reading.   I am, which is why I'm up past midnight on the eve of planting season. 
I'm going to try EB's this year instead of grow bags. Well at least mostly EB's.  I probably will buy more seedlings than I have space in the EB's for, and I can always plant the remainder in grow bags.   The several year long grow bag experiment was mildly successful.  I had them set up for automated watering which was great for the dry weather we have here. But the production was underwhelming, specifically for the zucchini, spaghetti squash, and yellow squash. The indeterminate tomatoes were reasonably productive but didn't really start ripening until  very late in the season.  Denver weather can be challenging - hail storms. Late or early frosts / snow storms, +90 degree heat in the midst of summer.  The portability of the EB's (and grow bags) can be an advantage for some of those conditions.   So, I'm going to see how this goes.   I will try my best to read what is already on the forum before posting a redundant question.
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Tips and Tricks / Re: Tomatoes with Cracked Shouders
« Last post by shrinkrap on April 22, 2019, 12:13:26 am »
I am in N Cal too, and find the cracking worse with some of my striped tomatoes.  I also think that when the temps are above 100, even when I'm filling my boxes twice a day, in combination with the dry heat on the tomato skins, it might tipping  the balance in favor of splitting. I started filling three times a day, and it seemed better.
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Questions and Answers / Re: My tomatoes died
« Last post by Gnomedog on April 16, 2019, 11:11:54 pm »
Looks exactly like what rats did to my tomato plants, until my neighbor got an outside cat 2 years ago. I tried everything, including traps. Got a few, but didn't make a dent. The cat worked!
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Questions and Answers / Re: My tomatoes died
« Last post by vikhawk on April 14, 2019, 04:22:17 pm »
No.  It wasn't windy and I had them tied to strong support stakes.  But thanks for trying to answer my question.
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Questions and Answers / Re: My tomatoes died
« Last post by gardendoc on April 09, 2019, 10:25:58 am »
Was it windy? Tomatoes that are not trellised will sometime twist in the wind and split longitudinally
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Questions and Answers / Re: My tomatoes died
« Last post by vikhawk on April 07, 2019, 01:43:02 pm »
 These are photos of the plant.  Plan on trying again this year.
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Questions and Answers / Re: Yellow summer squash
« Last post by linear249 on March 23, 2019, 11:51:17 pm »
I grew sunstripe and butterstick squash last year.  They had more of an upright growth rather than spreading.  You might try to trellis the plants. 

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Questions and Answers / Yellow summer squash
« Last post by Gnomedog on March 22, 2019, 12:58:08 am »
I have searched the forum every way I can think of, but can't find much about yellow squash in the EBs. I have tried it several times. The plant gets big and starts growing over the side of the box, lots of young squash on it, then wind will come along and twist it around and break it off. Or, it will reach the slab and get in the way. Also, the squash borers get into it very early, and powderymildew is a problem. I've tried Seven on the crowns and other remedies, but here on the Georgia coast, it gets very hot and humid, which is an issue. I used to have a huge in ground garden, and always had plenty or squash, and I miss that. I do very well with tomatoes in the boxes, but I want my squash! Perhaps I need a special variety? Any advice would be great!
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Over the Garden Fence / Insect Netting
« Last post by EBXCustServ on March 08, 2019, 02:05:32 pm »
Does anyone have feedback on the use of the Insect Net? A customer inquired as to the hindering of White Flies to her plants.
We have one Review on the Netting page of our website already, but if I could obtain more information from our EarthBox gardeners' personal observations, that would be greatly appreciated.
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Very interesting
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