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Tips and Tricks / Re: Tomatoes with Cracked Shouders
« Last post by gardendoc on May 15, 2019, 12:10:38 pm »
Some varieties are more prone to cracking. Might try picking at first blush and allow to ripen on the window sill or next to your coffee maker.
Questions and Answers / Re: yellow jacket nests
« Last post by gardendoc on May 15, 2019, 12:08:36 pm »
I've been growing in EBs for over 10 years and have never seen any yellowjackets or wasps build nests at the EB base. Black and brown widow spiders, yes.
Questions and Answers / yellow jacket nests
« Last post by sewmadd on May 11, 2019, 10:52:28 am »
I had a bad problem with yellow jackets making nests in the base of my earth boxes and they ate all of the strawberries.  How can I keep that from happening again?  Has anybody here had that problem and if so how did you address it?
My EarthBox / Re: BrittneyT2's first Earthbox Garden - 2016
« Last post by BrittneyT2 on April 29, 2019, 07:10:34 am »
Welcome BigE!   The cages are made using pea fences - I believe Park Seed and Gurneyís both sell them, but canít remember which I bought from.  I canít take credit for the idea- I got it from others on the forum.  Below is a link to a post I made last year about the setup that I think youíll find helpful.  I wrote it almost 2 years after doing it the first time, so donít have all the details on where I got the materials.   The wire clamps I bought in bulk online, but they also sell them individually at the big box hardware stores.  Hope you have fun with your first EarthBox garden!  Iím headed outside shortly to finish prepping my boxes so I can plant within the week!
My EarthBox / Re: BrittneyT2's first Earthbox Garden - 2016
« Last post by BigE on April 29, 2019, 02:35:12 am »
Hi Brittney,

I'm a new EB user which is why I didn't comment on this post earlier. I would REALLY like to know what sort of support cage you have in those photos, specifically the wire.  The support posts look like rebar.  You've managed to do an impressive job of making a rectangular cage using fairly thick gauge wire.  Is it hog pen wire or something related to larger farm animals?
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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