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Questions and Answers / Re: Starting from seed
« Last post by toddjcarpenter on April 15, 2020, 06:20:14 pm »
Hi. I'm starting from seed for my first foray into Earthbox. Just planted snap peas and planning to plant cucumbers in a few weeks when it's warmer. Should I still use the mulch cover when planting from seed? How will I make sure the seedlings grow through the holes in the mulch cover?

Also, when planting from seed, should I water the seeds from the top as the instructions recommend for seedlings or should I just water from the reservoir?

Thanks so much!
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Questions and Answers / Staking system
« Last post by Joep on April 15, 2020, 01:50:01 pm »
I just purchased the earthbox with a staking system, how do you fit the cover with staking system installed?
Thanks in advance.
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Questions and Answers / Re: Dr. Earth tomato vegetable organic fertilizer
« Last post by gardendoc on April 12, 2020, 05:01:01 pm »
The problems with luxury consumption are only a problem with too much total N. The analysis ratio is not a good way to look at total nitrogen. For instance,  I like to keep my EBs on the lean side. So I'll use 1 cup 5-5-5, 0.5 cup 10-10-10 or 0.33 cup 15-15-15. All the same amount of N despite the differences in analysis. Works the same for tgeorganic fertilizers.
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Questions and Answers / Looking for First Generations Instructions
« Last post by Poohmom36 on April 11, 2020, 06:25:23 pm »
I recently dug my old earth boxes out of storage. Does anyone have a copy of the instructions for the first generation model?  It had a grid in the bottom.

Thanks.
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Questions and Answers / Re: Dr. Earth tomato vegetable organic fertilizer
« Last post by Nan8LTRa on April 09, 2020, 02:41:43 pm »
Thanks for your answer!!!  Yes, because of lower Nitrogen.  Too many leaves, not enough fruit. And better phosphorus.
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Questions and Answers / Re: Dr. Earth tomato vegetable organic fertilizer
« Last post by gardendoc on April 08, 2020, 08:52:58 am »
Use the three cups there won't be a problem. Unless an organic based fertilizer is "enhanced" there isn't any danger of burning roots. I do have a question, why is the 4-6-3 better than the 8-3-5? Is it because of the lower N?
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Questions and Answers / Dr. Earth tomato vegetable organic fertilizer
« Last post by Nan8LTRa on April 07, 2020, 02:41:01 pm »
According to EB. use 3C dry organic fertilizer, but the bag of Dr. Earth Tomato Vegetable & Herb says 1/2C per 1/2 cu ft or 5 gallons of potting soil.  So that would be 1 1/2 C by gallons of soil (doesn't say mix). That's for tomatoes.  For other things like beans, cucumbers it would come to 3/4 cup @1/4C per 1/2 cu ft or 5 gallons.    It's 4-6-3, much better than 8-3-5 of Earthbox natural fertilizer, but idk how much to use.  I'm inclined to go with 3C because it's in a strip and in mix not soil. But I don't want to burn the plants.  I have a call into Planet Natural with the same question. Any experience is appreciated.
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Questions and Answers / EB spacing in a greenhouse/
« Last post by Dakota on April 04, 2020, 01:52:51 pm »
We have a portable tent-like greenhouse that is about 7x7x12 feet.  We tried 6 boxes in it a couple years ago but are wondering what spacing recommendations are? I wonder if we could strategically place 8 without overcrowding. What have others done? We have the greenhouse to keep deer away and extend our WA state growing season.  Otherwise, wed do without greenhouse because it gets so hot.  Thoughts?
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Tips and Tricks / Re: Earthbox vs in the Earth
« Last post by James on March 31, 2020, 07:03:04 am »
You'll do great! Let us know if we can help in anyway. Try a teaspoon of calcium nitrate down the fill tube each week for the growing season to prevent BER. We learned that trick from the one and only Garden Doc!
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Questions and Answers / Re: Starting from seed
« Last post by gardendoc on March 30, 2020, 06:54:37 am »
Large seed like beans, cucumbers and corn work very well directed seeded into our EarthBoxes. Small seeded veggies like tomatoes and peppers are best bought as transplants or germinated in small pots and then transplanted into EarthBoxes
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