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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!
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
Questions and Answers / Re: Starting from seed
« Last post by gpro111 on March 29, 2020, 12:16:09 pm »
I haven't planted beets but I did plant beans from seed and they did just fine. I also have Dill and a few other herbs that I grew from seed. The one thing I didn't do was sprinkle a bit of water on the top after I planted the seeds. I think this might have helped with germination. I poked holes in my black cover for the beans and then kept an eye on them for when they sprouted to make sure they grew up threw the hole.
Questions and Answers / Re: Garden Doc Question
« Last post by gardendoc on March 23, 2020, 09:41:57 pm »
I just over engineered benches using ground contact treated lumber, no plans
Questions and Answers / Re: Garden Doc Question
« Last post by BDumler2 on March 23, 2020, 09:37:27 pm »
Do you have anything on how you build your stands that your earthboxes sit on???  I have a bad  back and can not bend over anymore.  Would like to build what you have.  Any help would be appreciated.  I sure miss the old forum.

Thank you.
Questions and Answers / Starting from seed
« Last post by fparamo1979 on March 23, 2020, 12:17:23 pm »
Hi all,

I just brought an earthbox and am starting beets from seed. Do the instructions stay  the same or do I have to do anything different. Thank you
Questions and Answers / Re: Combination planting
« Last post by tom j on March 22, 2020, 05:42:04 pm »
I have done a lot of combining, especially when a particular variety does not germinate well and gives me bare spots. This past few months I have tried the EB Jr size, and they are particularly good for combinations--easier to handle and move around, and useful for the more shallow rooted vegs. There is no particular pattern to what I have combined--I just filled holes with what I wanted to grow.

My EBs are all inside a small heated greenhouse in Colorado.  Right now I have the following combinations doing well:  In EB Jrs--Beets and leaf lettuce, leeks and leaf lettuce. In regular size EBs: spinach and pole beans, spinach and snow peas, lettuce and bunching onions, zucchini and yellow squash.
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.
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.
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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