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Questions and Answers / Re: RE: Ultimato staking with the EB
« Last post by linear249 on March 16, 2018, 12:14:40 pm »
My tomatoes and peppers grow near a fence.  We attached deer fencing along the back of the fence.  I put one ultomato pole in the hole with the tomato and tie the pole off to the fence.  When the tomato is taller than the pole, it gets attached to the fence.  Removed popup greenhouse yesterday.  Bolseno Tomatoes in there were leaning over, at least 5 ft. tall.

I sometimes use an ultomato pole to keep broccoli and cauliflower from falling out of the box.

Questions and Answers / Re: RE: Ultimato staking with the EB
« Last post by gardendoc on March 13, 2018, 09:34:00 am »
Agreed. I use these for most crops other than tomatoes, I still just stick them in the EBs.
Questions and Answers / RE: Ultimato staking with the EB
« Last post by ccheryld on March 12, 2018, 03:30:39 pm »
Just a quick review: When the Ultimato came out, I securely set them up inside the EB's. But when the tomatoes and peppers grew tall, they were pulled out of the box, although planted deep.
The next year I set them up AROUND the boxes, driving the stakes into the ground and they stood firm the entire growing season.
I found this setup to be much sturdier and secure than the mesh string EB kit.
My EarthBox / Re: gardendoc's 2018 garden
« Last post by linear249 on March 11, 2018, 03:21:56 pm »
Love the ironing board idea.
My EarthBox / gardendoc's 2018 garden
« Last post by gardendoc on March 10, 2018, 10:05:13 pm »
Here's a video showing some of ourf cool season EarthBox crops from my latest Facebook Fridays with Southern Gardening,
Questions and Answers / Using Earthbox with Bokashi soil
« Last post by jesgilbert on March 05, 2018, 03:41:09 pm »
Hello -

I've established a soil factory in my loft using Bokashi fermented by-product (originally food scraps), mixing it with organic potting mix, and letting it sit (to de-acidify) for several weeks.  I'm looking for suitable containers to make use of this nutrient-rich bioactive soil mix for growing food in my space.

I came across the Earthbox and thought it was a good candidate but saw that it is not recommended to use it with compost.  As the Bokashi soil is not typical compost I thought I'd inquire here and get your thoughts on this.

Since Earthbox markets a Probiotic system that seems to be using the Bokashi microbes as growth accelerants, I thought this might work.

Thanks in advance for any input!
Best, Jesse

For more info on bokashi and soil factories:
Questions and Answers / Re: growing sweet potatoes
« Last post by kitkat on February 25, 2018, 11:52:19 am »
Aline - good to hear from you - missed the correspondence with everyone.  The weather here has been nuts also.  Rainy season ends the end of November, but we have seen rain since, which is very odd.  The calendar ran away from me, don't think planting this year.  Me and Bruce both had physical issues that we both haven't been "up to par" on the same day.  If I do plant now, everything will be ready just about when we go to NY for a few weeks, so will be feeding neighbors, after all our work.  We start from seed, so do lose a few weeks there....

I will never get the slips through customs.  If I hear of anyone going to the States that I can send to their address, I'll keep my ears open.  My son was on the Disney Dream last week and afterwards did some shopping in FL and brought back sweet potatoes (WERE THEY EVER GOOD - I LOVE THEM AND MISS THEM).  I think by now I should have seen some sprouting, NONE, after reading your post - I'm having the rest of them for dinner tonight.  I have no ground to plant in (just thought - my son does....).  Thanks as usual for your help.  Hopefully in the middle of July I can get them from Lowe's or HD and give them a try.  Rainy season - May - Nov so have to check expiration dates with crossed fingers.  Thanks and hope all is going good with you.
Questions and Answers / Re: growing sweet potatoes
« Last post by linear249 on February 25, 2018, 10:57:26 am »
Hi kitkat
How are you doing? How's the weather? Had a crazy year here on the Mississippi coast.  Snowed twice, normal highs here in 50 to 60 range.  Highs in the 80s past 2 weeks.  Tomatoes suffering in greenhouse.  Have a small fan trying to vent, installing a permanent fan this week.

I did sweet potatoes a few seasons back.  I bought slips (plants) from lowes.  In the 'old' days you could use a store bought potato that sprouted, but from what I read they spray a chemical on them that keeps them from sprouting.  You will probably need to buy 'cured' or potato seed from one of the seed companies.

My bottom line is don't waste the box.  I didn't get enough potatoes and they were pretty small.  They do run and root wherever they touch soil and produce.  If you have a small piece of ground that could be worked, that would probably work better.

Good luck
Questions and Answers / Re: Mixing tomatoes in same box
« Last post by gardendoc on February 22, 2018, 09:30:43 pm »
Absolutely no problems
Questions and Answers / Mixing tomatoes in same box
« Last post by Nick on February 22, 2018, 06:43:20 pm »
Is it OK to plant a determinate and indeterminate tomato in the same earthbox?  Likewise is it OK to plant two types of peppers i9n the same earthbox?
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