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Questions and Answers / Re: snack
« Last post by Beau in Austin on August 01, 2018, 12:08:43 pm »
I got what sure looks like Calcium Nitrate via Amazon. It's more expensive than buying in bulk but I only have 5 EB's
Questions and Answers / Re: snack
« Last post by gardendoc on July 30, 2018, 09:43:31 pm »
forget about polls.     

The "snack" is calcium nitrate, 1 tsp every 7 to 10 days right down the reservoir tube.

It's available at real garden centers, not Lowes or Home Depot. Or Amazon.
Questions and Answers / snack
« Last post by mhjr on July 29, 2018, 02:52:52 pm »
looking for some instructions on snack for tomatoes
Questions and Answers / Re: Early Blight?
« Last post by Teagan on July 28, 2018, 10:49:07 am »
I figured out the problem with one of the plants....a defective earth box. Two of my boxes are cracked on the bottom and leaking. The leak was noticeable at first but then as the crack got larger more water came out and I knew something was not right. I contacted Earth Box and they had me take a photo of the date underneath the box along with a photo of where it is leaking and it turns out, it is part of a defective lot of boxes.

I then decided to take a closer look at a box I only have flowers and one tiny tomato plant in....I figured the water was coming out a few seconds after I started pouring because the tiny plant and flowers did not utilize as much as my big tomato plants. Nope. This box is also leaking from the bottom middle.

I'm really upset because Earth Box should have done a mass email and recall of the defective lot of boxes instead of waiting for people to come to them with dead plants. I spend a lot of time and money on my plants only to find out its not something I am doing wrong or a disease. Huge disappointment. 

As for the plant in the 2nd photo, it is still producing tomatoes but the leaves are ALL brown around the rim. I agree it is not early blight but something is causing the leaves to turn brown around the edges. There is not sign of any pests and it has not spread.
Questions and Answers / Re: Early Blight?
« Last post by gardendoc on July 26, 2018, 02:06:47 pm »
The trouble with trying diagnose tomato (or any other vegetable) from pictures on the Internet is matching symptoms. Everyone wants whatever foliage symptoms to be blight. I don't think this is early blight. One of the main signs of early blight are stem lesions with small individual lesions that may coalesce into larger lesions. It is going to show up during early warm periods with lots of rain. Of course early season is relative. For Chicago I would think early June, here on the MS Gulf coast it's April.

Remove the affected leaves and use a contact fungicide like chlorothalanil.
Questions and Answers / Re: filler tubes
« Last post by gardendoc on July 26, 2018, 01:57:19 pm »
I had to replace a filler tube and I believe 1 1/4" PVC was my solution. Golf club tubes are also real close to the size needed
Questions and Answers / Re: ?'s about growing an heirloom watermelon in an EB
« Last post by gardendoc on July 26, 2018, 01:56:06 pm »
I would bet it's the difference in the environment between TX and SC. It could also be a little over crowding and having three plants competing for the limited resources.  I don't grow melons in any of my EarthBoxes, too easy to pick up at the Farmers Market.

Questions and Answers / Re: filler tubes
« Last post by linear249 on July 26, 2018, 11:26:19 am »
Yes.  Look under accessories.  $2 each plus shipping.  I have a bunch of them, if you were closer, I'd give them to you.

Questions and Answers / filler tubes
« Last post by Carol J Owens on July 25, 2018, 02:21:05 pm »
Are replacement tubes available?  A couple of mine have succumbed to the Arizona sun.
Questions and Answers / Re: Early Blight?
« Last post by Teagan on July 23, 2018, 07:47:36 pm »
Chicago and it has been very hot and humid.
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