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EarthBoxAdmin:
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Guest, alicemagooey. This was originally posted on April 15, 2009.

Hi.. I started last year filling my EBs per Donalds suggestions , moistening the mix as I went and filling the EB.

Now, I am reading in the EB instructions and hearing other people who have used EBs for years saying that a person can simply
1.remove old plant stems
2.dig out old fertilizer strip( probably some of the crusty soil on top also although the official EB PDF file does not say this)
3.add new fertilizer strip
4.cover with cover, secure and cut
5.plant new plants
in the EB replant kit instructions PDF, it says to pull back the x flaps and water from the top into each hole.  It does not mention when or how to fill the reservoir with water..
first or afterward?

Do people actually find that this method wicks as well as the start from scratch method of moistening and adding mix to empty earthbox?

i am hoping that i did not miss this in my searching for an answer..but sometimes, there are several differing opinions..and i would appreciate hearing them.
i do not want to do the process over after finding that my old , renewed EB was not going to wick correctly.

thanks
alice

ps... i have been reading and re reading old posts and Mickie whose opinion i respect, says that she just leaves her boxes mostly full and just replenishes the top.
I guess if i do not get any responses from anyone who consistently does anything different, like maybe Donald(??) ( i could not find specifically what you do but since you usually mix your dolomite into your whole mixture when first filling your EBs, i would think that you would empty and re fill your boxes yearly, using your time tested method of using a separate container to moisten and mix the mix before placing and pressing it into the EB.)

a

EarthBoxAdmin:
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Guest, cushman350. This was originally posted on April 15, 2009.

Alice,
 
If I have 30 boxes I can tell you what method I will use and it wont be dumping. If I have 1-5 I will dump and mix and wet until I am unable. I like to be certain about things I can control. I dont feel comfortable waiting to see if a box is going to come to life if I can make it 99.9% certain it will wick OK myself. IMO

Think of Box lady 1400+ EBs. I dont think they dump.

EarthBoxAdmin:
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, FloridaPat. This user is located in Florida Zone 9A. This was originally posted on April 15, 2009.

I just use the old soil. Top it off if needed. Add dolomite and Azomite fertilizer and mix in the top two inches or so. Plant. Fill the eb via the tube and then water from the top. I give it a good drenching the first time. I dont water as I go. I havent had any problems yet.

EarthBoxAdmin:
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Hero Member, mjb8743. This user is located in Zone 7, South NJ, Garden State. This was originally posted on April 15, 2009.

I have 61 boxes sitting out in the yard, exposed to the elements since my plastic sheeting blew off with the first good wind. Although I emptied all the reservoirs last fall, Im sure theres water in them now. All the mix is moist/wet. When I replenish, I have no doubts that they will wick properly. Now, if the boxes were bone-dry, I would want to fill the reservoir a few days before replenishing, and watch to see if the boxes wick up to the surface. If necessary, do a kick-start  by pouring warm water across the top before you add the new fertilizer strip.

Mickie

EarthBoxAdmin:
Disclaimer: This post was originally posted by Newbie, maryal36. This user is located in Waukesha, WI Zone 5B. This was originally posted om April 16, 2009.

Thanks for the help.  I didnt want to dump, either.  But hos can you be sure that the old mix has enough water in it to wick properly?  Squeeze it, perhaps?

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