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Earthboxes?

Hi All,

  I just bought a couple of earthboxes!  I always do extra early tomatoes and eggplants in containers.  I always forget to water.  These guys have the option of a self watering system.   Some of you have used these before?  Do they live up to their reputation?  I started new big dwarf and polefast tomatoes on Sunday.  I hope to be able to roll them in and out of the basement this spring.

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Beth
 

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Hello OJ I do that with

Hello OJ

I do that with the chives which is in a 6 inch terra cotta pot but the others (cilantro, parsley, sweet peppers, tiny tim tomates and strawberries) are all in plastic pots that came in the kits I ordered & they have no holes in the bottom! That was a surprise!

I think its ok tho. I willl just spritz them every other day as I see the need (with the finger test)

Nice to meet u & Thank u!

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JessiJordon:  Water until it

JessiJordon:  Water until it runs out the bottom of the pot, but don't let them sit in water. Just remove the 'plate' under the pot after about 30 minutes. 

 

Enjoy!

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Beth, thanks for that link,

Beth, thanks for that link, that improves them 100%! I was looking around the back yard and found we have 10 earthboxes, 4 in a row along both sides of a small fenced area and two, one on each side of a corner of the house. The logistics of getting water to them all is a little daunting but doable. Hmmmm.......

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The timer just turns the

The timer just turns the water on and off for the outside plants.  The best time to water outside is early in the morning and early evening.  The amount of time the water stays on is a guesstamite - depends on the sizeof the pot and the plant.  This is instead of hand watering.  The outside hose is attached to drip tubing (1/8th inch plastic tubing with holes).

The best way to keep the potting mix damp for your seeds is with a squirt bottle.  Set it on a fine mist and make sure the surface stays damp.  It takes a little practice, but you can tell if the pot has enough water by weight.  If it weighs next to nothing, the plant needs water.  Sometimes the soiless potting mix is hard to wet because it is peat based. 

 

Beth

 

 

 

 

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Hey Beth When you say
Hey Beth When you say watering on time... what do u mean? Are there specific times to water especially in soil? I found the pots very dry today.I think my apt air is very dry and dries out the soil faster than most. I added some water today (no clue how much to water) & cover them in plastic to help retain moisture.
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Hi All,  I've killed a few

Hi All,

 I've killed a few plants in my day by not watering on time!  I grow a few heirloom tomatoes in pots each year.  These are huge plastic terra cotta pots (at least 24" in diameter) that I got for 10 buck apiece on sale at the local Lowes store.  I added drip irrigation on a timer.  The problem is that the timer doesn't know when the pots need water - so I tend to overwater.  The earhboxes have a cool self watering gizmo.  You replace the fill tube with one that has a valve.  The valve adds water to the reservoir whenever the level drops!  Expensive, but hey, someone has to stimulate the economy.  I can't wait for spring!

http://shop2.mailordercentral.com/EarthBox/products.asp?dept=16

Beth

 

 

 

 

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Beth, we have 8 earthboxes.

Beth, we have 8 earthboxes. We had fantastic luck once I filled them with good potting soil instead of just plain ol' garden soil. Depending on what you grow, they need almost daily filling during the height of the growing season. We had eight 7ft. tall Indian Corn plants in one (!) box that were loaded with half grown ears. We left for an overnight trip and they were dead the next day from lack of water. Other than that, we've had great luck with anything we've put in them. We had 8 strawberry plants in one that overwintered three years, eventually taking over the earthbox next to them.

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P.S. Oh, yeah... One thing -

P.S. Oh, yeah... One thing - I used Miracle Gro Moisture Control potting mix in my growboxes last year. Serious mistake - the moisture control stuff doesn't wick water well at all - took me a while to realize my tomatoes were wilting from thirst even though the reservoir was full. I'm dumping most of that into the flower garden (well, a section of rocky clay around the foundation which aspires to be a flower garden...) Next try will be normal potting mix (no moisture control stuff) and organic potting mix.

I also added too much lime to one of them... Could be too much lime causes just as much tomato blossom end rot as none... Eh. My first time ever growing tomatoes and I got probably over a hundred mid-size between three plants, so... not too shabby despite the mistakes.

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Beth - I used Growboxes the

Beth - I used Growboxes the first time last year, and I'm loving them! Similar to Earthboxes, but cheaper, bigger reservoir, plastic mulch isn't a fitted cover, etc. I bought a third for this year, and I'm going to try a super early box with kozy koats (Park Seed - a water wall concept) around April 1 - an early girl tomato, an Italian sweet pepper, and a cuke. (All plants that otherwise should transplant outside ~May 20th here.) I do envy the casters on the Earthboxes - but my first two are on a 3rd floor balcony, and ain't rolling anywhere, anyway... The third will go in the driveway, so I may find some way to get it some wheels, so I can roll it into the garage if the kozy koats trick isn't sufficient.

A neighbor has both Earthbox and Growbox, both growing tomatoes. I asked her whether she preferred one over the other, and she just shrugged. So - not much different, I gather. The larger reservoir comes in handy for cukes and zukes in high summer.

FWIW, I used a large Walmart "plant spa" to make a third pseudo-Growbox, putting a clump of bloom fertilizer on top, because I had an extra tomato plant I didn't want to give up. That one worked really well, too. Though its reservoir wasn't big enough - had to fill it twice a day in high summer for a tomato. Zukes drink twice as much...

You'll love 'em, I'm sure.

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