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olympia621
09-05-2007, 07:13 PM
I would love to get in to container gardening. There is a class this weekend at the Fruit and Spice park in the Redlands. I'll go if I can wake up.

http://fruitandspicepark.org/index.html
I'll share tips when I return.

Y'all got any tips?

aquababie19
09-05-2007, 07:32 PM
i did a container garden this year. i have tomatoes, banana peppers, cayenne peppers, jalapenos, and bell peppers.

deecoily
09-06-2007, 06:11 PM
I'd love to grow peppers again. Unfortunately we get late frosts and I don't have a hot house to put them in :(

I still have a lot of containers for my herbs and this is the first year I put strawberries in the ground and didn't grow them in containers.

Those self-watering pots are a must have.

mscocoface
09-06-2007, 06:33 PM
I went to the fair in July and bought some tuberose and a lot of other Hawaiian plants. So far so good. I am hoping to get some flowering here real soon before the weather changes too much at night.

I placed them all around my swinging couch outside hoping to spruce up the area. We shall see, I don't have much luck with container plants, but you are right Dee those self watering containers have saved some of those poor souls out there, thank goodness! :)

kmacbaje
09-08-2007, 10:51 AM
Love this forum!!! i did a small container garden this year. grape tomatoes,peppers and watermelon. it was hard keeping everything well watered but i have more experience for next year. best memory-everytime we came home. my son would go right and pick some grape tomatoes off the tree and eat them! i tried to get him to let me wash them first but that was rare.


kmac

ChandraNH
09-09-2007, 11:22 AM
I use earthboxes for my container gardening. Work very very well, can fit into small spaces (even on balconies). Grew tomatoes, peppers, basil, oregano, mint and strawberries. No watering problems or anything.

olympia621
09-09-2007, 11:36 AM
A few people in the class I went to said they liked earth boxes. Another alternative for the space and budget crunched is to plant into a bag of soil. Make sure it's a good grade with all of the nutrients, cut water holes in the bottom and you can grow whatever you want.
Since the growing season in SoFla is year round, I may do this while I figure out what to do with my patio.

@kmac
How did you do your watermelons? One vine or 2 vines? I did learn fow to pollinate mal to female also so I may not need 2 vines. I think it's almost watermelon and cucumber season here so I'll start with those.

kmacbaje
09-09-2007, 01:08 PM
olympia-i did two vines per pot but that was purely by accident.. i really didn't know anything about growing watermelon and was just trying to not have to but a lot of pots ^_^ . i think i picked up on that pollination thing. one vine would have lots of flowers but only two to three made fruit. now i definitely know for next year. :blush:

umm what are earth boxes?


kmac

ChandraNH
09-09-2007, 04:00 PM
Here's the address for earthbox. It's a self contained planting and watering system (I grew lots of tomatoes this year using it). Earthbox (http://www.earthbox.com/)

olympia621
09-09-2007, 04:25 PM
http://i11.tinypic.com/4kedk4l.jpg


The top stem is male. The bottom stem is female. The ovary is the bulge. Take the male and pull the petals off of flower and also pull the flowers off of the female. Make sure the male's "stuff" pollen get down into the female receptacle. The flowers above are water melon but the shape holds true for most plants I think.

olympia621
09-09-2007, 05:04 PM
@Chandra
In regards to the Earthbox, you plant seedlings not seeds? I'm just asking b/c some plants do well without having being transplanted. Also, I don't know if I like what my local Home Depot/Walmart may offer me so I may order special seeds. ex....heirloom tomatoes because they should be more flavorful that what's in the grocery store.

kmacbaje
09-10-2007, 12:13 PM
ooooh the knowledge!!

olympia-i saw the bulges but didn't know what they were and was wondering why most of the flowers shriveled up and fell off. :lol: I wish i had had this info like oh 4 mths ago ;) .


ooooh those earth boxes sound great! my only issue is the fertilizer but i guess i can use the fish emulsion i bought for my flowers.

ooh i can't wait til next year *rubs hands in glee*

kmac

olympia621
09-10-2007, 12:41 PM
ooooh the knowledge!!

olympia-i saw the bulges but didn't know what they were and was wondering why most of the flowers shriveled up and fell off. :lol: I wish i had had this info like oh 4 mths ago ;) .
ooh i can't wait til next year *rubs hands in glee*

kmac
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I guess she they were waiting to be "impregnated"!!!! :P Hot heifers!!

What kind of watermelons and what part of the country are you in? Down here I think I can plant watermelon almost year 'round except in the summer.

kmacbaje
09-10-2007, 03:32 PM
I guess she they were waiting to be "impregnated"!!!! :P Hot heifers!!

What kind of watermelons and what part of the country are you in? Down here I think I can plant watermelon almost year 'round except in the summer.
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LOL.....i can't remember what kind of watermelons but they were from Lowes. I sure was waiting...the tomatoes, peppers and strawberries did all the work themselves. ^_^ . I'm in atlanta.


kmac

ChandraNH
09-10-2007, 07:00 PM
I planted seedlings this year, but last year I planted seeds, both work very very well. I'll have to post some photos of my tomato plants

stillwater09
01-27-2008, 09:22 PM
Anyone have any pics? I'm about to start a couple of small herb gardens, along with bigger projects in the house and yard, and i'm snapping away like crazy even though i only have a couple of sprouts and plans :)

honeybunch2k5
02-07-2008, 11:39 AM
I've grown various things in containers like herbs and pumpkins. I had to get the smaller versions of plants though, and it was quite a chore keepin them well watered.

I like the book Bountiful Container.

BlueIsis
02-19-2008, 02:06 PM
Hello All,

I have wanted to grow my own vegetables and herbs for years. I live in an apartment (no balcony) with large windows (facing east and some facing south). I hesitate because my cats will probably eat my plants. I have to figure it out. But, I'll be watching this thread for more info.

tlwnurse
03-22-2008, 08:50 AM
Planting season is about to begin.... Is everyone ready?

honeybunch2k5
03-22-2008, 03:08 PM
I'm ready. I already have my seedlings! :D




Hello All,

I have wanted to grow my own vegetables and herbs for years. I live in an apartment (no balcony) with large windows (facing east and some facing south). I hesitate because my cats will probably eat my plants. I have to figure it out. But, I'll be watching this thread for more info.
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Richter's seeds carries a piss off (http://www.richters.com/Web_store/web_store.cgi?product=X4490&show=&prodclass=Herb_and_Vegetable_Plants&cart_id=8989190.5335) plant that is supposed to repel cats and dogs.

tlwnurse
03-23-2008, 12:28 PM
Great Honey.... What type of seeds do you have?

honeybunch2k5
03-23-2008, 03:48 PM
Hmm just about everything it seems. I have watermelon, bloody butcher corn (don't know if I'll have space for them), dark opal basil, carrots, onions, and more. I also want jimsonweed and/or brugmansia this year.

tlwnurse
03-26-2008, 11:02 AM
jimsonweed and/or brugmansia

What is that?

honeybunch2k5
03-26-2008, 12:05 PM
~Brugmansia~

http://www.erowid.org/plants/brugmansia/images/archive/brugmansia_xcandida1.jpg

Brugmansia info (http://www.tradewindsfruit.com/brugmansia_pictures.htm)

more info (http://ezonlineads.com/MaranathaNursery/brugmansias.htm)




~Jimsonweed aka thorny apple aka datura stramonium~

Jimsonweed (http://nepenthes.lycaeum.org/Plants/Datura/stramonium.html)


Jimsonweed more info (http://www.ppws.vt.edu/scott/weed_id/datst.htm)

^I don't really like to think of it as a weed. I had them last year.

bebedee
03-26-2008, 01:39 PM
My mom & I did a lot of farm market shopping last year, and while I love the low prices, there is just something special about growing your own produce.

I went to Home Depot yesterday and bought the 36-cell seed starter kit. I bought Butterleaf amd Gourmet Mix lettuces, basil & the multi-color bell pepper seed mix. This ought to be a good start for a newbie, don't you think? I'm going to call it my salad & pesto garden.

Now I'm thinking I should try some grape tomatoes & cukes too....hmmmmmm

tashaboo74
03-26-2008, 03:21 PM
I have thought about growing my own herbs, and I also thought about growing spinach after the E. coli scare last year. How affordable is container gardening?

tlwnurse
03-27-2008, 06:58 AM
I grew parsley in my butterfly garden last year. It was very easy. Biggest thing is to make sure to water in the heat of the summer.

marissasensei
04-13-2008, 07:33 PM
I like the book Bountiful Container.
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Thanks for the book recommendation. I have a couple of EarthBoxes and this book looks like just what I need. :)

chokolatedove
05-03-2008, 05:36 AM
My balcony is overtaken by foliage as it is...lol. I wan to get into container gardening and will when I have a backyard. I will still plant things in containers because its like a personal enviornment for that particular plant....

NewlyNappyNelle
06-09-2008, 10:00 PM
Bump

Lockolatte
06-18-2008, 09:59 PM
My Mom bought me some Earthboxes this year. So far I have tomatoes and green peppers. I want to do carrots in the third box. Here are the tomatoes and peppers.
http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j241/Chocolatte35/TomatoesFathersDay.jpg
:D

marissasensei
06-18-2008, 10:52 PM
^^^^

Awww, I'm jealous! Your earthboxes are looking good -- do you feel like a proud mama? :) What variety of tomato are you growing? I transplanted my tomatoes a couple a weeks ago, so they're still about the same height as the plants in your EB on the right. But I guess the fact that they're not dead means that I'm making progress. :lol: The beans are just breaking above ground, and everything else (spinach, herbs) is still in the early seedling stage.

Lockolatte
06-19-2008, 12:33 AM
^^^^

Awww, I'm jealous! Your earthboxes are looking good -- do you feel like a proud mama? :) What variety of tomato are you growing? I transplanted my tomatoes a couple a weeks ago, so they're still about the same height as the plants in your EB on the right. But I guess the fact that they're not dead means that I'm making progress. :lol: The beans are just breaking above ground, and everything else (spinach, herbs) is still in the early seedling stage.
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Thank you Marissa! Yes I do feel proud! :D I have 3 tomatoes in that one box. Two Better Boys and one Bonnie Original. I should have just put one or two in that one box. You are giving me some ideas with your spinach. I eat that in salads all of the time. I might consider that for my other box. Good luck and keep us posted on your boxes. ^_^

Poetic_Butterfly
06-22-2008, 01:49 AM
My Mom bought me some Earthboxes this year. So far I have tomatoes and green peppers. I want to do carrots in the third box. Here are the tomatoes and peppers.
http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j241/Chocolatte35/TomatoesFathersDay.jpg
:D
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Chocolatte,your earth boxes are looking really good! :D I never thought about container gardening until looking at this thread. I think that I might want to try something on my back porch!

Peace,
Rasta

Lockolatte
06-22-2008, 09:13 PM
Chocolatte,your earth boxes are looking really good! :D I never thought about container gardening until looking at this thread. I think that I might want to try something on my back porch!

Peace,
Rasta
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Thanks Rasta! :D My tomatoes are really sucking up a lot of water now. I like those boxes bc I can just stick the hose down in the little tube and fill up the reservoir. I will update when everything gets bigger. :)

Poetic_Butterfly
06-23-2008, 03:40 AM
Chocolatte your tomatoes are looking really good! :) I like the idea of just putting the hose in a little tube to keep the plants growing and healthy!

Peace,
Rasta

jas.1984
06-26-2008, 10:37 PM
ok i got eggplant, bell pepper, cucumbers, betterboy tomatoes, basil,and rosemary growing. oh i got sunflowers and some other edible flowers growing. only 2 of those came up though. i guess the squirrels ate them. my mint and lettuce didnt do anything but i think i am gonna take some seeds and germinate in the house and not in the soil.

Lockolatte
06-27-2008, 12:13 PM
^^ That sounds great! I planted some sunflowers and some purple coneflowers, but my basset hound keeps pulling them up! Ugh! My tomatoes and peppers are doing well, although I had to fight my fear of the caterpillars that were munching on the tomatoes. :crying: I took care of them though.

marissasensei
07-26-2008, 04:41 PM
Anyone have updates?

None of my plants are producing food yet. The tomato and bean plants have taken off, but I think the cool weather we get here at night has been slowing things up some. That said, I do have a couple of marble-sized cherry tomatoes that have appeared on the vine, as if to mock me. ^_^

My herbs weren't doing well (I think I may have planted them a little too deep), and I couldn't stand the prospect of that expensive Earthbox real estate sitting vacant. So I dug up the seeds and replaced them with transplants of squash, cucumbers, and green peppers. So far, so good.

aunaptural
03-14-2009, 09:04 PM
bump... It's almost time, ladies.

guapa1
03-27-2009, 07:57 PM
Hiya!

I can't manage to work in the garden, so I have mixed lettuce, tomatoes and am planting some herbs this week. They'll be living on windowsills around the house.

bellagirl
03-28-2009, 09:47 PM
Hi ladies,

Are earth boxes something I can find at Home Depot or Loews? Last year I had 2 tomato plants (which did VERY well and my neighbors ate all the tomatoes. I'm allergic), cilantro, oregano (did not do so well), and parsley. I purchased all of my plants at the local farmers market.

This year I doubt I will plant my veggies and herbs in the ground and these boxes seem like a great option for my back porch. I live in a condo and I really do not want to deal with my silly neighbors when it comes to planting what I want to plant. I need my own backyard. :(

Chocolatte: your plants look so beautiful!!

aunaptural
03-30-2009, 02:18 AM
Hi ladies,

Are earth boxes something I can find at Home Depot or Loews? Last year I had 2 tomato plants (which did VERY well and my neighbors ate all the tomatoes. I'm allergic), cilantro, oregano (did not do so well), and parsley. I purchased all of my plants at the local farmers market.

This year I doubt I will plant my veggies and herbs in the ground and these boxes seem like a great option for my back porch. I live in a condo and I really do not want to deal with my silly neighbors when it comes to planting what I want to plant. I need my own backyard. :(

Chocolatte: your plants look so beautiful!!
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I'd go on their website and find a distributor (http://www.earthbox.com/dealers/dlr/locator/) in your area. If you can't find anything near home (though I imagine you wouldn't have any problem doing so) or just want to save a few pennies... I'd go the DIY route (http://www.insideurbangreen.org/2009/03/subirrigated-bucket-planter-.html). Earthboxes are nothing more than sub-irrigated planters (http://www.insideurbangreen.org/2009/03/simple-to-make-subirrigated-tote-box-planter.html). I plan on making my own this summer and growing tomatoes, eggplant, and watermelon on my balcony. We'll see how this goes.

Lockolatte
03-31-2009, 11:55 PM
Hi ladies,

Are earth boxes something I can find at Home Depot or Loews? Last year I had 2 tomato plants (which did VERY well and my neighbors ate all the tomatoes. I'm allergic), cilantro, oregano (did not do so well), and parsley. I purchased all of my plants at the local farmers market.

This year I doubt I will plant my veggies and herbs in the ground and these boxes seem like a great option for my back porch. I live in a condo and I really do not want to deal with my silly neighbors when it comes to planting what I want to plant. I need my own backyard. :(

Chocolatte: your plants look so beautiful!!
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Hey bellagirl! Thank you. My mom ordered the earthboxes using a flyer from the newspaper. They are convenient when you can&#39;t or don&#39;t want to plant in the ground. I have less problems with deer eating stuff when it is on the deck! ^_^ This year I think I will try some cucumbers and of course more tomatoes. My dad as already started the baby tomatoes under his heat lamps and I will be getting some when they are big enough and when it is warm enough outside. I want to do some sunflowers also, but last year my basset hound pulled them up. <_< Hopefully I will have something pretty this year.

Scrills
04-13-2009, 02:25 PM
Since there are 2 threads, I will post this here as well..



I AM! I AM!

I have a yard, but I&#39;m still leaning towards a container garden. I started my seeds indoors about 2 weeks ago.

The plan was to grow 5 things, but I went a little overboard. I am growing....

Rosemary
Parsley
Basil
Cumin
Spearmint
Dill
Cilantro
Oregano
Roma tomatoes
Cherry tomatoes
Cucumbers
Squash
Spinach
Peas
Asparagus Beans
Carrots
Hot peppers
Mild peppers
Collard greens
Lettuce
Black Beans

I starting posting updates on my blog....

Intro: http://paperchaise.wordpress.com/2009/04/1...iner-gardening/

Guide to Container Gardens: http://paperchaise.wordpress.com/2009/04/1...iner-gardening/

Day 14: http://paperchaise.wordpress.com/2009/04/12/garden-day-14/


I have no clue what I&#39;m doing, but I sure am enjoying it!!!!



I&#39;d go on their website and find a distributor (http://www.earthbox.com/dealers/dlr/locator/) in your area. If you can&#39;t find anything near home (though I imagine you wouldn&#39;t have any problem doing so) or just want to save a few pennies... I&#39;d go the DIY route (http://www.insideurbangreen.org/2009/03/subirrigated-bucket-planter-.html). Earthboxes are nothing more than sub-irrigated planters (http://www.insideurbangreen.org/2009/03/simple-to-make-subirrigated-tote-box-planter.html). I plan on making my own this summer and growing tomatoes, eggplant, and watermelon on my balcony. We&#39;ll see how this goes.
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ooohhhhh, thanks for these links!

aunaptural
04-19-2009, 09:00 PM
Since there are 2 threads, I will post this here as well..
I AM! I AM!

I have a yard, but I&#39;m still leaning towards a container garden. I started my seeds indoors about 2 weeks ago.

The plan was to grow 5 things, but I went a little overboard. I am growing....

Rosemary
Parsley
Basil
Cumin
Spearmint
Dill
Cilantro
Oregano
Roma tomatoes
Cherry tomatoes
Cucumbers
Squash
Spinach
Peas
Asparagus Beans
Carrots
Hot peppers
Mild peppers
Collard greens
Lettuce
Black Beans
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Nice! I went a bit overboard with the 20 cent seed packets myself. :lol: I&#39;ve bolded the plants I plan to grow on my balcony and will add Sugar Baby watermelon, eggplant, lavender, bell peppers, and marigold to the list. My time has been consumed with my graduate studies, so I&#39;m getting a late start. I started from seedlings last year, but wanted to try my hand at sowing seeds this year. We&#39;ll see how it goes. :unsure:

Great idea to document everything. I think I will post garden updates on my blog and videos on YouTube. Stay tuned.

aquababie19
05-02-2009, 10:25 PM
i have a big yard as well. but i elected to go with square foot raised beds. each square will have a different fruit or vegetable. my first box is 4&#39;x6&#39;. the bf found an old bunkbed and made it. in it i have:

roma tomato
better bush tomato
bush goliath tomato
okra
cabbage
collards
mustards
lima beans
purple hull peas
bell pepper
zucchini
yellow squash
red onion
green onion
cayenne pepper
banana pepper
thyme

http://aquababie.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/squarefoot1.jpg

my second box will be 4&#39;x4&#39;. i found some pallets that a paint store was throwing away. it will have

pole beans
black beans
oregano
mesculine salad mix
cilantro
rosemary
broccoli
spinach
basil
jalepeno
corn
maybe canteloupe :)

apb1172
05-03-2009, 01:18 PM
I am so jealous!!! I have no yard or patio to garden on. I was thinking about trying this (http://www.instructables.com/id/Self-Watering-Plant-Container-out-of-a-2-liter-bot/) though. I don&#39;t drink soda so I am thinking about where I will get the bottles...

Also I saw this about container gardening on the cheap... (http://www.homegrownevolution.com/2009/04/self-irrigating-planter-resources.html) that some of you might find interesting as well.

Miss A
05-07-2009, 07:10 PM
I am so jealous!!! I have no yard or patio to garden on. I was thinking about trying this (http://www.instructables.com/id/Self-Watering-Plant-Container-out-of-a-2-liter-bot/) though. I don&#39;t drink soda so I am thinking about where I will get the bottles...

Also I saw this about container gardening on the cheap... (http://www.homegrownevolution.com/2009/04/self-irrigating-planter-resources.html) that some of you might find interesting as well.
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apb1172
Those are two great ideas that would really cut down on watering time or come in handy if you have to go out of town. I don&#39;t think the soda bottles are large enough to grow tomatoes but would be good for herbs. I have a large backyard but all of the sun shines on my deck, so I grow my vegetables in 5-gallon buckets.

jorjeni
05-13-2009, 03:12 PM
i have a big yard as well. but i elected to go with square foot raised beds. each square will have a different fruit or vegetable. my first box is 4&#39;x6&#39;. the bf found an old bunkbed and made it. in it i have:

roma tomato
better bush tomato
bush goliath tomato
okra
cabbage
collards
mustards
lima beans
purple hull peas
bell pepper
zucchini
yellow squash
red onion
green onion
cayenne pepper
banana pepper
thyme

http://aquababie.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/squarefoot1.jpg

my second box will be 4&#39;x4&#39;. i found some pallets that a paint store was throwing away. it will have

pole beans
black beans
oregano
mesculine salad mix
cilantro
rosemary
broccoli
spinach
basil
jalepeno
corn
maybe canteloupe :)
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COOL!! I can&#39;t wait to do this. I am getting the book today. Using that bunk bed was a great ideal.

jorjeni
05-15-2009, 12:22 AM
I got the book today and I got some wood from Home Depot I needed 2 boards cut in half at $3 each wasn&#39;t bad going back and getting enough to make 1 more 4x4 garden.

Now to find the stuff to Make the Mel&#39;s Mix I found the Peat Moss, and some mushroom compost and humus/manure compost but no vermiculite.

I am begining to feel like I can do this LOL!!! If not I will get a few good laughs :P

aquababie19
05-15-2009, 03:11 AM
i didn&#39;t buy the book. for my mix i used cow manure, organic humus and miracle grow garden soil.

and you can do it! it&#39;s not haard at all. the reward will be eating what you&#39;ve grown.

Poetic_Butterfly
05-16-2009, 02:27 PM
I&#39;m thinking about growing a small herb garden this summer! I&#39;m going to continue my research on container gardening. Thanks ladies for the wonderful tips! :D

Peace,
Rasta

kmacbaje
05-21-2009, 04:02 PM
nice aquababie

I was planning on doing a raised bed this year but i nixed that idea due to my ever growing belly.

I do have a question-one of my tomato plants has a few yellowing leaves on the bottom? How can i fix it? They&#39;re all in containers and have been fairly steadily watered.

Thanks.

apb1172
05-21-2009, 07:24 PM
nice aquababie

I was planning on doing a raised bed this year but i nixed that idea due to my ever growing belly.

I do have a question-one of my tomato plants has a few yellowing leaves on the bottom? How can i fix it? They&#39;re all in containers and have been fairly steadily watered.

Thanks.
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Maybe this will help... (http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/okgard/msg062331232503.html)

kmacbaje
05-22-2009, 11:43 AM
Maybe this will help... (http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/okgard/msg062331232503.html)
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thank you!! I have some investigative work to do this weekend. :-)


namaste
kmac

Scrills
05-22-2009, 06:52 PM
Hey Ladies!!!! Would you mind doing me a favor?

Thanks to aunaptural, I decided to try my hand at DIY sub-irrigated planters. I made a couple and wrote this tutorial. Can you look it over for me and see if I was clear. I feel like the instructions are a little fuzzy.

TIA!!!

http://paperchaise.wordpress.com/2009/05/2...-gallon-bucket/ (http://paperchaise.wordpress.com/2009/05/22/tutorial-diy-earthbox-in-a-5-gallon-bucket/)





nice aquababie

I was planning on doing a raised bed this year but i nixed that idea due to my ever growing belly.

I do have a question-one of my tomato plants has a few yellowing leaves on the bottom? How can i fix it? They&#39;re all in containers and have been fairly steadily watered.

Thanks.
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Someone else posted this same question on yahoo.answers.com. The recommended more nutrients.

aunaptural
05-26-2009, 01:40 PM
Hooray! My sub-irrigated planters are done. Here&#39;s a link to pics of my container garden (http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2077327&id=41002357&l=3fa0094747) and a link to the video tour (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uQ0ME6JBlA&feature=player_embedded) I just posted on YouTube.

Scrills, I absolutely :wub: that you have created yet another way to do this. I&#39;ve added my corrections/questions/suggestions below. I&#39;m not the quickest when it comes to reading construction directions, as I have to read them over and over and over again to get it. I do best with lots of visual prompts/reinforcement (i.e., pics, diagrams, vids). So, my critique is coming from someone who needs things to be hyper clear - almost to the point of insulting my intelligence :lol: Hope this helps.



Hey Ladies!!!! Would you mind doing me a favor?

Thanks to aunaptural, I decided to try my hand at DIY sub-irrigated planters. I made a couple and wrote this tutorial. Can you look it over for me and see if I was clear. I feel like the instructions are a little fuzzy.
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Materials:

* 1 – 5 Gallon bucket
* 1 – 12×12 vinyl tile, cut to the diameter of the container.
* 1 – 24"×<strike>224"</strike> 24"? piece of mesh
* 3 - 3″ pieces (in height?) of PVC pipe (or small plastic containers). I used both 1.5″ and 2″ PVC (in diameter?)
* 1 – knee -hi stocking

Tools

* Drill and drill bits
* Saw (optional)
* Hole saw drill bit



Prep Work:

1) Cut the PVC to 3″ pieces. If you don’t have a saw, ask if they can cut it for you at your home improvement store<strike>Assembly</strike>

2) Drill several holes into what will be the bottom of the PVC (It might help here if you add a picture of this)

3) Cut the vinyl tile into a circle. The diameter of the circle will need to be slighter smaller than the inside of the container. In order to get the correct size, I placed the tile on the container and traced around. I cut just inside (1/4″-1/2″) <strike>inside</strike> that line

4) Cut a circular hole into the vinyl tile <strike>slighter</strike> slightly smaller than the diameter of the PVC. To accomplish this, I traced around the pvc and cut just inside the circle (1/8″)

5) Punch a dozen or so small holes in the <strike>PVC</strike> (do you mean the vinyl tile?) to allow for the humidity of the water to have contact with the soil

6) Drill a small hole (1″) into the side of the container, making sure the hole is below the 3″ mark (or below the level of the dirt) . This hole was serve as an overflow valve and a place to add water

Assembly:

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1) Place PVC inside of the mesh. Make sure that the holes in the PVC are at the bottom

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2) Gather the mesh together and thread it thru the hole in the vinyl tile. This mesh covered PVC will serve as your wick. As water enters the hole on the side of the bucket, it will come into contact with the soil in the pvc (via the uneven bottom and holes on the sides) and be sucked up <strike>my</strike> by the soil and roots.

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3) Even out the mesh, ensuring that the PVC is visible

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4) Place the knee-hi stocking over the mesh covered PVC (not pictured) . The knee-hi will act as a safe-guard against soil erosion

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5) Place the 2 other pieces of PVC inside the container

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6) Place the vinyl tile, pvc side down, into the container.

7) Add soil, making sure to press the soil into the PVC
Would you mind mentioning here that potting SOIL is not ideal for this project? Instead, potting mix is recommended. I learned this the hard way :(

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8) Continue filling with potting soil

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[b][i]Questions:
1) I noticed that you don&#39;t have a watering tube on the top. Pretty neat! Instead, your design waters from the side of the bucket. Is it possible for you to add a picture of how you would water the planter? Would you use a garden hose or a watering can with a long spout to do this?

2) Also, are you concerned that, in cases of extreme heat, the water might evaporate from the reservoir because of the access/overflow point?

Scrills
05-26-2009, 02:25 PM
Ok, thanks so much!!!! I knew I wasn&#39;t very clear and I had several mistakes. I was so tired of working on that tutorial I knew it was a mess.

I can&#39;t wait to check yours out when I get home from work.


One question. What&#39;s the difference between potting soil and potting mix?

aunaptural
05-27-2009, 02:00 AM
Ok, thanks so much!!!! I knew I wasn&#39;t very clear and I had several mistakes. I was so tired of working on that tutorial I knew it was a mess.

I can&#39;t wait to check yours out when I get home from work.
One question. What&#39;s the difference between potting soil and potting mix?
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Ha! I did all the easy work. You were the one who came up with a new way to make a SIP. I&#39;m still very impressed. I&#39;ll be linking to your version in my next garden vlog and blog post, if you don&#39;t mind.

I learned the hard way that potting soil is very heavy and looks like mud when wet. Which makes sense (in hindsight) because it contains dirt/soil, after all. This isn&#39;t a good idea for container-bound plants. Potting mix, on the other hand, is lighter and less constricting to the root system. It contains no dirt/soil and usually has some blend of peat and perlite. Many people use the terms interchangeably (hence my mistake), but they are quite different. Helpful rule of thumb when navigating the garden supply section... If the bag is measured in pounds, it&#39;s potting soil. If the bag is measured in cu. ft. or quarts, it&#39;s potting mix.

For more info see here (http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/tomato/msg011741314123.html) or here (http://forum.earthbox.com/index.php?topic=29.0).

Scrills
05-27-2009, 01:00 PM
Ha! I did all the easy work. You were the one who came up with a new way to make a SIP. I&#39;m still very impressed. I&#39;ll be linking to your version in my next garden vlog and blog post, if you don&#39;t mind.

I learned the hard way that potting soil is very heavy and looks like mud when wet. Which makes sense (in hindsight) because it contains dirt/soil, after all. This isn&#39;t a good idea for container-bound plants. Potting mix, on the other hand, is lighter and less constricting to the root system. It contains no dirt/soil and usually has some blend of peat and perlite. Many people use the terms interchangeably (hence my mistake), but they are quite different. Helpful rule of thumb when navigating the garden supply section... If the bag is measured in pounds, it&#39;s potting soil. If the bag is measured in cu. ft. or quarts, it&#39;s potting mix.

For more info see here (http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/tomato/msg011741314123.html) or here (http://forum.earthbox.com/index.php?topic=29.0).
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of course, link away.

Thanks. I&#39;ve been buying Potting Mix (thank goodness) but it&#39;s good to know that there is a difference. I could have very easily bought the wrong thing. I made sure to check last night as soon as I got home, LOL

apb1172
05-30-2009, 05:35 PM
I can&#39;t look at the tutorial on your page at work. God forbid we be able to look af photos of SIP porn! LOL But just an aside, I have read that water can leach chemicals out of PVC pipes and they can end up in your final product. I have seen recommendations for using just a plain watering hose that says safe for drinking on it. Just my :2cents: !

aunaptural
05-30-2009, 08:58 PM
I have read that water can leach chemicals out of PVC pipes and they can end up in your final product. I have seen recommendations for using just a plain watering hose that says safe for drinking on it. Just my :2cents: !
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Great point! Yea, the debate is still on about whether or not PVC (and other plastics) should be used. The PVC piping does technically say safe for drinking water on it when you purchase it - which confuses matters even more. At this point, I&#39;ve yet to find any conclusive evidence to strongly convince me one way or another. As for the watering tube used in other SIPs, I would recommend using landscaping or aquarium tubing for its flexibility. But, if you use Scrills&#39;s version, I&#39;m sure the PVC supports could be subbed with other (safer?) plastics.

Scrills
05-31-2009, 02:40 AM
thanks for the heads up. also, be careful with the plastic bottles because i have the same about those.

I used PVC 1) for support 2) that&#39;s what pipes that carry the water are made of. I figure it was safe.

Honestly, i have so many plants that I am at the point that I am just ready to plant everythng in the ground. I can never get around to finishing all the containers!!!

apb1172
06-09-2009, 05:58 PM
Well, I now have a teeny little garden on a bench in my living room! Over the weekend, I planted two kinds of basil, oregano, pineapple mint (smells sooooooooooo goooooooooood!), yellow bell peppers and jalepenos. I also grabbed a wandering Jew house plant because it was just sooooooooo pretty. However, I am already tired of being called anti-semetic for using that name...

I grabbed these cute little painted buckets from the dollar section at target. I was psyched until I saw that they were from china. Now I am afraid that I might have bought buckets with lead paint on them. I know I am paranoid, but china&#39;s track record recently hasn&#39;t been that great. Well I planted them in there anyway! LOL When I go home tonight, I&#39;ll post up my pics.

Man I wish I had a little space for some SFG. Now that I know what it is, I am so jealous that I can&#39;t do it!

Scrills
06-24-2009, 04:14 PM
Hey ladies. how are your gardens coming along.

I had a little problem with overwatering (I wasn&#39;t trusting the system that I made) and I lost a couple of things. Now things are looking much better. All that rain and hot weather is really helping.

I posted new pictures on my blog today.

http://paperchaise.wordpress.com/2009/06/24/garden-day-87/

apb1172
06-24-2009, 05:56 PM
Holy buckets girl! That is a container garden if I ever saw one and it looks great! I am so jealous! And I love the herb garden idea! I might have to try that one day soon I was thinking about using two liter bottles though.

ETA: I just noticed that every post I make in this thread I say I am jealous! I really need to look into some gardening alternatives...LOL

apb1172
06-25-2009, 11:36 PM
HAHAHA!!!! I found two teeny tiny jalepenos on my plant today...

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I thought I did something wrong to them when I transplanted them. They just didn&#39;t seem to do anything but lean towards the sun. But I guess I was just impatient. I just moved them to a different window to get as much sunshine as my stupid apartment will allow them. I am so excited! I hope they grow grow grow!

Scrills
06-27-2009, 12:19 PM
HAHAHA!!!! I found two teeny tiny jalepenos on my plant today...

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I thought I did something wrong to them when I transplanted them. They just didn&#39;t seem to do anything but lean towards the sun. But I guess I was just impatient. I just moved them to a different window to get as much sunshine as my stupid apartment will allow them. I am so excited! I hope they grow grow grow!
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Congrats. your plant is looking great!!!!

apb1172
06-27-2009, 01:27 PM
Thanks! I am resisting the urge to name them! LOL I realized this week too that part of the slow growth may be because I am not fertilizing them. So I am off to get some today. I am also getting another house plant too and I am so excited! It&#39;s a spider plant and I remember having several of them at home growing up. Pics will be forth coming.

BTW Scrills, I love your blog!

aunaptural
07-03-2009, 07:56 PM
My poor peppers and Fairy Tale eggplant were infested with aphids. I lost all the leaves and flowers I had on them. Got some Ecosense (I think that&#39;s what I got) spray and went to work on those dreadful buggers. The eggplant is starting to grow back, but it&#39;s slow going over on my balcony. Two of the four peppers are making a comeback.

I&#39;m concerned with the wacky weather we&#39;ve had here in Indiana lately. Lots and lots of rain with very little sun followed by a heat wave of 90+ temps for a week, then temps in the low 60s with lots of clouds. It&#39;s starting to feel like summer again today so I&#39;m hoping things will turn around. Last year around this time, I had tons of ripe cherry tomatoes. This year? Not so much. The plants are healthy and growing, there are several flowers and little green tomatoes, but nothing big is happening. Maybe I had beginner&#39;s luck last year?

I&#39;ll plant some organic Mr. Stripey plants I got for free from my school&#39;s Horticulture department in regular containers and see how they do. I don&#39;t know if it&#39;s the lack of sun, the sub-irrigated method, or remnants of my former brown thumb that are working against me. Pictures to come soonish.

Scrills
07-04-2009, 05:12 PM
I also had to use EcoSense. i really like that stuff. it worked well for me. Good luck!

Weather is pretty much the same here. the plants should dry out so they should be in good shape after a week a sun. i wouldn&#39;t worry about it to much. I am just basically sitting back this week. They have enough (rain) water to last them for awhile. I&#39;m starting to see tiny tomatoes and peppers on my plants. Sounds like we are all in the same boat

apb1172
07-04-2009, 06:15 PM
Well I went and done it ya&#39;ll! I bought $70 worth of books! Who needs a library right? I HATE HATE HATE having to give books back so I buy them. I bought...
You Grow Girl
SFG
The Vegetables Gardener&#39;s Bible
Carrots Love Tomatoes
The Complete HOuseplant Survival Manual

Not so much! Should keep me busy learning for a while.

August 22 is the Parade of Community Gardens in my town. I can&#39;t wait! There are 7 that are walking distance from my house, not to mention the ones that I know are there but not participating. Hopefully I can find one with some space in it for me next year. Keep your fingers crossed.

Lastly, I said I would post up pics of my new plants so here they are...

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My Spider plant. I have since learned that I probably put too many in one pot so I am looking for something to repot this one in.

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Dracnae. This is a fresh cutting. I hope it takes. It isn&#39;t looking the best right about now but I have hope...

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Snake plant or Mother-In-Laws Tounge. This was two cuttings chopped up to make a bunch of roots hopefully...

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Golden Porthos. Again, I hope that it makes roots. It is still looking pretty good right now.

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My wandering jew plant.I potted it in a mop bucket! LOL

Thanks for looking!

chachadiva
07-06-2009, 09:41 PM
Sounds like you&#39;ve got the gardening bug. I have a ton of books. Looks like you&#39;ve got some good stuff going. Please keep us updated on the new plants. I love the idea of starting plants from cuttings.

apb1172
07-16-2009, 01:33 PM
They are all here!!!!! I am so excited they arrived three days early! Here they are for your viewing pleasure!

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Not your grandma&#39;s gardening book! Not sure how I feel about this one yet. Full of fun ideas to make your garden cute, but...

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Not sure where I&#39;ll ever get to put this to use, but I have the book therefore I have hope!

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This book reminds me a lot of Bountiful Container. Both with the growing info and the plant info. This is the one that made me decide that I really don&#39;t need more books than the ones I have right now.

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Not as pretty of a book as I would like, but certainly full of a TON if information. I am so glad that I have this one NOW as opposed to planting next spring and buying it then.

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b400/apb1172/c7fed1a2.jpg
TONS of info on TONS of plants! However, my peace lily and my corn plant are both dying anyways. I MUST repot that lily tomorrow and I think I am gonna just soak my corn plant in water and see if it comes back. Well thanks for looking!

Scrills
07-28-2009, 01:25 PM
Hey ladies. How are things going


I updated my blog with some new pics the other day. My tomatoes had blossom end rot (lack of calcium/lime) but they are much better now. Everything is basically coming up. I ate a couple of strawberries, my zucchini are getting huge, I have tiny cucumbers, my peppers and peas are really started to take off.

This is all so exciting!!!

Scrills
08-03-2009, 02:00 PM
I think i saw a FREAKING GROUNDHOG in my garden yesterday. This is not good!!!