Earth Box Woes
Posted: Mon Jul 14, 2008 1:56 pm
I had used the earth box growing system a few years ago and grew fantastic tomatoes. Then I had 4years where my health wasn't too good and didn't use them. This year I has to travel to CA and got back on June 15. A week later I found a guy selling tomato plants, all the commercial place were long sold out. I got a kada (never heard of that one), a sausage tomato and 4 romas and 1 or 2 regular plants. When I got them home and ready to get them out of their little styrofoam cups for transplanting I found that I did not have any of the fabric covers that earthbox uses. So, I used 3 mil thick black garbage bags and tucked them in around the edges with a putty knife and they looked real good. Things progressed and a couple of the plants set blossoms but I noticed that the boxes were using very little water( you fill through a pipe that goes directly to the bottom of the box). The last time I used the boxes I remember how fast the water was used. You had to fill every day. Yesterday I noticed the leaves curling up on several plants so I removed the plastic and covered the soil with a permeable geo-textile fabric. Then I noticed on the package that the fabric wasn't UV resistant so I went out into the yard and removed enough bark mulch and brought it back to my boxes. This morning the plants look a little better. Any thoughts you may have will be welcome.