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BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 20, 2008
8:39 PM

Post #5577237

I have to start a thread on this forum because this will be the only place Tplant hangs out. LOL

BocaBob

Planted broccoli seedlings I started today

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BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 20, 2008
8:40 PM

Post #5577245

Cabbage seedlings here

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BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 20, 2008
8:41 PM

Post #5577252

pepper plants I started indoors outside today. Cover will go on tomorrow

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BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 20, 2008
8:44 PM

Post #5577266

Bush beans here, planted seed in EB 4 days ago. No going to cover these and feed with nutrient water with top sprayers. Experiment

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BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 20, 2008
8:45 PM

Post #5577274

I'm sneaking in this picture of my Romaine Lettuce I planted outside today. Started seeds inside 4 weeks ago

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BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 20, 2008
8:48 PM

Post #5577283

Here is my first planting of tomatoes, started from seed 4 weeks ago. Self-contained box garden? Sort of

BocaBob

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BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 20, 2008
8:50 PM

Post #5577289

EB's lined up ready to plant

Bye for now

BocaBob

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IO1
Waaaay Down South, GA

September 20, 2008
9:32 PM

Post #5577413

Bob ... I'm soooo jealous!! Do I understand correctly that you plant your plants and then put your covers on? I usually cover my boxes and make the cuts putting the plants in the holds. Either way, this is very difficult. Any suggestions?
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 20, 2008
10:04 PM

Post #5577525

IO1 - I do it both ways. Just whatever mood I'm in. I planted the cabbage and broccoli today with the covers on first, then slit the holes. But as you saw, the peppers I'm doing it the other way. I guess putting on the covers first really is the proper way.

Bob
fbded
Huntsville, AL
(Zone 7a)

September 20, 2008
10:31 PM

Post #5577609

101,Bob
I put my plants in first tnen the cover because my hands
are to clumsy to put them in with the cover on. It is the only thing
I really have trouble with, with the EBs.

Annie
IO1
Waaaay Down South, GA

September 20, 2008
10:39 PM

Post #5577652

Yep, that's kinda hard for me to ... but the good weighs out any difficulty. :)
Moonglow
Corte Madera, CA

September 20, 2008
11:25 PM

Post #5577847

bob, nice set up. i'll be brave to say that i like the "look" without the cover...

other than no need for herbicides and protection from rain or drought, what does the cover do?

thanks!
Spider07
Lilburn, GA

September 20, 2008
11:43 PM

Post #5577901

tomatoes and lettuce in the autumn?!?!

sorry, i am a foreigner and I thought you only plant tulip bulbs at this time fo the year...

Hi Susan, I am sooo happy you got the forum started. Thank you very much. I have a lot to learn.:o)
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 20, 2008
11:45 PM

Post #5577906

Moonglow - The cover protects the fertilizer strip from washing away to quickly. It's supposed to last all season. The cover also really helps with water evaperation. Also spash back of the mix on the plants during a heavy rain. But I like the look also.

BocaBob
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 20, 2008
11:51 PM

Post #5577922

Spider07 - That's right!!! Down here in Zone 10a, our vegetable growing season is beginning, and we have 9 full months to play, with the best growing conditions next to California.

BocaBob
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 20, 2008
11:55 PM

Post #5577933

The cover prevents weeds, keeps in moisture and gives protection from certain insects plus keeps animals out. Cats, etc.

Bob -- I grew some delicious broccoli a couple of seasons ago and will again when they finish the construction around me. Till then I'm limited to space and that is where the EBs excel . Less room but more production.
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 21, 2008
12:04 AM

Post #5577976

T- glad you chimed in. We all need your expertise on EB's

Bob
IO1
Waaaay Down South, GA

September 21, 2008
12:10 AM

Post #5578003

Hi Spider!
It's good to see you ... and as for the forum ... I couldn't have done it without all the input from everyone else. Tplant has tried to do this before. I think the DG membership has gotten larger, or maybe the interest in EB's has grown because we've watched him grow all his goodies? Yeah, that's it! I've been green with envy! Grin! Now that we have our own forum, he can share his knowledge and experience with us ... and it can finally all be in one place. :)
Moonglow
Corte Madera, CA

September 21, 2008
12:12 AM

Post #5578007

Thanks, Bob. Thanks Tplant. I am trying to locate a thread where T discussed potting soil to use with EB's. That's very helpful info.
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 21, 2008
12:28 AM

Post #5578088

Moonglow -- use any quality potting mix. Miracle-gro is probably the easiest to find as it has the largest distribution area but I prefer Jungle Growth, Sta-Mix, Farfard. Stay away from anything that says soil and read the labels and instructions on the back of the bag as some will say "not for containers."
Moonglow
Corte Madera, CA

September 21, 2008
1:09 AM

Post #5578292

Awesome! Thanks, again. The EB set up is soooooo easy. That is a definite PLUS.

Off to HD I will go after church tomorrow to check out what seedlings are available.
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 21, 2008
12:55 PM

Post #5579754

Moonglow - Don't forgot the dolomite lime in the organic section. They have pure dolomite in 5# bags and also 10-10-10 fertilizer in the 40 lb sack. It is a general fertilizer and can be used anywhere if you are not organic. I'm not with some exceptions. Your EB did come with set-up instructions didn't it?
Moonglow
Corte Madera, CA

September 21, 2008
3:16 PM

Post #5580295

Thanks, Tplant. I have my short list now.

My EB came with instructions, a pouch of dolomite, and 7-7-7 fertilizer. I love the casters.

I sure hope Tplant threads will be moved here. They are excellent references.
Spider07
Lilburn, GA

September 21, 2008
3:41 PM

Post #5580393

Wow, Leetomkatebob, I had no idea you can grow veggies anywhere in the winter, except greenhouses.

Susan, can you grow them in the autumn as well as you are down south from me?
IO1
Waaaay Down South, GA

September 21, 2008
5:11 PM

Post #5580667

Spider,
We're more limited than Tplant as our growing season isn't as long? I'll be trying some spinach and other greens this year for sure.

Tplant, my EB's are sitting out there empty ... I've pulled my tomatoes now What else can I do? Remember, there are no plants at any of the local box stores here so will have to grow from seeds? Have I waited too late? I just don't know.
~Susan
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 21, 2008
6:34 PM

Post #5581010

Don't know? When is your first frost date? You will need at least 90 days to grow to maturity so I would think you are to late for now!
IO1
Waaaay Down South, GA

September 21, 2008
7:14 PM

Post #5581154

Tplant, my last frost date is 10-26. Even if I protect them with a cover ... no veggies?
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 22, 2008
1:34 PM

Post #5584293

Cabbage and broccoli would do OK but thin leaf spinach would freeze up. Can you find any nurseries with seedlings already started or it will be to late. We used to grow the above including cauliflower till November on Long Island, NY.
IO1
Waaaay Down South, GA

September 22, 2008
5:09 PM

Post #5585209

No, haven't seen any plants anywhere. Guess that should be a sign. Honestly though, Lowes and HD stopped selling plants here in Aug. :-( Any they had, you sure didn't want to buy. They were disgraceful!
joy112854
Crestview, FL

October 6, 2008
1:18 AM

Post #5637427

LeeTomKateBob: Ok, I notice that you have these hose like things going into the boxes, are they automatically watering the box or what? I notice that Earth box sells these, are they easy to use? How do you use them and what for? Am all ears and eyes here.
joy112854
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 6, 2008
3:19 AM

Post #5637885

joy112854 - Yes, Earth Box sells a self watering system. I can't afford it, so I built my own. I bought at Home Depot a Orbit battery timer, some 1/2 inch polly hose, a connector for a garden hose and the poly pipe, some 1/4 inch poly hose, and some 1/4 inch vinyl couplers also a 15psi reducer for your water spiget. All of this is in the sprinkler dept at Home Depot or Lowes
rutholive
Tonasket, WA
(Zone 5a)

October 6, 2008
1:45 PM

Post #5638850

I think you people in the south are going to have to carry the forum pretty much until Spring comes to us in the north. Most of my gardening from now on will be in the gh or my plant room in the house. 32 degrees outside right now at 6:45 am.

Donna
joy112854
Crestview, FL

October 6, 2008
3:52 PM

Post #5639373

leetomkatebob: Apparently you have plumbing experience? I don't, I love it when you men know how to make complicated things and then act like they aren't. LOL The reason I asked is I noticed in the pics you have them and noticed Earth box sells them; have no idea how they work; but am interested in finding out. The Earth box website doesn't explain it or anything. How is it used and does it work and what is it used for? I suspect it waters the earthboxes using a timer? How does it determine how much water to put in each box. I got well water, so, am lucky there right? LOL Do you have a diagram and list of parts and a how to directions for us? I'm definately interested.
joy112854
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 6, 2008
5:51 PM

Post #5639751

I don't think the EB people recommend use with well water as the extra minerals can clog the system. I would not buy it under those conditions!
joy112854
Crestview, FL

October 7, 2008
7:10 AM

Post #5642267

TPlant: I notice all the people who have public water are drinking bottled water these days? Hmmm, wonder why that is? Must be cause if you have your own well water, you can drink it yourself, it's perfectly safe and better for you, no chlorine or other addititives to kill germs and bacteria, it's not needed. Ever smelled city water? Notice that awful smell? Not with my well water, sweet tasting. I used to live in a big city and worked at a water filtration place, where they tested water, you'd be surprised what goes on with public water. Yes well water is hard water and maybe you are right, it might clog. I was really admiring the way he put that thing together there. Innovation is something else isn't it? LOL
joy112854
rutholive
Tonasket, WA
(Zone 5a)

October 7, 2008
2:31 PM

Post #5643023

I have well water, there are four of us using the community well, nice clear water, tastes very good. BUT after a time a white film occurs on the plant leaves. This is a very alkaline area. So tiny holes in a mist system for instance, will after a time plug up. I use rainwater whenever it is available. In our very dry area rain, enough to fill my rain barrel only happens rarely. Right now it is full. That is great until the weather turns really cold then the rain barrel has to be emptied. The trick is knowing when that has to be done.

Donna
joy112854
Crestview, FL

October 7, 2008
9:30 PM

Post #5644296

Is there anyway to get rid of the build of as in cleaning the hoses occasionally?
joy112854
rutholive
Tonasket, WA
(Zone 5a)

October 8, 2008
1:09 PM

Post #5646458

How does one clean hoses
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 9, 2008
11:29 PM

Post #5652721

Took some pics this afternoon:


Dutch greenhouse seedless cukes now 7 feet tall and flowering

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BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 9, 2008
11:31 PM

Post #5652728

My tomato plants (pruned to single stem) lots of quarter size tomatoes already

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BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 9, 2008
11:32 PM

Post #5652732

one little beauty

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BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 9, 2008
11:33 PM

Post #5652737

another view

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BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 9, 2008
11:34 PM

Post #5652740

the corn is doing real well

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BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 9, 2008
11:36 PM

Post #5652749

a Gypsy pepper plant and a Eight Ball Squash plant

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BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 9, 2008
11:37 PM

Post #5652753

Broccoli and Collard Greens

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BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 9, 2008
11:38 PM

Post #5652757

Hydro-stackers ready for the strawberry plants due next month

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BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 9, 2008
11:39 PM

Post #5652759

Gypsy pepper plants in a EarthBox

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BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 9, 2008
11:40 PM

Post #5652766

Bush beans starting to flower

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BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 9, 2008
11:42 PM

Post #5652773

Chinese cabbage seedlings

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BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 9, 2008
11:43 PM

Post #5652780

Romaine lettuce in flat grow bags

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BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 9, 2008
11:45 PM

Post #5652785

Zucchini in a flat grow bag

That's all for now

BocaBob

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Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 10, 2008
12:01 AM

Post #5652857

That is enough!LOL Where do you find all the room? Very ingenius growing systems. The flat grow bags would probably be great for cantaloupes and watermelon as they like to grow high and then work down.
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 10, 2008
12:04 AM

Post #5652869

I got a couple for you if you like!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Moonglow
Corte Madera, CA

October 10, 2008
12:40 AM

Post #5653024

BocaBob, nice Gypsy Peppers and no cover. Why?

I did not cover my EB, too. Experiment.
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 10, 2008
12:41 AM

Post #5653027

Moonglow- ditto
Moonglow
Corte Madera, CA

October 10, 2008
12:50 AM

Post #5653061

Thanks for the quick reply.

We have a pretty moderate climate here in Corte Madera especially this time of year, and I do not think the EB will dry out too fast. I also tried the seed tape for the first time growing across my two (2) tomatoes. No fertilizer strip either. Organic fertilizer mixed in Gardener's Self-Watering Potting Mix (with dolomite).

I'll read the thread again in case I missed the set-up for your Gypsy Pepper Experiment.

If not listed, please enlighten us. Thanks, BocaBob.
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 10, 2008
7:18 AM

Post #5654122

Moonglow- Up the thread on Sept 20th is a brief description of my non-covered EB. It's the pic of the bush beans, but I decided to do the peppers the same way

BocaBob
rutholive
Tonasket, WA
(Zone 5a)

October 10, 2008
1:06 PM

Post #5654587

BocaBob, Nice container gardens you have. Actually I'm kind of glad for respite from gardening now that it is fall. There are enough plants (no veggies) in my little gh to keep me busy until spring seed planting begins.

Donna
Moonglow
Corte Madera, CA

October 10, 2008
2:40 PM

Post #5654938

Cool!
Molamola
Christiansted, VI
(Zone 11)

October 11, 2008
6:26 PM

Post #5659034

Hey, would a toilet assembly ingeniously deployed work for an automatic watering system? I'm thinking a huge water resevoir, like a hundred gallons in a trough form, with several/many boxes of soil lined up on top. I don't know how to describe in words what I have in mind.

I will be building a screen house for my veggies. Rain is not very dependable here, and I have a cistern, very little extra water, especially when weather's dry.
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 11, 2008
6:43 PM

Post #5659096

Molamola -- I think I get the idea and it should work as long as you don't continuously wet the leaves but just the soil. I've been to the Islands several times in my career and as beautiful as they are, fresh water is precious and expensive.
Molamola
Christiansted, VI
(Zone 11)

October 11, 2008
8:37 PM

Post #5659332

Umm, I'm trying to think of a way to have the bottom part, the water reservoir of the EB, refill itself when the water gets low, rather than having a timer. Like a boat's bilge pump has a float switch that turns on the pump when the water gets too high.
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 11, 2008
11:34 PM

Post #5659838

That will work as I knew an individual that used that system for a large HEB. He used to be a member of DG. He used a bilge pump.
tetleytuna
Columbia, MO
(Zone 5b)

October 12, 2008
12:12 AM

Post #5660000

I was intrigued by the hydrostackers so I did a web search. Those things are expensive! Are they worth it?
Molamola
Christiansted, VI
(Zone 11)

October 12, 2008
12:16 AM

Post #5660024

But a bilge pump empties water that's too high. An EB needs the opposite. That's why I thought of a toilet's tank and filling until it's full and then it cuts off.
tetleytuna
Columbia, MO
(Zone 5b)

October 12, 2008
12:25 AM

Post #5660074

MolaMola, what an intriguing idea! I do not see why it would not work if kept somewhere where the water would not get soil in it.
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 12, 2008
1:50 AM

Post #5660427

Yes, I forgot! Here water is plentiful. He would turn on the faucet and when the pump came on he would shut it off. His HEB was 8'X6'. and he had two or three. A very unique piece of work. He even grew pineapples.







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Molamola
Christiansted, VI
(Zone 11)

October 12, 2008
10:54 AM

Post #5661354

I'm thinking 20 X 6. or maybe larger, my entire garden!!
Structure04mt
Webster, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 16, 2008
5:34 PM

Post #5679087

Your water reservoir sounds exactly like a cattle trough. I've set-up more than a few on the farm, and they quite literally use the toilet valve system.
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 16, 2008
10:17 PM

Post #5680257

Boca bob -- How come you decided to leave your EBs uncovered? Doesn't that bring weed and bug problems? Hope you don't mind me referring to you as Bocabob as it is shorter and I think it sounds more elegant and you deserve the recognition after all your accomplishments with your several growing methods. No foolin!! Looking forward to seeing you after my next doctor visit whereas he gives me a shot to alleviate my shoulder pain from osteoarthtitis.
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 16, 2008
11:18 PM

Post #5680501

Tplant- Well here is the story. I wanted to try peppers uncovered and use my top spray watering system to see what would happen. The spray system is fed from a tank with nutrients and water. So far so good- no weeds (maybe because I'm using coconut coir, its weed free by nature), and no bugs cause I spray twice a week. I'm also growing carrots in a uncovered EB the same way. Most of my EB's are covered like they should be. I love the coconut coir as a growing media so much that I'm becoming a dealer. I'm having pallets shipped down here to southern Florida from up north. I'm going to carry three products: 5 gallon grow bags with compressed coconut coir, bulk 5 kg compressed blocks, and 1 meter flat grow bags with compressed coconut coir. I personally am using coconut coir in all my growing systems with great results. Also no need for any dolomite lime because unlike peat mixes, coconut coir has a 5.6 -to 6.0 ph naturally. I'm going to sell all this plus my "Green Thumb Planter" in the Marketplace on this site. BUT I NEED YOU to be my official tester (grower) with my products. I would really like you to grow side by side your jungle growth mix plants with plants in my coir growing systems. PLEASE SAY YES.

BocaBob
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 16, 2008
11:28 PM

Post #5680528

Sure! Glad to help a friend.
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 16, 2008
11:30 PM

Post #5680533

That's just great. I'll let you know when the goodies arrive!!!!
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 16, 2008
11:32 PM

Post #5680538

I'll set it right alongside the EB with the same amount of sun etc. and the same variety.
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 16, 2008
11:37 PM

Post #5680551

You the man
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 16, 2008
11:39 PM

Post #5680557

Maybe Fip would like to experiment too?
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 16, 2008
11:44 PM

Post #5680577

That could be the answer to Flip's problems with the nemotodes in the ground? I bet he would be very interested!

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

October 17, 2008
5:08 PM

Post #5683665

leetomkatebob,
I have two questions about your eBucket. How come you drilled all those holes in the top and them plugged them with the map tube covers? And, would you mind sharing the instructions for your homemade drip system? I'm heading out to HD after work this evening to pick up my potting mix and dolomite lime to plant my Cole crop tomorrow in my 5 EBs. I truly need a drip watering system for my 5 EBs and would appreciate getting all the supplies in one trip. LMK please. Thanks!

Linda
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 17, 2008
8:40 PM

Post #5684334

Linda - The drip system for the EB's is as follows: One Orbit battery operated 2 dial faucet timer, one 25 lb pressure regulator, a garden hose, black or white 1/2 inch poly tubing (funny pipe) 50 or 100 feet, roll of 1/4" vinyl microtubing, one connector(hose fitting) (garden hose to the 1/2 inch pipe, one end fitting (crimps the end of 1/2 inch poly tubing, box of 1/4 inch vinyl couplers.

If you get all that stuff tonight, post that you did here and I'll walk you through the installation if you need me to.

Good luck

BocaBob

P.S. I cut 5 holes in the bucket lid to be able to plant different combinations of veggies, and plug up the rest to protect the fertilizer and keep in the moisture in. For example: 4 lettuce plants around the edge holes with center hole covered or 1 tomato plant in the center and the 4 holes around the edge covered. (where the fertilizer would be). The top and plastic plugs are permanent and do not need replacing like the EB covers do. Notice the 1/4 inch tubing going into the fill tube for automatic watering

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BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 17, 2008
8:58 PM

Post #5684416

Linda - Don't forget to get a hole punch tool also. It's to punch a hole int the 1/2 inch tubing for the couplers. Everything can be bought at HD or Lowes.

BocaBob
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 18, 2008
9:16 PM

Post #5687736

Linda, Did you buy the goodies?

BocaBob
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 18, 2008
10:25 PM

Post #5687909

Here are some pics from today:

The cukes are coming -These are the special greenhouse seeds from Holland. No pollinator needed and all are female. The plants are now over 10 feet tall. The cukes are seedless and about a foot long weighing a full pound at maturity. These ones should be ready in a week.

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BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 18, 2008
10:26 PM

Post #5687913

Here's another shot

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BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 18, 2008
10:30 PM

Post #5687927

These beauties are called Match, a variety from Holland. My tomato plants stand 7 feet tall already. I support them with stem plant clips attached to twine and pruned to a single stem

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BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 18, 2008
10:33 PM

Post #5687947

Here the cukes have reached the top beam of my pool screen so I am training them to run laterally across the beam

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BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 18, 2008
10:35 PM

Post #5687960

Under the lights inside, romaine lettuce seedlings

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BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 18, 2008
10:36 PM

Post #5687970

Here I'm going to see how big the romaine lettuce will grow inside

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BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 18, 2008
10:38 PM

Post #5687987

Here Homestead tomato plants in 5 gallon gow bags with coconut coir will be supported by the famous "Florida Weave"

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BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 18, 2008
10:40 PM

Post #5687990

Here's a closeup showing my self watering top spray setup

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BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 18, 2008
10:42 PM

Post #5688003

Last one for now. Gypsy pepper plants coming along well, all are flowering.

See ya all later

BocaBob

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Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

October 19, 2008
12:39 AM

Post #5688476

Hey Leetomkatebob:
Sorry to be checking in so late, but I've been under the weather today. I did get to Home Depot, and here's what I bought/have:

One VIGORO battery operated faucet timer - waters up to 6x per day(do I need return this and get the Orbit one?)
**100' of 1/2" poly tubing
**50' of 1/4" poly tubing
**Ten (10) 1/4" BARBS (you said couplers) (to connect the 1/4" tubes to the 1/2" poly tubing) -- I will purchase more of these since I forgot about all my eBuckets! How many 1/4' drip lines can I run from one 1/2" tube? I'll have 5-8 EBs and about 4-5 eBuckets in a straight row...
**One garden hose (already have one)

I have to return the backflow preventer (mistaken for the 25 lb pressure regulator; need to buy the connector to attach the garden hose to the 1/2" tubing; need to buy the end cap to close off the end of the 1/2" tubing; and I need to buy the hole punch tool.

I shopped at Home Depot, and it took 45 minutes to gather what I did. Still need to go to Lowe's...

I'll touch base with you tomorrow around 2:00, after church. I Definitely need you to talk me through this (I think!).

Thanks!

Linda

P.S. Minus the $26 I spent for new wagon wheels, this system cost approximately $67 vs. the $100+ for the EB version...

BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 19, 2008
8:27 AM

Post #5689793

Linda - I tried looking up the Vigoro timer, and couldn't find info on it. So I can't comment on it. Keep the back flow preventer(good thing to have anyway) and it is recommended. You probably can supply water to 20 -25 EB's etc with no problem.

See ya later

Bob
rutholive
Tonasket, WA
(Zone 5a)

October 19, 2008
2:20 PM

Post #5690331

BocaBob, Wonderful garden. Our gardening is pretty much over for this season. It is 32 degrees outside right now and may drop another degree. Your cucumbers are beautiful. Are they the burpless type. I have a few fall planted lettuce under Reemay, that I hope to eat for a few days. Congratulations on a great garden, and envy.

Donna
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 19, 2008
3:36 PM

Post #5690576

Thanks Donna, we have a wonderful long growing season down here and I enjoy every day of it

BocaBob

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

October 19, 2008
3:38 PM

Post #5690586

Hey Leetomkatebob,
Headed to HD and Lowe's to get the rest of my stuff, and I'll be back with you at 2:00, ok? I'll have it all lined up for instructions. And I'll have my digital camera ready in case you need to see what I bought.
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 19, 2008
3:57 PM

Post #5690675

Linda, save your fingers alittle and just call me Bob, and I'll check in around 2:00

See ya then

Bob

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

October 19, 2008
5:39 PM

Post #5691017

Bob,
Here's what I have so far. Hope the pics will help:

Here's the timer

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Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

October 19, 2008
5:42 PM

Post #5691024

oops! I'm seeing double now!!! This is getting stressful!

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Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

October 19, 2008
5:46 PM

Post #5691047

The back flow preventer

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Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

October 19, 2008
5:48 PM

Post #5691053

The pressure regulator

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Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

October 19, 2008
5:51 PM

Post #5691066

A connector from something to something else? I don't know what!!!

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Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

October 19, 2008
5:53 PM

Post #5691071

ANOTHER connector that connects something else to the 1/2 hose, maybe??? I DON'T KNOW!!!

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Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

October 19, 2008
5:54 PM

Post #5691074

The end cap to plug up the 1/2 tubing...

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Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

October 19, 2008
5:56 PM

Post #5691078

The 1/4" barbs to attach the 1/4" tube to the 1/2" tubing and drip into the EB fill tubes...

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Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

October 19, 2008
6:00 PM

Post #5691094

Ok. At least the pics are decent...I'm heading to the yard now to start playing with my EBs. Will meet you here for 2:00. Thanks, Bob!
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 19, 2008
6:18 PM

Post #5691157

Linda,I'm back

Bob
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 19, 2008
7:19 PM

Post #5691298

Linda, I've been checking about every 10 minutes. Where did you go? I'm going out for a couple of hours at 4:00.

BocaBob

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

October 19, 2008
7:25 PM

Post #5691315

BOB,
i'm here! having log on issues!

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

October 19, 2008
7:32 PM

Post #5691342

uh oh. I just realized something. We're working in two different timezones...I meant 2:00 HOUSTON time. Which is 3:00 FLORIDA time. I am sooooooooooooooo sorry, Bob...
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 19, 2008
7:37 PM

Post #5691354

No problem. Do you need my help?

Bob

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

October 19, 2008
7:42 PM

Post #5691365

BocaBob!
It's ok. We can rendezvouz maybe tomorrow on my lunch hour at 12:00 p.m. HOUSTON time, which would be 1:00 p.m. FLORIDA time. If not then, I could meet you at 7:30 p.m. FLORIDA time which wolud be 6:30 p.m. HOUSTON time. LMK. I'll check in at work tomorrow.

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

October 19, 2008
7:42 PM

Post #5691371

BocaBob,
YES, I need your help to figure out how these pieces go together.

Linda
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 19, 2008
7:45 PM

Post #5691382

Linda - later tonight would be ok or tomorrow at 7:30 pm Florida time cause I work until 5:00. Your choice.

Bob

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

October 19, 2008
7:46 PM

Post #5691386

Ok. Bob,
What time are you good tonight on FLORIDA time? I'm good tonight between 8-9 HOUSTON time which would be 9:00 FLORIDA TIME. LMK. I'm heading back into the yard. Will check again later.

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BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 19, 2008
7:49 PM

Post #5691396

7:00PM would be good. If you want to call me, feel free at 561-305-8870 I'll check on this site first. It may be easier to do this on the phone.

Bob
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

October 19, 2008
7:58 PM

Post #5691421

9:00 Florida time would be just fine tonight.

Bob
kittyhawk63
Redding, CA

December 10, 2008
4:37 PM

Post #5877944

Bocabob,
Has anyone asked Dave's Garden to reprogram their software to allow posting more photos per message? Ten (10) photos per message comes to mind as being more or less sufficient.
kh

Gymgirl

Gymgirl
SE Houston (Hobby), TX
(Zone 9a)

December 10, 2008
5:07 PM

Post #5878025

Yeah, Kittyhawk63,
I agree with being able to post more than just one pic per post. Even 5 would do it!
Horseshoe
Efland, NC
(Zone 7a)

December 10, 2008
5:13 PM

Post #5878051

It's actually been asked several times in the past. From what I remember Dave said it would take up either memory or bandwidth and slow down the site, especially for dial-uppers (like me!) and he wants to keep this place running as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

A way around it though is to merge your photo(s) into a collage, using your photo program, then post it as one unit.

Shoe
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

December 10, 2008
11:32 PM

Post #5879240

I would love to go another route. I'll try shoe's idea. It's so silly having to post so many times to show a lot of pictures.

BocaBob
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

December 10, 2008
11:48 PM

Post #5879321

But the pictures will be a lot smaller and may not show detail and quality?
Horseshoe
Efland, NC
(Zone 7a)

December 11, 2008
5:37 AM

Post #5880493

I wouldn't recommend collaging ten pics together but two to four will work just fine. Keep in mind that the quality of the original pic is what determines your final quality. I also wouldn't recommend taking a picture of small size then enlarge it or you'll end up with a bit of a blur, but taking a larger pic and reducing it will not hurt the quality and pixels. 640 X 480 picture size is perfect for viewing onscreen and also for emailing, it loads fast and you don't have to scroll back and forth. If you put two of those together DG will resize it for you (unless there have been some changes to that effect).

This is not the best example, mainly becus these pics were taken with a film camera, then they were run thru a scanner and saved as a jpeg, then pasted together, but you can see even with all those steps the quality is fairly good. Using digital pics from the get-go will be much better. (Oh how I long for a digital camera again!)

Shoe

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