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BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

March 14, 2009
9:53 PM

Post #6267115

Just had to have this on its own. 75 bean plants growing on 1 sq foot print of earth. I will post pics every couple of days up and including harvest with yield.

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BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

March 14, 2009
9:56 PM

Post #6267124

Here it was Feb 18th

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BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

March 14, 2009
10:01 PM

Post #6267144

OMG I just realized that there is 7 pots on this stack. I planted 5 seeds in each pouch. THAT MAKES 105 BEAN PLANTS, NOT 75 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

March 14, 2009
10:03 PM

Post #6267153

Here's a pic on 3/5

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Devota
Johnson City, TN
(Zone 6b)

March 14, 2009
10:36 PM

Post #6267269

You make us proud, son.
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

March 14, 2009
10:51 PM

Post #6267331

I really try !!
Pugzley
Lake Elsinore, CA

March 14, 2009
11:58 PM

Post #6267588

That's how many rows of beans? LOL!

Ray_Der_Phan

Ray_Der_Phan
Oceanside, CA
(Zone 10a)

March 15, 2009
1:01 AM

Post #6267835

HOLY! That's what I'm talking about! You'll soon be buried in beans. I have many questions about these stackers so I'm glad you made a thread.

1. Could I put them on my deck, instead of using the pole in the ground? How sturdy are they? Could they topple over easily without the pole?

2. How do you water them? Just pour from the top and it runs down?

3. I would love to get 2 of them. One for more bush beans and one for strawberries. How much does one setup cost?

Everybody's stacker pics are blowing my mind. I can see me trying a couple this year and then next year have about 15 setup lol
Devota
Johnson City, TN
(Zone 6b)

March 15, 2009
1:02 AM

Post #6267846

Hey, Ray, check out Jaywhacker's threads on this forum. He has some neat setups on platforms and has really got into this big time. D

Ray_Der_Phan

Ray_Der_Phan
Oceanside, CA
(Zone 10a)

March 15, 2009
2:01 AM

Post #6268197

Quoting:Hey, Ray, check out Jaywhacker's threads on this forum. He has some neat setups on platforms and has really got into this big time. D


Oh I have seen a few...he's a Vertical Garden master.

I should have probably searched my questions but I got lazy...alcohol will do that :)
joy112854
Crestview, FL

March 15, 2009
2:49 AM

Post #6268435

Bob: You have DMail and so does TPlant I need the answer yesterday!!!!
joy
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

March 15, 2009
5:28 PM

Post #6270877

Ray_Der_Phan

Answers:
1.Jaywhacker does deck grow poles. I would worry about them toppling over without some sorta support

2. Yes

3. http://www.instagarden.com , EZGro.com are two places you can get stacking planters
joy112854
Crestview, FL

March 15, 2009
5:35 PM

Post #6270912

Bob: You know the NJ self watering ones for my deck are on my wish list for next Spring, along with a dwarf tangerine tree, dwarf lemon tree, dwarf lime tree, dwarf pomegrante tree and possibly a dwarf fig. I plant to keep them potted up on the deck. In June, my brother is going to dig up one of the scuppernong white grapes from down at my daddy's place for me, the old folks used to make suppernong wine from the grapes in this area; but, I love those huge white grapes for snacking on.
joy
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

March 15, 2009
8:05 PM

Post #6271523

That all sounds great !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
gardenglory
Gainesville, FL
(Zone 9a)

March 15, 2009
10:52 PM

Post #6272251

OK, now I have got to have some of those. I never thought about beans.
Devota
Johnson City, TN
(Zone 6b)

March 15, 2009
11:00 PM

Post #6272298

gardenglory, I love my EZGro but those new stackers Bob has look even better for veggies.
gardenglory
Gainesville, FL
(Zone 9a)

March 15, 2009
11:20 PM

Post #6272378

does bob sell them
Devota
Johnson City, TN
(Zone 6b)

March 15, 2009
11:28 PM

Post #6272422

He does. Go to his marketplace or to http://www.instagarden.com

My garden has already got nto my pocketbook a lot this spring but come summer I will be ordering some of those. Check them out. D

Gymgirl

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

March 16, 2009
5:38 PM

Post #6275878

Bob,
Your large stacker ad says it can accommodate up to 6 per pole, however, you have 7 in the pic. Was' up?

LMK

Ray_Der_Phan

Ray_Der_Phan
Oceanside, CA
(Zone 10a)

March 16, 2009
6:42 PM

Post #6276136

Quoting:
Answers:
1.Jaywhacker does deck grow poles. I would worry about them toppling over without some sorta support

2. Yes

3. http://www.instagarden.com , EZGro.com are two places you can get stacking planters


Thanks for the answers. Liking the Veggie Producer the best. I'm thinking of only stacking 3-4 of them. Or I may try to rig something on my deck to keep them from toppling over.
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

March 16, 2009
8:21 PM

Post #6276571

Linda,

The one with seven is the small 12 inch one, silly

BocaBob

Gymgirl

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

March 16, 2009
9:59 PM

Post #6276909

You're growing 105 bean plants in the small 12 inch one? WOW. I'm planning on sowing cowpeas at the end of April (first time). Will they do what yours are doing in the 12 inch? Do I need separate planters or can a mix them together, keeping one variety per level (eg., All purple hulls in one level, all Lady cream peas in the next level, etc.)? LMK soonest, so I can start saving up some more $$$.
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

March 16, 2009
10:40 PM

Post #6277118

Mix and match as you please. I'm not sure about cow peas, never grew them.
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

March 17, 2009
7:56 PM

Post #6281433

as of 3/17

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BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

March 17, 2009
7:57 PM

Post #6281436

another angle

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BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

March 19, 2009
11:31 PM

Post #6291864

Here it is today after 30 straight hours of rain.

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BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

March 19, 2009
11:33 PM

Post #6291870

another view

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Devota
Johnson City, TN
(Zone 6b)

March 19, 2009
11:51 PM

Post #6291949

Bob, that last view looks like some little beans are making in there.
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

March 20, 2009
1:01 AM

Post #6292304

It's getting ready to bean away !!
joy112854
Crestview, FL

March 20, 2009
1:28 AM

Post #6292405

Have ya'll seen the new edition of Gardener's Supply? They have self watering troughs in there and even a self watering vegetable garden, can you imagine? Hmmmm...no Joyce, you can't afford right now, now Joyce you cant' afford right now, rats!
joyce
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

March 20, 2009
1:30 AM

Post #6292414

I'll have to check that out
joy112854
Crestview, FL

March 20, 2009
3:20 AM

Post #6292971

Bob: It has an 8 gallon reservoir and you can plant quite a bit in it also. I will have to try the square footers I have first this Spring to see how they do; as they are the same wicking system as those and not really a bad price. They have self watering deck plant holders but they are high priced and only attatch to one size deck rail, not mine I'm afraid. LOL
joy
gardenglory
Gainesville, FL
(Zone 9a)

March 20, 2009
1:30 PM

Post #6294295

I wish Bob could come up with a cheaper version of the conversion kit. Twelve bucks isnt much, but I have at least a hundred daylily pots that this would be just the thing for.
Devota
Johnson City, TN
(Zone 6b)

March 27, 2009
3:34 PM

Post #6327146

Okay Bob, waiting for news of the "bean pole." It has been a week. D
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

March 27, 2009
3:47 PM

Post #6327212

tonight
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

March 28, 2009
12:10 AM

Post #6329118

From 2/18 to 3/27 (5 weeks growing) they are starting to flower!

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BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

March 28, 2009
12:11 AM

Post #6329121

Here they are

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joy112854
Crestview, FL

March 28, 2009
12:56 AM

Post #6329282

Bob: Beautiful.
joy
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

March 28, 2009
1:05 AM

Post #6329319

I just noticed in the picture how green the grass is right under the stacked planters. The overflow contains fertilizer and the grass must love it.
Devota
Johnson City, TN
(Zone 6b)

March 28, 2009
1:28 AM

Post #6329433

Thanks Bob. When will they be ready to pick?
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

March 28, 2009
1:43 AM

Post #6329501

Will start pickin in less then 2 weeks. Then I will keep track of the weight of the entire harvest.
shuggins
Houston, TX
(Zone 9b)

March 28, 2009
1:24 PM

Post #6330851

I am new to this forum, but I love this idea. Once it fills in, it looks so attractive. So what kind of pole does it require and where would I find one? I put in a 4 x 4 raised bed this year to start growing veggies, this would be a great use of space. Could summer squash be grown in this set-up or would that be too heavy? How about cucumbers? Sorry if these questions are answered somewhere else.

TIA
KathySEFL
Delray Beach, FL
(Zone 10a)

March 28, 2009
1:52 PM

Post #6330915

Ooo, thanks for posting over in beginning gardeners. I love the set up. I can't wait to read about what else you are growing so I can follow along. Did I miss this info? What type bean are you growing?

Kathy
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

March 28, 2009
4:15 PM

Post #6331486

hi shuggins,

I used a 5/8 steel rebar for these 12 inch pots. Grow anything you want. Vining veggies will grow down and sprawl if that fits into your scheme. I haven't tried a bush variety of squash, they are very big and might not work.
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

March 28, 2009
4:19 PM

Post #6331501

KathySEFL,
Those a Blue lake Bush String Beans. Right now in my stacking planters i'm growing beans, cantelope, honeydew, collards, romaine lettuce , black eyed peas(thanks to Karen), trying tomatoes and peppers, and English Peas
gardenglory
Gainesville, FL
(Zone 9a)

March 29, 2009
12:12 PM

Post #6334621

We had a wicked storm last night...was thinking about Joy.
Washed away alot of pollen but broke a couple of my tomatoe plants. Hope everyone in its path is ok. You would sure know it this morning if you have a roof leak. I have lived in FL almost my whole life...love the thunder. That was in the top two of what I have ever heard.
joy112854
Crestview, FL

March 29, 2009
4:51 PM

Post #6335672

Garden Glory: I was left stumbling in the dark, my daughter took off to Orlando and I was just getting out of the shower when the electric went, and of course, every single flashlight in the house's battery was dead and I can't see at night. Managed to fumble around and get dressed and then out to my brothers for a flashlight, when I got back, the lights were back on. We are supposed to get more of the same Monday; but today the sun is shining, so this evening out go some more plants and hopefully, will have everything done this week.
joy
2busygardening
Dade City, FL
(Zone 9a)

March 29, 2009
7:29 PM

Post #6336348

Bob: I am going to try the beans in my stackers, but I can't wrap my brain around tomato plants in them. How does that plant get it's support? Or does it hang like the topsy turvey (or whatever they are)? I'm confused when it comes to the larger plants.

You've inspired me with the beans!
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

March 29, 2009
7:34 PM

Post #6336372

2busy,

The tomato and pepper plants are definetely a experiment. No telling what will happen, but I'm going to let them just grow down the stacker and see what happens.
2busygardening
Dade City, FL
(Zone 9a)

March 29, 2009
7:46 PM

Post #6336445

Ohhh, sounds like a fun experiment. Keep us posted with pictures.
joy112854
Crestview, FL

March 30, 2009
2:06 AM

Post #6338218

Bob: What if the tomato winds up wearing the stacker as a fancy hat? I often pictured the watermelon doing that with the EB.LOL
joy

Gymgirl

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

April 1, 2009
5:26 PM

Post #6350141

D, Jay, et al.

I came up with this. LMK what ya'll think. It's a vertical grow pole "shelf" for containers from 1-5 gallons.

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Devota
Johnson City, TN
(Zone 6b)

April 1, 2009
7:01 PM

Post #6350672

Hey, Ggirl, your just like American Express...you're everywhere I want to be. That is a great idea, by the way. Dmail him girl.
joy112854
Crestview, FL

April 2, 2009
6:35 AM

Post #6353475

Gymgirl What would you plant in them?
joy

Gymgirl

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

April 2, 2009
5:22 PM

Post #6355027

Joy, probably anything I already plant in a 5-gallon bucket that grows shorter than a tomato vine!
Devota
Johnson City, TN
(Zone 6b)

April 2, 2009
5:37 PM

Post #6355083

You know, children, [smirk] that we hi jacked Bob's dedicated thead.
Sorry Bob.

Gymgirl

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

April 2, 2009
6:22 PM

Post #6355237

Sorry, Bob...
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 2, 2009
9:04 PM

Post #6355881

It's OK everybody, it is time to post another pic of the bean pole anyway.

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BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 2, 2009
9:06 PM

Post #6355893

here is a close up (wrong)

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BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 2, 2009
9:06 PM

Post #6355896

here it is

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Devota
Johnson City, TN
(Zone 6b)

April 2, 2009
9:09 PM

Post #6355908

Bob! Beautiful! from Feb 18th to April 2 ...6 weeks give or take? And you could start picking, oh Wow!!
joy112854
Crestview, FL

April 3, 2009
6:48 AM

Post #6358058

Bob: Nice, my plants are getting bushy too; but that is because of the nonstop rain we have had all week here, can't even dart out between the drops. It's supposed to let up tomorrow and the next day; but then right back to it again. Hmmm, maybe I should put the toms out of the greenhouse? Hmmm, maybe not?
joy
Pugzley
Lake Elsinore, CA

April 3, 2009
3:36 PM

Post #6359210

Bob, there's more beans in that picture than I got last year off my spitermite ridden plants. Looking good!
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 5, 2009
6:33 PM

Post #6367952

OK The harvest begins !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just for fun I picked the first 10 beans from the Bean Pole. They weighed in at 1.4 oz. The tally begins today. Let's have a contest. Whoever comes closest to the total poundage of beans harvested from the 100 plant Bean Pole wins a prize. The prize is the same set up to grow the 100 plants - 7- 12inch NJ Stacking Planters.(you supply the 4 ft rebar). Reply to this thread with your username and guess. Good luck to all.

BocaBob
Devota
Johnson City, TN
(Zone 6b)

April 5, 2009
6:53 PM

Post #6368036

Bob..I'm guessing 75 lbs for the whole harvest. Devota
OCCAROL
Santa Ana, CA
(Zone 10b)

April 5, 2009
7:03 PM

Post #6368069

Bob...I'm guessing 87 lbs.

Carol
Pugzley
Lake Elsinore, CA

April 5, 2009
7:11 PM

Post #6368091

I'm guessing 42 pounds of beans.

Pugzley
joy112854
Crestview, FL

April 5, 2009
7:11 PM

Post #6368092

Sniffles, I can't participate as I don't have any stackers. No fair. LOL
joy
darkmoondreamer
(Karen) Frankston, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 5, 2009
7:14 PM

Post #6368108

50 lbs.
darkmoondreamer
(Karen) Frankston, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 5, 2009
7:15 PM

Post #6368111

Joy you doofus, the prize IS the stackers, LOL!
Jaywhacker
Kerrville, TX

April 5, 2009
7:27 PM

Post #6368165

Pugzley done stole my guess of 42 lbs. This ain't fair. I think this game is rigged!!
Pugzley
Lake Elsinore, CA

April 5, 2009
7:43 PM

Post #6368218

LOL! Jackwhacker, I did it scientificlike. I figgered that with BB's calculation of 1.4 oz. for 10 beans, that would be right about 100 beans plus change to a lb. And then I imagined BB's nimble fingers picking off beans to the tune of thousands and that made me figger that BB's fingers would fall off at right about the 4200 or so mark. That's how I picked my number.

kathy65468
Eunice, MO
(Zone 5b)

April 5, 2009
8:03 PM

Post #6368294

My guess is 93 pounds. I sure would like that stacker.
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 5, 2009
8:06 PM

Post #6368307

I can see this is going to be fun !!!!!!!!!
kathy65468
Eunice, MO
(Zone 5b)

April 5, 2009
8:19 PM

Post #6368342

I wasn't sure it was serious in the first place LOL. Has your scale been certified and calibrated? I want a fair contest here ROFL!
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 5, 2009
8:56 PM

Post #6368465

It's new, does that count?
Jaywhacker
Kerrville, TX

April 5, 2009
10:58 PM

Post #6369066

Bob...if you keep this up, you may prove that stacked container gardening is the most cost effective and productive way to garden. I can think of some advantages:

1. Gardeners with smaller spaces can make use of this system.
2. Gardeners with some physical limitations can use this system. Less bending, stooping, kneeling and heavy weight lifting.
3. Watering system simplified either manual or automatic and uses much less water.
4. Can garden intensively and use succession sowing to increase production.
5. Stacking pots made of a material that may never wear out.
6. Coir based grow mix is reported to last 5 to 10 years with proper care.
7. Easily combined with other methods of gardening.
8. Can be and should be used with the type of soluable fertilizer that contain all necessary nutrients.
9. Simplified technique using free draining grow mix, Proper fertilizing and good watering schedule. Beginners make fewer mistakes.
10. Faster growing and lusher plants.
11. Vertically mounted stacked pots eliminate some of the problems with ground type insects such as cut worms, slugs, snails, etc.
12. No ground diseases. No worry about clay soil, sandy soil, nematodes, grass and weeds in the grow beds, cat poo, dog poo, and maybe best of all, less chance of salmonella from cow and horse poo.
13. easily covered to protect from frost which can allow extended seasons.

I gotta quit...my fangers are tard...but whats not to love!
virginbred
Edisto Island, SC
(Zone 8b)

April 5, 2009
11:31 PM

Post #6369234

is this from beginning pick to last pick of the season on these beans??? just trying to get a time frame here...virginia
virginbred
Edisto Island, SC
(Zone 8b)

April 5, 2009
11:45 PM

Post #6369296

62.5 lbs of beans for total harvest of this bean pole...
tubbytee
Ames, NE
(Zone 5b)

April 6, 2009
12:27 AM

Post #6369458

63 was my guess from the start..And that is my final answer...
virginbred
Edisto Island, SC
(Zone 8b)

April 6, 2009
12:51 AM

Post #6369571

LOL...TUBBEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! dang it now i feel as if i've been on price is right!
chris_lcf530
Peachtree City, GA
(Zone 7b)

April 6, 2009
1:18 AM

Post #6369653

I wonder if the winner is the closest person, "without going over" ? LOL
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 6, 2009
2:33 AM

Post #6369991

Sorry, I fell asleep (senior citizen cat nap)

Virginbred - yes, 1st pick until no more to pick, most bush beans mature in a short grow cycle
Jay - you're hired
chris- number please, without going over !!
LynnPhillips
Buckley, WA
(Zone 7b)

April 6, 2009
5:44 AM

Post #6370736

My guess is 101.5 pounds

Gymgirl

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

April 6, 2009
5:52 AM

Post #6370746

Gymgirl guesses 87.75 Lbs. Total harvest.
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 6, 2009
9:57 PM

Post #6373993

Today's harvest 5.2 oz It's ramping up

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BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 6, 2009
9:58 PM

Post #6373999

Here's today strawberry pickins Sunny, 90 degrees, 30 mph winds

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chris_lcf530
Peachtree City, GA
(Zone 7b)

April 6, 2009
10:05 PM

Post #6374029

Ok, I was gonna wait a month before I guessed, (LOL) but my guess is 30 lbs.

I want those strawberries, they look delicious!
I am an official "coco-nut"
I just ordered coco coir from Bob for my new stackers! Cant wait to get started!
chris
Chainsaw
Bethlehem, GA
(Zone 7b)

April 6, 2009
10:49 PM

Post #6374219

Hi Bob, my guess is 96.7 pounds. My garden is getting ready to begin. They are calling for flurries here tonight. Sheesh... Susan aka Chainsaw (the Dog)

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Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

April 6, 2009
10:54 PM

Post #6374238

Syrumani's guess is 73.5 pounds.
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 7, 2009
12:27 AM

Post #6374756

Here she is today

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BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 7, 2009
12:28 AM

Post #6374763

One more- a close up

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mom2goldens
Carmel, IN
(Zone 5b)

April 7, 2009
1:54 AM

Post #6375273

Too fun! I can only hope my beans look half as good when it finally gets warm enough to plant. I'm going to guess 37 pounds.
goldfinch4
Ripon, WI
(Zone 4a)

April 7, 2009
3:36 PM

Post #6377482

I'm guessing 85 lbs. Thanks Bob for this fun contest. Will be really interesting to see the end result!
kathy65468
Eunice, MO
(Zone 5b)

April 7, 2009
3:44 PM

Post #6377541

yes, it will. I am very anxous to know the eventual yield of this expeiment. If the yield is good, I may have to sell the cow for stackers! Ooops I already sold the cow. I will find something to sell!
2busygardening
Dade City, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 7, 2009
5:13 PM

Post #6377910

Ha, this number just popped in my head. 101. I wasn't even going to do this, but the number just came to me. We'll see.

I never win anything so I was just going to watch.

This message was edited Apr 7, 2009 1:14 PM
kathy65468
Eunice, MO
(Zone 5b)

April 7, 2009
5:24 PM

Post #6377968

I really want a set of those stackers, but I am possible even more interested in the yield. Common sense tells me it cannot work very well. Roots need more room than that. The pictures show that common sense is not working. Obviously the plants are thriving. The final test is the yield.
Devota
Johnson City, TN
(Zone 6b)

April 7, 2009
5:44 PM

Post #6378040

Me thinks the roots are under the stacker middles. eh? And they may not need as mch room since they can stretch out to their heart's content in the coir.
kathy65468
Eunice, MO
(Zone 5b)

April 7, 2009
5:52 PM

Post #6378071

I have not had the opportunity to use coir. I would like to try it sometime. I wish that I could get some locally. It is on my wish list. I will order some as soon as I can. It sounds like a good growing medium from everything that I have read about it.

Gymgirl

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

April 7, 2009
5:52 PM

Post #6378073

Um, D,
I think you should share your design in public on the "Self-Contained" forum...

Gymgirl

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

April 7, 2009
5:54 PM

Post #6378083

Kathy#####,
As I was planting out this weekend, the more aggravated I got with the the potting mix collecting under my fingernails, the more I vowed, "I'm using coir next time!"
kathy65468
Eunice, MO
(Zone 5b)

April 7, 2009
5:58 PM

Post #6378095

I hear ya on the "under the fingernails"! Gloves bog down with the weight of the dirt so they are no help. Loss of dexterity is not bad enough with gloves and then they get covered with dirt to make it worse. I always laugh at Martha and her pretty clean gardening gloves. Coir is definitely high on the wish list.
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 7, 2009
7:42 PM

Post #6378474

I think I'm the only male gardener with clean fingernails and smooth skin thanks to the coir. I used to put hand cream on every night because my skin would crack. Kathy I would take advantage of the special price of $5.95 right now if you want to try it?
Pugzley
Lake Elsinore, CA

April 7, 2009
7:43 PM

Post #6378476

I've been using surgical gloves. But the sweaty squishing sound is getting on my nerves.
kraehill
Muscoda, WI
(Zone 4b)

April 7, 2009
7:50 PM

Post #6378514

Tplant, are you saying coir has a special price of $5.59? Could you please direct me to that source?
KRae
kathy65468
Eunice, MO
(Zone 5b)

April 7, 2009
7:52 PM

Post #6378527

Funny that you should mention the $5.95. I was looking at it on the 5th. Until I go back to work, I can order nothing. Don't you love the way employers can work it so their employees do not qualify for unemployment? I have been working only 4 day a month all year. I should be hearing from job possibility by the end of this week or beginning of next week. Coir is on the list after paying my mechanic and catching up on a few other things. Mechanic is coming today to work on my van. Ignition switch went out over the weekend. The blessed man is willing to wait for payment. There better be a special place in heaven for folks like him.
Devota
Johnson City, TN
(Zone 6b)

April 7, 2009
7:58 PM

Post #6378560

Okay Tplant. What do you know that we don't know?? I just checked at the IG site. didn't see any specials there like that. ???
kathy65468
Eunice, MO
(Zone 5b)

April 7, 2009
7:59 PM

Post #6378565

LOL you started something. I was assuming the reference was to the free sample for $5.95 shipping.
Devota
Johnson City, TN
(Zone 6b)

April 7, 2009
8:02 PM

Post #6378572

oh..[sigh...dissappointment...]
kathy65468
Eunice, MO
(Zone 5b)

April 7, 2009
8:04 PM

Post #6378580

I definitely have to try something that gets that quick an interest in a special!

Gymgirl

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

April 7, 2009
8:05 PM

Post #6378587

D,
You've got mail!
Jaywhacker
Kerrville, TX

April 7, 2009
9:34 PM

Post #6378955

You two got two many secrets.
chris_lcf530
Peachtree City, GA
(Zone 7b)

April 7, 2009
9:56 PM

Post #6379111

Yeah, I agree. LOL
I just paid the sale price of 9.95. I was very happy.
Cant wait to get my 4 blocks of coir.
Devota
Johnson City, TN
(Zone 6b)

April 7, 2009
10:21 PM

Post #6379230

We're just sayin good stuff about you Jman
bseward
Kilmarnock, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 8, 2009
1:42 PM

Post #6381656

Okay, I'll take a shot and guess 58 pounds. Betty

Gymgirl

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

April 8, 2009
1:43 PM

Post #6381663

Yeah, Jay, talkin' 'bout you! It's a surprise!
fbded
Huntsville, AL
(Zone 7a)

April 8, 2009
2:03 PM

Post #6381741

I guess 66 lbs
Annie

Ray_Der_Phan

Ray_Der_Phan
Oceanside, CA
(Zone 10a)

April 8, 2009
3:58 PM

Post #6382182

I have no clue, but I'm gonna guess lower than most...24 lbs.
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 9, 2009
1:10 AM

Post #6384363

Today's harvest 8.5 oz (a 1/2 pound) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Everybody has one chance to change their guess.
darkmoondreamer
(Karen) Frankston, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 9, 2009
2:20 AM

Post #6384682

I think I will change mine to 35 pounds
Devota
Johnson City, TN
(Zone 6b)

April 9, 2009
2:53 AM

Post #6384815

New and final guess...51.5 lbs. Devota
tubbytee
Ames, NE
(Zone 5b)

April 9, 2009
3:46 AM

Post #6385010

I must say I'm hesitant but my new guess is 44 lbs

Gymgirl

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

April 9, 2009
1:52 PM

Post #6386073

New and FINAL guess is...26.75 lbs. (Gymgirl)
shuggins
Houston, TX
(Zone 9b)

April 9, 2009
5:20 PM

Post #6387191

54 lbs. is my guess. I don't think anyone had that one, but if so, just let me know.

Thanks!
rtl850nomore
Glendale/Parks, AZ

April 9, 2009
9:00 PM

Post #6388130

30 lbs
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 9, 2009
11:58 PM

Post #6388875

6.6 oz picked today To date 1 lb 5.7 oz
Dave67
New Port Richey, FL
(Zone 9b)

April 10, 2009
2:51 AM

Post #6389641

What an interesting thread... I'd like to guess 22.6 lbs.
But I hope you get a ton! :~)
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 11, 2009
8:29 PM

Post #6396481

7 oz picked today total to date: 1 lb 13 0z
Jaywhacker
Kerrville, TX

April 11, 2009
9:58 PM

Post #6396746

Awww, come on Bob!!! Pour more fertilizer on them beans. The stress is beginning to get to me.
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 12, 2009
1:37 AM

Post #6397563

I'm out there every night begging that bean pole to get going.
kathy65468
Eunice, MO
(Zone 5b)

April 13, 2009
3:47 PM

Post #6403707

Come on Bob I am not impressed yet! I have gorwn beans and yours are laying down on the job. Get out there and tell 'em to get busy!
Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

April 13, 2009
4:45 PM

Post #6403987

Them's fightin' words . . .
joy112854
Crestview, FL

April 13, 2009
4:49 PM

Post #6404011

Bob: I'm guessing 101 pounds.
joy
Jaywhacker
Kerrville, TX

April 13, 2009
8:47 PM

Post #6405067

I think what you planted was them "French Fillet" beans and you are out there stumbling around in the dark talking to them in an off version of English with a south Florida drawl. It aint working, Bob.
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 13, 2009
10:36 PM

Post #6405524

Thanks Jay!!!!. I'm goin picking tonight so we'll see.
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 13, 2009
11:41 PM

Post #6405781

Ok !!!! Today's harvest 1 lb 4 oz (see Jay, talking to them works)

Total to date 3 lbs, 1oz

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BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 13, 2009
11:43 PM

Post #6405791

Just had to throw this pic of the cuke I just picked

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Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

April 13, 2009
11:45 PM

Post #6405800

I wish my cucumbers would start growing . . . :-)
2busygardening
Dade City, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 14, 2009
1:35 AM

Post #6406364

101 is already taken Joy. Sorry, don't mean to steal your thunder.
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 14, 2009
1:58 AM

Post #6406532

Here is the guess list so far:

darkmoondreamer 35
Pugzley 42
Devota 51.5
tubbytee 44
Jaywhacker ?
chris_1cf530 30
Gymgirl 26.75
goldfinch4 85
Syrumani 73.5
Occarol 87
Kathy65468 93
Virginbred 62.5
LynnWeidman 87.75
Chainsaw 96.7
Dave67 22.6
rtl850nomore 30 (You need to re-guess)
Shuggins 54
Ray_Der_Pham 24
fbded 66
bseward 58
2busygardening 101
joy112854 101 (you need to re-guess)
moms2goldens 37

23 lucky contestants so far

This message was edited Apr 13, 2009 10:08 PM
mom2goldens
Carmel, IN
(Zone 5b)

April 14, 2009
2:03 AM

Post #6406544

BocaBob--you missed my guess of 37 pounds (on 4/6/09). I want to win those stackers!! LOL
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 14, 2009
2:09 AM

Post #6406578

sorry, just added you in.(maybe a lucky omen?)
Jaywhacker
Kerrville, TX

April 14, 2009
3:29 AM

Post #6406949

I had 42 but Pugzley stole it. But that's alright, she and I will just divide the stacker pots evenly if we win. Lets see...seven pots...I get 4 and she can have 3. Thats fair.
Devota
Johnson City, TN
(Zone 6b)

April 14, 2009
3:30 AM

Post #6406952

You already have all the pots in potland now Jay.
scicciarella
Mona in Metcalfe, ON
(Zone 5a)

April 14, 2009
3:39 AM

Post #6406987

that is such an amazing idea where did you get the pots
Pugzley
Lake Elsinore, CA

April 14, 2009
5:18 AM

Post #6407294

No, Jaywhacker, you have to cut that odd pot in half for it to be fair.
katiebear
mulege
Mexico

April 14, 2009
5:57 AM

Post #6407336

My guess is 117# but I think the total will be higher.

katie

P.S. A cashew nut tree which I started from seed last year is blooming!!!
mcrochet
Marilyn Glen st. Mar, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 14, 2009
11:16 AM

Post #6407607

I'm guessing 81.5, don't know why that number, but I sure would love to have a set of those stackables. I have them on my wish list now. going to talk my sons into buying me some, I hope. going to talk anyway. lol Here in n.e. florida where my soil is nothing but clay, these would help out greatly in growing lots of things.
Is beans all you have grown in them?
BocaBob I love reading your posts.
scicciarella
Mona in Metcalfe, ON
(Zone 5a)

April 14, 2009
11:17 AM

Post #6407610

that is amazing I have never heard of a tree blooming in one year they usually nut and fruit trees take minimum 3 to 5 years to bloom
scicciarella
Mona in Metcalfe, ON
(Zone 5a)

April 14, 2009
11:19 AM

Post #6407616

I am going to see able finding them in my area I think I have seen them before
but I would only put two seeds in each one and thin down to one with so many you must have to fertilize often to keep the plants happy
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 14, 2009
12:27 PM

Post #6407825

mcrochet

Currently in stacking planters I am growing Lettuce, bush beans, purple bush beans, black eyed peas, English peas, collars, tomatoes, peppers, strawberries, cantaloupe, and watermelon
scicciarella
Mona in Metcalfe, ON
(Zone 5a)

April 14, 2009
12:43 PM

Post #6407902

that is amazing will have to get lots of them since my vegi garden needs to much work to plant there this year the neighbor had his water problems fixed and he is draining it all into my backyard lol vegi garden I tried to talk to him and he dont care so I had to contact the city to have an engineer come out since I am not going to tolerate my property getting flooded by his ignorance

so this year we will just plant next to the house in a much smaller area so I am going to need some way of planting more in less space and that looks good to me
joy112854
Crestview, FL

April 14, 2009
1:20 PM

Post #6408032

Alrighty, I will just have to go with 103 then, is that number ok?
I got lots of confidence in Bob.LOL
joy
Devota
Johnson City, TN
(Zone 6b)

April 14, 2009
1:29 PM

Post #6408059

Mona, more with less is always better. Just ask Bob. His space isn't huge but I'm guessing he has veggies enough to give away or even sell at the farmer's market. That put us all on the "cutting edge" of growing veggies.
virginbred
Edisto Island, SC
(Zone 8b)

April 14, 2009
1:38 PM

Post #6408097

katiebear "P.S. A cashew nut tree which I started from seed last year is blooming!!!"

i would love to see pics of this tree if you can post them...so interesting!!! virginia
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 14, 2009
2:20 PM

Post #6408286

But those pictures belong in the Fruit and Nut thread as you are getting off subject and sort of taking away from the bean bets!
scicciarella
Mona in Metcalfe, ON
(Zone 5a)

April 14, 2009
2:51 PM

Post #6408464

my guess is 138 pounds
saltmarsh
Water Valley, MS
(Zone 7a)

April 14, 2009
5:45 PM

Post #6409163

Nice looking beans, Bob. My guess is 31 and 1/4 pounds, if that is OK.
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 14, 2009
9:24 PM

Post #6410293

This is what it is all about !!!!!! Dinner that didn't have to be bought at the grocery store. The tomato is the first one of my 3rd planting since last August. (More beans to pick tonight off the bean pole)

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tubbytee
Ames, NE
(Zone 5b)

April 14, 2009
10:03 PM

Post #6410487

One to beam to Bob's house Scotty..LOL
Looks yummy..
joy112854
Crestview, FL

April 14, 2009
10:43 PM

Post #6410654

Bob: I love that pepper that is one huge one for sure and so shiny too. Man, I hope I get some peppers this season.
joy
Jaywhacker
Kerrville, TX

April 14, 2009
10:48 PM

Post #6410674

This is a little off topic, however, some have asked what can be planted in stackers so here is a picture taken out of my kitchen window. A bird planted a sunflower in the top pot of one of my stackers and you can see it standing proud and blooming. I have already harvested radish and bok choi and some green onions off that stack and it is still providing a batch of chard about once a week plus the top pot has some Bijou sweetpeas draped down from it for some pretty and stink. Basil is good to add to a stack for the fragrance and pest repelling. Im posting this to show that I agree with Bob that you can stack much more in these stackers than most people think. The trick is the right grow mix and the right water/fertilizer program and they will really produce for you.

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joy112854
Crestview, FL

April 14, 2009
10:55 PM

Post #6410697

Jay: What a lovely set up and what a bunch of plants you have there. I'm watering the old fashioned way this season, the grow bags anyways, as I'm using Bob's fertilizer in a 2 gallon watering can this time, I don't mind as it gives me time to also look for those nasty horned catepillars. Saw my buddy the wasp though, so he is looking for them too. LOL
joy
scicciarella
Mona in Metcalfe, ON
(Zone 5a)

April 14, 2009
11:19 PM

Post #6410811

how much do these pots cost you have so many of them and where did you get them since I would love to use them for vegies this year
beakerlj
Galien, MI

April 15, 2009
12:15 AM

Post #6411056

Hi, I'm going with 56 pounds. I know, there are a few close to that, but I'm sticking with it anyway. :-) By the way, are we using "the price is right" rules, of the closest without going over, or just the closest?

Scicciarella, there is a link to instagarden earlier in the thread. He sells them there. The average price I've been seeing them for is about 60-70 for a tall stack - exact number depends on how shallow or deep the trays you get are. You can get individual trays for around 15? They do look awesome, don't they? I'm looking for excuses to get some.
kathy65468
Eunice, MO
(Zone 5b)

April 15, 2009
12:17 AM

Post #6411063

I have lots of excuses to get some. I am just looking for the cash. LOL
scicciarella
Mona in Metcalfe, ON
(Zone 5a)

April 15, 2009
12:40 AM

Post #6411180

my biggest excuse is that the back garden is not ready to plant this year and the space I have that can be used is to small lol and I refuse to go without my beans
kathy65468
Eunice, MO
(Zone 5b)

April 15, 2009
12:45 AM

Post #6411214

That is a pretty good reson which is so much better than a good excuse!
joy112854
Crestview, FL

April 15, 2009
3:33 AM

Post #6412028

Kathy: I hear you there, got lots of ideas here about what I can do with them; but no cash right now either. (sniffles).
joy
beakerlj
Galien, MI

April 15, 2009
4:30 PM

Post #6414049

We need to find someone with a batch of them willing to barter with what we have in our garden or house! Can you imagine the frantic swapping? LOL
joy112854
Crestview, FL

April 15, 2009
6:14 PM

Post #6414527

Beaker: I will have lots of tomatoes, I have 38 plants, 14 varieties of those. And if that tomato tree plant is half as good as they advertise, they say it is supposed to grow 8 ft tall, produce 60 lbs of tomatoes weighing at least 2 lbs each, my daughter will just have to set up a vegetable stand. LOL
joy
beakerlj
Galien, MI

April 15, 2009
8:33 PM

Post #6415114

skip the stand - set up a deal with a local restaurant. 2 lb tomato's will cover a lot of burgers! lol
scicciarella
Mona in Metcalfe, ON
(Zone 5a)

April 16, 2009
12:55 AM

Post #6416303

that is what the local growers do they have deals with the local restaurants and grocers for local produce
darkmoondreamer
(Karen) Frankston, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 16, 2009
2:13 AM

Post #6416694

Quoting: Tplant: you are getting off subject and sort of taking away from the bean bets!


This is a dedicated thread for Bob to keep up with his bean count and stacking pot with beans progress, and for us to vote for a chance to win the prize he has offered. It has already been requested once by Tplant that members quit hijacking this thread, and I think it show the utmost in disrespect that it has continued on, but some members either don't know what thread hijacking is or they can't resist selfishly doing it on countless threads across the vegetable forums. I can explain by Dmail if anyone needs to know why serial hijacking is disrespectful and disruptive.
joy112854
Crestview, FL

April 16, 2009
4:21 AM

Post #6417265

I'm sorry didn't mean to hijack any thread or be rude in any way, just having conversation with others. Please forgive us ok darkmoon and TPlant and Bob?
joy
scicciarella
Mona in Metcalfe, ON
(Zone 5a)

April 16, 2009
11:56 AM

Post #6417750

sorry
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 16, 2009
2:18 PM

Post #6418302

I'm going to take a shot at the amount of beans that will be picked
and I figure about one to two pounds per plant or so. This is allowing for any mishaps. I have watched the bean farmers down here and my guess would be 94 pounds and that is more than enough for any family.

Hey Bob? How about awarding a coir sample to the winner or closet guess??
Devota
Johnson City, TN
(Zone 6b)

April 16, 2009
2:24 PM

Post #6418328

Yeah, Bob, what Tplant said?
darkmoondreamer
(Karen) Frankston, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 16, 2009
2:48 PM

Post #6418436

Thanks Joy and Mona, let's hope our guesses win the stackers!
Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 16, 2009
4:05 PM

Post #6418749

108 pounds
kilone
Keller, VA

April 16, 2009
7:35 PM

Post #6419590

my pick is 92 lbs
beakerlj
Galien, MI

April 16, 2009
10:54 PM

Post #6420461

my apologies, also, for going off thread with the restaurant thread. I'll address those by dmail. At the time, I thought it was a selling point to get more people to buy the towers, thus connected to the bean pole topic.
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 16, 2009
11:14 PM

Post #6420544

Tplant said "Hey Bob? How about awarding a coir sample to the winner or closet guess??"

Done !!!!
scicciarella
Mona in Metcalfe, ON
(Zone 5a)

April 17, 2009
12:12 AM

Post #6420825

ok so what is the total on the beans so far ???????
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 17, 2009
12:15 AM

Post #6420843

Harvested these today 2 1/2 lbs

Total harvest to date 5 lbs 9 oz

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scicciarella
Mona in Metcalfe, ON
(Zone 5a)

April 17, 2009
12:18 AM

Post #6420855

I would love some fresh bean right now lol wont be for another two months thanks for posting the total
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 17, 2009
12:24 AM

Post #6420885

They look delicious! I love fresh beans picked straight from my garden. What a difference in taste! You have to try it to believe it...Yummy!!
scicciarella
Mona in Metcalfe, ON
(Zone 5a)

April 17, 2009
12:58 AM

Post #6421059

I love bush and pole beans grow both every year and yes it is the best way to have them
joy112854
Crestview, FL

April 17, 2009
2:17 AM

Post #6421509

Bob: Are those bush beans? How long from planting til harvest and do you have any pics of the plants itself? I'm curious cause I'm growing bush means myself and would like to see how they are supposed to look.
joy
scicciarella
Mona in Metcalfe, ON
(Zone 5a)

April 17, 2009
2:38 AM

Post #6421661

usually about seven to eight weeks for bush and 12 weeks for pole beans

Ray_Der_Phan

Ray_Der_Phan
Oceanside, CA
(Zone 10a)

April 17, 2009
2:45 AM

Post #6421705

TPLANT...
Quoting:I'm going to take a shot at the amount of beans that will be picked
and I figure about one to two pounds per plant or so. This is allowing for any mishaps. I have watched the bean farmers down here and my guess would be 94 pounds and that is more than enough for any family.


1-2 pounds for a plant? OMG! My guess was wrong then :( I've never grown Bush Beans before(only poles). I was guessing 3-5 ounces a plant...

I love this experiment! Win or lose it's gonna help my garden next year. Thank you BB! When it's all said and done. There's no way I expect 20 lbs. of beans from 20 plants. I'm hoping for 3 pounds :)
kathy65468
Eunice, MO
(Zone 5b)

April 17, 2009
2:53 AM

Post #6421771

Beans are the mainstay of winter eating for families that depend on the garden. They are very productive! 20 plants will keep you in beans all winter.
drsaul
Hereford, TX
(Zone 7a)

April 17, 2009
3:28 AM

Post #6421934

I have to get in on this...I'm gonna guess 102lbs
joy112854
Crestview, FL

April 17, 2009
3:52 AM

Post #6422017

Scicciarella: Thank you.
joy
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 17, 2009
8:22 AM

Post #6422578

Joy,

There are so many plants growing together I can't show you how they look by themselves. I am growing some purple bush beans in indvl conatiners, so I'll take some pictures this weekend.
joy112854
Crestview, FL

April 17, 2009
3:20 PM

Post #6423706

Bob: Thanks, this is a first for me with the beans and just was curious what to look for on how they were supposed to look. This is going to be an adventure in itself.
joy
darkmoondreamer
(Karen) Frankston, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 17, 2009
9:39 PM

Post #6425269

Quoting:Scicciarella: Thank you.
joy
Joy what did she do, did I miss something?

My 24" stacker pots were full of planted peas and beans that rotted due to the cold snaps and wet and cloudy weather. I had to replant all yesterday. I hope they resprout and give me a good yield like Bobs...
joy112854
Crestview, FL

April 17, 2009
11:19 PM

Post #6425618

Darkmoondreamer: She gave me an estimate time of how long it takes for bush beans to go from plant to beans. This is my first time growing them and asked earlier up.

The cold snap destroyed my okra, my cukes and my melons. I have more cukes, okra and corn going on right now; will start my melons over next week.
joy
darkmoondreamer
(Karen) Frankston, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 17, 2009
11:23 PM

Post #6425626

Ah, I see...I was just telling Bob that next year I will be more patient and wait on planting all of my veggies, including those beans I lost. Maybe if mine produce good I will keep a count on what Bob's 24" will produce.
joy112854
Crestview, FL

April 17, 2009
11:26 PM

Post #6425641

darkmoondreamer: I fully intend to start next year and use the greenhouse, that way I have a jump on the season, got a heater now and the electrical outlet is fixed. Will still have to wait on the fussy vegs though, such as okra, corn, peppers and eggplants. LOL
joy
kathy65468
Eunice, MO
(Zone 5b)

April 17, 2009
11:38 PM

Post #6425685

We have all lost seedlings because we tried to get an early start and a cold snap took them away. I am sorry for your loss of all of that time. It can be disheartening.
2busygardening
Dade City, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 18, 2009
12:53 AM

Post #6426037

Bob: some of those look like yellow wax, are they or are they just a different shade. I'm just wondering about picking time and the difference. I was expecting all the same color. This is my second year, but I wish I had done them in my stackers instead of strawberries that are too late. I'm itchin to just chuck the berries and plant new beans just to see what will happen, but the berries are still somewhat producing (although I forget to pick them) and I think it's too late to plant from seed here.

Gymgirl

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

April 18, 2009
2:10 AM

Post #6426318

Ok. Don't know who's in this thread now, but trying to fill my seed swap orders tonight and need those tiny brown envelopes. I'm in the CVS pharmacy this minute N they don't have em. Where ya'll buy em? Sorry for hijack. SOS!
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 18, 2009
2:13 AM

Post #6426330

I must have planted some yellow wax . It's that half timers, ya know !!!!!!
joy112854
Crestview, FL

April 18, 2009
2:26 AM

Post #6426372

Gymgirl: Staples or Walmart's perhaps??
joy
2busygardening
Dade City, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 18, 2009
4:33 AM

Post #6426709

mmmmm, love wax.
2busygardening
Dade City, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 18, 2009
4:35 AM

Post #6426714

Bob: I'm in zone 9. Just north of Tampa. Do you think it's too late to start a stacker like this bean one? I'm really thinking about emptying one of the strawberry stackers and trying.
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 18, 2009
10:36 AM

Post #6427151

Beans grow fast, The Florida Vegetable Gardening Guide (Univ. of Florida) says you have till the end of April to plant beans. Go for it.
2busygardening
Dade City, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 18, 2009
2:16 PM

Post #6427727

Great!!! thanks.

Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 18, 2009
3:21 PM

Post #6427945

Bob --- You read my mind! Because of my late start I was wondering but yesterday planted eight Tendersweet Bush Beans in one EB of course with your coir. I still can't get over the lightness and ease of moving my coir EBs from last season even though they were hydrated as I never let my EBs dry out even when not in use. The coir looked exactly like the day I first put it in and absolutely no odor. Great stuff...(Still cleaning up the area after the construction.)
tubbytee
Ames, NE
(Zone 5b)

April 18, 2009
4:17 PM

Post #6428105

Ted show us your progress pics..!!!

Tubby
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 19, 2009
12:20 AM

Post #6429739

Harvested today 1 lb 3 oz

Grand total 6 lbs 12 oz

Here is a interesting factoid

High yield, low maintenance. Bush beans grow upright and do not require staking. If picked on a daily basis, they yield about 7 lbs. in 2-3 weeks from a 15 ft. row, 150 seeds, sows a 25 ft. row.

I planted 100 seeds, so it looks like I should only harvest about 7 1/2 lbs. Does that sound right?

scicciarella
Mona in Metcalfe, ON
(Zone 5a)

April 19, 2009
12:26 AM

Post #6429770

if that is all then those plants are not producing to well I usually get about 1 1.5 pounds per plant if I pick them everyday since they will keep trying to make seeds which is not
happening when picked everyday
Jaywhacker
Kerrville, TX

April 19, 2009
1:03 AM

Post #6429920

Me and pugzley got it figgered. You are gonna pick exactly 42 lbs...or else!
scicciarella
Mona in Metcalfe, ON
(Zone 5a)

April 19, 2009
1:08 AM

Post #6429950

I already picked so that is what I am in for no changing picks hahahahah
darkmoondreamer
(Karen) Frankston, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 19, 2009
3:07 AM

Post #6430454

Aw come on Mona, we can't change them again now? LOL!
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

April 19, 2009
2:36 PM

Post #6431906

Hi tubbytee --- I will take pictures as soon as I clean-up a little more. I'm taking a break today even though I'd love to be working out there but I must not overdo it. The lighter EBs, that is lighter than previous years because coco coir is far lighter than Jungle Growth, have made my work much easier and with all health problems that I have it does make a difference.
tubbytee
Ames, NE
(Zone 5b)

April 19, 2009
6:56 PM

Post #6432804

Ted okay I'll be patient..When you post the pic's best do it on another thread..There is a lady sheriff from Texas..She might throw us in the huwsgow .. LOL
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

April 19, 2009
8:15 PM

Post #6433124

Wow, that looks like a great system!

If you're still taking guesses, I'll guess 99.

I liked 42 (the "ultimate answer" LOL) and 101 ("a hundred and one pounds of fun!"), but those were taken, so I went with 99 since 9 is a lucky number for me. (Which is to say, this was not a scientific guess in the slightest!)
NinasMom
Hinesville, GA
(Zone 8b)

April 22, 2009
3:11 PM

Post #6447322

I have been reading this thread everyday. And I finally decided that I am going to take a guess at how many pounds of beans you are going to harvest. I do not know anything about "normal" yields for the beans (Since this is my first year growing a garden). I am thinking that each plant should produce 1.5 lbs, and that some plants are going to do better. So I am going to say 137lbs.
kraehill
Muscoda, WI
(Zone 4b)

April 22, 2009
3:28 PM

Post #6447422

I'm going to guess 88 unless someone already has. C'mon beans!
Hpyndixie
Summerville, SC
(Zone 8a)

April 22, 2009
3:43 PM

Post #6447504

OK, I've been "stalking" your bean stalk thread...LOL. Very interesting thread. I want to throw in my guess of 21. Probably way under but thats my guess.
Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

April 27, 2009
10:26 PM

Post #6471856

Do we have any more pix or updates, or have I missed the end of the experiment?
scicciarella
Mona in Metcalfe, ON
(Zone 5a)

April 27, 2009
10:32 PM

Post #6471887

how many pounds so far ???????
Dave67
New Port Richey, FL
(Zone 9b)

May 5, 2009
12:23 PM

Post #6506461

Hey Bob, how are those beans doin?
scicciarella
Mona in Metcalfe, ON
(Zone 5a)

May 5, 2009
12:33 PM

Post #6506497

yes dear we need an update on those beans
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

May 5, 2009
1:21 PM

Post #6506666

Final count and winner tonight
DonShirer
Westbrook, CT
(Zone 6a)

May 5, 2009
1:34 PM

Post #6506706

I'll sneak in a 47 lb guess before the final bell rings. And I'm still curious as to how often you have to water those stacked pots.
virginbred
Edisto Island, SC
(Zone 8b)

May 5, 2009
5:18 PM

Post #6507642

sooooo...we are going on a little over 1 month of bean pick'en??? is that all it will produce? 1 months worth? i thought it'd be more than that...
Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

May 5, 2009
5:28 PM

Post #6507846

This is my first season growing beans, but I thought they'd at least produce thru summer. But, like I said . . . my first year growing them . . .
2busygardening
Dade City, FL
(Zone 9a)

May 5, 2009
10:02 PM

Post #6509070

They're over??? That was fast.
scicciarella
Mona in Metcalfe, ON
(Zone 5a)

May 6, 2009
12:52 AM

Post #6509957

actually that is the first crop now they will start to bloom again if you water them
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

May 6, 2009
9:20 AM

Post #6511306

OK, here we go.

First of all, I think this thread with 2,822 views so far is so incredible. The interest blows my mind. As far as the results go, I'm disappointed. I barely harvested 10 lbs of beans from 100 plants. But, here are some of my conclusions. Way to many plants in to small an area. The stackers are cemented together with roots. I had to water 3 times a day to keep up with their needs. I fed them 3 times a day too. I had lush plants but not a good yield. I think too much fert. The stackers were so root bound I couldn't see the coconut coir. So, the 7 planters in the stack are great, but I would only plant 1 maybe 2 seeds per planting position. I actually started another stack with 2 (not 5) seeds to compare. That is still 42 plants occupying 1 sq foot of ground space. I know the rule on The Price Is Right is closest but not going over, but we need a winner. AND the winner is ascholz from Summerville, SC with 21 lbs. Please D-mail me to to collect your prize.

Thanks to everyone who got involved in this thread, it has been a lot of fun no matter how many beans I picked, and a great learning experience. My wife and I did can all 10 lbs of beans though.

All the best

BocaBob
tubbytee
Ames, NE
(Zone 5b)

May 6, 2009
10:47 AM

Post #6511384

ascholz Congradulation Lucky Devil...LOL
Thank You Bob... ( I was going to guess 9.9 Lbs.)..LOL
goldfinch4
Ripon, WI
(Zone 4a)

May 6, 2009
11:43 AM

Post #6511477

Congrats ascholz! Bob, this was really fun and so nice of you to offer such a great prize!

Also appreciate you sharing your conclusions. I really thought you would get a much larger yield though.
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

May 6, 2009
12:12 PM

Post #6511549

Let's see what the yield is with only 2 seeds per spot. I also have 3 stackers with one seed per planting spot going. Pics soon.
Hpyndixie
Summerville, SC
(Zone 8a)

May 6, 2009
12:17 PM

Post #6511561

Oh my gosh! I can't believe I won! Yippeeeeeee!!! Thanks Bob for the opportunity.

Amy

Ray_Der_Phan

Ray_Der_Phan
Oceanside, CA
(Zone 10a)

May 6, 2009
1:06 PM

Post #6511767

Congrats ascholz!

I knew I should have come in the last minute and bid 1 pound, "The Price is Right" style lol



This message was edited May 6, 2009 6:21 AM
Devota
Johnson City, TN
(Zone 6b)

May 6, 2009
1:14 PM

Post #6511798

ascholz...congratulations! You won...[I lost.] Somebody had to win. Plant something nice for all us losers. Devota
tubbytee
Ames, NE
(Zone 5b)

May 6, 2009
1:28 PM

Post #6511857

Devota we are not losers...We are wishers & dreamers...LOL
virginbred
Edisto Island, SC
(Zone 8b)

May 6, 2009
1:45 PM

Post #6511947

congrats ascholz!!! and bob, this was a great interactive thread! virginia
saltmarsh
Water Valley, MS
(Zone 7a)

May 6, 2009
2:06 PM

Post #6512044

Congratulations Amy.
Devota
Johnson City, TN
(Zone 6b)

May 6, 2009
2:40 PM

Post #6512190

tubbytee, ok ya'll aren't losers...but I Lost! Waaaa
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

May 6, 2009
2:46 PM

Post #6512219

Congratulations to both of you! Although the beans did not produce as much as we all had hoped it taught me and all of us a valuable lesson. The coir works but do not over crowd your plantings as all this will do is to make them compete against each other at the cost of production.
Meanwhile I've not been posting lately because I am so involved with the re-landscaping of my home and the $811.00 repair bill for my car but " I'LL BE BACK! " LOL
Jaywhacker
Kerrville, TX

May 6, 2009
4:20 PM

Post #6512627

Shucks...I sure hate to lose that bet...I could have used some more stackers.

2822 viewers to this thread is amazing. Wonder what the record is?

Bob...are you planting in the "self-watering" type of pots or the flow through kind?
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

May 6, 2009
5:42 PM

Post #6512996

Somebody needs to tell us if it's a record. By the way it's up to 2,912. I planted those beans and the new bean stacker in the original flow through ones.

Ray_Der_Phan

Ray_Der_Phan
Oceanside, CA
(Zone 10a)

May 6, 2009
5:50 PM

Post #6513017

Probably a record for the Self-Contained Box Garden forum. But this thread has 5,000+ views http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/370312/
Hpyndixie
Summerville, SC
(Zone 8a)

May 7, 2009
3:17 AM

Post #6515391

thanks ya'll!!!
darkmoondreamer
(Karen) Frankston, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 7, 2009
4:02 PM

Post #6517304

Way to go Amy! I'm jealous!
tubbytee
Ames, NE
(Zone 5b)

May 7, 2009
5:51 PM

Post #6517686

Amy ya all be careful ifin ya has to travel into Texas..
Deputy Karen might just cuff you up to get even...LOL
beakerlj
Galien, MI

May 7, 2009
6:30 PM

Post #6517896

Hmm, this is starting to make me think of that previous thread about how someone's containers got stolen right off their porch. Those towers are looking awful tempting! lol Sometimes ethics are annoying. ;-)

Whoops, off thread...stopping now.
Hpyndixie
Summerville, SC
(Zone 8a)

May 8, 2009
12:17 AM

Post #6519275

I just heard from Bob and my prize is on it's way..I will post pictures here after I get them planted...may just have to try some beans myself. ;-)
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

May 8, 2009
3:32 PM

Post #6521754

ascholz -- Yes do try the beans. Mine have taken off like "gangbusters" if
you know what I mean. I've always had excellent results in EBs and this time they are really doing well. I have them on Bob's auto irrigation system and can't wait for my first batch. It is hot out but they seem to love it. Average temp in upper 80's but no rain in weeks.
Devota
Johnson City, TN
(Zone 6b)

May 8, 2009
3:55 PM

Post #6521856

Ted, are your "gangbusters" in the stackers?
Tplant
Pembroke Pines, FL
(Zone 10a)

May 8, 2009
4:28 PM

Post #6522021

No they are in one of my EBs. I've not had much of a garden this season as the construction made my melon planting etc. fall way behind schedule and the vast majority of my time is being taken by my re-landscaping work but I promise it will look great when I'm finished in a week or so although we gardeners are really never finished! My melons are struggelinng with the heat as they are still seedlings and very susceptible to the heat as I did not plant them until after our planting season but I'd thought I'd try. Just a little to hot for seedlings.

This message was edited May 13, 2009 11:11 AM
Hpyndixie
Summerville, SC
(Zone 8a)

May 12, 2009
11:23 PM

Post #6540788

I GOT MY STACKERS TODAY!!! THANKS BOB!

They are sooooo coooool! I love the color too, it's kind of a greenish blue (at least in the house lighting). I have some of Bob's coco coir and perlite ready to go! Now I just have to decide what to plant.

Amy :-)

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