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Old January 24, 2020   #46
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Default EarthTainer Guide Rev. 3.9

Attached is the Rev. 3.9 Guide. Nothing has changed from this version.


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Old January 24, 2020   #47
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Thanks Raybo,
Do you still recommend Pro-Mix BX or is Pro-Mix HP with more perlite better? I have found here in the Sacramento area, it gets so hot that I have to start a second crop in early July as the temps go above 95, the tomatoes get green shoulders and don't completely ripen. The second crop plants grow well in the heat and then are producing in early September and into November. But my mix is old and I need to rejuvenate and clean all the containers.
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Old January 24, 2020   #48
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Winemaker,


Yes, Pro-mix is still my recommended grow media.


You might want to put up a shade cloth (Coolaroo) above the plants starting in July to shade them from sunscald:


https://www.amazon.com/Gale-Pacific-...9911333&sr=8-2


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duplicate guide removed

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Edit: Guess I should finish reading thecwhole thread...

Try this one - http://www.tomatoville.com/attachmen...2&d=1400600541

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Hi Ray,

What fertilizer are you using in the mix? Also, if you supplement, how often are you supplementing and what do you use?

Your plants are beautiful.
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Hi Barb,


I have been using a generic 10-10-10 fertilizer which seems to be working fine. I also apply a feeding of Fish emulsion a few times during the season.


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Thank you for getting back with me. I've been doing organic fertz and have to supplement fairly quickly and then I supplement with almost every watering the rest of the season.

I cover my screen with shade cloth and there are tons of roots when I empty the box.

Do you think by you closing off the the screen with the weed barrier keeps the fertz available for longer or is it just that the organic is used up a lot quicker?
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This year I have cleaned out and replacing and rejuvenating my grow media. My roll of LandscapePlus 15 just ran out and Lowes no longer carries it. Several of the other landscape fabric products at Lowes and HD have some marginal reviews. Just curious if you have another brand you recommend? Possibly Sta-Green Ultimate or Dewitt 3-Foot by 100-Foot Non Woven 12-Year Landscape?

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Last time I purchased it, was a while ago (300 ft roll). Any brand that is water permeable, except non-woven cloth type should work fine.


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Ray, have you observed any tendency to Water Cracking on especially larger tomatoes. I grew a variety last year that I really like Called Super Fantastic. Maybe I wasn't picking them soon enough. They are a very heavy producer with large tomatoes and I wondered if the Earthtainer with it continuous supply of water was causing the problem or whether they just get ripe, the skin stops growing and the tomato continues to uptake moisture and then cracks.
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I have rarely experienced cracking during the year, as I believe cracking is most likely to happen due to uneven watering. The steady supply of moisture via the EarthTainer's wicking system should minimize the possibility of cracking. I have seen some during very hot weather, but this is not typical.



Be sure to use 2 cups Dolomite Lime as per the instructions to minimize BER.


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I have been growing in Earth Tainers for several years. I'm on at least my third set. They were new this season.

Seems like every year I get a little blossom end rot. Mostly with earliest tomatoes.
This year over 3/4 are rotted. Used ample garden lime when planting. If you look at the picture some have rot starting in another spot than the little point where the blossom falls off. Could this be something else? Any ideas will be appreciated.

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