Self-Watering Buckets forum: #2, Continuing eBucket construction zone

 
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Imagecoconut
May 31, 2010 3:41 PM CST
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11
We came here from:

http://cubits.org/buckets/thread/view/733/

....................Do we have anyone new? Say hi, don't be shy!

coconut Melissa, and no, that's just a bucket, only photo I had right off the bat!

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Melissa

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Imagejimsned2
May 31, 2010 4:44 PM CST
Name: Jim
South Florida
I'm not at all sure if I've ever actually posted on here b-4, let me see if I can get a shot of my tomato, don't hold your breath cause I'm dog tired. I'm not sure if you can actually see the one tomato, maybe if you enlarge it. Keep in mind that ALL my neighbors said I couldn't grow tomato's, so I'm rather proud. I have to keep moving the bucket to the shade though.

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"we don't pay taxes, only little people pay taxes" Leona Helmsley

ImageGymgirl
May 31, 2010 6:41 PM CST
Name: Linda
Zone 9a, Houston, Tx. (Hobby)
Godspeed & Good Harvest!
Ya'll are soooooo funny!

Mola, thanks for starting a new thread!

Just in case the plug is pulled, ya'll can email me at [email protected]

Linda I tip my hat to you.
Imagecoconut
May 31, 2010 7:09 PM CST
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11
Plug no gwine get pulled.

Dave wrote that he will warn us, and have a place for us. Should bad come to pass.

I wrote Trish: In World War Two, there were some terrible bad people. Millions of nice people died. But in the end, Good won.

A bit of a stretch to compare this bit to the horror of WWII, but the point is, that good seems to always win.

Melissa

Imageweeding
Jun 1, 2010 7:49 AM CST
Name: CindyD
Peachtree City, GA
Got to eat 2 cherry tomatoe today. Yum!

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Dream as if you have forever. Live as if you only have today.
Imagecoconut
Jun 1, 2010 8:40 AM CST
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11
Hey! Great! i grew Sweet Million with great success one year. Then i didn't feel like ordering online, and bought Sweet 100 here, Bummer!

I need to redo my few buckets. I'm spending most of my time with my Desert Roses.
Melissa

Imagejimsned2
Jun 1, 2010 9:25 AM CST
Name: Jim
South Florida
for those who have been at bucket gardening for a few years, what do you do with the dirt after the crop is finished. I don't know where I would get rid of it and think the only choice I have is to re-fertilize and re-mix with whatever and use it again. Is there any problem with that?
"we don't pay taxes, only little people pay taxes" Leona Helmsley

Imagecoconut
Jun 1, 2010 1:41 PM CST
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11
Jim, we invented this eBucket thing only about one year ago.

Reusing your mix should be OK if it hasn't rotted down too much. It's when the mix turns into a solid lump, with no air to the roots, air to the roots, air to the roots, that there's a problem. Yes, I repeated myself because that is totally important. Fluffy, so there's air to the roots.
Melissa

Imagebeckygardener
Jun 1, 2010 7:31 PM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
Can you amend potting soil to reuse it again?
Another Day in Paradise!
ImageGymgirl
Jun 1, 2010 8:01 PM CST
Name: Linda
Zone 9a, Houston, Tx. (Hobby)
Godspeed & Good Harvest!
Yep.

The beauty of potting MIX, MIX, MIX is that it can be used for several seasons. Just reconstitute it with some compost, and something to fluff it up (if it's starting to compact)...

For tomatoes, mix 2 cups of pelleted Dolomitic lime into the last 4" of your mix, and pour two cups of fertilizer in a 2" wide ring on the top of the soil, close to the side of the eBucket..

If planting cole crops next, add lots of organic compost to the eBucket. I mix 1/2 the old potting mix with leaf mold, homemade compost, and Black Kow composted manure. But, this last season my Black Kow was really dense and muddy, so watch out! Check your amendments!

Linda I tip my hat to you.
ImageSugarweed
Jun 1, 2010 8:36 PM CST
Name: Sidney, Zone 9A and 9B
Okeechobee, Fl
Giving Audubon Sanct. Tours Soon.
The last Black Cow I purchased was mostly black sand.
Think they may have local producers, so they don't have to hall that 'poop' across country.
Sidney
The difference between adventure and adversity is attitude. Be positive, be happy.
Imagebeckygardener
Jun 1, 2010 11:29 PM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
Thanks, Linda! I make my own potting mix ... I add pine fines, perlite, compost, canadian peat, MiracleGro Moisture Control potting mix, and some vermiculite. I am using that soil mix along with fertilizing regularly with Fish Emulsion and a balanced plant fertilizer and it is working great for all my flowering plants. Glad to know I can reuse it after amending it. It can get pretty expensive to fill the bigger pots. I did notice that the last batch of Black Cow was heavy and clumpy. I do know to make my mix as fluffy as possible, but here in the heat it has to retain moisture well, too!
Another Day in Paradise!
Imagecoconut
Jun 2, 2010 6:11 AM CST
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11
Maybe IB bought the Black Cow company
Melissa

Imagejimsned2
Jun 2, 2010 7:02 AM CST
Name: Jim
South Florida
It was all very helpful information, thank you. Funny Melissa, that would make sense!
"we don't pay taxes, only little people pay taxes" Leona Helmsley

Imagebeckygardener
Jun 2, 2010 11:25 AM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

Nothing would surprise me at this point! Hilarious!
Another Day in Paradise!
Imagecoconut
Jun 3, 2010 5:11 PM CST
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11
Where is everybody?? Got an email from Jim, says his Comcast upgraded and now he can't get onto cubits.
Melissa

Imagebeckygardener
Jun 3, 2010 5:29 PM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
Still here. Out in the garden lately or working! Big Grin
Another Day in Paradise!
ImageSugarweed
Jun 4, 2010 8:09 AM CST
Name: Sidney, Zone 9A and 9B
Okeechobee, Fl
Giving Audubon Sanct. Tours Soon.
Jim needs to find a sharp 13 yr old to come over and figure why he can't log on to Cubits.org.
When I got my name changed I had to log-in anew.
He also might be able to go back to an earlier date.
As you might know what that procedure's name escapes me.
Have a great day and week end.
Sidney Whistling
The difference between adventure and adversity is attitude. Be positive, be happy.
Imagecoconut
Jun 4, 2010 11:22 AM CST
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11
Jim made it to Adeniums, so he's OK. I asked in his behalf someplace over in either Dave or Trish's forums. Trish replied that she'd sent him a log in link.
Melissa

Imagejimsned2
Jun 4, 2010 4:13 PM CST
Name: Jim
South Florida
Yes, and thank you Trish, but the problem was with a lot more then just Cubits, I messed up somthing trying to get spell check back on my tool bar. I can get it on a temporary basis, but as soon as I shut down it's not there when I start back up.
"we don't pay taxes, only little people pay taxes" Leona Helmsley

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