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I Made the Earthbox Newsletter!

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Well I’ll be a monkey’s uncle. Look who is quoted in this month’s Earthbox newsletter! Just happened to see this. Looks like they did a bit of editing to my original post (original post wasabout squash, not peppers), but that’s fine, I’m a big Earthbox fan as you can tell.

Earthbox Newsletter

Earthbox Update

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Finally have a cucumber nearing readiness. This is a “spacemaster” cucumber, which has turned out to be a sprawling vine that has not lived up to its name. I had to add a trellis to the Earthbox to give it somewhere to meander. This is the first cucumber that has developed on it also, so it is lagging way behind the three other squash plants.

Earthbox Cucumber

Not sure how big it should get

Harvested one of each squash variety this morning.

Earthbox Squash

Multipik, 8 Ball and Zephyr

Peppers coming along. Not sure when the Anaheim will be “done”. The bells should turn orange when ready.

Earthbox Anaheim Pepper

Anahiem...time to pick? The ones at HEB are bigger!

Orange Bell Peppers in Earthbox

Should turn orange when ready

Once again I’ve been cursed by puny jalapenos. The ones on my plant this year are about one inch long. Next year I’m going to seek out some “jumbo” variety and start one from seed. This plant I got at a nursery. It’s certainly productive, but I’d prefer a bit larger peppers.

Am finally getting some Poblanos. Hoping they turn out to be normal size. Last year the plant produced puny ones. That was a plant picked up at a nursery. This one I grew from seed that as far as I could tell should produce full size peppers.

Earthbox Poblano Pepper

Poblano coming along

Caterpillars Eating my Parsley

Friday, May 21st, 2010

I have one small parsley plant in a pot. Should be gone in a day or so at this rate. There are five or six of these guys chomping away. Quick internet search indicates they may be black swallowtail caterpillars, so I think I’ll let them snack away.

Caterpillar Eating Parsley

Black Swallowtail Caterpillars?

First Tomato

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Woohooo, first ripe tomato. Appears to be a Sungold (after planting I lost my garden map so not sure which tomato is which). More babies forming on a few of the other plants.

Sungold Tomato Austin


Earthbox Pepper Update

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Peppers are coming along well. All are producing except for the poblanos. Looks like I will have mini-jalapenos again. Was hoping for the big size peppers you see in the grocery stores these days–3 to 4 inches long. Next season I will have to seek out some seeds like that.

Earthbox Peppers

Pepper plants at 46 days after seedling transplant

Earthbox Serranos


Earthbox Jalapenos

Muchos Jalapenos

Earthbox Anaheim Pepper

Anaheim Pepper

Earthbox Orange Bell Peppers

Orange Bell Peppers