New EarthTainer & InnTainer Guides Published - Feb 14, 2012

rnewste(8b NorCal)February 14, 2012

I have revised the two Construction Guides today. For the EarthTainer, the design of the Aeration Bench has been simplified (the Guide is now 19 pages vs. 20 pages before). I have also changed the Grow Media ratios slightly, and increased the Dolomite Lime recommendation to 3 Cups.

Minor "Tweaks" have been made to the InnTainer Guide as well.

Here are the direct links:

http://earthtainer.tomatofest.com/pdfs/EarthTainer-Construction-Guide.pdf

http://earthtainer.tomatofest.com/pdfs/InnTainer-Construction-Guide.pdf

Happy Valentine's Day!!

Raybo

Here is a link that might be useful: Rev 3.5 EarthTainer Construction Guide

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t-bird(Chicago 5/6)

Thanks Raybo - very informative.

What is your estimate of the cost of materials per unit?

    Bookmark   March 3, 2012 at 3:12PM
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rnewste(8b NorCal)

t-bird,

It really depends on how many you want to build. As an example, a 10 foot section of the PVC pipe for the Filler Tube, is about $4.00. If you only build 2 'Tainers - the cost of $4.00 then needs to be divided by 2. As you can get 6 Filler Tube sections out of the 10 foot PVC, I think you see my point.

The 2 RuggedTotes cost about $13.00 each, the wicking basket about $1.50, nuts and bolts about $1.50, and the Filler Tube, as above.

Raybo

    Bookmark   March 3, 2012 at 5:15PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Great info Ray. I especially like the cage improvements. I know everyone appreciates all the time and effort you put into this. I sure do.

Dave

    Bookmark   March 4, 2012 at 1:11PM
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rnewste(8b NorCal)

Thanks Dave!

The new snap-on cage really makes cleanout, as well as Spring planting so much simpler now. Wish I would have thought about it 3 years ago.

Anyway, I hope people are enjoying using them for "Urban gardening" where in-ground planting is not possible.

Raybo

    Bookmark   March 4, 2012 at 9:45PM
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Remodeller

Thanks Raybo for sharing this excellent grow system!!! Im only growing one or two containers this year (hopefully more next year) so ordering a Burpee pea fence would cost me a lot more than 4 tomato cages (around$16). Looks like a Burpee Pea Fence would cost $34 for two: http://www.burpee.com/gardening-supplies/garden-growers/supports-ties-and-fences/pea-and-cucumber-fence-2-pack-prod001250.html?catId=2320&trail= is that the right fence? If so how many
Earthtainer cages could I fashion from the order of two in the link above? I found it nearly impossible to use a bedliner (to block roots from reaching water reservoir) using 3 legged tomato cages (all I had) so I had to improvise by mounting the two outer legs of each cage to the side of the inner Earthtainer, see pic:
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The center legs just sit on top of the bedliner, and the top ring of the cages are joined together by a wire rope clamp. This also adds further support to the aeration bench since the side mounted wire rope clamps go through both layers of rubber, I used washers on the outside of the Earthtainer for these side mounts:
[URL=http://s1183.photobucket.com/user/Remodeller/media/Gardening_plus_WaterPurification/472690_10201002451252166_1920797485_o.jpg.html][IMG]http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x468/Remodeller/Gardening_plus_WaterPurification/472690_10201002451252166_1920797485_o.jpg[/IMG][/URL]
It seemed really sturdy when it was all done, also I cut a round hole in the bedliner for the wicking basket- then I realized you didnt specify doing that- did I defeat the purpose of the bedliner? See pic:
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Also- I saw on another forum that panty hose (lol) works great for keeping the mosquitoes out- youll notice a piece on my watering tube in that last pic above. I also used pieces of pantyhose on the overflow holes for added insect protection:
[URL=http://s1183.photobucket.com/user/Remodeller/media/Gardening_plus_WaterPurification/IMG_20130506_190733.jpg.html][IMG]http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x468/Remodeller/Gardening_plus_WaterPurification/IMG_20130506_190733.jpg[/IMG][/URL]
Im new to this forum so some of this may be old news, if so sorry!- but let me know if there is a cheaper way to get a pea fence for a small amount of containers or if you think the side mount cages are the way to go for 1-3 Earthtainers, thanks again for all your info!!

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 12:50AM
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Remodeller

Sorry my images did not post to my last reply, not sure why, here is a pic of two 3 legged stands side mounted

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 12:54AM
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