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Old 04-23-2019, 05:55 PM #21
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What's up with only having a few hydroton balls in those bottom ones?
I germed the seeds in a mix of about 70% vermiculite and 30% perlite because all the seeds were so tiny. When I transplanted into the solos the root systems were still tiny and I was afraid all hydroton would not have enough root contact so I transplanted into my normal Hempy perlite and hydroton mix. They will go from this into the straight hydroton.
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So a friend gets divorced and somehow the misses and I end up with some odd lumber and about 40 feet of four inch pvc left at our house. I could not stand the thought of putting the stuff in the landfill so I got to thinkin'...

...and came up with this out of the junk I had available:

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Forty five plant sites. The "netcups" are solos that have had a close encounter with a soldering iron. Multiple times. For each cup. What a pain in the ass.

Using my old sump pump from feeding the ladies to push the nutes which will be Jacks and Calnit unless I find something better.

Planning on running some annual herbs and spinach to start. Maybe some leaf lettuce but it's a little warm here for that now. Probably in the fall.

The unit is located on the front porch and receives a mixture of full morning sun and partial afternoon shade.

Next step is to germ some seeds and veg until they are big enough to put in the cups. I'm already documenting a Grow Diary and a Tester Grow but I'm hoping to keep a running narrative going here as well, mostly for my own records so I can keep track of what is or is not working.

Next update when I have some plants in the cups. (This will take a minute.)

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ps: I call the color scheme "Caribbean Soul meets Gay Pride...with a touch of 'Go Gators'". The grand-kids think it's cool anyway.
I love the colors, it make it very colorful compared the standard "PVC white".
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I germed the seeds in a mix of about 70% vermiculite and 30% perlite because all the seeds were so tiny. When I transplanted into the solos the root systems were still tiny and I was afraid all hydroton would not have enough root contact so I transplanted into my normal Hempy perlite and hydroton mix. They will go from this into the straight hydroton.
Gotcha, that makes sense.
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Note to self: Decreased off interval from 45 minutes to 30 minutes and decreased on duration from two minutes to one minute. Pump now cycles once every 30 minutes for one minute.
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Old 04-30-2019, 02:12 PM #25
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Weekly Update

The woody stemmed rosemary cuttings all rooted and were transplanted to soil solo cups yesterday.



Transplanted the lettuce, basil, spinach and parsley yesterday into the system. I waited too long to transplant and the seedling roots had all become too intertwined to separate. As a result, instead of having plenty of seedlings to fill all the cups, I now have clumps of seedlings in a few cups. Need to plant something else to fill out the top rows but have not decided what yet.



Chopped five big leaves off the chard and chopped them up in our salad last night. Tasty.

Still running 1.0ec at 5.8ph but that is subject to change after I see how everything adapts to the transplant over the next couple of days. Have not switched to RO yet and am still having to add ph down every other day. May try a 50/50 well/RO mix to see if that will slow the ph swing.

Fully synthetic hydro system components and synthetic man made nutes...but all organic pest control:



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Old 04-30-2019, 06:23 PM #26
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Very cool and great use of material. What are you or will you be doing about rez temps? I would imagine it would need to be chilled?
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Since this is a flood and drain type system the roots do not remain in solution so I am not too worried about solution temp. I feed my ladies in their Hempy buckets with solution that is typically 78 - 80 F.
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Old 05-07-2019, 07:18 PM #28
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Weekly Update

The good news is everything in the system has grown like crazy this past week, with most plants at least doubling in size from last week. Here is how they looked at 7:30am this morning - about an hour after sunrise:





The bad news this is how they looked three hours later in the full FL morning sun, even with the feed/water interval backed down to a flood every 10 minutes:



As I mentioned in the first post, the lettuce, spinach and chard are fall crops here so I wasn't expecting much - but damn - they were sure looking pretty. The misses has ordered me some 40% shade cloth so I.m going to give that a try just for the heck of it. Even if I have to wait until fall for the greens, I've learned the concept will work anyway.

Bumped the feed to 1.4ec and still keeping the ph around 5.8.

Next update in a week. Should be interesting to see what survives.

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Best of luck starke that's a shame about the heat but like you say the shade cloth may help a lot heres hoping so
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Yeah hopefull the shade cloth will do the trick, it's looking soo nice in the first pictures.
Great to see the system preform!
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