DIY Aeroponic System

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Hot on the heels of the Aeroponic AeroGarden blog, I'm now going to build a much bigger aeroponic system.

Rubbermaid type container (35 litre / 9 gallon capacity), hydroton grow rocks, rockwool, six aeroponic sprayers, 3" net containers, airstone, Sicce Nova flow adjustable water pump, 125w (6400K) Eco-CFL grow lamp, digital timer...

Container dimensions- Length x Width x Depth (480mm x 390mm x 310mm) or (18.89" x 15.35" x 12.20") 

A few tasters.

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All built!

All built   Underneath showing the 3 inch net pots   Water pump and micro sprayers   All running   Grow hood & lamp with starting week seedlings.   Seedling just about to be planted.   Hydroton at the bottom...   And planted.

The aero sprayer assembly follows my original design I did for the AG. I have drilled and grommeted three holes in the top left of the box (for the water pump power lead and air lines from the air pump), two pieces of sponge were placed at either end of the 'T' bar, they absorb vibration and steady the bar.

I anyone wants more build/technical details then just ask.

So what's the plan for all this? I'm going to start growing some mixed lettuce seeds (using rockwool) in my Aeroponic AeroGarden Conversion - give this a try out. Once the plants have got some good growth, I'll take the rockwool out and plant them into this unit; the rockwool will be surrounded by the hydroton clay pebbles. I'll then turn the beast on and see what I can get out of it - see below...

Weekly Grow Pictures (Click To Enlarge)

Week 0 - Starting Week   Week 1   Week 2   Week 2 Roots

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Fantastic grow.   What is the

Fantastic grow.   What is the on and off time for the lights and the pump?  I tried a hydroponic grow last year using a caravan water pump but the pump failed probably because I was switching it on for 20sec and off for 150sec.  I chose these times because that was similaar to NASA experiments.

I will be watching your toms grow with interest.  How many plants will you put in each 35l container?

 

 
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 How long have you been in

 How long have you been in this field? You seem to know a lot more than I do, I’d love to know your sources!
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Glad to hear it!   I for one,

Glad to hear it!   I for one, will be watching. 

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After deciding to do the

After deciding to do the Totem F1 tomatoes, I've completely changed my mind and now gone for the Gardeners Delight.

What really swung it was the determinate/indeterminate thing... These are indeterminate so it's probably better as you both say.

The lettuce has all been harvested, we made a massive salad which will last a few days - one of the butterheads was given away, far too much to eat! The tomatoes are now over here, I'm hoping for the same results with my little system.

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I have to watch Peat's

I have to watch Peat's experiments!  Gives me great ideas.  But I too am not crazy about determinates for the same reasons as Gisette, but will watch with interest. 

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Thanks, Peat. Very

Thanks, Peat. Very constructive of you. I should put some more effort into the site again soon... Maybe. Still haven't wholly given up on making lightboxes easier to make...

Interesting re the Totem determinates. I keep shying away from determinates because I don't want a plant that takes months to grow, dumps a harvest all at once, and then stops. I want a steady tomato supply over months. But, not sure whether I'm just being overly literal.

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Thanks gisette, the Totem

Thanks gisette, the Totem F1's (despite being determinate), kept on fruiting with me? I was hesitant when I first grew them because of the 1-2 weeks thing, but, they lasted some time. OK, they weren't cropping heavily at the end but were still producing tomatoes.

Once they were done, the leaves started to die off and they went very 'leggy'. I did not keep a log of these grows so have no idea how long they went on for - once I get them into the DIY unit then we will have a decent picture log with this site.

I like the way your site can keep a pictorial record of the grows, it really shows the difference between all the weeks - the way this lettuce has grown over two weeks shows up really well. Opening the lighbox and forwarding on the pictures is so neat. I'd like to say 'thanks' again for putting it all together and keeping it running.

 

 

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Awesome lettuce grow, Peat!

Awesome lettuce grow, Peat! They really are showing the difference - great proving plant for the tech! Looks tasty too.

So these Totem T1 say they're determinate, and you've grown them before. When they say determinates set all their fruit at once, ripen, then they're done - how literally true is that? I thought I was growing a determinate last summer, but it was semi-determinate, which means... whatever. It built slowly up to a tomato avalanche, and then died because summer was over, was what it meant in practice.

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Yea!!!!!!

Yea!!!!!!

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After much deliberation, I

After much deliberation, I think I'll go with the Totem F1 toms.

I already have these, they don't grow that big and they are more suited to my container. The other ones will grow tall, light penetration from my grow lamp will not reach the lower leaves...

Once the lettuce is gone, I'll do 'em.

 

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