AG Bounty Elite Setup W/ Extra Grow Lights

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AG Bounty Elite Setup W/ Extra Grow Lights

This is my Bounty Elite setup. The tomatoes and Dill are 42 days old. The Bell Pepper is 28 days old. This is the only way I was able to shine some of the light onto the plants. I hoping the way I did it, will be just as effective. Either way, I have no choice. I'm moving the Dill soon. I'm just waiting on the potting fiber soil.

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Should brassica's also be fed

Should brassica also be fed less?  Would a "lettuce garden" containing longstanding spinach, arugula, mizuna and rocky top be fed less than 8ml of MG liquid plant food every two weeks?  I've seen this on other forums.

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Wow... I would have just

Wow... I would have just bought another Aerogarden or two. :) But it looks great!

The Bluelab truncheons are awesome.

 

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Ok, It's been a while since I

It's been a while since I logged on and updated, so here it goes... I been busy with the AG. Things have been going well. I switched to General Hydroponics Flora Trio. The AG nutes was Blah... Got some better testing equipment. Bluelab stuff. I got 3 extra 80W LED grow lights in set in 10.5" reflectors on each side of the AG, except the side where the AG electronics panel is.I sat a reflector on top of a fan on on end of the AG with a variable speed control. I got an air-stone now with black hose. It's completely silent. I hear nothing. It leps keep the water cool and keeps the DO levels high.

I top off with chilled water,  before I used room temp. It never goes above 71f even in the middle of the day, with all the lights on now. I have also started to use General Hydroponics Flora Trio and every once in a while I use 3% food grade H202 15mL/8oz to mist healthy or sick plants, and even put 2ml in the res tank as an o2 booster and keeps root root at bay during water changes. 74 Days planted. I statred to uncrew the pump from the AG and clean it better. There was a lot of crap built up inside causing PH issues for me, I believe.

This are some of the major changes:

I wrapped the entire circumference of my LED light hood with slim Velcro. I purchased Panda Film, which is white on one side and black on the other. It reflects the light just as good as Mylar, but at half the price. I measured and cut the film to fit around the hood, all the way to the floor.
Attach the other side of the Velcro the Panda Film, then attached both to the light hood. Use the hook side of the Velcro for the light hood, to make the Panda film easier to bend the corners and more pliable. With a strong Fan attached on one end, which I control the speed with a variable slider for more precise speed control, and an air-stone in the res tank is a must... 3 speed settings on a fan is no good. The fan creates air flow throughout the plant bed deck even cooling the water. I do not completely seal the garden, this causes too much humidity and heat especially, which will cause fungus issues, so I leave an opening on the the opposite end to allow air flow to exhaust out naturally. You can feel the breeze if you put your face up to it. With all this reflection and grow lights, the res tank at a cool 71 degrees surprisingly still... (considering I have 3 extra 80W LED grow lights with reflectors pointing into it). I make sure I top off with chilled water. I also learned to use food grade H202 mixed with water as a mister like rain water when the lights are off. 15Ml of 3% food grade H202 and one cup of distilled water. Use that to shower your plants. It also helps for fungus issues and sick plants. You put 2mL in the res tank to boost 02 levels and clean your roots of root rot. The film helps keeps the AG dark during the dark cycle, while the fan self pollinates the plants by the vibration of the plants and the wind.. Your plan't will thrive like in a rain forest if you do this. I left it mostly open in this picture to show the Panda Film color and Velcro, however it can wrap all the way around if I want with only the fan exposed to the interior, and an exhaust on the other end on the top side. I might put another small 5" fan on the opposite end to force air out as an exhaust. Also boosts C02 levels, since it's in my kitchen and we are in there always and cooking with natural gas... 

That's my 2 cents folks.........

PS - It seems I have been underfeeding them all this time till I got a Bluelab meter just a few weeks ago. Amazon $15 meters just don't cut it for TDS/EC. 

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All plants need nutrients to

All plants need nutrients to grow well. Lettuce needs less than most crops we eat. Many plants germinate without any nutrients - there's a starter food supply in the seed.

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Technical question if you can

Technical question if you can answer or diect me to a website

 

Why doesn't lettuce require nutrients?

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I would not trim roots.

I would not trim roots.

I thought Golden Harvest was a 12" variety, but I've never grown it. Short is good - short doesn't need extra lights.

The maximum AG reservoir size used to be 3.5 quarts or so. Bounty is bigger. < shrug > on the label.

 

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Thanks for that info Ginger!!

Good Morning, Ginger!!

On the nute label, it stops at 10ml every 2 weeks once the plant reachs 12" in height. The label is a bit confusing. By upping the disage, that should boost my plants growth. My tomato plant is only about 6" tall, however, it's supoosed to be a 24" strain. The Golden Harvest by AG.  Also, what's your opinion regarding trimming roots? The site below reccomends a trim. What's the deal?

 http://aerogardeners.wikia.com/wiki/AeroGardening_Tips

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FWIW, I use a dosing syringe

FWIW, I use a dosing syringe to measure nutes (shake well first, of course). Works well, and it's easy.

I checked the directions (googled it). After the first two feedings (1 month), tomatoes get 12ml nutes in a Bounty. Those tomatoes are well past 28 days old.

http://www.aerogarden.com/aerogarden-customer-service-support/How_much_a...

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Basically when your plants

Basically when your plants first start out, they don't need a ton of nutrients.

For lettuce and leafy greens, this remains true for most of their growing cycle.

Peppers and Tomatoes need more nutruents when they get to the fruit stage, but in the beginning they need fairly little to get started.

 

Aerogarden has their instructions to make things as easy as possible for the end users.

This avoids stuff like nutrient burn and other accidents.

 

I probably wouldn't up the nutrients on younger plants right away.

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Another question...  I'm

Another question...  I'm using the AG Miracle-Gro liquid nutrients. The little bottles, I did order a big bottle, but the cap came cracked. The directions say to use two cap fulls when feeding; pretty precise eh?  This is supposed to roughly add up to 8ml. Would adding 10ml do any harm? I heard the AG nutes are on the weaker side, especially when growing tomatoes and peppers. What's are your thoughts?

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