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Hi All,     Outside lettuce

Hi All,

 

  Outside lettuce for your viewing pleasure (and a volunteer tomato plant that I don't have the heart to kill off).  This container will be used for the cucumber grow.  Earthbox lettuce is really slow to grow.

 

 

 

 

 

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I look forward to hearing

I look forward to hearing more about the Ruby Streaks mustard greens grow.

I've grown tendergreen mustard (Burpee) in a mini before. It grew well enough, and tasted good. It grew no faster or bigger hydroponically than out in the garden, though, and didn't work so well as a cut&come again concept. So in practice grew much bigger in the garden. I guess it's not fair comparing brassica growth to lettuces, though.

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Mustard greens - Ruby Streaks

Mustard greens - Ruby Streaks from Johnny's.  Someone else grew it in an ag and it got rave reviews.  We'll see.  I haven't set it up yet.  I've got three different formulations of nutes including the 16-16-16.  A teaspoon is all I needed to get 1.5 EC. 

 

 

 

 

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P.S. What kind of mustard

P.S. What kind of mustard greens are you growing?

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Hi, Beth, Huh! I'd never seen

Hi, Beth,

Huh! I'd never seen the AeroFalls stuff before - tres cool! Did Mark send you samples of all his different nute mixes? Or the 16-16-16 AeroFood? I believe AG's basic mix is 4-3-6. I liked that he says his mix is intended to be used with tap water & tap levels of calcium... I look forward to hearing how these work for you! And his foam sponges.

The one spot in my garden that his vertical system might work, proved to be no-tech cucumber heaven this year. Add manure. Plant cucumber seeds. Step out of the way. Spot is permantly Taken.

We ate some of my store-bought "mini cukes" last night. Not bad! Teen test:  I placed a bowl of 2 of them (sliced, salted, and dashed with seasoned rice wine vinegar) on the table in front of Teen while I made supper. Teen left me 1/4 cuke. We agree - they taste better than everything else we've had from the supermarket, with much better texture. But - not as good as any cuke I grew this summer. Still. Much better than waxed California squash-gutsy seedy torpedoes, and better than shrink-wrapped English cucumbers, too. And more local - grown in Ontario. Thus probably also hydroponic, or at least greenhouse.

Looking forward to your tomato grows, too!

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Hi Gisette,   Aerofalls is

Hi Gisette,

  Aerofalls is where I get my replacement sponges for the ag.  Hate the peat things.  That is why I lost the one pod of cherry toms from the salsa kit that I paid full price from ag store.  Fungus grows too well on the organic medium.  Mark, the owner of Aerofalls, sent me samples of his hydroponic nutes.  Already mixed and completely water soluable.  I figure I'll give them a try.  I love his hydroponic setup but I lack the light to make it viable. Here's the website: http://www.aerofalls.com/

  Yes, I am excited about winter cucs.  I have two plants out in the garden proper that I seeded in August that will give a few before frost but there is nothing like picking cucs in January.  I hate that there is a store bought cuc in the fridge right now (one of those plastic wrapped imported things).  Hey - how were your store bought cucs?

 I have to grow cherry toms.  This puppy (7 months old and 65 Lbs!!) loves tomatoes and peppers (does not like beans or store bought carrots). 

I'll post pix of the new grows this weekend....

Beth

 

 

 

 

 

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That's a lot of indoor

That's a lot of indoor growing, Beth, well done!

Aerofalls nutes?

Looking forward to your this-year's cucumber strategy. My daughter is still complaining that she misses our summer cucumbers. Me, too...

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