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Grow Room

I've been converting part of a storage cupboard into a better grow area.

It's still very much under development but I've now got just under 1 meter from base to ceiling now, this should afford me more flexibility to grow taller plants; cukes (but not in an AG!) and tomatoes for example.

At the moment I have heat issues... I've had to order an extractor fan to remove the 29°C (84°F) temperatures which the room is hitting with the LED on. That's OK for some crops but I'd like to grow lettuce and broccoli which wants that much lower.

A few pictures for now...

The small grow box will eventually become the long awaited lettuce 'raft' system which I've pretty much got sorted now.

       

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Grow Room          Grow Room Under 90 watt UFO LED

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Wow, Peat! Very deluxe

Wow, Peat! Very deluxe cabinetry!

That bungie-mount idea is cool. I may hang my next cheap air pump on a bungee cord...

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At last, completed... After

At last, completed...

After mounting the exhaust fan I can now stabilize my temperatures. Before I was hitting close to 30°C (86°F) but I'm now able to 'tame' that temperature and bring it down to around 23°C (73°F), this will enable me to grow, on the temperature edge, lettuce and hopefully broccoli at some point.

Quick tour round - top left is the air pump (Eheim Air Pump 400) with two air lines coming down from it, the fan is a Ruck RKW 100-L which is temperature controlled - just set the desired temperature and it will adjust it's speed as required. Coupled to the fan exhaust output is some four inch acoustic ducting, this exits through a hole in the wall to vent the warm air. The fan is mounted on bungee cords and swings free to avoid any further noise due to vibration, it's mounted high up to remove the warmer air which rises of course. Bottom right is an oscillating fan to circulate the air.

The LED is connected into a Grasslin digital timer to control the on/off period. The UFO 90 watt LED is mounted to something called an Ezi-Roll hanger, the light can be moved up and down very easily by pulling the light and tightening the wing nut.

All the electrics are mounted high up away from any water!

 It all looks a bit chaotic, but it works, and that's what counts.

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Thanks for that, some good

Thanks for that, some good reading here.

I've not forgotten about the grow room, I have my exhaust fan now but have not got round to fitting the thing! I'm going to need some ducting also, thought I could get away with mounting it straight into the wall...

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Hey, Peat, I was surfing

Hey, Peat,

I was surfing around for real comparisons fluorescent vs LED tonight (yeah, I ordered some bulbs ), and ran into a kindred spirit's blog you might enjoy. Looks like this gentleman started from AG's too, and went way beyond, and has real pictures of real grows done with his UFO's and home-rolled aeroponics and auto-pots and... Yup. He's one of us. 

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Yeah, I'd think broccoli is

Yeah, I'd think broccoli is too heavy for the rafts to be stable? Probably not very good at staying upright.

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Same here, I have no idea how

Same here, I have no idea how it's going to turn out in my hydro unit.

I'll do it in the small container above using 3" net pots and use the deep water culture method, air stones, LED light, Flora Series 3 part nutrients - all the usual things. I'll start all seeds in rockwool and grow them in a heated propagator to start, it's then transplant time into the hydroton filled net pots.

Probably best to plant three well apart as it's going to expand nicely, well, I hope it is. I don't have too much information on hydro broccoli, only the pH and EC levels so I'm sort of in new territory again...

Once I'm happy with the grow room I'll start a Grow Log.

Any Broccoli growing tips are very welcome, especially if anyone has done this in hydro. 

 

Edit: decided not to do the broccoli on the styrofoam raft, sort of concerned it may sink due to the weight of the plants?

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Looking forward to this! I've

Looking forward to this! I've never grown broccoli.

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The silver thing is my fan,

The silver thing is my fan, it swings in a small arc back and forth to get the air circulating.

I know I said I'd do lettuce first but I really want to have a bash at broccoli, I bought a heat tolerant variety (www.seeds.thompson-morgan.com/seeds1/product/732/1.html) so I'm hoping this will cope better.

Once I get the extractor fan mounted, I bought a temperature controlled one (Ruck RKW 100 L1), as I didn't want to faff around with an extra temperature controller, lets then see what the temps. go down to! Other issues are the fan may be too noisy, I will then have to silence it with a silencer on the input and possibly some acoustic ducting...

Still quite a bit to do so it will be a while before I can get anything else grown.

 

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Very cool, Peat! What are you

Very cool, Peat! What are you going to grow first?

And what's the silver thing on the left?

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