IndoorSalad Lettuce Splashers Test

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This topic started mixed-in with a Kale grow comparing kale grown in Aerogarden, manual hydroponic "splasher", and soil. But, in the Indoor Salad book, one of my DIY projects is a splasher. So I started out just wanting to test the instructions for the DIY project, since it's been a while. Then I wanted to try out my new 1-part vegetative organic nutrients vs. one-part vegetative inorganic nutrients.



Then I decided I wanted to sell a kit for this DIY project, as a launch special to go with the book. Then I needed to select the product components and verify them and the instructions. And bonus seeds to go with the selected lettuce seeds...

Yeah, like that. It kind of snowballed.

Anyway, the first couple posts here are just copy-pasted from the kale growlog. Then further posts of tester salad's progress.
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12 and 11 week summercrisp lettuce - long stalks, but still cranking out the leaves 10 3 week toy choi, 9 week mimulus 10.06.2013 13 week kale still in half gallon splasher, outdoors - looks like the butterflies found it upstairs 

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Retired the windowsill
Retired the windowsill lettuce today - really didn't get enough light, and bolted. The rest doing well, still heavy lettuce harvests.

11 and 10 week summercrisp in splashers - retired the 10.5 week windowsill splashers - didn't get enough light and bolted 09 29 2013 8 week mimulus 09.27 2 week splasher toy choi

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Splashers still going strong,
Splashers still going strong, although the lettuce productivity peak may be past. Planted toy choi test a week ago, in a new splasher configuration. I believe the new configuration will grow even better, at slightly less cost, and significantly lower shipping charges.
 9.5 week summer crisp lettuce in 3-cup splashers, hydroton 09 22  almost 7 week splasher mimulus, 5 day toy choi behind 09.20 

Toy choi and mims are "bonus seeds" on the splasher product. Summer crisp lettuce is the main feature.

I planted toy choi in my AGPro same day as the splasher, and it's using the same nutes (though I didn't dump and refill at 1 week point). Planted baby choi in another AG mini last night, not comparable. (Baby choi are a bigger dwarf variety, and take 10 days longer than toy choi.)
 
1 week toy choi - planted same time as a splasher toy choi grow, using same nutes I think... 09.22.2013 

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I have mims! And yeah, they
I have mims! And yeah, they really did start blooming in only 6.5 weeks. And these are pretty!

  

Summercrisp splashers still in their prime, and I planted toy choi on Sunday - 4 in a new configuration splasher, shorter tub on top. The splashers seem to grow a little better with fewer rocks and more reservoir, and it's certainly cheaper that way on shipping, so reconfigured the product today - less growstones, more reservoir.
 
   


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Retired the looseleaf
Retired the looseleaf splashers today - summer is hard on looseleaf lettuce. The summercrisp all look great still.

cleaning out bolted looseleaf lettuce splasher (a week ago) 6.5 week looseleaf harvest - and the the looseleaf is pretty much bolted at age 6.5 weeks 8/7.5/7/5 week splashers 5 week mimulus

Lettuce harvesting last week (still haven't eaten it all):

6 week splasher before harvesting 6 week splasher after harvesting too much lettuce - after harvesting all splashers (only organic splashers on counter)
 

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Congrats on the salad,
Congrats on the salad, Libby!

I bet you'll like the summercrisp.

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 Thank you so much! I bet I
 Thank you so much! I bet I gave it too much food. :(
Oh well, live and learn.  I found some of the lettuce you recommend and will be ordering some.
Yes, I have all loose leaf lettuce. I had my first salad using it tonight~! It is a bit thin, but it did taste
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Hi, Libby! Thanks. Whatever
Hi, Libby! Thanks.

Whatever you do, don't over-feed lettuce. It gets nutrient burn really easily (browned crunchy edges, poor growth and flavor).

I'm impressed with this lettuce variety - summercrisp - for looking pretty and crunchy all the time, even in winter dry air. And resisting bolting even in summer heat. From what you're saying, it's mostly the choice of variety. Sounds like you're growing "loose-leaf", which does tend to be paper-thin grown indoors. Though two of these splashers are loose-leaf - red sails. It seems to grow at loose-leaf speeds but have more body than most. Still loose-leaf floppy, though, which I don't like for the splashers. Keep getting the leaves caught in the tubs. And as far as the "red" goes... it isn't, very.

Edit:  BTW, one of the IndoorSalad products, the lettuce splashers refill, can be used as an Aerogarden kit. It comes with this lettuce seed plus bonus seeds.

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 Wow, your lettuce is pretty!
 Wow, your lettuce is pretty!  I am so new at this, I don't know what to say except I am enjoying reading what you are doing. How are you getting your lettuce so nice and sturdy and green?   Mine is paper thin. I think I might not be feeding enough.
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Verdict: the organic and

Verdict: the organic and inorganic nutes grow about the same, within error tolerance (no two plants get the same light, attention, perfect water levels, etc. - close enough.) All tubs seem to grow about right for hydroponic lettuce, slightly slower than they would with full aeration. No real surprises.

From now on I just eat the lettuce.


The mimulus is so unimpressive, I checked back to a previous grow. It really did look like nothing at 3 weeks, then flowered at 6 weeks. This one might take longer.

 big lettuce harvest with this many splashers, and some from Aerogardens as well BLT, with splasher-grown summercrisp lettuce and a better bush tomato (grown outdoors, same variety as in AG now) https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-4C9SC4wymPM/Uh1ru_AVBLI/AAAAAAAAQek/JdvSPPZ3hWY/w601-h537-no/DSCN0940.JPG

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