My new Grow Cabinet

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Wow, you read my mind. I

Wow, you read my mind. I spent some time today getting my pics organized and was going to start the tent glog tonight but got tied up. I'll have it up and going tomorrow or later tonight if I can't sleep. The chiles all came up right on schedule (7-8 days) and are a couple of inches high, a few getting a third set of leaves already. I planted four sets in each pot. It was sad pulling out the weaker doubles but it's for the good and I'll have to thin more as they grow. Oddly, there was very, very little difference in planting straight into dampened "soil" and in wet Rapid Rooters, some did better in the soil. Not sure how it compares to an AG but they're growing pretty fast.

There's a heavy layer of tan colored precipitant (?) in the bottom of the tank I need to ask Peat about. I keep airstones running as much as we can stand but it hasn't helped. I've noticed the same in the bottoms of my GH mix jugs, too and it won't just rinse out, it has to be scrubbed.

Thanks for asking!

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How are the autopots doing,

How are the autopots doing, anyway? Haven't seen any pictures of your grow tent in action.

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Sorry 'bout that, I confused

Sorry 'bout that, I confused myself reading back. Originally I wasn't aware of the 15 liter single pot unit and called one double unit a single. Good thing I didn't get a couple of singles too, we'd all be going crazy.
I have two kits - one with two double pots and one with one double pot, altogether I have two tanks and three double pot units.

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I keep getting confused by

I keep getting confused by what you mean by "double" in this case. They come in 2-pot units, but then you were buying double 2-pot + reservoir kits... Double-doubles.

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Grow in it? Mess it up with a

Grow in it? Mess it up with a bunch of bushes? It's a work of art. I may just move a recliner in there and look at it.

Chiles mostly. Will move the clones from my outrigger tray to the tent to see how they do there and have an old master gardener girlfriend bringing me some different chile seeds Tuesday. I turned her on to AGs and she loves it. That's two pots of chiles, will maybe move the tomato seedlings temporarily to one pot and put the lettuce in the other pot. The toy choi has grown a half inch in about six hours, the "peeker" is showing a tiny leaflet and another is starting to break the surface, may try to split the rapid rooter and give them more room. Still no red curl showing, hope I didn't plant them too deep. Oh, how damp does lettuce like to be? I still have two pots to fill and want to get the mix halfway right.

Then I've got another double pot and tank setup I need to do something with besides water the dog. Am debating about trying to fit it in between the 3 AGs as a BIG outrider but don't think I have the room. And Maere would probably kill me.

I moved three pots in there at 1am Sunday the 23rd and moved the lamp down close to them to see what the temp and humidity does, these are live graphs, updated every ten minutes....

1:40 - Hmmm... think I can scratch putting the lettuce in there.

2:00 - putting 4th pot in with ~25% coarse perlite.

10:20 - opened R side lower vent

10:50 - lowered & tilted circulation fan 45* up

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Maybe you could use just one

Maybe you could use just one double-pot as an outrider by the AG's. For Maere's lettuce.

Thanks for the thought but it's one unit so the footprint is the same no matter what I do. I may try dividing the toy choi and red curl into 3 or 4 rapid rooters and rig some sort of outrider for them. I'll have to research your outrider blog and see what you're doing to aeriate. After I wake up.

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Yeah, scratch putting the

Yeah, scratch putting the lettuce in there. It might be that heat-tolerant, but not ideal. I don't know how damp lettuce likes to be. Moderate?

Maybe you could use just one double-pot as an outrider by the AG's. For Maere's lettuce.

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Looking good! So - what are

Looking good! So - what are you going to grow in them?

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Been a busy couple of

Been a busy couple of days!

Came home to find dribbles of water all around the Autopots setting on the floor! Mopped it up and waited to see where it was coming from - nothing. The tank grommet was tight and nothing was dripping out of the pots. Finally came to the conclusion that our old, sloppy dog got a drink or two from the empty pot. Whew!

The coco holds a lot of water so went on a perlite expedition. Finally found a big bag of coarse perlite at the largest hydro store halfway 'cross town. Dang, they've got some great goodies!

The grow tent will hold two double autopots with a little room to spare until I put the double waterproof liner inside. Now it's almost too tight a fit, may have to trim a little off a couple of corners.

Now I know why my T5 lamp was hung with such a long cable... I got rid of the cables and installed a couple of eyelets dead center on each end. It hung at a 45* angle when I re-installed it with the high/low hangers. They'd put the ballast on one side of the fixture and nowhere near enough counterweight to make it balance. I had to add about 3# of weight to make it level. The high/low hangers are a slick idea but don't live up to the hype, useful nonetheless.

By this time tomorrow everything should be up and going, wish me luck!


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Urk. Fortunately Janet Ann

Urk. Fortunately Janet Ann (drann) warned me about that one... Though I've only washed a few handfulls so far, and did them in the sink.

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