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BB - interesting. Well, the

BB - interesting. Well, the lower leaves are a bit brown around the edges - in the Aerogarden. And tho both plants are flowering like mad, not much fruit is setting. But - on the red bell, this may be due to it having too much fruit / stress of dumping & refilling, etc. In any case, I've been replacing lost liquid with full-strength nutrient solution, which may be too much. Tipped out 2 mugfuls and replaced with water.

But it's runty potted pepper whose fruit is looking weird. That pot has crusty white on the surface of the soil, but no leaves are browning. It started flowering again when I gave it some weak seedling nutrient mix, which was what inspired me to try something stronger, but doesn't look like any new fruit has set. I added a bunch of plain water to its reservoir last night, but the soil is sodden, so it's not taking any more up right now.

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Gisette, how do the leaves

Gisette, how do the leaves look, especially the bottom ones? If overfed they should have brown edges at minimum I think. If the leaves look OK, that leaves little more than what Peat said. Years ago, we had the habit of soaking all our houseplants in the bathtub every month or two, just to flush out the salts that build up. My idea of a 2/3 strength bloom mix for the tomatoes followed by a bottle of plain water is to flush out the salts and keep them slightly underfed but have no idea how it will work out and it's subject to change at any moment. We fertilize our houseplants once a month or so then use plain water the rest of the time so it makes some sort of sense I think.

Peat, I'm having a lot of trouble getting my head around how to make an ebb & flow system work having different levels for different plants and not cost a fortune for separate chambers, feed lines, drains, etc. It looks simple if I only need a single level but don't see how that would work with, for example 3' tomatoes next to half grown okra and peppers next to seedlings. The shorter plants would need to be higher to get enough light, right? Ugh, then with either system I get into the problem of needing different nutrients for different plants. Should I give up on having multiple things growing and just stick with a single crop at a time?

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The same problem can also be

The same problem can also be caused by too much fertilizer - that's what happened to my tomatoes this summer. And I simply added some of the same mix I use in the pepper Aerogarden, watered down... So, I think it's due to overfertilization, if it is blossom end rot.

I'm thinking it's time to pick some peppers and see what's going on inside.

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Mmm. I'm not sure runty

Mmm. I'm not sure runty pepper is doing well from my adding hydroponic nutrients to its potting mix. Its supposedly yellow peppers are suddenly developing dark ends. Since my guess would have been green ripening to yellow without passing through brown or black, I think they may have the dreaded blossom end rot from excessive nitrogen. Or...

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Just checked the plants this

Just checked the plants this morning and so far the redneck watering system is working, the water level is down about an inch. One aquaglobe was dry and the other had about 1/3 its water left so if it works it will mean a quick fill once a week or so vs a tedious job of getting water down the tiny 5/16" aquaglobe necks at least daily.

No hydro shop trip today, Maere will be gone most of the day and the roofers are still here. From the noise I think they have a jack hammer and a couple of burros up there with them.

I know what you mean about compiling your growbox oddysey, I've spent two weeks trying to get all my pics in order, resized, thumbnailed and posted somehow and it's going very slowly.

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2/3 strength bloom formula,

2/3 strength bloom formula, every other time? Is this just a guess? I've been splashing some into runty potted pepper, and it seems to like it, but haven't been systematic about it.

Yep, just a WAG seeing how the AG tomatoes are doing. May cut it to half if the leaves start to brown. I figure the soil will hold more nutes than water but really haven't a clue.

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Great buy! You're getting a

Great buy! You're getting a lot of mileage out of those clearance plants!

2/3 strength bloom formula, every other time? Is this just a guess? I've been splashing some into runty potted pepper, and it seems to like it, but haven't been systematic about it.

Finally compiled my half-year tomato growbox oddyssey. Too much work. May be a while before I finish the others.

I used to be able to... Heh. Fortunately I quit drinking before death by age 30, though.

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You have to realize these

You have to realize these were $1 each at the end of the season. They were in 6" peat pots and evidently stuck in larger hanging baskets with no consideration for the roots or drainage,  they just wanted to get rid of it all. They're like a sieve if watered outside the li'l pot. I did a little root damage but the jug is only about an inch in the soil. Hey, it's an experiment, we'll all be better to see what happens. Next project is to put a 2/3 strength bloom formula in every other bottle. Dunno if I can empty that many bottles, tho.

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Heh. Next time, though, I'd

Heh. Next time, though, I'd suggest sticking the bottle farther out in the planter - does some root damage to plug it in there?

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We've had a dozen green

We've had a dozen green tomatoes sitting, doing nothing for almost two weeks in the utility room. I trimmed up three of the four and put them in the cabinet. We've picked 5 ripe tomatoes and have a few more almost ready. One plant has grown 2" in a day. The tomatoes aren't huge but I think they were just ready to ripen and get on with it.

The aquaglobes are neat but hold maybe a half pint of water, the bulb part is 3.5" in diameter if you want to do the math. My saying redneck watering system meant using a beer bottle but Maere had a much better idea....


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