Since he got such success with it, I wanted one too and couple of weeks ago I noticed that the bigger units were on sale. It arrived week ago and I had to right way start it up. I got basil and parsley with the unit and I ordered quite many empty rock wool capsules to grow my own seeds. In addition to the Genovese basil and flat leaf parsley I sowed purple basil, dill, purple mizuna and mini romaine lettuce.
When germinating the light dome is put directly on the base and the light is purple.
Six days later I could see cotyledons on most of the plants and I put one of the height blocks between the base and the light dome. The color of the light is now pale blue.
So far it looks promising and I hope this will be something which will give us fresh herbs through the winter. The thing is quite expensive, so I may never be able to grow enough herbs and greens with it to pay back the investment, but all hobbies cost. The grocery stores here sell fresh greenhouse grown potted herbs through the year, but with them I always get fungus gnats and sometimes even aphids, so I do not like to buy those.
Now, when I got this indoor gardening thing going, I may experiment to grow lettuce with the Kratky method and my DIY LED lights during the winter.
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It's a very nice idea for the winter and I will be buying myself one for my Christmas gift to myself.
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Aphids are still the bigger problem in the fall. There are some even now on the greens I had growing in the greenhouse. Some napa cabbage got really badly infested and they just spread. I cleaned them out and now with cooler days they are not having outbreaks. Only now and then on a sunny day, I've seen yet another in the flying stage. I'm pretty certain that even the cleanest looking plants have some eggs on them, and if you bring indoors, out they come.
My plan B for this year is to start strictly from bagged soil products in the house, and hope that no ants are able to get in with their pets.
The hydroponics looks great!
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