Indoor hydroponic garden

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Indoor hydroponic garden


Post: # 57598Unread post svalli
Fri Nov 19, 2021 7:08 am

When our son visited us in August he said that he misses the fresh herbs available from my garden. I promised I could get him an indoor garden as birthday present, so he can grow his own herbs. I know we could have built a setup, but I wanted something small, easy and reliable, so I purchased a small unit called Plantui for him. This thing is designed in Finland actually looks good on the table. It is an ebb and flow system with pump and LED-lights with automatic timer. He got his unit in end of September and started basil and stevia, which I ordered with the unit. Three weeks later he was able to harvest the herbs first time.
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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.
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When germinating the light dome is put directly on the base and the light is purple.

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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.
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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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Post: # 57608Unread post MissS
Fri Nov 19, 2021 11:43 am

What a wonderful gift! My daughter's roommate got one as a gift last year and loved it too. It has done very well for them. It did attract fungus gnats though. They didn't see that as a problem and just ignored them. I myself would use a little splash of hydrogen peroxide or some mosquito dunks. They have really enjoyed the garden.

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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Post: # 57610Unread post pepperhead212
Fri Nov 19, 2021 11:57 am

I use those mosquito dunks in my deepwater systems - just little pieces broken off the dunks are enough to add every couple of months, to keep the gnats from producing.
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Post: # 57612Unread post Cole_Robbie
Fri Nov 19, 2021 12:28 pm

Hydro systems are always expensive, but once you buy one and use it, the underlying concepts that make it work become apparent, and then you are on your way to building your own if you so desire.

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Post: # 57973Unread post peebee
Tue Nov 23, 2021 9:37 pm

The Plantui looks so cool, especially the lights. I have 2 Aerogardens but no such colored lights, just boring normal ones. But both were free so I can't complain. I've only used them as grow lights but I think I'll try growing basil now. It's the only herb that doesn't grow well outdoors after summer is over here

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Post: # 58016Unread post Bower
Wed Nov 24, 2021 10:39 am

Mosquito dunks also turned out to be an effective control for fungus gnats here.
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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