Winter basil in indoor hydro

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Winter basil in indoor hydro

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Post: # 60059Unread post Cole_Robbie
Sun Jan 02, 2022 4:29 pm

I put these plants into the hydro as sprouts just two weeks ago. The garden is an 8 foot long 5 inch vinyl post cover cut in half and capped. The plants are in hydroton clay pebbles in 3 inch net pots. A 400gph mag drive pump recirculates the nutrient solution. Above the plants are two $59 led lights, small quantum boards. Beyond lighting, the cost to build the hydro machine itself is only about a hundred bucks. The varieties of basil are all compact: emily, genoveser and rose.
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Sun Jan 02, 2022 4:46 pm

Those plants look really healthy. I'm going to try growing basil and lettuce, Kratky style, soon.
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Sun Jan 02, 2022 5:20 pm

We grow basil in our aerogarden every winter. Nice to have fresh basil when you want it.
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Sun Jan 02, 2022 6:55 pm

How high is the nutrient level compared to the top of the net pots? Is it completely below the pots, mid way up or closer to the top?

Thanks.
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Sun Jan 02, 2022 7:08 pm

zendog wrote: Sun Jan 02, 2022 6:55 pm How high is the nutrient level compared to the top of the net pots? Is it completely below the pots, mid way up or closer to the top?

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It is adjustable, either by propping the ends up more to lower, or placing a temporary collar on the drain to raise it. I start out with it high, just to the bottom of the cups, then lower it as the roots grow. They like to follow the flow of the nutrient solution.
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Sun Jan 02, 2022 8:09 pm

Basil and Thai basil are the reasons I started growing hydroponics initially!

Serrata and Gecofure are my favorite varieties for hydroponics, as well as my jr. Earthboxes I grow them in, around my deck, once it gets warm. And Siam Queen is my favorite Thai variety - no others I have tried were as good, inside or out.
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Tue Jan 18, 2022 3:50 pm

It's a jungle in there.
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Wed Jan 19, 2022 6:03 pm

Those look amazing I have basil growing as well definitely look like a jungle
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Wed Jan 19, 2022 6:45 pm

AKgardener wrote: Wed Jan 19, 2022 6:03 pm Those look amazing I have basil growing as well definitely look like a jungle
Thanks.

Here is my other basil jungle. These are cups that hopefully will sell at the winter farmer's market. I built a 4x4 flood table to make them easy to water.
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Wed Jan 19, 2022 10:54 pm

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Oh wow love it! This is all I have so far I really need a grow room haha or least ask my hubby to get the freezer out so I can have the space to set up
A table still trying to butter him up haha
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Sat Feb 05, 2022 3:27 pm

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This pic makes me want to have one of those completely fraudulent eBay or Amazon seed companies that just make up everything.

Amazing new snow basil! Grows in ice! Hardy to zone negative 12.

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Sat Feb 05, 2022 6:13 pm

Aw gee I could really use some of that snow basil. I am jealous of what you're doing indoors, I had a lot of trouble getting basil to accept my winter growing conditions... inside the house!
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Wed Feb 09, 2022 11:49 pm

Thanks bower. I had some fresh basil in a salad tonight and it made me wonder why I have never had basil in salad. It's quite good.

After our first week in business, selling online through a local farmer co op, my 8 square foot hydro basil farm made $100. So my micro farm has micro revenue. A couple more weeks and we might turn a micro profit.
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Sat Feb 12, 2022 12:23 pm

I don't know how I missed this thread, but oh my does that snow basil look great! I bet that you will sell a lot of those. They look so much healthier that what I get at the grocery store.

Your $100 has paid for your supplies.
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Mon Feb 14, 2022 2:47 am

I have seen a few nibbled leaves here and there. I just now looked more closely, and a bug solution has showed up to solve my bug problem.
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Wed Feb 16, 2022 12:21 am

My local grocery store was so happy to get fresh basil that they bought enough to pay for the flood table. This experiment creeps closer to profitability.

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Sun May 01, 2022 2:49 pm

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The cherry tomato experiment was a success...at proving I need to do something differently. It is hard to get the blossoms to set. I am thinking of a trellis that is attached to a concrete vibrator motor and a cycle timer so that the plants get shaken intermittently.
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