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photo update after a timer malfunction, and i am not liking this new nutrient i was trying dont have the lvel where they should be.


red salad bowl and ruby red - Bronze Mignonette in the back
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timer died so the plants dried out and were starting to wilt back so they are 5 to 6 days behind the normal
 
😖😟 That's real... crappy. Yeah that's the word..

I'm glad to see however that they pulled through! I really am enthused by seeing the results that you have! Hopefully before too long I'll have sourced the best place to get nutrients and start a Kratky bucket or two. Already taking everything you've taught until designing a hydro unit for later building.
 
Good catch! It can be tricky to catch on to what the issue is after you might have used something for a good long time.
 
Good catch! It can be tricky to catch on to what the issue is after you might have used something for a good long time.
ya but it was freaky because one time stuck on flooding seedlings and the main nft bed the timer died and wouldnt cycle on. first timer issues i have had in long time i had a feeling the one the flooded the seed tray was having issues that's the flood drain bed i had set up for plants that will go outdoors and being in soil in peat pots they didn't like the soaking i think mother nature said no no no not this time
 
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I wow. Haha I bet. Seems like they'll recover though
yes they should recover fine except the ones that got over water 2 out out that group dont look so good, And the lettuces if it was further on i might worry about a bit more bitterness to the leaf, trying a liquid " organic HAHA " fertilizer and not impressed with early growth it is not as fast a growth as my normal blend.
 
couple tease pics this morning while having coffee this morning the lettuce is the butter crunch in first butter crunch from Monday.i upped the amount of nutrient concentration slightly so will see how it goes, yes still see blue painter tape all over i've been lax and a little out of character leg is still messed up, i will be setting up my 3d printer to maker some lids to cover holes in unused spots as soon as guy finishes making my new corner desk then i can put both systems out one to use for net and other dedicated to my 3d printer.

I made a dozen of the slugs last summer and put them in a ring around a neighbors lone rose in middle of her flower garden, beetles and slugs had decimated the rest pof her roses, knocked on the doors said you better hurry those slugs are back circleing you rose like getting ready to attack. yes i got swatted

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What make is your 3D printer?? I have an Ender3 but was having so many failures and such is sat in a corner unused for years.
yes ender 3d pro but i did a full hot end upgrade direct drive so no more Boden tube to jam, adjust able tensioners , added probe, changed to a tempered borasilicate glass table , put stiffer better springs under table and added probe. re flashed the firmware on the board and went to better titanium nozzles instead of brass , and went to cura software to generate the files to print and with the upgrades i can print PETG and more and still got away with less in it then the top end they offer now. The stock setup has a serious issues with temperature probe errors shutting it down with false readings
go to amazon look for creality upgrade parts



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soon as new desk is set up i will be printing so test toroidal fan blade the are more efficient and quieter then normal blade
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Haha all good. Having a 3d printer is pretty cool though! Did you make those designs yourself?

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no those were some i pulled from web but my covers for the tensioners on the printer my tool tray a cooling nozzle and newer filament spool holder i made from scratch in blender, modified the fan blade i am going to make for an online version and working on a few compact designs for an NFT strawberry pot and holder
 
That's pretty cool either way still. I find that 3D printers are ridiculously expensive over here, otherwise I'd love one for sure. I wonder if it's possible to print really cute indoor plant pots with it.
 
That's pretty cool either way still. I find that 3D printers are ridiculously expensive over here, otherwise I'd love one for sure. I wonder if it's possible to print really cute indoor plant pots with it.
just do a search 3D plant pot STL

also if you wanted to cast so pots like out of sandcrete could rever image the stl files slice and make a mold for you


 
so how roots develop .... the pots i use in hydroponics are referred to as net pots its strips forming a simple cage to support a spun media that holds the seed or a plat direct. This rock wool will wick water it is a very loos spun rock wool, think of lava that is spun like sugar to make cotton candy . So here is a few pictures of interest for you.

the tomato forms a very strong root that will spread out to dies to anchor in soil so it still send the roots out in that manor even in hydroponics they grow out but as the weight increases the will droop down. here you can see most of the grow of roots extending out from top area like fingers.
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compared to lettuce a low growing plant just want a large mass area to feed and pull water because most lettuce can be upwards to 96% water
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notice a massive number of finer thread like roots compared to tomatoes
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this is still only half the root this will bunch them up slightly under the pot and close to it , but as the nutrient in the system flow down the angle of the channel the roots will take on the natural direction of the flow and grow down the channel
 
That looks awesome!
Do the roots ever get tangled with eachother and get stuck?
oh as the roots grow you saw the pictures from last oct /nov the holes are a good distance apart 8 inches hole to hole some roots were down the inside of channel 2 pots or more, the mat of roots was about 1/2 to 5/8 on average and some area maybe 3/4 thick and like a woven mat when i finally stopped after final harvest in late December off that bed basically lift pot out cut roots with scissor is like cutting a Jute mat you would place on dinner table to set hot pots on, cut every other one out then pull the remaining ones you dragging whole mat of roots with it.
 
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