- Oct 22, 2020
- Cold, Cool, Mountains, or Artic
picked a few off one plant to left earlier and almost overpowering sweet
Wow! That looks amazing! Thank you for this information!the nutrient solution per gallon is master blend 4-18-38 2.4 grams , calcium nitrate 15-0-0 2.4 gram , epsom salt 1.2 gram , "AG southern " chelated -liquid iron 1/8 teaspoon this will give an EC of aprox 2.00 plus your starter water EC ( ec = electrical conductivity ) ( seedlings i keep ph in the 6.5 - 6.7 range ) ( Mature plant 6.2 ph range )
i start seed in a solution 1/4c of nutrient per gallon. and gradually increase concentration and just watch for stress and move them to final nutrient solution strength after third and 4th set of true leafs form.
For heirloom and older mature plants and plants past 4th blossom sets, i will add a small amount of Potassium Nitrate equal to .5 gram and .25 gram epsom salt per gallon ( ec should be around 2.27 + starter water EC )
( i mix my solutions in concentrates enough to make 100 gallon with master blend and epsom salt in one container and calcium nitrate in a second because it does not like to dissolve in presences on heavy concentrates of fertilizer )
if you have test kits you can get these same equivalents in organic compost teas bone meal and fish meals to get the proper total n - p - k but i like the master blend because i carries over all the minor trace minerals
i just took clippings off those plants from Christmas 2020 harvest to start new growth a couple weeks ago , simply took the cutting - slit a piece of rock wool stuck the stem in in and into a 2 inch net pot suspended into a kratky set up on the 19th dec i attached a picture of the root system so far after 11 days in the nutrient solution
Thank you so much! If you remember the video, I'd love a link!actually yes i also grow outdoors with hydroponics i met Dr Bernard Krakty while i was in hawaii many years ago and he uses it exclusively , deep water culture is not new , there at many many system and variation that will work indoors or out. i just supplement nature indoors , the pepper in photos above was grown outside, and numerous tomatoes and eggplants i grow out doors on back deck in summer the tomatoes actually were tie to am arched arbor that shaded the deck.
the auto fill there was a video on you tube many years back from Dr Kratky where he made a low water valve the opened that kept his hydroponics at a constant level i will look tomorrow to see if i can find those videos. the only thing to be aware is to keep the liguid temperature down so some type of shad on the refill reservoir tank
shade it and wrap it make a air barrier between the heat and the barrel or tank and if you run any water to live stock that is cool from a well drop a coil in the tank and run the feed to the live stop in one end of the coile and out the other to chill the tank, or do like a buddy of mine his tank sits in a spare room on a stand and a small tube runs out underground inclosed in a blue board foam channel out to his vege's he has a nft ( Nutrient film technique) set up which is also part of the systems i use the most. go onto youtube look up a gent his channel is " hoocho " he is from down under has a wealth of info that you will probably get tons of ideas for your area and ideas. the systems i have inside are simple ones the plug in behind the hydroponics are feed from an inverter and battery bank in a separate closed area that are charged by solar panel i salvaged years ago, my outdoor area is power by low voltage system and uses dc low voltage pumps. so there are dozens of ways to do stuff , my total expenses are low i have those 4 totes i got on sale i ordered the lids for buckets on sale , the tubes for the ntf i use i got free from local lumber yard each had a flaw or broken end so not sellable and pumps came out of my old koi pond. so best i can say is look at various idea and use what you have on hand and like my grandpa use to say " K.i.s.s. keep it simple stupid "Thank you so much! They are very informative!
It's great information. One issue I've just thought of though... the sun get's pretty hot here, how do I keep the water cool enough for the plants?
that Mignonette bronze is a very old heirloom , grows a nice thick tight looseleaf head its one of the group reffered to as butterhead, a sweet crisp lettuce with a subtle hint of a buttery tone same as butter crunch , and it takes o a deep maroon color to some of the leaf edges and sometimes the whole leaf will be dark this is a good example of the lettuce visual ...... Disease Resistance downy mildew cold hardy yet will tolerate heat better then most lettuces heads up to 8 inch diameter are not uncommonThey look amazing! Looks like an amazing growth with the time they've had. Definitely looks like you're doing stuff right
I've been struggling with growing lettuces as it's simply too hot here. I've tried a couple varieties but they all almost immediately bolt. In all fairness, we didn't have a cold winter and summer is rather hot at the moment. At this time of the day (12pm) it's already 34 degrees Celcius. If the lettuce didn't bolt, I wouldthat Mignonette bronze is a very old heirloom , grows a nice thick tight looseleaf head its one of the group reffered to as butterhead, a sweet crisp lettuce with a subtle hint of a buttery tone same as butter crunch , and it takes o a deep maroon color to some of the leaf edges and sometimes the whole leaf will be dark this is a good example of the lettuce visual ...... Disease Resistance downy mildew cold hardy yet will tolerate heat better then most lettuces heads up to 8 inch diameter are not uncommon
yes you get extremes in the heat although the bronze is heat tolerant even your highs there you would see bolting if you try to grow them for max size so cut them back when a good size and let them regrow , and planting so it mature at the coolest point of growing season and shade it or plant it in a well shaded area as best as possible. but sadly most lettuce and cole crops wont fair well in the extreme heat.I've been struggling with growing lettuces as it's simply too hot here. I've tried a couple varieties but they all almost immediately bolt. In all fairness, we didn't have a cold winter and summer is rather hot at the moment. At this time of the day (12pm) it's already 34 degrees Celcius. If the lettuce didn't bolt, I would