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Jake

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Gardening
« on: March 29, 2020, 06:21:58 PM »
Breaking this apart from our covid19 thread. My wife and I want to grow more veggies and be able to grow them year round. This year we started a bunch of seedlings and they are mostly growing very well. Today, I transplanted some sugar snap peas and cucumbers to water only. I am using a 5 foot long 4inch PVC pipe. I put in 3 gallons of water and mixed it with veggie plant food. I used 4 TBSP for the 3 gallons. I am excited to see what happens to it.

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Re: Gardening
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2020, 06:05:32 AM »
That should be fun to see how things turn out.

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Re: Gardening
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2020, 08:21:54 AM »
Interesting setup.  How do you refill it?  It'd be interesting to see the roots after the growing season.

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Re: Gardening
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2020, 09:25:58 AM »
Interesting setup.  How do you refill it?  It'd be interesting to see the roots after the growing season.

This was a prototype - I was planning to fill it by lifting one of the plants - mainly the green onion. But I think in the next iteration (I have two more pieces) I will create a fill hole and a drain plug.
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Re: Gardening
« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2020, 11:00:02 AM »
Yeah, you're gonna need a separate access hole.  We did a vertical garden last year with 20 plants and here are some pictures of the roots that were left when I disassembled the thing: https://photos.app.goo.gl/1nSJyYr58W7suhU66

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Re: Gardening
« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2020, 11:52:54 AM »
Yeah, you're gonna need a separate ass hole.

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Re: Gardening
« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2020, 12:23:53 PM »
We did a vertical garden last year with 20 plants and here are some pictures of the roots that were left when I disassembled the thing: https://photos.app.goo.gl/1nSJyYr58W7suhU66

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Re: Gardening
« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2020, 09:34:00 PM »
so the plants in the first pipe are not doing too well. Only three are thriving, the rest are dying. I'm not sure why. The roots are covered in some slimy thing - not sure if that's suppose to be there. Even with those results, I did the two other pipes yesterday because my seedlings started getting really big and I needed to separate them. I added a different fertilizer to the water in these two.

I also took the rest of the seedling and put them in bigger pots.

Half of my tomatoes died - don't know why. Will try again.

Peppers are just starting to germinate.

I'll take some pictures tomorrow.
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Re: Gardening
« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2020, 12:18:28 AM »
Quick reading says the slime is bad and is a sign of bacteria infections.

The roots on my tomato plans are almost reaching the water reserve.  There isn't a ton of head room so it isn't a complete surprise.


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Re: Gardening
« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2020, 12:25:10 AM »
Last weekend we had a heavy rain storm come through.  It actually filled my tomato's reservoir so had to guess how much food to put in.  But worse, it tripped the circuit that powers the pump.  So, when I got out there Tuesday some of the plants on the tower were wilting.  Got the circuit back up and they started to bounce back.  But then we got another bought of rain and it tripped again.  So, now I've got a raspberry pi sitting out there on the same circuit just logging every 5 minutes that it is up.  So, now I'll have a faster way to tell if it tripped and when.

The tomatoes already have some long ass roots  so they don't really need the pump anymore.  It just helps the water from getting stagnate and helps keep it oxygenated.

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Re: Gardening
« Reply #10 on: April 17, 2020, 02:46:01 PM »
Creating an album for the tomatoes: https://photos.app.goo.gl/T2mfjrD8hTZVheSX6

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Re: Gardening
« Reply #11 on: April 27, 2020, 07:00:59 PM »
The tomatoes have used about a gallon of water per day the last 4 days and are just taking off.  Had to tie them to the trellis so they wouldn't fall over.

This was the bounty from the herbs I harvested on Saturday.

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Re: Gardening
« Reply #12 on: May 30, 2020, 12:27:24 AM »
so with everything that is going on the gardening project had to be scaled back. I wanted to build 4 raised beds, but only had time to build two - used cedar, and they came out quite nice, and it is a nice upgrade to what we had before. These are 8 by 2 feet. I filled it with a bunch of organic matter, compost and finally about 10 inches of top soil - lots of material. Found out that neighboring town has free compost, so filled my trailer with it. and then 40 bags of top soil :o

We planted a few days ago. The tomatoes, pickles, and sugar snap peas we grew from seed. Others we purchased. Also planted some zuchinni in the space I made a couple years ago. I will build the other raised beds in the fall so that they are ready for next year.
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Re: Gardening
« Reply #13 on: May 30, 2020, 01:28:30 AM »
Very nice boxes!

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Re: Gardening
« Reply #14 on: June 15, 2020, 03:56:57 PM »
2 weeks later and garden is doing quite well. So far so good with the plants we grew from seed. Just need remember about spacing when starting sugar snapp peas from seed. Since I had them in containers next to each other, they kind got tangled and it was hard to transplant them and some (most) died.

I'm surprised at how fast radish grows - I think we will be able to grow them at least twice this season in this rate.
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