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Friday, January 11, 2013

Lettuce, Spinach and Kale Seedlings in Rockwool Cubes.





Seedlings 01/10/13 8 PM planted.

All Rockwool was rinsed and soaked two times PH 5.5
Then rockwool was soaked in .9 11-11-40 Nutrient and Ph to 6.5
Nutrients will be changed in a few day's.
Seedlings of Bibb Lettuce, Paris Island Lettuce, Spinach, and Kale.
All seedlings were then sprayed with .9 Nutrient and the a Sure To Grow Mat wet H2O was added on top. All trays are covered with a clear dome and a heat blanket below on low settings.

These picture were taken 7 am 01/11/13
Updates will follow as growth occurs.

Note:  Rockwool cubes are larger holes which was easier for placing seed from hand feeder.
I didn't cover holes only using the Sure To Grow mat. Microgreens aren't covered with media and they sprout.



 
Updates coming in days as the seedlings sprout.
 1/12/13 10 am One and Half Days to Sprout they popped this AM. I'm a Happy Camper.
Updates of the Cucumber plants and Squash and Butterfly house.
One of the helpers in the Butterfly House.
Some new Seedlings
Soaking the 4" x4" Grodan blocks rinsed two times then soaked for  14 hours rhg. over night in EC 1.2 for Tomato plants.


1/15/13
Here is this mornings results from 1/9/13 seedling Lettuce Kale and Spinach maybe delayed or bad seed.
Rockwools were soaked in PPH 5.5 two times. Then I used 11-11-40 Mix .9 EC and PH Rgh. 6.5. I increased yesterday to 1.2 EC.
Feeding changed  to 1.2 EC Nutrients NPK now are 8-16-36
H2O PH 6.5 sprayed on top of plants EC in bottom of tray.
                                                 Hydro Tomato's going Red excellent tasting.

                                                 Seven Days lettuce and Kale growth.

 
 
Mixed growth. Started 1/12/13 1 PM Eastern Lemon Cucumbers, Cantaloupe, Leeks, Brussel Sprouts, Swiss Chard.

Tomatos picked prior to cold front coming in 50 degrees this morning. 1/18/13
Plants taking this morning 50 degree weather. 
 

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Seedlings Rockwool and Sure To Grow Cubes.

 
These Seedlings were started Dec 26, 2012 Picture taken Jan 5, 2013
Jan 5, 2013 NPK was added 1.2 EC to each cube.
Cubes on right small tray are separated for 11-11-40 Peppers. Hydro Mix 1.2 EC.
Other's in tray are 4-18-38 Tomato Mix 1.2 EC
Small heater pad was used to keep the sedlings warm.
A dome was installed on top of tray.  Wet moist Sure to Grow pad was placed on top for three day's until seedling popped through.
 
These new seedlings are in Rockwool cubes and Sure To Grow cubes. Planted 01/6/13 Cucumbers,  Peppers, and Eggplant, Watermellon. They will be separated when they pop then PK will be added.
Wet moist Sure to Grow pad was installed on top of cubes then a Dome installed over cubes.  Heating pad is being used below tray on low temp to keep them warmer.

 1/10/13
1/10/13 update removed the Cucumber which went into the 4x4 inch Grodan blocks.
1/10/13 Cuccumbers and Squash placed into 4x4 inch Grodan blocks Plastic feed covers added to upper. Later they will go into the slabs. and feed tubes will go into the plastic covers.
I have reduced my cucumber production there is only so much I can use and give away.
Note  Cucumbers and squash get their first Nutrients 1.2 EC. This growth is less then 4 day's.
Soon I will tie these to go higher and clip growth leafs.
Then they will go into the slabs in Flower House.
They will all grow verticle.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Aeroponics Tomato's, Eggplant and Rooting Firespike update.

Aeroponics Tomato's, Eggplant and Rooting Firespike update.
This morning while Sandy is moving up the coast I transplanted my plants.

The only rooting plants that took from my last blog was the Firespike.  I placed them in pots with some other flower plants that didn't take.

The Tomato, and Eggplants are now in 3 inch net pots with cleaned clay ball's around the rockwool seedlings.




Botanicare 3 2 4 Pure Blend Pro is being used in each container. Pumps will spray all plants 24/7 until plants are larger. Once they grow I will transplant to other tanks with less net pots in each.




 Update pictures Jan 6, 2013 These plants were trimmed from the original above.
Plants were separated and placed in Media Bags. Only a few are left from the frost. Some were destroyed in bags with NPK overload.
I did get a good crop of tomato's. These plants face south and are still producing tomato's.
 This was a large plant great tasting tomato's still producing Jan 6, 2012
Eggplants growing in Flower House.  

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Rooting Cassia Bicapsularis,Firebush,Firespike,plus.

This morning I rooted some Cassia, Firebush, and Firespike plants for the Butterfly's.
I also started some Eggplants for the late winter planting for early spring.
My wife mentioned while writing this post.  The Giant Swallowtail kept following her around the yard while working.
Nothing new they know we are providing plants and habitat for them and other animals.

The best dollar investment for a home  I ever spent was our Butterfly Garden plants!

I used Rockwool media PH roughly 6.5. I used rooting powder on the stems.
Hopefully I will see some results. If not I will try them again especially the Cassia.

My wife has transplanted the Firebush stems  in areas of the yard with some great results.

We just love our visiting butterfly's, dragonfly's and a few Humingbirds.

The Cassia bush has been my favorite plant for attracting butterfly's.
It is ready to bloom with flowers shortly.
The butterfly's work this bush regularly everyday.  I really feel they get off on this plant the most.
Then they visit the other plants for nectar and hosting.
 Rooting powder in my GEM tray for applying to stems.

 Rooting powder I cut the Rockwool cubes one side then insert stems.
Cassia ready to bloom in next day our two. The first bloom from spring planting. This was a very small  bush. This is now my favorite plant from spring 2012 plantings.

 Firebush a real butterfly and Humingbird nectar plant.
 Firebush planted spring 2012 a very nice plant but tender to the touch of breaking stems.

Two Lantana plants 3 years old gets cut back every late winter to roughly one foot high.
These are great butterfly plants.

Green's Georgia Colards, Turnip Greens,  Lettuce, and Cabbage small right.
Eggplant rear tall by fence and yummy!

Plenty of greens for winter and early spring so easy with little time and effort.
Cucumbers in Butterfly house and Tomato plants in other areas.
We like our greens small and tender.
I also enjoy my Microgreens I can grow in less the one week.

Lost the majority of our Squash groves they were destroyed in one week by catapillars.
I had pounds of squash flowers that were lost. I love squash flowers for breakfast.
I don't believe in spraying plants with insecticides. If the lizards, frogs and birds can't take care of them oh well.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Rye Berry and Spicy Mix Microgreens

Rye Berry Seed on Sure To Grow Mat

                                            Rye Berry Seed Microgreens Roughly 4 days.
                Spicy Mix Microgreens 4 days old I will let them grow to over the top of tray.
                                                                     Spicy Mix