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Keep Your Growing Room Warm

Keep Your Growing Room Warm

Keep Your Growing Room Warm

So to keep in line with my last post then here is a few ideas to keep your growing room warm for your plants this winter. Many grow rooms are situated in modern homes with central heating.

So, the simple way would be to keep the central heating on 24/7. The problem with this is it would probably too warm for us humans to tolerate. Individual radiator thermostats are a great idea as you can control each radiator. Including the one in the growing room. If the radiator is set at a certain temperature then it will adjust the heat supplied accordingly. Dont forget that heat is given off by your lighting and ventilation so some sort of control will be required to maintain a certain temperature.

Heat control can be easy to keep with providing there are no dramatic temperature changes.

Some methods of heat control

By applying some of these methods then you will be avoiding a catastrophic drop in temperatures. Thus resulting in poor growing plants and a smaller harvest. Earlier I mentioned the lights. Of course this depends on what lights you are using . Older type lighting systems give off much heat and can higher or lower the temperature dramatically. LED lights burn at much lower temperatures and are more controllable in my opinion.

Unfortunately, here in the UK we have a large number of Victorian housing stock. These larger stone terraced houses are much more difficult to control even with central heating systems. Therefore, there should be a couple of more safe guards to look at.

  1. Fan speed controllers can be used to reduce the amount of air intake and extraction (making things hotter or cooler)
  2. For older properties you could add extra heating such as electric fan heater with an in built thermostat if possible.
  3. Its always a good idea to Insulate your grow room floor, wall and ceiling (there are many products on the market at good prices)
  4. In a water tank then use a water heater for large volumes of nutrient solution (dont put cold water onto your plants ! remember the 19c rule)
  5. Buy a maximum and minimum temperature gauge and regularly check the humidity readings.
  6. Dont pull in freezing air so obtain your intake air from a different room (Keeps the temperature ambient)
  7. Ensure your nutrients are stored at the correct room temperature
  8. Change round day and night by running your grow lights during the night and lights off during the day.
  9. I hope this will help new growers in particularly. Eric Roberts
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Hydroponics Winter Basics

Hydroponics Winter Basics

Hydroponics Winter Basics

Winter is now upon us in the northern hemisphere. Here in West Yorkshire we have already experienced several frosts and a snow storm. Thus making it impossible to do any outdoor gardening.

Most plants that are hardy have already closed down for their winter break. Leaves have fallen from the deciduous trees, with only conifers having a covering of green foliage. In my case my lemon and other citrus fruit are sitting happily in their cosy greenhouse together with LED lighting to lengthen our dark winter days.

So, indoor hydroponic growers can experience temperature fluctuations during very cold spells of weather. Roots are very intolerant of temperature changes. Changes in growth can make significant changes to growth rate if the temperature is allowed to drop bellow 19c . So at this temperature the plants roots zone could easily be damaged. The growth begins to slow and the outside of the root can be damaged.

Many experts believe that the best root temperature should be between 20c and 21c. So, to enable the plants to absorb nutrients correctly. Providing a nutrient solution that is war enough to stimulate new growth is important for the development of a healthy plant. Keeping good oxygen levels and content is imperative for good results.

Concrete floors can be a problem

When writing this blog I a thinking primarily about temperature variations in a building with concrete floors. We all know about the cold feeling when we walk inside a building with a concrete floor. Especially in winter time. So, if plants are grown under these conditions then there is likely to be a large temperature variation. This could be overlooked when starting out your growing season in spring time.

Even a small garage used for growing will suffer variations of temperature in winter time. Ass a result many growers use some type of rubber mats to help insulate their precious crop. Personally I would raise the plants off the floor to stop them getting “cold feet” and ruining the crop at a later stage.

Cold can also effect the temperature of the water tank used to mix and provide the nutrients. Growing rooms must be well insulated so the the air temperature does not change significantly in a cold spell. As I have said earlier the 19c level should not be compromised. Your plants will be open to attacks from many pests and disease. The weaker your hydroponics plant then the more likely they are of been attacked.

Of course all this will lead to a poor crop and disappointment. So prepare for winter by making your plants as cosy as possible to avoid disappointment and a poor harvest. Heaters are the answer !

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Hydroponics and the Environment

Hydroponics and the Environment

Hydroponics and the Environment

Hydroponics and the Environment

So as my readers will know that I am relatively new to hydroponics gardening. I have since learned that hydroponics has it advantages over growing in soil. Plants grown by using the hydroponics method will probably grow around 50% faster than their soil grown counterparts. Of course this will usually end up as a better crop production, including the extra supply of oxygen to the roots when using hydroponics growing medium.

Better root systems will encourage more oxygen to the plants helping to absorb the nutrients faster. Because the plants are growing in water they dont have to spend time in soil looking for the nutrients they require to grow correctly. Those nutrients are being delivered to the plant throughout the day. The hydroponic plant requires very little energy to find and break down food. The plant then uses this saved energy to grow faster and to produce more fruit.

Less bug infestations

Another advantage that plants have when grown using hydroponics is that they are less likely to have infestations of funguses and plant disease. Of course this must be combined with cleanliness and general garden hygiene!

Soil gardening believe it or not uses much more water than hydroponics. Thus offering many benefits to the environmental friendly Gardner. Starting with top soil erosion does not exist in hydroponics. Including the use of peat as a growing medium. Peat as we all know will be fazed out in the near future with Coco-husk taking over. Hydroponics use a constant amount of nutrients therefore using less water.

Another advantage is that there are less pests and therefore less pesticides are used (once again this must be combined with cleanliness and general garden hygiene). Hydroponics on large scales will be the norm in the future. The future is already hear looking at the size of the giant glasshouses you can see doted all over Europe and North America. Global warming is expected to become the major cause of soil erosion in parts of the world. Turning fertile areas into deserts.

Glass houses the size of large towns will become the science fiction of the norm. Growers now have complete control over the amount of water and nutrients used for growing huge crops. Even in warmer climates such as Spain then hydroponics plays some sort of role in controlling water usage.

The purpose of a growing medium is to aerate and support the root system of the plant and to channel the water and nutrients. It will be interesting to see how things pan out going forward. However we have still made great steps into out growing methods for whatever crops we decide to grow.

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Growing on your roofs

Growing on your roofs

Growing on your roofs

I must confess right now that I have never been a city dweller. Because of this then I have picked up ideas from other people who know about this subject. However I have seen many great gardening ideas in built up areas and city centres in many countries on my travels. Even in huge cities like New York then things can be seen growing from the roof tops of the lower buildings. My own capitol city of London has splendid roof gardens. Growing many things in the micro climate created by the heat and shelter coming from the many buildings.

City dwellers dont have the space

So, when walking through our city streets then it is easy to see that a conventional garden would b out of the question. Most, people have paved over any space that they may have for parking their cars. Whilst many UK houses have a pitched roof, so it would not be possible for a roof garden. However, small apartment blocks do have access to a flat roof. Inner cities are full of suitable apartment blocks on which a roof garden could be growing flowers and vegetables for them.

canal boats can also offer the opportunity to grow plants using the lighter hydroponics methods. But I think thats another story.

Soil of course could be a problem! Due to the weight and accessibility on to the roof top. So why not try the hydroponics method of growing without soil. A hydroponic rooftop garden would be an excellent choice for you if you want to have a hassle free gardening experience. All sorts of plants can easily be grown and cared for from your balcony. We often see this in Mediterranean countries with many balconies growing wonder geranium plants and of course bougainvillea’s trailing down with their wonderful purple and red flower bracts shining in the sun.

Tomatoes and excellent choice.

Of course tomatoes would be an excellent choice to grow using hydroponic methods. Along with peppers and herbs. Importantly though it is always a sensible idea to check for any weight restrictions or building regulations before going ahead with your growing plans. Newer buildings have special roof areas to carry extra weight. So it would be well worth checking! So, to start rooftop hydroponic gardening. Then, you should decide on what plants or herbs you want to grow and how many of each.

Once you decide the amount of plants you want to grow, you need to get plastic containers or plastic tubes to grow your vegetables or herbs. Next, you need to cut holes in them to place your potted plants properly. You can either buy seedlings from a reputable garden centre or grow your own seedlings. Perhaps on your windowsill! Once you have your seedlings, take them out of their pots, and rinse the roots to remove the dirt.

After washing them properly, you need to place your plants in some sort of growing medium such as rockwool, vermiculite, or any other suitable growing substrate and then fed with a nutrient solution to make them grow.

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Poultry Food from Hydroponics

Poultry Food from Hydroponics

Poultry Food from Hydroponics

So I first read about this idea in a well known Indian hydroponics blog! As a keeper of poultry then I found the story very interesting. Firstly, then I am lucky enough to have a large lawn. This of course suffices for the amount of greens that my chickens can eat. When they eat the grass and clover then I simply move the coop to a fresh and green area. I am fortunate enough to use the “Eglu” chicken coops.

However many chicken keepers only have the same run for their birds. So, this is soon eaten away and the birds are usually scratching on the bare earth or any substance that the owner puts down as a bedding. Of course mainly straw or wood chips of some kind. poultry like any other bird thrives on greens of most kinds.

Greens are organic and full of protein!

many poultry keepers will feed their birds on green kitchen scraps, which is fine! However it is possible to grow your chicken green feeds hydroponically and at an inexpensive price. feeding your chickens on hydroponically grown greens will produce better quality eggs with nice bright yellow yolks.

Hydroponic fodder is rich in protein, B-carotene, trace elements and enzymes. Sprouts can be easily grown in trays. In fact about 2kg of seeds can produce around 10kg of edible chicken fodder. Plastic Trays are available from your local hydroponics store. These trays come in many sizes. From the normal seed tray size to large trays for holding a number of plant pots. These can be utilized for growing the sprouting seeds.

Seeds suitable for sprouting include mung, alfalfa and mustard. Different types of lentils and mung seeds are also a good choice. The seeds are just spread onto a layer of tissue paper with water. The seeds are then spread on to the top of the wet tissue and placed in a light and warm place. For continuity then this should be spread out over a period of time. A greenhouse would be a perfect growing environment. However a window sill on a South or East window would be fine.

These sprouting systems will be mature in a little over a week. Importantly, this is also a good treat for your chickens in the colder winter months as well as summer time supplements.

I know that many growers of plants and gardeners are also keen poultry keepers. The two go hand in hand. So it may just be worth thinking about growing some nutritious seeds hydroponically for your precious egg providers.

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Which Tomatoes for Hydroponics !

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Which Tomatoes for Hydroponics !

Which Tomatoes for Hydroponics !

I must confess that tomatoes are probably the best and most rewarding things that you can grow. Also they are a great choice for hydronic gardeners as well as conventional growers. Consequently, many growers feel that they are ideally suited for growing in an hydroponic environment. Compared with in a greenhouse or out doors. I have tried all methods! This year I grew in my usual greenhouse and have had mixed results.

I use two plastic water tanks to supply the pots filled with a mixture of clay pebbles and Coco peat made by Canna. So, you can buy this at your local Hydrostore. However I have discovered that it is now obtainable ready mixed and ready to go. I will probably get this for the next growing season.

One important thing to remember is when choosing the type of tomatoes to grow using the hydroponics method.

Then, you should only choose the “indeterminate” varieties of tomatoes. These grow like vines and can be trained to grow up a cane. The flowers that produce the tomatoes will sprout in-between the leaf axils. This can be best seen on this excellent video-

Apart from tying them to the canes as the grow. Then the only thing to do is to pinch out any growth that appears to be sprouting on the joints of the branches and main stem. These tomatoes are said to be “truss varieties” because they grow on trusses.

As the plant grows upwards then you will be rewarded with bunces of green and then red tomatoes. As the plant reaches the top of the growing area then nip out the growing tip. Thus, allowing the plant to stop growing and put all its energy into producing a good tomato crop on the lower stems.

Just a mention that the determinate tomato varieties grow as a bush and are more suited to other types of growing methods.

Which varieties!

Cluster (Truss) Tomatoes

Because of my age then these are the first choice tomato varieties for me (now very old). These are the type that look like you regular tomatoes or vine tomatoes. As I have said they grow in trusses and attain the regular looking sized tomatoes. Of course most gardeners recognise the names of these varieties because of their regular good performance and dependability. Old favourites such as Alicante, Ailsa Craig and Moneymaker are still very popular varieties. Also I grow a few F1 hybrid varieties such as “Shirley” and “Cristal”.

However if you like to save the seeds for your next year crop then F1 hybrid seeds will not come true to variety. Finally I find that the truss tomatoes have an excellent taste and perfect for the salad bowl. I also like to cook them for breakfast with some egg an bacon, they taste delicious.

Beefsteak Tomatoes-

So, these are my second preferred variety to grow. These can grow very large and I must admit to showing off their size when we have any visitors to the house! I first saw this type of tomato when I was a young man and went to Spain for my summer holidays. back then they were not available here in the UK and were some sort of exotics at the time. They looked great sliced on a lovely Spanish salad.

Later when I visited France I bought some “Marmande” seeds in a local garden centre. These were not the giants but came very close to the beefsteak tomatoes in Spain. Beefsteaks can also come in F1 varieties so beware of saving the seeds as they wont come true. This year I tried a variety called “Pink Brandywine“. So, when sliced they just fitted into a slice of bread. The flavour is good and are excellent sliced with a pinch of salt and some good “virgin olive oil” sprinkled on top.

I would try your one choice though. Sometimes it is worth buying a couple of different plants from your local garden centre to find your one preference. Beleive me it is well worth the effort and their is nothing tastier than your own home grown tomatoes.

Plum Tomatoes gaining popularity-Which Tomatoes for Hydroponics

Italy is becoming a very popular tourists attraction and I believe is the true home of the “plum tomatoes. Again these would only be seen in your canned tomatoes and were not available to UK gardeners. However they are now widely available and are worth a try. Growing then just the same way as a vine they re popular because of their great flavour and the plum shape of the fruit. I love to grown plum tomatoes and have been successful by growing the varieties “Roma” and ” San Marzano”.

So, both these varieties have grown very well next to my regular crops and the flavours are very tasty. I love these cooked with a little oil and two fried eggs on top for my breakfast. Fresh from my greenhouse then life could not be better!

Now there are many different colours!-Which Tomatoes for Hydroponics

During the past few years then “cherry tomatoes” have become a popular choice for salads and also mixing with mainly Italian dishes. Because they can be kept whole and have remain in shape when cooked. However I am not a fan of these and so far have not grown any. There are types that can be grown in a hanging basket and cascade from the basket called “Tumbler” . I may try these but so far have give them a miss.

Anyhow, to make the salad bowl more interesting it is possible to buy tomatoes that have many different colours. Hence orange coloured varieties are now popular including, “Orange Santa” and “orange wellington“. Dark coloured tomatoes dont look right to me ! Although not quiet black they are very dark skinned. Varieties such as ” Black Opal” are available but these are not for me.

A very nice looking striped tomato is available called “tigerella“. hence with a red back ground and yellow stripes. I have grown these but my family thought they looked ill! Not for everyone but very different.

Finally all your growing mediums and plant care materials are available online from all over the UK via the “Hydrostore” website.

peppers

Beginner Peppers

Beginner Peppers

Beginner Peppers

Hi here is my second Hydrostore blog for the month of April 2021. Once again there are many things that I am learning on my into the world of growing without soil, hydroponics!

So if tomatoes are my favourite salad crop then peppers are certainly my second. Peppers provide a massive variety of colours and flavours. Of course from the red hot chili peppers such as “Scotch Bonnet” to the milder bell peppers that we use in regular salads. So some of the hotter peppers grown do in fact require hotter temperatures to grow them. Here in the North of England it depends on the type of summer that we are experiencing!

The spicy peppers are used mainly for cooking spicy dishes and are popular for spicy Indian dishes and West indian cooking. Of course we can buy a spicy pizza covered in spicy hot peppers if we like that kind of thing. However I generally stick to the mild flavoured bell peepers that come in many shapes and colours. Most peppers start off as green coloured fruit and later turn into the colour of choice. Hence, from bright red to yellow and even dark purple. Of course all these colours add brightness and colour to a great mixed summer salad! My mouths watering as I am writing this!

Try growing peppers the hydroponics method

Peppers are easy to grow and only suffer the usual pests. White fly and other aphid species are the general worst enemies. These can be controlled by the usual methods of spraying with soapy water or using a commercial brand such as “plant magic” bugicide from your local Hydrostore online, in different sized containers. So, a good way of determining the colour of bell peeper to grow is to buy one in your favourite colour. Say in this case yellow. The seeds can be removed and generally the plant will turn out to be the same colour as the parent plant, in this case yellow.

This year I am going to try germinate the seeds using the paper towel method. This is a popular way of germinating many plant species. Including peppers and tomatoes. The seeds are carefully wrapped between two lairs of tissue paper and placed in a saucer of water. The paper must be kept wet and not allowed to dry out!

The seeds will eventually germinate and small green shoots will appear. So, these small plants will then be placed singularly inside of a rockwool cube. Always try to handle the seedling with great care. The rockwool is then to be placed inside a 3ins net cup. It is important to buy net cups with a lip around the top so that it fits snug inside the plastic tanks lid. Incidentally, I will be growing four pepper plants inside my 18×15 ins black plastic tanks (Totes) .

The tote lids have four holes cut in to take the 3 ins plastic net cups. I will then add “nutrients” into the water and place the cups and pepper plants into the tank lid and therefore the tank of water. In my case it will be CX hydrobase. So, I will be trying this out for the first time and will keep my readers up to date with the results. I shall also be using a small aquarium pump to circulate oxygen to the plants via the tanks water supply.

My set up will be in my greenhouse once the weather warms up. There will be plenty of light at this time of year! Of course this method can be used indoors by adding a LED lighting unit to your growing kit.

long winter 2021

Long Winter in 2021

Long Winter in 2021

Long Winter in 2021

So, this year has been a long cold winter. Especially for us growers who should be getting growing around this time of year. My own situation is that I have a heated greenhouse for my citrus trees. However it is too cold to move them outside onto a sheltered spot. Moving them gives me space to plant out my seedlings and prepare for the tomato plants into their final planting spot.

Accordingly, I have not yet planted my seeds and realise that I am running out of time. This year I have decided to try some different seed varieties. I love to grow the big size tomatoes that are generally very tasty and a good choice for summer salads (Thats if we get a summer this year?)

I am a great fan of watching “YouTube” videos and I think they offer some great advice. Especially the different choices of tomato seeds that I have never heard of before.

Kellogg’s Breakfast and F1 Super Mama

This year I will be trying five different varieties from Nickys Seeds. Consequently these will include the much raved about Kellogg’s breakfast and another heirloom variety the F1 Super Mama.

These seeds will be planted this time by using the soil-less method of “Rockwool Blocks” . These are only £7.50 for 150 blocks to sow your seeds into. Of course the seeds are then placed into the blocks singularly. Hence they are then covered with a small quantity of “vermiculite“. Vermiculite, can be bought in small or large quantities. However I prefer to buy the larger bags because this is something that is important when growing hydroponically.

The blocks are always to be pre-soaked before placing one seed in the centre hole. Some growers advise placing two seeds and then selecting the strongest seedling when they have germinated. However these seeds are very expensive any you only get ten seeds per packet. So to me you should just plant a single seed. The blocks are then placed into a tray of water until germination. I prefer to use a heated propagator unit for better results as long as the area where the seedlings will be grown on is also heated.

Dont forget the in this weather then rooms in houses can become very cold without any form of heating. I am sure that there will be growers pout their who have made this mistake in the past. Losing plants due to stress because of a drop in temperature in the middle of the night. When the seedlings have germinated they can be grown on to whatever system you prefer.

Auto Pot System

This year I am going to grow my larger crops using a flexi water tank that feeds an Autopot system . These systems come in many sizes but the nine pot system is ideal for my space in the greenhouse.

Once the system is set up it just a case of training your plants as they grow, (I prefer to use large canes). Water tank levels must be watched with the added A and B nutrients also added to the correct dose. This year I will try out CX Hydro base from Canada. So, when your plants start to grow you must remember to taking out any side shots, between the stem and the main branches.

Also remove any dead leaves and give the plants plenty of room to grow flowering buds for a good crop. All the products necessary to grow a good crop most plants are available online from “Hydrostore” in West Yorkshire.

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Starting my Seeds in Rockwool

Starting my Seeds in Rockwool

Starting my Seeds in Rockwool

As I write this post we are at the back end of March 2021. The winter here in the North of England has been on the cool side with the odd milder day. Much different to last year when we had only a couple of frosts in the whole of winter! Even my outside “Basjoo Banana” plant survived with some of its leaves in tact.

However as I have said this winter was to be much colder. As you probably know then I have been growing most things all my life. Including, my favourite fruit the tomato’s. Now in my later years then I am trying out more difficult plants to grow and perhaps survive the English winter. Including, pot grown figs, lemons and other types of citrus trees and pomegranates.

The secret is keeping them over wintered!

Introduction to Hydroponics

My son in law works for a local Hydroponics store and since then I am becoming fascinated by the hydroponics method of growing things such as salads and herbs. This also includes tomatoes, of which I have successfully grown a full crop in the last growing year. So, this year will be my very first venture growing some different lettuce types starting of with rockwool cubes to germinate my seeds.

Rockwool is the stuff that is used in loft insulation to insulate our homes from the cold and is made out of highly heated molten rocks. This sounds strange but the rocks are heated until they melt and the resulting molten rock is spun to make the wool type threads. I suppose that it must look like molten volcanic rock when flowing down a volcano!

In fact it was first discovered around 1850 on the “Mauna Loa Volcano” on the island of “Hawaii”. Importantly, the use of rockwool for insulating buildings was first used in 1935.Followed by other uses including a great product for growing seedlings.

Rockwool stores water and oxygen

So, the rockwool cubes that we buy to start off our seedlings are perfect because they store enough water while providing oxygen to the newly planted seeds. Of course here in the UK we have just put our clocks forward for British summer time and the growing season “begins in earnest”. This week will bring our first daily temperature of over 20c. I cant wait to get started with my first ever planting of lettuce seed in the rockwool cubes. The ones I purchased were the SBS Grodan Cubes. So these cubes are 1.5 by 1.5 blocks in a 77 plug tray. Perfect for my requirements.

The cubes look a perfect size to me but you can cut them up smaller if you want t save money. I bought mine from the local “Hydroponics store” in nearby Wakefield. Before the seeds are sewn I will soak the correct number of plugs in water for a few minutes, before draining them after the soaking for a further 15 minutes. This gets rid of any excess water there may be in the plugs (cubes).

Sowing the seeds is just the same as in any sort of growing medium! A little tricky depending on the size of the seed, especially tiny lettuce seeds. I would normally just scatter lettuce seeds onto a tray of compost and then prick out the newly grown seedlings. However by taking a little time once the seeds are placed in the centre of the plugs then there is no need for any pricking out the seedling and causing the plants to stress.

Using a cocktail stick

Tiny seeds such as lettuce can be spread out on a piece of tissue paper for better observation and easier handling. So, I am then going to use a tooth pick or cocktail stick (Same thing), to ease a seed into the hole in he centre of the rockwool plug. When the seeds are all positioned then I will spray with a little water to moisten the seeds. I will then place a little “vermiculite” on top of the plug hole to seal the seeds inside.

The next stage will be to place the seeds in a tray and in a propagator for germination and then onto the next stage which I will cover in the next blog. The propagators come in many shapes and sizes and are available online at your local Hydrostore here in Yorkshire UK.

Hydroponics from the Start

Hydroponics from the Start-Beginning with growing lettuce.

Hydroponics from the Start

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Hydroponics from the Start

Hi as an older gardener then I have to give some thought into starting off with hydroponics. So, its hard to get into my head that you dont need soil or indeed a garden to grow things. My first hydroponics venture came with growing tomatoes. However this was done by using “clay pebbles” and a Canna Coco Natural. Of course this is a well known grow media. A replacement for growing in peat moss and made from pure coco fibre. As a result I now use this product for all my plant growing needs. The product ensures a perfect air and water retention ratio. It’s is made by Canna from its high-performance grow media range. Ensuring rich root growth and accelerated plant development.

However, I am now going to try to use pure hydroponics to grow my first lettuce plants. So, my first thought was that I could control the actual lettuce plants that I need. I dont know about you but previously I am a victim of over growing my salad crops. Consequently I will feel more positive about only growing the amount of salad crops that will be required. I can plant out as many lettuces that I will need to last me a few weeks and then replant a second tray. Of course if it is required.

Herbs can also be a good crop to grow.

This method also looks good when growing certain herbs as well as different lettuce types. However I want to cover this in a separate blog post! lettuces grown in a plastic tray and a polystyrene sheet cut out to fit the young lettuce plants in side a mesh pot with a lip so that it fits into the hole perfectly. So the tray is then filled with water up to the root system of your lettuce plants.

Importantly, the you will have to add nutrients to the water to feed the fast developing plants. My local hydroponics store has recommended that I try “CX Hydro-base” mixing part A and part B to the correct quantities. of course I will be trying this in the second week of March in my slightly heated greenhouse. Light should be no problem! Of course you can also use some sort of solar lights for indoors growing.

Also I believe that I should also use a small air pump for oxygenating the you plants. I have seen in tests that this vastly improves the plants growing capabilities. Consequently, this is an extra expense but the pump can be used over and over again.

Asa visual person myself I have decides to add a good video about the early learning days for growing with this hydroponics method, please enjoy!