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Cleaning aerodarden after grow

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I've been reading that a lot of pesople use vinager or chlorine bleach to clean out their aerodarden between growing cycles. Bleach and vinegar are very strong solutions that I'm sure will hurt the next grow but even aerodarden recommend.z it. Should I worry about how much I flush out the garden. Will one or two passes be enough to remove all of solution?     

Tomatoes and Drain & Refill

I’ve had 2 gardens in my 2 Farm Pluses growing tomato plants for about 5 weeks.  Based on Ginger’s advice I’ve started changing the water in them every week, beginning a week ago.  I check EC and pH every day, and you can see that the water chemistry is going bad after about a week in that the pH starts dropping.

Garden Progress

I attached some pictures of my Farm Plus and Sprout LED gardens.  On the lower Farm Plus the lettuce garden on the left has bounced back from my pump problem, and the tomato/pepper garden on the right is producing its first tomato flowers, 25 days after planting. The upper Farm Plus is about a week behind the lower one.  I’ve been harvesting lettuce on the right, and the tomato plants on the left are growing nicely.  Between the two lettuce gardens I’m getting more than enough lettuce for a large salad for lunch every day.

Pump Problem

I tried to drain and refill the water from the left side lettuce garden on my Farm Plus and found that the pump wasn’t working.  On the Farm Plus, the pump is used to drain the basin.  I lifted up the deck on the garden and found that the roots were growing around the pump intake.  I cleared them from the intake and the pump started up.  I don’t know if the roots were plugging the intake or actually getting into the pump rotor.

Good Book

Ginger, I picked up a copy of your book “Indoor Salad”.  It’s a very good book, well written and full of useful information.  Based on its recommendations, I’ve lowered the target EC for my lettuce gardens to 1.7, I’d previously been aiming at 2.0.  I also changed the target pH from 6.0 to 6.5 for the lettuce.  The book is available in paperback for $15 on Amazon, and less if you have a Kindle.  Well worth it!

Wally R

Update on the Farm Plus

The attached photo shows the status of my Farm Plus.  As you can see, I added a second Farm Plus with the stacking kit.  The upper garden is fastened to the wall, as recommended to prevent tipping.  Everything has worked perfectly on both Farm Pluses.

The lower unit shows 17 days of growth.  I’ve already harvested my first side salad from the greens on the left.   On the right the tomatoes and the sweet peppers are doing nicely, but the poblano peppers haven’t sprouted yet.  Also, I slipped in a Burpee bushsteak tomato pod on the left, it hasn’t sprouted yet.  

A Fan for the Farm Plus

I’ve been measuring the air temperature under the LED lights on my Farm Plus.  What I found is that the temperature goes up to 86 to 88 F during the day with the lights on, going down to the mid 70s at night with the lights off.  The plants are in the early vegetative stage and the lights are in their lowest position, about 6 inches above the deck.  From what I’ve read, a temperature of 77 F is more appropriate, and 88 F is way too high.  

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