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Tomatos

It has been a while. I have learned a lot about hydroponic tomatos in the passing days. The tomatos I grew in the aerogardens were bland, no taste. Only had one that had any flavor and I wasn't about to tie up an ag for another one. 

I bought an ebb and flow system and decided to try toms again. 

I started with a Prince Edward black tomato (it was a sample included in a seed shipment for various lettuces). I found out:

a) I was using nutrients at too high a level

b) not the best tack to use an indeterminate variety of tom 

Major Changes for the lettuce gardens

For the moment, I have only three systems in operation: an 'old' aerogarden from last year growing herbs, one ag that I am using as a seed starter: absolutely the best seed starter so far (mainly because I'm now using an ebb and flow system). The aerogarden allows a good long root system to develop. When they are moved to the ebb and flow buckets, the roots are already long enough to reach the flood line which is a few inches below the top of the bucket and under the clay pebbles (Hydroton).

All lettuce online

All three lettuce gardens are online: all are deep water culture, save maybe for the lettuce in the GH Rainforest. I have an AG one still going but it looks totally stunted. I did not get much out of it, the weather is getting warm, sticky, and I don't think they like it. I don't think the dwc plants will last long either. However, I am going to try and swap tubs out, start one as another ends. 

I am currently working on growing strawberries in an AG ecogrower, drip system. I am collecting materials, the plants should be here in a couple of weeks. 

Bad blogger

I think I am as unorganized, disorganized in keeping track of my plantings as I am in everything else. Of course, the result is that I have some lettuce plants that do not do as well in  hydroponic settings. However, they still taste good while they last. Keep in mind, typing this hurts... literally due to an old injury. However, I keep it up as I refuse to let it deter me. 

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