Tomato grow 2013 in an AG with the lightscreen

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Hi All, Somehow I deleted my original grow log. Anyway, here's what I have so far:
8 September 2013 - Started seeds

11 September 2013 - seeds sprout

18 October 2013 - EC 1.8, pH 6.0 27 October 2013 - EC 2.0, pH 6.0

10 November 2013 - EC 2.0, pH 6.0. Tomato doing really well, nice and stocky. One flower bud open, a few more forming well below the bulbs.

7 December 2013 - Three tomatoes have set. I needed to prune the plant way back under the lights.  A few more flowers may set, but that will be it. Now they need to ripen! Still keeping EC at 2.1 and pH at 6.0

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...and reverts to... Oh. I
...and reverts to... Oh. I didn't test the pH again after adding it to the reservoir...

Thanks for sharing, Beth - I'll follow your lead and abandon the old Floramato nute tub again, too. The 3-part nutes work. And if you have to fidget with the pH, and measure dry (actually mine has turned into paste...) and wet (pH down) - it's not any easier than the 3-part nutes, just harder to control.

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 I really think that the one
 I really think that the one part nutes just aren't suitable for an AG tomato. The lightscreen works great-the tomato plant is growing fine. I think it is time to order the three part nutes. I really dislike how acidic the floramato starts out and reverts to in the AG.

 

 

 

 

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Three tomatoes at a time may
Three tomatoes at a time may be all that tomato variety can manage. It might start blooming again after you pick the first one.

Seems kind of unproductive. But then I compare the volume of plant inside the Aerogarden... to the volume of tomato plant I grow in the GrowBoxes... and yeah. There's just a whole lot less plant going on.

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Well, no tomatoes for
Well, no tomatoes for Christmas. Plant has set only three tomatoes, no new buds. I'm thinking I'll need to switch to the three part nutes for a tomato plant. Don't think the floramato is good enough for a full size tomato. Healthy, though, growing up past the lights with the usual leaf loss below. 

 

 

 

 

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Aw! You may have a pretty red
Aw! You may have a pretty red bauble by Christmas, Beth.

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We have baby tomato!
We have baby tomato!

 

 

 

 

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What a pretty plant, Beth!
What a pretty plant, Beth!

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 Tomato plant 17 November.
 Tomato plant 17 November. Will update more tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

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Yeah, I'm really excited for
Yeah, I'm really excited for him, and the people are über-nice for this first woofing. He already went down for a 5-day preview, and it's only for a month in January, so easing into it gently. The boss lady chatted with me on the phone while he was on the way down to Virginia. First day:  help another intentional-community member worm her alpacas, which she keeps for fiber production, being a major craft nut. First reaction:  ick!!! Second reaction:  she really has my kid's number - furries and fiber crafts in one!

Boss's angle is that organic farms need to incorporate livestock into their vegetable growing, for fertilization and efficient feeding. Too many are doing one or the other instead of integrating them.

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 Cool on the internship! I
 Cool on the internship! I know about that program! I wish I had that opportunity when I was younger. Can't wait to see your modern sprout setup...

 

 

 

 

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