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In Topic: hey hydro nft

24 March 2018 - 01:19 AM

Tomatoes and peppers just do better in Dutch buckets (3 to 5 gallons) or Kratky or self-watering containers of a decent size.  NFT works best for lettuce and herbs.  I use 5 gallon Dutch buckets with the the main lines covered, and the reservoir (110 gallons) buried, and the water still gets up to around 80 F in summer.  A temperature goes up, O2 in the solution goes down.  But plants can also absorb O2 from the air IF their roots are not completely submerged.  My plants look fine even with daytime temps of 104 F.


Also, the roots of tomatoes and peppers can obstruct the flow through the PVC in NFT as the plants get bigger.   I remembered this guy's video from several years back.  I think he ultimately gave up on NFT toms and peppers.


In Topic: When do you like to transplant?

23 March 2018 - 02:04 PM

I prefer to transplant sooner than I am transplanting this year!  This is about 60 plants in a 1020 tray.  Planning to transplant them this coming Tuesday.  





In Topic: Tombstone ghost

23 January 2018 - 11:51 AM

I grew ghost peppers for the first time last year, and maybe the last time.  My dogs would bark in the garden, the door to the shed would sometimes be open, and garden tools would seemingly disappear only to reappear in places different from where I remembered setting them.

In Topic: Most Convenient Watering System

16 January 2018 - 12:01 AM

I put my own drip tape system together with a timer, and it worked great.  Even added a fertigator to mix in a concentrated nutrient solution.  If you do a search for "dripworks drip tape row crop kit small" the first link will give you a good idea of what's involved (minus the fertigator).  


While the system worked fine, I find outdoor hydroponics (Dutch buckets) works better (and no weeding!) in my very hot and dry climate, and use that now. 

In Topic: Best knife sharpener?

25 December 2017 - 04:19 PM

I've been using Japanese water stones plus a diamond plate for flattening them, and a leather strop with honing compound.  But I recently started to use a 1" belt sander.  Got to take care not to overheat the edge, but it works great.  Have belts from 320 to 1000 grit and even a leather belt.  Kind of overkill but much quicker than the water stones for me.  There are several videos on the process on Youtube.  I use this Rikon but Harbor Freight sells one that's about half the price at $55.