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FITN

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TDS/PPM/PH

17 March 2019 - 12:00 AM

I've been growing in kratky containers for maybe 3 or 4 months now. Up untill a few days ago I've been crossing my fingers when it comes to ph and PPM levels as I had no way to check them. I just purchased a inexpensive ph meter and a TDS meter. From a small amount of research, it looks as though I'm supposed to be around 5.5 for ph. Does that sound about right?

I am coming up short on PPM research though. Does my PPM level after I add the nutriants depend upon what it is coming out of the faucet? An example would be that straight from the faucet, it reads 200 and I need to add a level of 500 so I'm look for the meter to read 700. These numbers are just for an example, I'm just not sure what level I should be shooting for when mixing nutes.

Favorite heirloom tomatoes

23 February 2019 - 02:12 PM

So in the past I have grown Oxhearts, Roma's and Black Sea Man tomatoes. I would like to expand our tomato horizons and try new varietys. This is also because I forgot to save seeds last year and now I only have seeds for the Oxhearts.

I would love to hear what types of tomatoes are your favorites to grow. Suggestions of types of tomatoes and where to source seeds would be great! I'm also very open to trading for seeds if anyone feels so inclined. As far as tomatoes are concerned, I've only got Oxhearts but I've got multiple types of squash, tons of pepper seeds and your other basic garden veggies.

Cheers!

Aphids are the Devil!

18 February 2019 - 12:13 AM

So I got home this afternoon after a two week long training course for work and found every single plant I have coated in aphids! I've got a couple of older plants that I had already saved from an infestation a couple months ago and they were coated. All of my seedlings for this next season are infested as well.

I tried to over winter a few plants for the first time this winter and ended up bringing the little devils in with the plants. Those plants didn't survive and I've been fighting them ever sense. I thought I had beat them but I realize I was oh so wrong!

I cleaned them all off in the sink, smashed all the ones I could find and hosed em all down with Neem. Wish me luck! I hope I can keep the aphids at Bay long enough to get these plants outside in the spring and let mother nature help fight them off.

Any suggestions on what else I could do would be most welcome. Also I can tell you this much, I think I'm done trying to over winter plants, not worth the headache with these aphids.

Strangest growing container...

29 January 2019 - 06:49 PM

I'd love to hear or see photos of the strangest containers used for growing peppers. Could be soil, kratky or any other grow method.

This is a Melon Rocoto growing in a 5 gallon water tank kratky setup. Supposedly these water tanks are algae proof so we shall see. Apologies for the sideways photo.

Plants on the roof?

25 January 2019 - 11:29 AM

So here's the thing. I am fairly limited on space for pepper plants. I have a detached garage, a 6 foot privacy fence and a very large horse chestnut tree and a maple tree that all create a lot of shade. This all limits the amount of space suitable for growing. Also we grow much more the just peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, squash etc. As a way of adding real estate for peppers, I was contemplating building 3 or 4 small platforms to compensate for the roof pitch and put some potted peppers up on my garage roof. Each would be made of 2x4's and only hold one plant to keep the weight down.

So far the only real downside that I can come up with is heat. I'm thinking that the shingles might radiate too much heat during the summer and cook the plants.

Any thoughts? I'm open to any ideas and or suggestions.