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?
sounds ok, but maybe research more and wait for others to chime in
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.
yes, TDS depends on your starting water. and theoretically, distilled water should have a TDS of 0 ppm.
PS: since you say you are short on research, i say this just as an FYI, not to 'correct' you...
your meter is really measuring EC, not TDS. if it's giving you "TDS" instead, it's really giving you an estimate based on EC using a conversion factor, and you need to know which conversion factor it's using if you want to 100% understand what it's telling you.
imo, in gardening applications, people should just speak in terms of EC so everyone's on the same page.
one guy's "TDS" isn't necessarily the same as another's "TDS", and you won't know unless both specify the EC -> TDS conversion factors they're using.
i don't really understand the implications of EC beyond trying to use it to get some idea of nutrient concentration. i've read some posts with rhetoric about "don't use tap water as it will count towards your EC" as if to say that all contributors to conductance have an equally meaningful impact on plant health. i've probably misunderstood it? i don't get why we're looking at EC all the time instead of just relying on initial gravimetric and volumetric measurements (or better yet, testing for individual nutrients). what can EC tell you if you don't know what's contributing to it? is there some overall upper limit for EC where plants tend to get sick? if anyone can point me in the right direction, i'd appreciate it.
quantum boards imo are the most elite led grow lights, especially 'official' HLG ones. but it's really hard for me to justify the price for just some peppers or whatever. imho they make a lot more sense if you're growing weed to sell.
there will always be haters, but guys, something to remember is upgrading isn't optional. big upgrades are always eventually necessary, and they almost always entail majorly changing the look and feel.
gave the tomatoes some mild ferts, thanks. they're monsters. they grew right up to the bulbs, and some leaves got a little purple and curly. i moved them down today:
i might try the perlite trick. i have the tray's grooves filled with water (so like 50% of the bottom surface area is water), and i mist the dome if i ever take it off. i also keep the vents closed, but the dome's seal with the tray probably isn't perfect.
doesn't seem dead yet, so we shall see. we're 9 days in i think since cutting. i wonder if i should remove more leaves?
those are some nice looking varieties you got picked out there.
even though FITN ordered seeds already, i'd love to hear more suggestions if anyone still wants to chime in
might make an order myself next week.
also, i'll take this opportunity to whine about tomatoville. everyone likes whining, right? especially offtopic whining.
i've been trying for over a year to get onto that damn forum. they really must not give a shit about getting new users, because i've never experienced this level of signup friction on a forum before. seems to me they've got that thing locked up tighter than fort knox. do they think they're a repository of gold bullion or tomato discourse?
i emailed all the email addresses i could find for them today and also used their contact form, so maybe i'll finally get up in there.
also, this guy's a little creepy:
and, does anyone® know™ what's up with all the trademarks™ on everything®?
is it a long running inside joke or something? lol