This weekend I searched for a place to buy hydroponic supplies in the Chicagoland area. I found the “Brew & Grow” in Roselle, IL. (www.altgarden.com) It was a nice little store with all sorts of stuff and a helpful staff so I asked for what they would recommend for getting started in hydroponics. This is what I bought:
Davids Grow Trial Package 29.95. This has all the nutrients in a three part liquid mixture. The main components were in pint bottles. 4oz bottle of PH up- 3.95. 4oz bottle of PH down-3.95. PH test kit-7.54. 4″ net pots-1.80 each. A bag of growcubes-24.90. I asked about the hydroton pellets, but they were out of the small bag and I did not want to buy a life time supply and get the huge bags they had. The growcubes are small chunks of rockwool and they are very absorbent. After running the pump continuouly for a few days I decide to just run it a few hours a day since they stay pretty wet. Has anyone tried rockwool in their windowfarm?
As far as plants go, I did not want to go out and buy anything in case I killed it. The ground around here has thawed and my strawberries are starting to grow again so I dug up two of them. I planted one in the window farm and the other in a pot of dirt and this one sits on the window sill next to the window farm. The picture is of the plant the day it was transplanted. Strawberries may be a bit ambitious for the a first time hydroponic setup, but what the hell. Anyone try strawberries in a window farm?
So after the inital transplant shock, both the hydroponic and soil plant are starting to push up new growth from the crown so that’s a relief. The other observation is that the ph creeps up each day which I suppose is normal in hydroponics. I have made one correction downward with the ph down product this week.