I ordered one of the kickstarter Windowfarms and I’ve had it up now for about three weeks. I am brand new at growing herbs/veggies! I got the baby plants with the package deal and Windowfarms sent me basil, chives, watercress and wildfire lettuce. The lettuce took the worst from the shipping. A bunch of the shoots died the first week, but it seems stronger now and I’ve got some decent sized leafs going now. The basil seems to be growing well (and I’ve tried to grow basil in this windowsill in a pot and it wasn’t doing nearly as good.) The chives looking okay (I think!). The watercress is doing well too, and I’ve looked up what it should look like when I harvest it, but I’m not sure if you can harvest it a bit at a time or if it’s all at once?
When the plants arrived in the little foamy blocks, I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to put them in like that or try to pull them out, but I eventually found some info that said to put them in just like that. Are they supposed to dissolve away?
Twice I have rinsed mold off the pellets and plants and I feel like it’s going to keep coming back no matter what I do. I put in vinegar and baking soda as need to keep the pH good, but it’s been pretty steady between 6 and 8. It doesn’t seem to be affecting the growth but does it affect taste/eating it?? I also have cleaned up some of the dead shoots that are these pics so that has helped as well.
I have my timer on 15 min/every hour and then I just recently gave it some time off at night, like three hours, just to see if drying it out a little every once in a while helps with the mold. I’ve looked for water timing on this site in other posts and haven’t found much info.
I have questions about what kind of weight these cups can support. I’ve seen people talk about growing tomatoes (and other heavier veggies), but it seems like they would be too heavy? Also, if anyone has any other advice for a total new grower, I would appreciate it! I am continually looking at this site to try to learn new stuff, but I wanted to dive right in and learn as I’m doing it.
Thanks for reading! So happy to be a part of this community!