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This is my first time using hydroponics, and the nutrients are doing incredible things for my basil.
They are growing rapidly and producing these beautiful large green leaves. They are also growing shoots and new leaves everywhere.
I was wondering if anyone knows the best way to clip all of these leaves. More specifically, I don’t want it to get too big and I want the leaves that are there to recieve all the nutrients they need without expending too much energy on too many shoots.
SO, which shoots exactly should I clip off, and what is the best way to sustain my big beautiful basil plants? (also, they are in containers that fit the water bottles so they can’t grow too big).
Any advice is much appreciated !!
Now I have finally got my windowfarm up and running.
I made the structure last year, sowed the seeds several months ago, and planted the tomato plants in the structure about one month ago. So far I have watered by hand, but today I managed to build the pumping system.
However, I have encountered some problems. The two biggest so far:
1. The system will not start up again when it has been switched off. I wanted to have it on a timer but every time it´s on standby I have to rearang the air needles to make it start. I will try to find a solution, but if you have an idea, please write a comment.
2. The air pump I am using is not the quietest. I have tried to put the pump in a box with towels to muffle the sound. But it still sounds too much. And I’m a little afraid that it will overheat in there. Maybe I´ll pick it apart and check what it is that makes the sound, or I´ll try to change the box or I´ll just buy a new pump. Some other suggestions?
Column to the left: Chili pepper, tomato, chilli pepper.
Column to the right: Chili pepper, basil, chili pepper.
Today I also started watering with a nutrient solution adapted for hydroponics. I hope it will make the plants a little stronger with time.
Since the windowfarm hangs in a window with little natural light I have put up an extra lamp. A fluorescent light fixture with a light that simulates daylight.
February 10, 2012
I was in desperate search of more information for Plants I could grow, and I found quite a measure of information. I will just post all the plants I found information on, but not all of them can be grown hydroponically (like root plants). I hope I will be able to add even more information in time (please help gather more information which I can add) and it would be great to add a section ‘tested by window farms’ or something to verify the information.
Hope you want to help and have fun researching and using this information.
1. Electro-conductivity (EC) or Conductivity factor (cF) can be expressed as either millisiemens (mS), cF or parts per million (PPM) 1 mS(/cm?) = 10cF = 700ppm 2. The pH and electro~conductivity values specified here are given as a broad range. It should be noted that specific plant requirements will vary according to regional climatic conditions, and from season to season within that region. 3. As a general rule, plants will have a higher nutrient requirement during cooler months, and a lower requirement In the hottest months. Therefore, a stronger nutrient solution should be maintained during winter, With a weaker solution during summer when plants take up and transpire more water than nutrients. 4. KNOW YOUR CROP. Plant EC or cF may vary according to the stage of growth. For example, cucumber prefer cF 20 when establishing, and cF 25 after the first harvest. Between and 7 weeks after first harvest, the optimum cF is 17. 5. For easy growing reference, plants that share broad groupings of low (L), medium (M) or high (H) can be grown together using the same nutrient electro- conductivity, providing middle ground cF and ph are adopted. 6. The nutrient solution should be discarded at regular intervals. Should there be a requirement to flush the growing bed, the system should be flushed with fresh nutrients (run-to-waste) rather than water to avoid starving or stressing the plant.
The Column ‘Light’ is for the Day- / Night ratio needed (or helpful) for flowering
‘Water’ should someday contain Tipps how much Water (preferred in drip her minute or something) or just low, medium and a general description of that range here.
‘Sun’ will say how much sun/ Shadow the Plant likes
‘Tested’ If tested by someone in the commentary and maybe how hard it is to do it (in planing)
‘Groups’ (L,M,H) as described above, ‘Nutritions needed’ would be a suggestion of Nutrition Solution and other Tipps
Something in brackets (9) means a maximum or minimum not the optimal, something in brackets (?) with a question mark means that the sources said different things or suggested for example that they used the same EC as for the Strawberries. So it is not born out of a sure source.
|Plant||Pflanze||ph||CF (CF/10= EC)||PPM||Light||Water||Sun||Groups (L, M, H)Nutritions needet…|
You can grow anything but root vegetables.
Here is a list of plants we have grown in windowfarms using supplemental lighting from CFL bulbs:
Okra, cherry tomatoes, scallop squash, small cucumbers, beans, strawberries, peppers, peas, japanese eggplant.
Arugula, bok choy, brocolli rabe, kale, chard, radicchio, watercress, chives, various microgreens, and many varieties of lettuce.
Rosemary, cilantro, basil, thyme, oregano, parsley, mint, and sage.
Nasturtium, violets, and marigolds.
We have had varying degrees of success with each depending on the particular microclimate of the window, the amount of natural sunlight available, the drip rate, the type of nutrients, our ability to fight pests, the source of the seeds, and the particular variety of each species.
You can actually grow some pretty big, productive plants even though the containers are small because plants growing in hydroponic systems grow differently from dirt plants. Instead of growing large long roots that have to grow far from the plant to find new water and nutrients in the soil, plants grow more compact rootballs that grow a lot of root hairs for more surface area to absorb more of the water and nutrients you are sending directly to the roots.
Check out how big and healthy some of the plants in this early system were.
Many more varieties of plants are certainly possible but we need your help testing what works because we can only grow so much ourselves. We need you to try out different plants and techniques and share your knowledge about what works. The goal is to get the most nutrients and the most variety for the carbon footprint of the systems.
As we refine the website, we will create ways that you can track and share your results. In the meantime, please focus on getting your system ready and working well and in the meantime, just please be sure to make posts and tag them well. We strongly encourage new users to start with the simple 3-plant airlift system (there are some chronic problems with the reservoir system so we are moving away from it).
I had my first harvest last night. Friends came over for homemade pizza which I topped with pesto I made from sweet basil and silver thyme–both of which I grew in my Window Farm. The other ingredients were mostly local. I made the dough, grew some of the tomatoes we used on my fire escape; the smoked mozzarella came from a great store in Little Italy (NYC) and the cured ham–which everyone ate but me since I’m a vegetarian–came from a Spanish shop around the corner. It was super, super yummy. Here’s a picture which isn’t the greatest but at least you can see the results.