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Aeroponic Fog Grow Systems

Aeroponic Fog System 1Today I’m going to do a long overdue water change on the store’s TurboGrow, aeroponic fog grow system, made by the same folks who make the TurboKlone machine (turboklone.com). This is an amazing grow system that uses compressed air to form a fog made up of purified water and the hydroponic nutrients of your choice. This machine just babies your plant’s roots in a fog of what they want; for them it’s like sitting at home, watching a football game, and someone sent you a free pizza delivered to your door during halftime. The instructions tell you to use about half of the normal nutrient dosing with this system.

Aeroponic Fog System 2I am growing a Pequin pepper plant, a few marigolds, and some mangroves in this system. This system is illuminated by a single Kessil  H350 Magenta LED lamp. (kessil.com) This water change is overdue because for best results you should probably be doing a w/c once a week or at least every two weeks; it’s been almost a month.

I’m going to pump the old water into my rolling barrel even though there is a drain on the system.  My reasoning stems from way I’ve set it up.  It is easier for me to pump out the old water – it’s only ten gallons. Next, I’ll ad ten gallons of De-Ionized water, 30 ml of  ‘Oneness’, 20 ml  Ginormous, and 6 ml of Sea-Cal, all made by Humboldt Nutrients (humboldtnutrients.com). Testing my reservoir came up with 435 ppm and a pH of 6.5, so I added 3 ml of Gen Hydro pH down to bring the water pH to 6.2; which seems just about right for this system.

I don’t know why I wait so long between w/c my systems… it took me a lot longer to write this than complete the water change! 🙂

Bye for now,

Paul

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Vertical Gardens

ogc-vertical-gardenI want to talk a little about a hydroponic system in our store. I’ve just done a water change (w/c) on our Vertical Garden (vertigro.com); it would be a great system for anyone tight on horizontal space, a complete system that would be pretty good for beginners. It’s almost a hybrid of three types of hydroponics, a built in reservoir, soiless mix/coco coir, and top watering. How it works is a series of planters filled with soiless mix, perched atop each other, and top fed from planter to planter below, supplied with a water nutrient solution, pumped up by a submersible pump, from the reservoir on the bottom, and controlled by just one timer.

Verti-GroAll you need to do is add light, everything else, submersible pump, soiless mix and even powdered nutrient is included. You could set it up outside, but here in Chicago, you would have to bring it in seasonally and always make sure you secure it from strong winds.  We are using this system to grow strawberries, the type that send out runners. It’s a natural, you plant the mother plant on top and she sends out runners to the pots below. Strawberries thrive in nutrient solution more to the acidic side, we’re set our pH at 5.2. I think we’ll have to be patient, I am not expecting any fruit for quite a few months.

Paul