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Indoor Garden 2018-2019 Revisited


Testing phase


I decide to give indoor gardening another shot this winter, it's a bit late in the year but this will be a trial run for next year, if it is a success I will expand on it next winter 2019-2020.

I will be using my existing grow area to start the seeds and grow some herbs and leafy greens.

I planted some Black seeded Simpson and Parris Island Romaine for my wife, I felt bad for her, she loves romaine but has gotten sick from it twice so she won't ever buy it again, last time she got sick we ended up in the emergency room. I also tossed in some Beets to hopefully get a beet harvest so I can make some pickled red beets, but I'm not holding my breath.


November 24th, 2018

  • Beets - Detroit Dark Red (59 days), Romaine - Parris Island (70 days) and Lettuce - Black Seeded Simpson (45 days).




November 27th, 2018



December 13th, 2018





December 16th 2018
  • Moved lettuces to individual pots.





In addition to the existing (Permanent) grow area, I will be setting up a temporary grow area.


December 17th, 2018



New grow /lights and area setup and trials



I was able to squeeze a bit more out of my Grow Area and will attempt at growing tomatoes and peppers along with my greens, the grow table will be for the herbs and greens and the new grow area will be for fruiting plants there does come a point where you want to up your game.

Since I want to go with fruiting vegetables, I had to make changes.

.... this should be fun.

The hard part was finding a table for the new grow area, I didn't want to make another table, the idea is to be able to break it down and not have a bunch of stuff to find a home for, because I just dont have the room. I looked around the work shop and think I have a solution, but first let me get some more seeds started.


  • Planted some Baby Bok Choy - Suzhou Baby Bok Choy (30 days), Gardeners Delight Cherry Tomato (65 days) and an Abe Lincoln Tomato (87 days). I also ordered some Totem FI seeds (75 days)



December 18th, 2018

I ordered some "BR" bulbs, a UFO Full spectrum Grow light and a few Clamp Light fixtures for this project.



Today I planted cilantro (30 days) and Genovese Basil (66 days) and mixed up some fertilizer this is for my herbs and greens.

Nute Mix per 5 gallons for greens (20-18-38)





December 19th, 2018


I got caught up in all the hype after doing a bit of research and reading reviews and ordered another Led Grow light and some Panda Film.

  • After work today, I cleared a spot for the new table.



  • I will be using this table top I made that covers the Table Saw when not in use.

  • Hung a few lamp holders but I'm not sure if I'm even going to use them.


  • Some tables I had in the downstairs bathroom.



  • Table added and clamped to the garage door with C-clamps. The idea is, if the plants (hopefully) get tall to the point I can't raise the lights anymore, I will drop the table down onto some crates.

  • OK, this isn't pretty but it is functional, I wanted a strong support for the lights and the floor rafters didn't really line up to where I wanted them to to screw in eyebolts. The solution was simpler than I originally figured. I used 3" deck screws and a few washers screwed into the floor joists then wrapped a coat hanger around them. I will have to hit it with some white spray paint.


  • After the table was situated, I planted some Garlic Chives (90 days), Jimmy Nardello Pepper (90 days), Bush Snap Beans (48 days) and a few more Black Seeded Simpson (45 days).


  • So far, so good, it's not real pretty but should work.

 
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December 20th, 2018

After a bit more reading (slow day at work) I decided to cancel the UFO grow light and for $30.00 more ordered another, Roleadro Galaxyhydro Series 1000W LED Grow Light.
I really need to stay off of the computer!


When I got home I mixed some potting mix for the indoor veggies.
  • 1 bucket (2 gallons) peat moss
  • 1 bucket (2 gallons) Perlite
  • 1/2 bucket (1 gallons) Black Kow composted cow manure
  • 1 cup pelleted time-release fertilizer (osmocote)
  • 1/4 cup of Blood Meal
  • ½ cup lime (to counter the acid of peat and keep the pH level near neutral)





  • I had two pepper plants that I pulled at the end of the season from the Aquaponics and raised bed. I had the plants by a window in the basement bathroom, I wanted to see if I could overwinter them. I decided to re-pot them and move them to the grow room. I know one is a Tabasco, but not sure what the other is. I took them out of their terracotta pots and tried to clean off most of the Aphid skeletons lol.

  • Re-potted the pepper plants using the new mix and watered real well. The one root-ball looked pretty dry, so I'm not sure if it will make it, anyhow, I put the neglected pepper plants under a few Led lights for the time being and setup the fan.


  • The Baby Bok Choy is up (3 days) without the use of heat mats.




Ordered some more seeds from Bakers Creek for the indoor (salad) garden
  • Red Welsh Bunching Onion
  • Arugula
  • Rocky Top Lettuce Mix Salad Blend
  • Green Wave Mustard



December 21st, 2018


I had ordered 2 new Led grow lights for the new indoor garden area, but it got me to thinking, and you know what happens when I start thinking $$$.
I was reviewing led grow lights and came across the Viparspectra 700w led that looked perfect for the new grow area but it was just too expensive at $300.00,
I surfed the net all day and best I could find was $285 free ship but was still on the fence with ordering one, until I came across one on e-bay brand new still in box.

It was an auction and was @ $110.00 when I placed a bid, but was outbid in a few hours. The auction still had two days and 9 hours to go. I decided to set my max bid 3 seconds before closing, so I stayed up late Saturday night 12:30 I believe and was watching the seconds count down and submitted my bid 3 seconds before closing and won at $222.50, not bad. So I decided to use the 1,000w lights for the existing table and the new 700w for the new grow area.



December 22nd, 2018
  • I had some work ahead of me to accommodate the Viparspectra led.









  • I also got a bit of indoor gardening done.





 
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  • For my tomato plants I wanted at least two gallon containers, I didn't want any hard type planters so opted for grow bags for easier storage. I actually ordered 3 gallon grow bags for the tomatoes and eggplants and will use the 2 gallon pots for the Peppers.




  • Sunday mid day I got a wonderful surprise.

  • First I installed the new BR bulbs then sadly removed the existing Led tube grow light.












I will store my led tube grow light until I am sure that these will work with seedlings, then I'll probably disassemble and store the parts.

One thing I really like about the Led's, even the semi-cheapos, is how far you can keep them from the canopy with awesome results. This makes managing everything much easier. I'm still trying to wrap my head around a lot of this LED stuff, veg, bloom and all the other crap.

For the average person doing seedlings and indoor greens using a few fluorescent tubes has you covered.

  • What a difference.

  • 2017





One nice thing about the old lights over the Led's is you can monitor the plants better from a visual standpoint (true color), but I'm working on that.

Every Led array and setup is unique to the way it is setup, I dont have any way to test light output or whatever they do but did find one tip that I have been using.
 
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December 24th, 2018

A few more toys came in.




  • Now I can coordinate both grow areas.





  • Planted some Eggplant, Peppers and Tomatoes..




December 25th, 2018


I'm pretty new to using Led's for an indoor grow and not sure about the height requirements for the lights so I test the leaves with an IR thermometer and if they are at the same temp and /or lower than the ambient temp, I should be at the right height, well that's what I read anyhow.
I also have a fan that is on the entire time the lights are on.



Thermal energy exchange includes convection (air temperature), conduction (substrate temperature), absorption of radiation (light intensity), and evaporative cooling (transpiration).
















December 26th, 2018







 
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December 27th, 2018

Today after work I tried getting the humidity up in the room a bit by adding a pan of water on top of the heater.
I reset the Hygrometer and Thermometer the next morning to see if the pan of water I added makes a difference in the humidity in the room. By the end of this week I'll know if I need to make more adjustments to the heat and humidity.








  • Parsley is doing real well and the chives have greened up a bit. Planted some Arugula, Bunching Onions, Lettuce mix and mustard greens.





December 28th - 30th, 2018

I played around in the garden a little this weekend, transplanted some Bok Choy, mixed some potting soil, setup my grow bags, cut some drip trays from 5 gallon buckets, filled my two gallon and three gallon grow bags and battled some aphids. My new Viparspectra 700 is due to come in Wednesday so I can get that hung and move the beets to the lower table to make room for my greens on the upper table.

I also got a bit carried away again this weekend, I saw a used Viparspectra 700 on e-Bay and decided to bid on it. There were a decent amount of bidders and watchers so I placed a high bid at 3 seconds and won the bid at $180.00, a bit more than I had hoped for but it's better than paying $300.00.














 
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Two new toys came in today, a Viparspectra 700 and a 6 liter ultrasonic humidifier. I setup the humidifier on the lowest setting to turn on with the lights and fan. Hopefully I can keep at least a 40% relative humidity in the grow area while the lights are running. The water pan on the heater has helped a good bit keeping the humidity up slightly in the garage but hopefully the Ultrasonic Humidifier will help even more.

I unboxed the Viparspectra and this thing is a tank, all metal and about 14 pounds. I was a bit nervous hanging this from my makeshift ceiling cable. After the Viparspectra was installed I unplugged the two BR Led bulbs.











  • The grow room is coming along nicely.
 

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Now that it's been a few weeks how are the greens responding to the red/pink skewing of the light?

I have grow light panels that are heavy in the red/pink range and I find the lettuce and bok choy grow better under the "daylight" LED bulbs. I read somewhere that vegitative growth is more peaked under the blue end of the spectrum where fruiting and flowering is peaked more under the red end of the spectrum. I think I will have to experiment some.

I've also built a box around my grow shelf using the foil backed rigid foam insulation. I think it makes it more efficient as the light keeps reflecting around the plants rather than flooding my basement. Probably also keeps the neighbor's interest in the basement lighting down.
 
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