Haha, okay so i know this forum is mostly about controlled environments, and i know most of it is focused on pure hydroponic systems, and thus anything outside of these areas feels/seems taboo. But the name of this forum is also called “Open Agriculture” so i consider it to include much more than that, at least in theory. And apparently i’m “that guy” who just happens to do everything different from everybody else. lol. And that’s okay. I like be different and unique, even at the cost of being called crazy, a loon, or a heretic. haha. Hey, gotta keep life fun somewhow.
Anyway, so my latest update is about my larger Aero/Hydro/Deep Water Culture chamber thingy.
I first started out with a very small germination chamber one. It is a very small clear plastic container that had 3" holes drilled into the lid for 3" netpots, each filled with clay beads and 2" rockwool. With a small ultrasonic transducer piezo disc mister fogger device and a small air pump with two air stones. And a $50 Chinese LED array above. This germination tray seemed to work fairly well. Especially with crops like Peppers and Tomatoes. Lettuce i had trouble with. Basil did okay i guess. Eventually i did run into algae problems with the clear bottom (which i did anticipate), so eventually covered the bottom with reflective aluminum tape, leaving a small water gague opening to know the water level.
For those of you who know, i have an indoor unit i’ve been working on off/on called “Andrew’s Food Cube” or something like that. There is a thread on this forum about it. Basically an alternative version of a PFC but made out of 2ft x 2ft Extruded 80/20 brand Aluminum. The Korean 80/20 extruded aluminum design is way better than mine, but mine was sort of intending to end up like that. I just haven’t finished it, and that was the size i already had on hand. But anyway, i was thinking about what sort of medium / tray to use with that cube. I think i like the idea of plain ol’ dirt, so i may end up going with that eventually, or maybe not. Since i had such great success with my small germination tray thingy i decided to get a bigger one to test out. Plus i think it would work well under my food cube.
But for now i am actually using it outside as a sort of hardening off station before i transplant out my wild and domestic tomatoes. I also have an aero/hydro strawberry plant (not shown) that i am testing in this, so i will also watch it closely in this outdoor environment. I may plant something in this for growing in deep water culture the whole summer, but i do not know what yet, if at all. I just wanted to share some photos. Since everybody loves photos of what other people are doing. The plant you see in the corner is a Solanum galapagense tomato that is thriving.
So, yeah. That’s me. The weird guy. Doing everything different than anybody else. lol.