Grow Log - 8/6/13

I picked up the following seeds to grow in this garden:

  • Cucumbers
  • Collard greens
  • Parsley
  • Cilantro
  • Rosemary
  • Eggplant
  • Basil
  • Dill
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts

I planted the seeds in ½” rockwool cubes and then placed all the cubes in two flower pots with some expanded clay pellets on the bottom. I covered the pots lightly with some plastic wrap in order to increase the humidity.

Ebb and Flow, Finishing the Build

With the table and lights completed, what I needed next were some drain fittings. One fitting is connected to the water pump and the other acts as an overflow guard. The overflow tube limits how deep the water can get in the flood table, protecting you from flooding your house. I used a 1-3/8” spade bit to drill the holes in the flood table for the fittings. Once they were in place, I added the tubing, and a 20 gallon storage container to act as the reservoir.

You’ll notice I started some seeds in rockwool cubes and placed then on the table.

Building a Hydroponic Garden

So I wanted to do some gardening in my apartment and so decided that a hydroponic system would be the best route. Such a system would offer the most efficiency and capacity, while taking up the least amount of space. I decided to go with an ebb and flow system since it would offer the most versatility. The way it would work is, a table would sit above a reservoir, filled with nutrient solution, which would be pumped up to the table periodically, and then drain back down.