Food, Urban Farming

Hydroponic Lettuce & Herbs: Seedlings to Harvest Timeline

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Growing food hydroponically is exciting and fast!  Here is a timeline version of my previous post, Hydroponic Gardening with Aeroponics: A Beginner’s Tale.  Enjoy!

Planted 1st Seeds

July 9, 2017

Planted 1st Seeds

I started my first hydroponic lettuce and herb crop using Johnny’s Selected Seeds.  I planted Gourmet Lettuce Mix, Basil, Parsley and Arugula.  (Sadly, the arugula never…

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Seedlings

July 26, 2017

Seedlings

7/12/17: 1st seedling appeared above the rock wool.  I removed the press-n-seal and placed the tray in an east facing window, as this was the…

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Bathed in T5 Light

July 30, 2017

Bathed in T5 Light

I was worried.  My seedlings looked sad and not anything like the images I repeatedly saw.  I couldn’t stop reading everything I could get my…

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Ready for the AERO Tower!

August 6, 2017

Ready for the AERO Tower!

My seedlings appeared healthy enough to transplant to my Aero tower! It was 4 weeks since I first planted them and I was getting anxious.

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Day 16

August 22, 2017

Day 16

I tested the pH of the water and lowered the pH with myGeneral Hydroponics pH control kit from 6.3 back to 5.5.

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Day 23

August 28, 2017

Day 23

I can’t believe how fast they’ve grown and how healthy they’ve become!  

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Day 29. Harvest Time: Gourmet Lettuce Mix

September 4, 2017

Day 29.  Harvest Time: Gourmet Lettuce Mix

My first lettuce bouquet!  4 weeks seed to tower; 4 more weeks to harvest.

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Day 29. Harvest Time: Basil

September 8, 2017

Day 29.  Harvest Time: Basil

This basil smells amazing and is such a beautiful color of green!

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Day 29. Harvest Time: Parsley

September 8, 2017

Day 29.  Harvest Time:  Parsley

This parsley may still be a bit small but very aromatic and ready to start snipping for the kitchen.

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