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A July Farm Report

2023-07-02


Thursday, June 29, is and was "Feed Me, Seymour" day, and all the non-ranches got a dose of not Miracle-Gro Plant Food but E-Z-Gro, for a change this fortnight.

In establishing my "farm," I have relied on four types or brands of hydroponic equipment: Amber Mason Jars (regular and wide mouth), iDOO 12-pod gardens, AeroGarden Harvest 6-pod gardens, and Click & Grow Smart Garden-3s. At one time there were also QYO 12-pod units and an iDOO 6-pod bucket-shaped unit. I traded the QYOs for another iDOO, and the bucket-shaped unit died. I kept most of the components. There are many types and styles of hydroponic gardens


 

SIX Kratky Mason Jars

Template



  1. Katemcy: [Named for a town in Mason County, Texas. The sole wide-mouth jar.] (Scheduled from 00:00 to 12:00). AeroGarden Golden Harvest Tomato Seed Pod., Lit by a halo on a stand.

  2. nameless: AeroGarden Golden Harvest Tomato Seed Pod., Lit by a halo on a stand. (Scheduled from 04:00 to 16:00)

  3. nameless: AeroGarden Pablano Pepper Seed Pod., Lit by a halo on a stand. (Scheduled from 08:00 to 20:00)

  4. nameless: AeroGarden Heirloom Cherry Tomato Seed Pod., Lit by a halo on a stand. (Scheduled from 12:00 to 24:00)

  5. nameless: AeroGarden Heirloom Cherry Tomato Seed Pod., Lit by a halo on a stand. (Scheduled from 16:00 to 04:00)

  6. nameless: AeroGarden Mega Tomato Seed Pod., Lit by a halo on a stand. (Scheduled from 20:00 to 08:00 )


 

SIX Smart Garden-3s [The Click & Grow Smart Garden-3 units are collectively named “the Ranch” or "the Ranches." The individual units are labeled Rancho Cero (Ranch Zero in Spanish.) and Ranch One through Ranch Five.]

The Click & Grow Smart Garden-3 Template


The RANCH


Rancho Cero: (Scheduled from 00:00 to 16:00)

  1. Click & Grow Romaine Lettuce (This one got harvested and eaten by the dotter.)

  2. Empty and covered.

  3. Click & Grow Romaine Lettuce

Ranch One: (Scheduled from 04:00 to 20:00)

  1. Click & Grow Red Bell Pepper growing nicely, but still no fruit.

  2. Empty and covered.

  3. Click & Grow Romaine Lettuce

Ranch Two: (Scheduled from 08:00 to 24:00)

  1. Click & Grow Romaine Lettuce 2023-06-05.

  2. Click & Grow Romaine Lettuce 2023-06-05.

  3. Click & Grow Romaine Lettuce 2023-06-05.

Ranch Three: (Scheduled from 12:00 to 04:00)

  1. Click & Grow Romaine Lettuce 2023-06-05.

  2. Click & Grow Romaine Lettuce 2023-06-05.

  3. Click & Grow Romaine Lettuce 2023-06-05.

Ranch Four: (Scheduled from 16:00 to 08:00)

  1. Click & Grow Red Bell Pepper

  2. Click & Grow Red Bell Pepper. This is the one with several ripening peppers. I harvested one red pepper. The rest are still green, but it's just a matter of time.

  3. Empty and covered.

Ranch Five: (Scheduled from 20:00 to 12:00)

  1. Click & Grow Red Bell Pepper Some little green peppers.

  2. Empty and covered.

  3. Click & Grow Red Bell Pepper. Not germinating.


 


The AeroGarden Harvest Template


From Left to Right:

SEBLE, ANNY, HARVEY, LASSY, THERESA, DORIS, HARVEY TOO


All the green onions were pruned. Some were over a foot tall. They went into a batch of soup and were excellent. A second wave of red fire peppers were harvested. They are much fatter than last year's crop, and every bit as hot. One (1) pepper was chopped up and added to the same soup as the green onions. I should never do that again, or at least throw out the seeds. Much tears and some loss of breath were involved.


Seble: (Scheduled from 00:00 to 15:00) [Seble is a female Eastern African, Amharic name that means Harvest]

  1. Green Onion, growing from roots.

  2. Green Onion, growing from roots.

  3. Green Onion, growing from roots.


Harvey: (Scheduled from 06:00 to 21:00) [Harvey is short for Harvest]

  1. Green Onion, growing from roots.

  2. Green Onion, growing from roots.

  3. Curly Parsley

  4. Green Onion, growing from roots.

  5. Green Onion, growing from roots.

  6. Green Onion, growing from roots.

Teresa : (Scheduled from 12:00 to 03:00) [Teresa in numerous languages, also means Harvest]


  1. AeroGarden Red Fire Pepper Seed Pod, growing and ripening.

  2. Green Onion, growing from roots.

  3. Green Onion, growing from roots (after photo).

  4. Green Onion, growing from roots (after photo).

  5. Green Onion, growing from roots.

  6. AeroGarden Red Fire Pepper Seed Pod, growing and ripening.

Harvey Too: (Scheduled from 18:00 to 09:00) [Harvey Too is a play on Harvey the second and Harvey also]


  1. Genovese Basil

  2. Thai Basil

  3. Thyme

  4. Dill

  5. Mint



 


FIVE Aerovoir reservoirs

  1. Shirley [Shirley is short for Chalchiuhtlicue ("She of the Jade Skirt"), an Aztec deity of water, rivers, seas, streams, storms, and baptism.] She is serving Lulu and Louise.

  2. Nancy [Nancy is from Naiad. In Greek mythology, the naiads are a type of female spirit, or nymph, presiding over fountains, wells, springs, streams, brooks and other bodies of fresh water.] She is serving Lupe and Lucy.

  3. Lassy [Lassy is from Thalassa- primeval spirit of the sea. She was a consort of Pontus and together they presided over the seas.] She is serving Teresa.

  4. Anny [Anny is for Anuket, the ancient Egyptian goddess of the cataracts of the Nile and Lower Nubia in general, worshipped especially at Elephantine near the First Cataract] She is serving Seble and Harvey.

  5. Doris [Named for Doris, a sea goddess.] Serving Harvey Too.


 


from left to right:

LULU, SHIRLEY, LOUISE, LUPE, NANCY, LUCY

The iDOO 12-pod Template


Lulu: [Named in keeping with the "Loo" sound of Lupe and Lucy] (Scheduled from 00:00 to 16:00) All the lettuce is doing well. Harvesting soon.

  1. EZ-Gro Romaine Lettuce

  2. EZ-Gro Butter Head Lettuce

  3. EZ-Gro Red/Green Romaine Lettuce

  4. Empty pod.

  5. EZ-Gro Romaine Lettuce

  6. EZ-Gro Butter Head Lettuce

  7. EZ-Gro Red/Green Romaine Lettuce has been harvested.

  8. Empty pod.

  9. EZ-Gro Romaine Lettuce has been harvested

  10. EZ-Gro Butter Head Lettuce has been harvested

  11. EZ-Gro Red/Green Romaine Lettuce has been harvested

  12. Empty pod.


Louise: [Named in keeping with the "Loo" sound of Lupe and Lucy] (Scheduled from 06:00 to 22:00) It still doesn't look like any broccoli I've ever eaten, but it's definitely time to take the shears to these plants. Broccoli florets have begun to form!

  1. Empty Pod

  2. Empty Pod

  3. Empty Pod

  4. Some kinda broccoli

  5. Empty Pod

  6. Empty Pod

  7. Some kinda broccoli

  8. Empty Pod with thermometer

  9. Empty Pod

Lupe: [Named for Ida Lupino] (Scheduled from 12:00 to 04:00) Only one of the six arugula plants is aruguling. The rest have germinated, but still look like dwarves.

  1. EZ-Gro Arugula

  2. Empty Pod

  3. EZ-Gro Arugula

  4. Empty Pod

  5. Empty Pod

  6. EZ-Gro Arugula

  7. Empty Pod

  8. EZ-Gro Arugula

  9. EZ-Gro Arugula

  10. Empty Pod

  11. Empty Pod

  12. EZ-Gro Arugula

Lucy: [Named for Lucile Ball] (Scheduled from 18:00 to 10:00) The chard crop is ready for harvesting. Mixed with the lettuce from Lulu and the one arugula from Lupe, I should achieve one fabulous salad. I have been pruning the chard and adding it to salads since the last report.

  1. Empty Pod

  2. EZ-Gro Green Chard

  3. Empty Pod

  4. EZ-Gro Green Chard

  5. EZ-Gro Green Chard

  6. Empty Pod

  7. EZ-Gro Green Chard

  8. Empty Pod

  9. Empty Pod

  10. EZ-Gro Green Chard

  11. Empty Pod

  12. EZ-Gro Green Chard


 

Over half my equipment came directly from Click & Grow or AeroGarden or from Etsy. Some even came from Walmart. But all the links above are to Amazon.


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