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A Mid-December Farm Report

Updated: Dec 18, 2022

2022-12-16

As of this date, I have:

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.


Names

All my hydroponic equipment is named.

  • 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 AeroGarden Harvests are named Harvey[1], Harvey Too[2], Seble[3], and Teresa[4]. Each Harvest is served by a reservoir. They are named for water deities (female). respective to the Harvest they feed, they are named Shirley[5], Nancy[6], Lassy[7], and Anny[8].

  • The three iDOO 12-pod units are Phredd and Ethyl and Lucy[9].

  • The iDOO 6-pod unit is Sheba[10].

  • The four amber Mason Jars. are Katemcy, Pontotoc, Dallas, and Grit[11],

Inventory

Inventory falls into broad categories - what seed pods are planted where and what seed pods are available to plant. A third category might be what seed pods are on order, and a fourth might be what hardware is there. I'll start with what's planted and where, using the same list as above.


The Click & Grow Smart Garden-3 Template



Four of the ranches are removed from service pending moving day.

Ranchero Cero:

  1. Click & Grow Red Sweet Pepper plants, in blossom and fruiting. 2022-12-18 Empty. Covered

  2. Empty. Covered

  3. Click & Grow Red Sweet Pepper plants, in blossom and fruiting. 2022-12-18 Empty. Covered

Ranch One:

  1. Some kinda pepper plant, at least three peppers. 2022-12-18 Empty. Covered

  2. Empty. Covered

  3. Empty. Covered

Ranch Two:

  1. Empty. Covered

  2. Empty. Covered

  3. Mini Tomato plant in fruit, one ripe tomato. [2022-12-01 Several unripe tomatoes]

Ranch Three:

  1. Yellow Tomato, planted 2022-11-15

  2. Empty. Covered

  3. Yellow Tomato, planted 2022-11-15

Ranch Four:

  1. It's peppers of some kind. [2022-11-20 harvested a handfull] 2022-12-18 Empty. Covered

  2. Empty. Covered

  3. Empty. Covered

Ranch Five:

  1. Empty. Covered

  2. One Yellow Sweet Pepper plant. The ripe ones have been harvested. More are ripening. 2022-12-18 Empty. Covered

  3. Empty. Covered


The AeroGarden Harvest Template

Harvey: Over 110 peppers have been harvested this week alone. A more accurate count would include the peppers used to prepare a salsa, mixed with pearl onions, and would be on the order of 150. Considering the move ahead, harvesting now includes pruning. If there weren't so darn many peppers nearing ripeness, I'd take Harvey out of service.


  1. A prolific Red Fire Pepper plant bearing many peppers in various stages of ripening. Many have been harvested already.

  2. Empty. Covered

  3. Empty. Covered

  4. Empty. Covered

  5. Empty. Covered

  6. A prolific Red Fire Pepper plant bearing many peppers in various stages of ripening. Many have been harvested already. 2022-12-17 I harvested another dozen peppers and removed the plant, though it was quite possible it would continue to bear fruit. Empty. Covered.

Harvey Too: has been removed from service, cleaned, and boxed in preparation for moving day.


Seble: Light deck raised to maximum. It should go higher.


  1. Empty. Covered

  2. Pepper Joe's Sweet Pepper, thirteen inches tall. Blossoming and fruiting. No ripe fruit yet.

  3. Empty. Covered

  4. Empty. Covered

  5. Empty. Covered

  6. Empty. Covered

Teresa : has been removed from service, cleaned, and boxed in preparation for moving day.


The iDOO 12-pod Template

Lucy: The light deck is raised to its maximum height.


  1. Empty. Covered

  2. Pepper Joe's Mini Bell Pepper planted 2022-10-22. Maximum height. Blossoming and fruiting.

  3. Empty. Covered

  4. Pepper Joe's Mini Bell Pepper planted 2022-10-22. Maximum height. Blossoming and fruiting.

  5. Empty. Covered

  6. Empty. Covered

  7. Empty. Covered

  8. Empty. Covered

  9. Pepper Joe's Mini Bell Pepper planted 2022-10-22. Maximum height. Blossoming and fruiting.

  10. Empty. Covered

  11. Pepper Joe's Mini Bell Pepper planted 2022-10-22. Maximum height. Blossoming and fruiting.

  12. Empty. Covered

Ethyl: has been removed from service, cleaned, and boxed in preparation for moving day.


Phredd: The light deck is raised to it's maximum height.



  1. Empty. Covered

  2. Empty. Covered

  3. Empty. Covered

  4. Empty. Covered

  5. Empty. Covered

  6. Empty. Covered

  7. Empty. Covered

  8. Golden Harvest Tomato Plant 13 inches tall lots of baby tomatoes, twenty-four of them. The ripe ones were good in a salad.

  9. Empty. Covered

  10. Empty. Covered

  11. Empty. Covered

  12. Empty. Covered


Sheba: (No template) the bracket from which the lampshade around Sheba hangs has been raised. The screws were removed. The lower screw was re-installed using the upper hole. Then the upper screw was installed in a new, higher hole. It raised the bracket four inches. A halo grow-light Type 2 was wired to the spokes of the lampshade. It operates at 50%, 12-on/12-off. The top of the tomato plant is twenty inches tall now. The integral light and fan fixture has been turned as shown - It isn't tall enough.

Sheba's light and fan are at full extension and the tomato plant is taller. Leaves were getting burnt. Now the integral plant light is sort of off to the side and the halo lamp sits atop the lampshade's spokes.


  1. One Heirloom Cherry Tomato Plant, thirteen inches. Blossoms. At least fifteen ripening red tomatoes.

  2. Empty. Covered

  3. Empty. Covered

  4. Empty. Covered

  5. Empty. Covered

  6. Empty. Covered



The Wide-Mouth Mason Jar Kratky Templates

Grit:


  1. AeroGarden Mini Jalapeño, 13.5 inches tall, Lit by a halo on a stand.

Katemcy:


  1. Click & Grow Wild Strawberry, ten inches tall, in blossom, Lit by a halo on a stand.

Pontotoc:


  1. Pepper Joe's Super Hot Pepper Seeds - 2. Lit by a halo on a stand. Started 2022-11-03, six inches tall.

Dallas:


  1. AeroGarden Italian Parsley. Two inches tall. Lit by halo on a stand.


What's available to plant:

  • Click & Grow Romaine Lettuce, 1 seed pod

  • Click & Grow Red Romaine Lettuce, 3 seed pods

  • Click & Grow Red Sweet Pepper, 4 seed pods

  • Click & Grow Yellow Sweet Pepper, 3 seed pods

  • Click & Grow Chili Pepper, 2 seed pods

  • Click & Grow Yellow Tomato, 2 seed pod

  • Click & Grow Chives, 3 seed pods

  • Click & Grow Basil, 15 seed pods

  • AeroGarden Romaine Lettuce, 26 seed pods

  • AeroGarden Salad Greens, 18 seed pods

  • AeroGarden Marvel of the 4 Seasons, 9 seed pods

  • AeroGarden Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, 10 seed pods

  • AeroGarden Golden Harvest Tomatoes, 4 seed pods

  • AeroGarden Pablano Pepper, 1 seed pods

  • AeroGarden Bell Pepper, 1 seed pods

  • AeroGarden Mega Cherry Tomato, 1 seed pods

  • AeroGarden Italian Parsley, 1 seed pods

  • AeroGarden Gourmet Herb Pouch, 2 pouches of 6 seed pods each

  • Pepper Joe's Mini Bell Pepper Seeds - 1

  • Sweetest Red, Yellow, Orange Mini Mini Bell Pepper Seeds - 20

  • Caribean Garden Yellow Miniature Bell Pepper Seeds - 50

  • EZ-Gro Gourmet Lettuce

  • EZ-Gro Gourmet Lettuce

  • EZ-Gro Gourmet Lettuce

  • EZ-Gro Gourmet Lettuce

  • EZ-Gro Gourmet Lettuce

  • EZ-Gro Gourmet Lettuce

  • loose seeds, 4 packets of various tomato seeds were Marie Condoed (disposed of) for failing to give me joy.

Hardware:

  • Spare Sponges suitable for Click & Grow, bring your own seeds, 2 each

  • Spare Sponges suitable for AeroGarden AND/OR iDOO, bring your own seeds, 120 each

  • Spare Seed baskets suitable for Click & Grow, 13 each

  • Spare Seed baskets suitable for AeroGarden only, bring your own sponge/seeds, 13 each

  • Spare Seed baskets suitable for AeroGarden AND/OR iDOO, bring your own sponge/seeds, 13 each

  • Spare Click & Grow Hothouse domes, 16 each

  • Spare iDOO Hothouse domes, 15 each

  • Spare AeroGarden Hothouse Domes (fits iDOO, too), 200 each (every seed pod kit comes with 1 per seed pod, plus a bottle of nutrients)

  • iDOO cactus pod covers, 20 each

  • iDOO regular pod covers, 15 each

  • AeroGarden pod covers, 50 each

  • Green Onion Seed Baskets, 12 each

  • Scallion Seed Baskets, 3 each

  • Flexible Pod Covers, 40 each, for surrounding plants to keep light off the sponge.

  • 10 16-oz clear Mason Jars with neoprene covers

  • 9 32-oz amber Mason Jars

  • Other stuff, lots and lots. (Thermometers, pH meters, conductivity meters, remote temperature detectors, fast-reading meat thermometers... stuff.)

  • 10 Etsy Kratky Wide Mouth Mason Jar AeroGarden Adapter as shown in the template

  • 4 Etsy Kratky Wide Mouth Mason Jar 2" Basket Adapter

  • 3 Etsy 2" Basket Adapters for Smart Garden-3s

  • 3 Etsy Kratky Wide Mouth Mason Jar AeroGarden Offset Adapter with air bubbler.

  • 3 Etsy Kratky Wide Mouth Mason Jar AeroGarden Center Adapter with offset air bubbler.


NOTES                                                      
  1. Harvey is short for Harvest

  2. Harvey Too is a play on Harvey the second and Harvey also

  3. Seble is a female Eastern African, Amharic name that means Harvest

  4. Teresa in numerous languages, also means Harvest

  5. Lassy is from Thalassa- primeval spirit of the sea. She was a consort of Pontus and together they presided over the seas.

  6. 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.

  7. Shirley is short for Chalchiuhtlicue ("She of the Jade Skirt"), an Aztec deity of water, rivers, seas, streams, storms, and baptism.

  8. 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

  9. Named for Fred and Ethel or The Mertzes, a married couple on I Love Lucy television show. Lucy is, of course, named for Lucille Ball.

  10. It is far easier to refer to Sheba the She-bucket than to the "iDOO 2-in-1 Hydroponics & Soil Growing System, 6 Pods Hydro Indoor Herb Garden Up to 13.8", Plants Germination Kit with LED Grow Lights, Automatic Timer for Kitchen, Countertop, Home." That is just too weird, and way too long.

  11. All of the amber mason jars are named for towns or cities in Texas. Grit, Fredonia, Pontotoc, and Katemcy are specifically towns in Mason County. The pun was irresistible.

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