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A Mid-January Update to the Farm Report

Updated: Jan 17

2024-01-13




SEVEN 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, Lupe, and Lucy.

  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 Lulu, 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 Cecile.

  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, Teresa, and Harvey Too.

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

  6. Ariel [named for the Disney princess] Serving Alice.

  7. Lori [named for Superman's mermaid college girlfriend, Lori Lemaris.] Serving Faith and Madison.

The various Aerovoirs serve the various units in slightly different configurations. The three Harvests have a base which contains the various controls for the units. That raises the container enough to require the Aerovoir's pedestal to raise the reservoir to the proper height to maintain the proper level in the container.

The iDOOs are short. The pedestal is not employed, and the containers must be raised about ½". Similarly, the QYOs and LYKOs are short. No pedestal and raised units like the iDOOs.

I would like to acquire more Aerovoirs, so that each unit would have its own, but Aerogarden says they are out of stock.


 



If there is no other advantage to an iDOO 12-pod unit, it stands out from the rest by having a built-in fan to help with pollination. I saw the effect last year with Sheba before she died. So many tomatoes!

Lulu: [Named in keeping with the "Loo" sound of Lupe and Lucy]

  1. Empty pod. Covered

  2. AeroGarden Romaine lettuce seed pod. (growing like a weed 11/13)

  3. Empty pod. Covered

  4. AeroGarden Romaine lettuce seed pod. (growing like a weed 11/13)

  5. Empty pod. Covered

  6. Empty pod. Covered

  7. Empty pod. Covered

  8. Empty pod. Covered

  9. AeroGarden Romaine lettuce seed pod. (growing like a weed 11/13)

  10. Empty pod. Covered

  11. AeroGarden Romaine lettuce seed pod. (growing like a weed 11/13)

  12. Empty pod. Covered

Louise: [Named in keeping with the "Loo" sound of Lupe and Lucy] Louise has been retired.


Lucy: [Named for Lucile Ball] Lying fallow, for now.

  1. Empty Pod

  2. Empty Pod

  3. Empty Pod

  4. Empty Pod

  5. Empty Pod

  6. Empty Pod

  7. Empty Pod

  8. Empty Pod

  9. Empty Pod

  10. Empty Pod

  11. Empty Pod

  12. Empty Pod

Lupe: [Named for Ida Lupino] (I only had five of the same seed pods. Perhaps I'll plant another butterhead in position 3.)

  1. Empty Pod

  2. AeroGarden Red Sails Lettuce Seed Pod [2023-10-29] (growing like a weed 11/13)

  3. Empty Pod

  4. Empty Pod

  5. AeroGarden Red Sails Lettuce Seed Pod [2023-10-29] (growing like a weed 11/13)

  6. Empty Pod

  7. AeroGarden Red Sails Lettuce Seed Pod [2023-10-29] (growing like a weed 11/13)

  8. Empty Pod

  9. Empty Pod

  10. AeroGarden Red Sails Lettuce Seed Pod [2023-10-29] (growing like a weed 11/13)

  11. Empty Pod

  12. AeroGarden Red Sails Lettuce Seed Pod [2023-10-29] (growing like a weed 11/13)

 

 

Seble: [Seble is a female Eastern African, Amharic name that means Harvest] Seble has a height extender from Etsy.


  1. AeroGarden Poblano Pepper Seed Pod, germinated.

  2. Empty Pod.

  3. Empty Pod. 

  4. Empty Pod.

  5. Empty Pod.

  6. AeroGarden Poblano Pepper Seed Pod, not germinated.

Harvey: [Harvey is short for Harvest] Harvey has no height extender and has been retired.


Harvey Too: [Harvey Too is a play on Harvey the second and Harvey also] Harvey Too has a height extender from Etsy. Harvey Too suffered a low water incident - the peppers are doing very, very poorly.

  1. AeroGarden Romaine Lettuce Seed Pod

  2. Empty pod. 

  3. AeroGarden Romaine Lettuce Seed Pod

  4. AeroGarden Romaine Lettuce Seed Pod

  5. Empty pod.

  6. AeroGarden Romaine Lettuce Seed Pod 


Teresa: [Teresa in numerous languages, also means Harvest] Teresa has a height extender from Etsy.


  1. Empty Pod.

  2. AeroGarden Jalapeño Pepper Plant. 

  3. Empty Pod.

  4. Empty Pod.

  5. Empty Pod.

  6. AeroGarden Jalapeño Pepper Plant. 


 


FOUR Lyko-Style 12-pod Units

Alice [Named after my mother} 

  1. AeroGarden Poblano Pepper, germinated

  2. Empty and covered

  3. AeroGarden Anaheim Pepper, germinated

  4. Empty and covered

  5. Empty and covered

  6. Empty and covered

  7. Empty and covered

  8. Empty and covered

  9. Empty and covered

  10. AeroGarden Anaheim Pepper, germinated

  11. Empty and covered

  12. AeroGarden Banana Pepper Seed Pod, germinated.

Cecile [Named after my aunt/mother's sister] Cecile has a Lyko body and lights but a QYO deck. The tomato plants are flowering.

  1. Empty and covered.

  2. Empty and covered.

  3. Empty and covered.

  4. Empty and covered.

  5. Empty and covered.

  6. AeroGarden Golden Harvest Cherry Tomato, flowering. (fruiting 11/13)

  7. AeroGarden Heirloom Cherry Tomato, flowering.

  8. Empty and covered.

  9. Empty and covered.

  10. Empty and covered.

  11. Empty and covered.

  12. Empty and covered.


Faith [Named after my eldest grandchild]

  1. Empty and covered

  2. Empty and covered

  3. Empty and covered

  4. Empty and covered

  5. Empty and covered

  6. AeroGarden Golden Harvest Cherry Tomato (Sprouted 08/19) flowering (fruiting 11/13)

  7. AeroGarden Heirloom Cherry Tomato (Sprouted 08/22) flowering (fruiting 11/13)

  8. Empty and covered

  9. Empty and covered

  10. Empty and covered

  11. Empty and covered

  12. Empty and covered


Madison [Named after my second grandchild]

  1. Empty and covered.

  2. Empty and covered.

  3. Empty and covered.

  4. Empty and covered.

  5. Empty and covered.

  6. AeroGarden Heirloom Cherry Tomato Sprouted 08/20) flowering

  7. AeroGarden Jalapeño Pepper Seed Pod, (16" tall) Lots of peppers.

  8. Empty and covered.

  9. Empty and covered.

  10. Empty and covered.

  11. Empty and covered.

  12. Empty and covered.





 

THREE Four-inch Fans

As I mentioned, the iDOO units all have built-in fans. None of the others do. I'm currently employing three 4" fans to facilitate pollination in the units containing fruit-bearing plants. One of the fans is visible in this photo:

FAN SUSPENDED FROM SHELF AIMED UP

The other two are suspended from ceiling joists and aimed down. It's either rely on the fans or use my AeroGarden "Be-the-bee" vibrating pollination wand. I can't touch that wand without my dirty mind thinking of it as a sex toy, so fans it is.


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