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An August 2023 Farm Report

Updated: Aug 8, 2023

2023-08-01 [updated 2023-08-08]


Thursday, July 27, was "Feed Me, Seymour" day, and all the non-ranches got a dose of Miracle-Gro Plant Food. I have one bottle left of E-Z-Gro.

In establishing my "farm," I have relied on five types or brands of hydroponic equipment: Amber Mason Jars (regular and wide mouth), which are all but retired, iDOO 12-pod gardens, AeroGarden Harvest 6-pod gardens, Click & Grow Smart Garden-3s, and QYO 12-pod units. I traded the QYOs for another iDOO and just got them back and commissioned them. There are many types and styles of hydroponic gardens


 

ONE Kratky Mason Jar

Template



  1. Katemcy: [Named for a town in Mason County, Texas. The sole wide-mouth jar.] (No set Schedule). AeroGarden Jalapeño Seed Pod., Lit by a halo on a stand. Katemcy now resides in the Owner's Suite

 

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. Empty Pod.

  2. Empty Pod.

  3. Empty Pod.

  4. Empty Pod.

  5. AeroGarden Poblano Pepper Seed Pod, growing. Poblanos are lower on the Scoville scale than Jalapeños.


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

  1. Empty Pod.

  2. Empty Pod.

  3. Empty Pod.

  4. Empty Pod.

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. Empty Pod.

  3. Empty Pod.

  4. Empty Pod.

  5. Empty Pod.

  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. Empty Pod.

  3. Empty Pod.

  4. Empty Pod.

  5. Mint


 

Changes;

  • I grew the AeroGarden Purple Super-hots just to prove (to myself) that I could. Reviewing the chart at right, those peppers are just below habaneros in heat, and I don't eat anything that hot. Habanero powder used sparingly is a great seasoning. I ripped the PSH plant out of Seble and exchanged it for the Poblano plant in a mason jar.

  • Having put a purple super hot in a mason jar, I then transferred it to my dotter's custody for further transplanting outside. I told her to regard it as ornamental. I even included the heat chart shown here so she wouldn't think I expected her to eat the peppers. She is less tolerant of heat than I am. I can eat the red fire peppers in a salad or chili. She tops out with jalapeños. That's odd, given the blue diamond almonds I've seen her eat, coated with everything up to ghost peppers.


 

I named them (after my mother and my aunt, her sister) and did some planting. There is now an Aerovoir water tank (Ariel) behind Alice.

Alice

  1. Lyko Butterhead Lettuce

  2. Lyko Arugula

  3. Lyko Parris Island Lettuce

  4. Lyko Green Chard

  5. Lyko Spinach

  6. AeroGarden Romaine Lettuce

  7. AeroGarden Romaine Lettuce

  8. Lyko Spinach

  9. Lyko Green Chard

  10. Lyko Parris Island Lettuce

  11. Lyko Arugula

  12. Lyko Butterhead Lettuce

Cecile

  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

  7. AeroGarden Heirloom Cherry Tomato

  8. Empty and covered

  9. Empty and covered

  10. Empty and covered

  11. Empty and covered

  12. Empty and covered

I purchased "QYO Seed Pods Kit for Hydroponics Garden Kit with 24pcs Growth Sponges,24pcs Pod Labels, A&B Solid Nutrient (Seeds not Included)" and "LYKO Seed Pod Kit for Hydroponic Indoor Garden, 500+ Seeds Lettuce Spinach Broccoli - 7pcs Grow Sponges & Basket, A&B Solid Nutrient Plant Foods, Hydroponic Pods Kit for LYKO, QYO, Yoocaa (Square)". The former came with square green pod labels that fit the pods perfectly. The latter came with foil square pod labels or covers that don't fit well. I had seeds from Lyko left over from a previous purchase, so that's what I planted. Same source. Same seed assortment.

 


SIX 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.

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


 


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.

 

2023-08-08

Having harvested everything edible from Lulu, it was time to clean her up and plant something new, or if not new, more of the same. She was a mess, so it took a bit of effort to get her ready for recommissioning.

The iDOO 12-pod Template


Lulu: [Named in keeping with the "Loo" sound of Lupe and Lucy] (Scheduled from 00:00 to 16:00)

  1. Empty pod. Covered

  2. AeroGarden Romaine Lettuce

  3. Empty pod. Covered

  4. AeroGarden Romaine Lettuce

  5. AeroGarden Romaine Lettuce

  6. AeroGarden Romaine Lettuce

  7. AeroGarden Romaine Lettuce

  8. AeroGarden Romaine Lettuce

  9. AeroGarden Romaine Lettuce

  10. AeroGarden Romaine Lettuce

  11. AeroGarden Romaine Lettuce

  12. AeroGarden Romaine Lettuce

It might have been easier just to say, "I planted all ten remaining Romain Lettuce pods." That wouldn't have located the two empty pods, so I didn't. Also, I have seeds, including romaine lettuce seeds, so I might make it an even dozen. But maybe I'll go for something else, there.


As another update, I've harvested another half-dozen peppers from the Red Fire Pepper plant. There may be another pot of chili in the works.

 

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