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October Farm Report (and updates)

Updated: Oct 17, 2023

2023-10-02 [revised ]


In continuing my "farm," I have relied on four types or brands of hydroponic equipment: iDOO 12-pod gardens, AeroGarden Harvest 6-pod gardens, QYO 12-pod units, LYKO units. LYKOs and QYOs are interchangeable. There are many types and styles of hydroponic gardens.

 


The AeroGarden Harvest Template


There are advantages to the AeroGarden systems, but I've seen some bloggers describing them as "boutique" systems, meaning you pay a bit more for the name. You're also paying for the availability of a lot of pre-seeded pods and support from Etsy vendors. Other than Click & Grow and to a limited extent, Lyko, you don't find that level of support for other systems. Of course, they'd argue that you don't need it, either.

Since the last report, I've ordered and received a number of lettuce seed pods and a box containing Kale and Arugula and Mustard and more jalapeño pods. They didn't have exactly what I ordered, so they substituted some Japanese greens and sent 15 pods instead of 12.


Seble: [Seble is a female Eastern African, Amharic name that means Harvest]

2023-10-12 - The AeroGarden Anaheim Pepper seed pod that was in the #1 pod position was in the shadow of the enormous Poblano Pepper plant, so it is now in a temporary home in Katemcy, an amber mason jar with a pedestal grow light, at least until it propagates.

  1. Empty Pod.

  2. Empty Pod.

  3. Empty Pod.

  4. Empty Pod.

  5. Empty Pod.

  6. AeroGarden Poblano Pepper Seed Pod, growing. Poblanos are lower on the Scoville scale than Jalapeños. I made a chili with one pepper, and the next went into a soup. Two huge peppers growing now.

Harvey: [Harvey is short for Harvest] I have harvested all six AeroGarden Salad Greens and eaten what I could, followed by cleaning the unit and replanted with peppers.

  1. Empty pod.

  2. AeroGarden Banana Pepper Pod.

  3. Empty pod.

  4. Empty pod.

  5. Empty pod.

  6. AeroGarden Banana Pepper Pod.

Teresa : [Teresa in numerous languages, also means Harvest]

  1. Empty Pod.

  2. Empty Pod.

  3. Empty Pod.

  4. Empty Pod.

Harvey Too: [Harvey Too is a play on Harvey the second and Harvey also] I harvested the last green bell pepper and cleared everything and cleaned the unit, including with a bit of bleach.

  1. Empty pod.

  2. Empty pod.

  3. Empty pod.

  4. Empty pod.

  5. AeroGarden Poblano Pepper Seed Pod


 

I named the QYOs after my mother and my aunt, her sister. I named the LYKOs after Faith and Madison, my eldest granddotters, and did some planting. There is now an Aerovoir water tank (Ariel) behind Alice. Lori now resides behind Faith.

Both tomato plants in Cecile survived a pruning. Everyone recommends that if a fruit plant sends up multiple shoots, you pull or cut away all but the healthiest. So I did.

I did the same to the Jalapeño plant you would see in Madison. Two skinny stalks removed. That's supposed to let the survivor bulk up on nutrients and produce more and larger fruit.

Alice

  1. Kale

  2. Lyko Arugula

  3. Lyko Parris Island Lettuce

  4. Empty and covered

  5. Lyko Spinach

  6. Empty and covered

  7. Empty and covered

  8. Lyko Spinach

  9. Empty and covered

  10. Lyko Parris Island Lettuce

  11. Lyko Arugula

  12. Kale

Cecile On 2023-10-07, the power supply - or maybe the electronic controls - expired. As a stop-gap, I'm using other light sources, and I have another Lyko unit on order as a replacement. Despite having the manufacturer, model number, and specifications, I can't seem to find a replacement AC/DC Adapter.

2023-10-12 - The Lyko replacement for Cecile arrived a day early and has been placed in commission. I used all new parts except for the deck, so the new gold Lyko unit has a black QYO deck. Same plants. Retired the odd light source.

  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 nine inches tall

  7. AeroGarden Heirloom Cherry Tomato nine inches tall

  8. Empty and covered

  9. Empty and covered

  10. Empty and covered

  11. Empty and covered

  12. Empty and covered

Faith

  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) several inches tall

  7. AeroGarden Heirloom Cherry Tomato (Sprouted 08/22) several inches tall

  8. Empty and covered

  9. Empty and covered

  10. Empty and covered

  11. Empty and covered

  12. Empty and covered

Madison

  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) several inches tall

  7. AeroGarden Jalapeño Pepper Seed Pod, (13" tall) Lots of peppers.

  8. Empty and covered.

  9. Empty and covered.

  10. Empty and covered.

  11. Empty and covered.

  12. Empty and covered.

 


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!

The iDOO 12-pod Template


Lulu: [Named in keeping with the "Loo" sound of Lupe and Lucy] As of 2023-10-8, the pods of Romaine lettuce have all been harvested and eaten. I'm considering what to plant next.

  1. Empty pod. Covered

  2. Empty pod. Covered

  3. Empty pod. Covered

  4. Empty pod. Covered

  5. Empty pod. Covered

  6. AeroGarden Anaheim Pepper seed pod.

  7. AeroGarden Anaheim Pepper seed pod.

  8. Empty pod. Covered

  9. Empty pod. Covered

  10. Empty pod. Covered

  11. Empty pod. Covered

  12. Empty pod. Covered


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

  1. AeroGarden Mustard Green Seed Pod

  2. AeroGarden Arugula Seed Pod

  3. AeroGarden Romaine Lettuce Seed Pod

  4. AeroGarden Salad Green Seed Pod

  5. AeroGarden Kale Seed Pod

  6. AeroGarden Arugula Seed Pod

  7. AeroGarden Romaine Lettuce Seed Pod

  8. AeroGarden Salad Green Seed Pod

  9. Empty Pod with thermometer

  10. AeroGarden Arugula Seed Pod

  11. AeroGarden Romaine Lettuce Seed Pod

  12. AeroGarden Salad Green Seed Pod

Lupe: [Named for Ida Lupino]

  1. Empty Pod

  2. Empty Pod

  3. EZ-Gro Arugula

  4. Empty Pod

  5. Empty Pod

  6. EZ-Gro Arugula

  7. Empty Pod

  8. Empty Pod

  9. EZ-Gro Arugula

  10. Empty Pod

  11. Empty Pod

  12. Empty Pod

Lucy: [Named for Lucile Ball] 2023-10-09 - The Green Chard formerly inhabiting Lucy has been removed. Removal required a hand saw and a drill. The saw reduced the trunks of the chard trees to stumps. The drill took out their centers and allowed me to collapse them through their respective pod holes. I don't think I will grow chard hydroponically ever again, though I might start it to turn over to the dotter in the spring.

That said, there are a couple in Alice.

  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

 

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 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.

  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 four 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.

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