Vertical Farm aeroponic hydroponic germinating sprouting seeds photosynthesis，
DAY 1 SEEDINGS and MY SEEDING STATION
Select an airy, clean, cooling n dark environment with a suitable temperature environment for germinating / seedings.
Soak all Hydroponic Nursery Sponges,
Other than the $2 green microgreen tray, I am also using recycled firm and hard plastic tray from the frozen food after eating the dumplings.
Place all the sponges tidily in the same direction onto the suitable seeding trays.
Two types of sponges:
The left-hand side with a round notch hole which makes it easier to place the seed(s) sitting on top inside the notch hole.
The right-hand side type is bigger with proper cuts. Need to press a bit to push in the seed(s) so they will not be dropping all over the places.
Both are comfortable to me and they are functioning/performing equally well.
Get one coffee stirrer from the McDonald’s / Coffee Beans / Star-Buck coffee:
Use a tiny scoop to put one (or few) seed(s) into the center of each sponge.
Not all the seeds will sprout. Depends on the freshness, the types of seeds you have, and whether it’s the correct temperature and environment, as well as ensure water is not being dried out by the hot weather.
Fill up the tray with clean water, need to have 2/3 height water level to have all sponges covered/soaked/submerged in the water.
Check the water level daily to ensure that the water does not get evaporated too fast.
Here in Singapore, the daily temperature throughout the year ranges from 29 degrees Celsius (room) to 33 degrees Celsius (outdoor) can dry up the water quite easily.
Cover up the whole thing with a net to prevent birds n lizards from eating away my seeds.
Cover up the whole thing with a piece of black cloth.
Only move to exposure under the sunlight or 24 hours LED lights for photosynthesis after their buds/leaves start coming out (it takes about at least 7 to 14 days).
Once completed this setup, keep repeating n using it whenever necessary.
So, okay, this small little private space is “MY SEEDING STATION“.
oh yes, need to Google and find out what type of temperature is suitable for which/different types of seeds/plants.
GERMINATING / SPROUTING SEEDS20210802 Monday
- Move out those sponges with sprouted seeds that are having tiny green leaves/foliages.
- place them under sunlight &/or 24 hours LED light with good ventilation for photosynthesis,
- add in some nutrients,
- maintain the water acidity with a pH of (in between) 6.5 to 7,
- check the water level daily to prevent dry out under warm weather, maintain the water level with a height of 2/3 of the sponges submerged in the water,
- check the correct temperature required by different types of seeds/plants from Google.
- maintain the plants to grow at their comfortable temperature, sufficient sunlights / LED lights and a good airflow / ventilating environment.
“Pinch” the whole sponge out and move to another tray with clean water (at least 1/3 height of the sponges).
I m using firm n thick recycle trays after cooking and eating the fresh mushrooms from the supermarket.
Premixed formulae all-in-1 mixture nutrient solution, shake well, pour out 1/3 cover, add in to the seeding / buds tray, stir well.
THE TDS / EC METER
The whole full set of “fully automatic 64 planters twin tower aeroponic/hydroponic system starter kit“ comes with this Portable TDS & EC Meter.
THE QUALITY OF WATER: Water Acidity measurement units: pH (potential of hydrogen)pH is a measure of the relative amount of free hydrogen and hydroxyl ions in the water. Water that has more free hydrogen ions is acidic, whereas water that has more free hydroxyl ions is basic.
What does the EC meter do?
It determines the total amount of nutrient salts dissolved in the water.
OTHER TERMS SIMILIAR TO EC METER:
EC = Electrical Conductivity.
CF = Conductive Factor
ppm = Parts Per Million,
TDS = Total Dissolved Solids
MAINTENANCE / TAKING CARE OF EC METER
always clean / rinse well the probe tip with fresh water or rubbing alcohol after each use.
I like to cover all those things up properly with nets. Otherwise, those seeds may just disappear overnight by themselves. I do think they might have got eaten away by birds or lizards. Not too sure how they taste like ♡ > ° < ¿
Day 7 Seedings 20210802 Monday
These nets were my collection during my Bali Tour 10 years ago. Now since all suffering from the bad COVID pandemic, so probably cannot go anywhere else, hence, it’s good to create as many in-house n fruitful activities at home. Just do a bit each day, learn a bit each day, and improve a bit each day, we create a much better life for ourselves and for others.
After moving out those sponges with buds / tiny leaves/foliage, the sprouted seeds, let the rest of sprouting seeds continue to germinate at its seedings station under an airy, clean, cooling, dark n quiet environment, perhaps you may like to give them good music?
Remember to do a “1-second peep/check” daily to ensure the water level does not fall below 2/3 of the sponges during hot weather.
Indeed, after the first time setting, with this whole set of fully automatic 64 planters twin tower aeroponic/hydroponic system starter kit, it does not really take up much of my time and efforts, basically are all lazy waiting time.
waiting to grow, waiting to harvest, waiting to duplicate …
Day 9 Seedings 20210804 Wednesday Morning
Day 10 seedings 20210805 Thursday 8.45 am.
Day 12 Seedings 20210807 Saturday 8.45 am
Forgotten to check yesterday. Today I noticed that the water in the tray is dried out. Looks like the last three not surviving yah … …
Top up water to full tray. The sponges flouted a bit. It is okay.
Day 13 Seedings 20210808 Sunday 7.45 am
Day 14 Seedings 20210809 Monday 7.45 am
PH Happy 56th National Day Singapore, just want to say THANK YOU!
VERTICAL FARM AUTO: Fully Automatic (1) 64 planters twin towers, and (2) 10-stacks 80 planters Cylindrical tower aeroponic/hydroponic system starter kit.
“Temperature in your home generally is favorable to most growing. However, if you have a larger hydroponic unit in a spare room or basement where you can control the temperature apart from the rest of the home, you can achieve more optimum ranges for your plants. Night temperatures should be about 5° to 10° F. less than day temperatures. For tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers a good temperature range is 18° C (65° F) at night and 24° C (75° F) during the day. For cool-season crops like lettuce the night temperature should be about 12° C (55° F) and the day 16° C (60°F) to 18° C (65° F). Herbs will tolerate a wider range of temperatures than the above crops. During the summer with hot outside daytime temperatures your crops will benefit from air conditioning to keep temperatures within these ranges. However, during the summer you could also move your hydroponic system onto the patio or balcony or even in the backyard and take advantage of the natural sunlight and temperatures.”
Howard Resh, Author of Hobby Hydroponics howardresh.com
“Maintain your humidity level between 40 and 60 percent. High humidity will encourage molds while low humidity can attract pests. Cover your reservoir to prevent algae growth. Any wet surface exposed to light will encourage molds so maintain a light-tight environment anywhere your nutrient solution flows. Air temperature should never go above 90 degrees. Keep it below 80 to promote and encourage growth.”
Danny Danko, Senior Cultivation Editor of High Times magazine
ACIDITY OF THE WATER
“Most nutrient problems are actually pH problems. For soilless mixtures, use a pH between 6.0 – 6.5. For hydroponic mediums, such as Rockwool or clay pellets, keep it between 5.8 – 6. Warmer roots respire faster, which releases more energy and grows larger root mass and plant size. Keep root temps between 18-21°C (66-70°F) .”
Nico Escondido, Cultivation Editor at High Times magazine
“Recirculating aquaponic and hydroponic farms are sustainable options that can have controlled inputs and known outputs, like other existing organic farms. In fact, many recirculating farms not only meet, but can exceed current organic standards. They can be eco-efficient and have versatile designs, and reduced use of water, fossil fuels, fertilizers and electricity.”
Marianne Cufone, Executive Director of the Recirculating Farms Coalition
“Also, the plants can be grown close together, which means it’s easy to grow salad makings in your kitchen.”
Neil Watson, Spokesperson for General Hydroponics
“You don’t need a tractor or a plow or other big implements, and you don’t need to inherit a farm. You can get in very quickly, and can maintain another job.”
Bob Hochmuth, Director of the Suwannee Valley Agricultural Extension Center at U. of Florida
“I also value the positive influence of hydroponics, urban farming, and controlled-environment agriculture in solving some of the big problems we face. This story should be shared and celebrated with the same romance as the biodynamic farm with pristine soil and coastal climate conditions.”
Erik Oberholtzer, Co-founder of local- and sustainable-centric restaurant group Tender Greens
VERTICAL FARM: Fully Automatic 64 planters twin towers / 10 stacks 80 planters Cylindrical tower aeroponic/hydroponic system starter kit.