I am so super stinking excited! My long-awaited hydroponic garden is finally up and running! My sweet husband and brother-in-law have been working tirelessly on this project for quite some time, but now it’s done. It’s finally done. Hooray!
If you’re not familiar with hydroponic gardening it’s a method of gardening without soil. I am pretty new to it myself, although I did have a miniature hydroponic garden a couple of years ago and I loved it. But this thing puts my other rinky-dink hydroponic garden to shame. An invention of my brother-in-law, I have to admit I can’t tell you a whole lot about it at this time. But I plan to post about my successes and failures along the way. Today I just wanted to hurry and get a post put together because I am told I should expect my seedlings to emerge any day (or perhaps any minute) because hydroponic plants tend to grow a whole lot faster than traditionally grown plants. I planted lots of seeds last night and more today so I wanted to share the “before” photos before the first seedlings emerge.
These four little guys (rosemary and African Violets) are cuttings from some of my house plants. My understanding is these should root and be ready for transplanting in no time. I can’t wait to experiment with other plants! I think I will try my new ground cover roses as soon as they come out of dormancy.
Here’s the map of what I have planted so far. There are a few vacancies, but that won’t be for long. I’ve just ordered lots and lots of new seeds! I can hardly believe there are a whopping 56 spaces for planting! I just can’t imagine what this will look like when it’s full of mature plants.
Admittedly I did plant some seeds that will probably not work in the cart, but after planting all the varieties of seeds I had on hand that I thought would work I still had a lot of vacancies and figured, “Why not?” In particular I wonder if the poppies and the leeks will work out. I have never grown poppies before, but I think they are pretty big and bushy plants. The leeks might need a cooler water temperature to germinate. Right now we have the water heater set to 85 degrees. My hope is to get the leeks started and then transplant them outdoors in a few weeks.
My goal, besides having lots of fresh herbs, lettuces, and dwarf peppers and tomatoes growing at all times, is to start the seeds to transplant in my outdoor garden. My brother-in-law assures me this will be a piece of cake! I hope he is right because my sunroom was a mine field of seed flats last spring and was really quite a mess.
Here’s a close-up of the top of the unit. Per my brother-in-law’s suggestion I turned the caps to the 9:00 position after they were planted. There are currently only 4 vacancies (the caps at the 6:00 position) that will be fill just as soon as my new seeds arrive.
Even as I write this I can hear my cart just bubbling and gurgling away. Such a happy noise knowing (hoping) I will soon witness the emergence of dozens of tiny little yummy seedlings. I think I will go check it again (only the 1005th time today) to see if there are any signs of new life…