Due to some financial concerns I was given the go ahead to start some indoor gardening activities.
The goal to start - tomatoes and peppers, herbs, greens (leaf, head, micro and wheatgrass) all to supplement the food budget. (Of course some shitake, Oysters and reishi but that will be a different set up). Would also like to do some onions and radishes.
Space -in an apartment, in the spare room will have a 2 ft by 4 foot space to put a grow tent that I found. This will be for the veggie lettuces and herbs. This is in line with the requirements on the go ahead of "must b, pretty, clean with little to no mess, guest room ready at a moments notice and as little maintenance as possible since our schedules are busy and I am out of town close to 50% of the time. I also have a another space right next to it in a corner that is also 4 feet wide where a built in desk is.this will be my micro greens and wheat grass station and will also house the dehydrator I am planning on getting.
So where to start...been researching hydro set ups and lights. Have a 4 ft metro shelf rack already. Got a 2 ft t5 fixture, a micro green and wheat grass kit coming in the mail as my first investment. Wanted to go with a 4 ft light but had limited funds from a bonus I got and tried to stretch it as far as possible. So could get the 2 ft and both kits or a 4 ft and a lesser version of one of the kits. Also since the greens and wheatgrass can use the ambient light from a sunny room they don't have to be directly under a light. Will eventually move to a 4 ft.
So been researching hydro set ups that are as automated as possible. They are a bit expensive. DIY is cheeper.
But found the kratky method and think I am going to work with this to start. Lettuces and tomatoes seem to do well with this method and little to no maintenance.
so I was given a mint plant. Got some buckets net pots and pearlite and had some liquid fert left over from last summer and thought lets test this as a start.
any suggestions or comments welcome. I know we got some indoor masters here and will be looking for guideance as I move forward.
...so here I go...
Edited by PsyBearknot, 23 May 2013 - 10:12 AM.