2018 Pepper grow update #18 - 09/16/18 - Porch peppers in Kratky tote systems
2018 Pepper grow update #18 for 9/16/18. This is a short update, covering the plants on my porch. Not much change on my drip system plants, and it was raining outside. The peppers plants on my porch are in Kratky method systems, with float valves to maintain a static nutrient level for each plant.
How to setup a 27 gallon float valve controlled Kratky tote
In this video, I show how to set up a float valve controlled tote using the Kratky hydroponics method. I'm growing two pepper plants in this system. Written installation steps on my website. https://www.pepperinfo.com/2018/07/27-gallon-float-tote-dual-plant-setup-and-installation-guide/ Topics covered: - Float valve installation - Reservoir connector setup - Nutrients setup - Plant transfer Parts needed * 27-gallon tote - https://amzn.to/2IQdn0i or look for the Commander brand, black with yellow lid at Lowes or Home Depot. * Mini Float Valve with 1/2" barbed adapter - https://amzn.to/2ITGcZw * 1/2" black vinyl Pond tubing - https://amzn.to/2KIGR4U or look in the pond kit section of Lowes or Home Depot, or order online * 3/4" drill bit - https://amzn.to/2NnF443 * 5/8" drill bit - https://amzn.to/2KNeWRL * 1/2" top hat grommet - https://amzn.to/2NoucCL * 1/2" barbed connector - https://amzn.to/2tPuZo2 * Shutoff valve with 1/2" barbed connectors - https://amzn.to/2Ktqt9g * 5-gallon bucket - https://goo.gl/VDjU62 or something bigger like a trash can) * Bucket Lid - https://goo.gl/mgY8CN * Nutrients - https://www.pepperinfo.com/hydroponics/hydroponic-supplies-nutrients/ * 2 x 6-inch net pots - https://amzn.to/2u1fLf1 (Two if setting up dual system, else just use one) * Coco chunks (https://amzn.to/2tSg3pr) or clay pebbles (https://amzn.to/2NknJsC)- supporting medium * Wrench - https://amzn.to/2lPLE6L for tightening the float valve nut * Drill - https://amzn.to/2tTkHmW for drilling holes for float valve and the reservoir connector * Utility knife - https://amzn.to/2tTlLqW For cutting hole/s in the tote lid * Lid covering - Spray paint for plastic, or aluminum foil. This will block light, preventing algae from growing in the container.
Update on float valve feeder design
This setup appears to work very well. I'm going to pull this Holy Basil out and dry it, then start something else.
2018 Grow update #5.5 - Float valve feeder design for maintaining a static nutrient level
I mentioned this project in the previous pepper grow update, and put it together over the weekend. I'm growing Holy Basil that I started in the wicking germination/sprouting bottles (https://youtu.be/xHC7qnS4yCI) I transplanted them to a shallow 10-gallon tote. Initially, it'll function as a Kratky design, but as the nutrient level drops to a certain point, the installed float valve will allow nutrients in from a 5-gallon reservoir, maintaining a static level of nutrients from that point forward. Parts used in the video: Kingbo50W: https://goo.gl/VCBo6X Light hanger: https://goo.gl/LNFZwA 2x2 grow tent: https://goo.gl/AmgqqF float valve: https://goo.gl/79NbT3 Masterblend nutrients: https://goo.gl/dstJ1v 5-gallon bucket shallow 10-gallon tote
Orange Manzano in 32 gallon non-circulating Kratky hydroponic setup
In this video I transfer an Orange Manzano pepper plabt from a DWC setup to a Kratky system in a 32 gallon trashcan. The nutrient used is Dyna-gro 7-9-5 at 1 tsp/gallon. The video doesn't show the full potential of this system, as I started it very late in the season. It still did very well. More information about Kratky method hydroponics can be found here: https://youtu.be/pZZO1tYqcwk The original build video for this setup is here: https://youtu.be/SnKriSBNFMY
Office Gardening using the Kratky method and AeroGarden
This video shows my office garden. I have three plants growing in non-circulation hydroponics (kratky method), and three other plants growing in an AeroGarden. All of them are being fed Dyna-Gro 7-9-5. The three Kratky grown plants are Cinnamon Basil, Tiny Tim Tomato, and Garden Sage. In the AeroGarden I have another Tiny Tim, a Lime Basil and a Dwarf Mexican Piquin pepper plant. Both Tiny Tims and the Piquin plant are producing fruits now. The Kratky plants are only getting sunlight from a Western facing window. For more information about my office garden and transcript of this video, please visit my website at https://www.pepperinfo.com/office-plants-kratky-window-garden-and-aerogarden/
How to make a Kratky herb garden
How to make a Kratky herb garden. In this video I show how to make and set a non-circulating hydroponics (Kratky method) herb garden. I use a small 4.5 gallon Hefty 'hi-rise' tote from Lowes, AeroGarden baskets and Parkseed biodome sponges. For a written materials list and assembly instructions please go to my website: https://goo.gl/7Y04dM For more information about how the Kratky method works, please check out these channels: BA Kratky: https://goo.gl/UDmN9X Khang Starr: https://goo.gl/jMN9is Matt Garver: https://goo.gl/YzfUMn The herbs that I grow in this video are Catnip, Cinnamon Basil, Italian Basil, White Sage, Regular Sage, Lemon Balm, Mugwort, and Rosemary. For the nutrient solution I used a three part mix of 4-18-38 Master Blend at 1.6 g/gal, Magnesium Sulfate at .8 g/gal/Epsom Salt and Calcium Nitrate at 1.6 g/gal. More information on how to use and where to source those nutrients here: https://goo.gl/7Yw3Gj Some of the materials can be found here: (links) AeroGarden baskets: https://goo.gl/XNLYsL Park Seed Biodome sponges: https://goo.gl/55ZbO4
How to clone peppers - super easy using the AeroGarden (and Kratky method)
How to clone peppers using the AeroGarden. In this video I show an easy way to clone (propagate) peppers using the AeroGarden. This method could also be easily adapted to similar growing methods. It also works fine using the Kratky (non-circulating hydroponics) method. B.A. Kratky's channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjwBvl5MXuQMziQL2_pQCPA I got the idea for trying this method from Matt Garver - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUznk-cggnf5NrnneXBykfQ and Khang Starr - https://www.youtube.com/user/KhangStarr010 The materials I use to clone are very basic. - Sharp snips (or razor blade) - scissors - Sponge material (AeroGarden, BioDome or rock wool) - AeroGarden basket (or improvise something similar) You can find these online here (links) Zenport snips - http://amzn.to/2mIiCIk (If you have a grow store nearby check there, might find cheaper) Grow sponge: AeroGarden sponges - http://amzn.to/2mI5seh Park Seed biodome sponges (what I use) - http://amzn.to/2mIcdNd AeroGarden baskets - http://amzn.to/2mIb34u AeroGarden models I use in the video: AeroGarden Bounty - http://amzn.to/2ngwpCx AeroGarden Classic 7 (mine is older model) - http://amzn.to/2m0GyCm I didn't mention nutrients in the video, but I used a three part mix of 4-18-38 Masterblend, Magnesium Sulfate and Calcium Nitrate. For cloning I've been using a weaker than full strength solution at the following levels. (If you're transplanting from something getting less nutrients you might want to use a weaker solution). Master Blend - 1.6 g/gal. Magnesium Sulfate - .8 g/gal Calcium Nitrate - 1.6 g/gal There is more information on my website on where to find these hydroponic nutrients and how to mix them. https://www.pepperinfo.com/hydroponics/hydroponic-supplies-nutrients/ The plant in the video is an Aji Painapple f2, which is a cross made by D3, who has a community crossing project on thehotpepper for more information. It's a cross between an Aji Pineapple and Butch T Yellow. D3's crossing project: http://thehotpepper.com/topic/54370-d3monics-crossing-projectcommunity-grow/ Aji Painapple: http://thehotpepper.com/topic/60805-aji-painapple-aji-pineapple-x-butch-t-yellow-scorpion/
How to start seeds and transplant sprouts using the Kratky method
Using the Kratky method to start seeds and transplant spouts. In this video I show to start pepper seeds using the Kratky method and also demonstrate a way to transfer existing sprouts into a Kratky setup. My seed starting nutrient solution is a mix of 4-18-38 Master Blend, Epsom Salt and Calcium Nitrate at the following strengths. This same method will also work in the AeroGarden. Khang Starr and Matt Garver gave me the ideas for exploring this. Khang Starr: https://www.youtube.com/user/KhangStarr010 Matt Garver: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUznk-cggnf5NrnneXBykfQ MasterBlend 1.6 grams/gallon Epsom Salt (Magnesium Sulfate) .8 grams/gallon Calcium Nitrate 1.6 grams/gallon There is more information on my website on where to buy these ingredients as well as mixing instructions. https://www.pepperinfo.com/hydroponics/hydroponic-supplies-nutrients/ AeroGarden baskets that I use in the video can be found here (link): https://goo.gl/TLfYHN Park Seed Biodome sponges: http://parkseed.com/120-pack-refill-sponges-for-the-original-60-cell-planting-block/p/06565-PK-120/
How to grow lettuce using the Kratky method - from seed to harvest
How to grow lettuce (and anything else) using the Kratky method of fill and forget non-circulating hydroponics. In this video I show how to build a system for growing lettuce using the Kratky method. I demonstrate the steps to start seeds and setup the container for growing. I have a written tutorial of this method available on my website. https://www.pepperinfo.com/how-to-grow-lettuce-using-the-kratky-method/ Information for acquiring and mixing nutrients can be found here: https://www.pepperinfo.com/hydroponics/hydroponic-supplies-nutrients/ and https://www.pepperinfo.com/hydroponics/hydroponic-tools-supplies/. The Park Seed Bio Dome sponges can be found here: (link) http://amzn.to/2mrHxNJ
2017 Pepper grow #3 - Indoor hydroponics garden update - 2/4/17
2017 Pepper grow #3 - Indoor hydroponics garden update - 2/4/17. This is the third pepper grow/indoor hydroponics update for 2017. The plants in the AeroGarden are doing really well. I transplanted five of them to cups, and one other (Helios Has) to my new low-pressure aeroponics system. This is an improved version over last year's model. I will post a video of the build process soon. Also shown are all my Kratky pepper sprouts, growing out of Pact juice bottles. The basement peppers are doing well. The Jamaican Hot Chocolate has a bunch of small pods on it, and it continues to grow. Current grow: 7-Pot Chaguanas, Yellow 7-Pot Olive 7-Pot Primo Aji Charapita D3's Aji Painapple f2 Andy's King BOC Bhut, Black Bhut, White W Strain (still trying to germinate) Blue Christmas Brazillian Red Olive Carbonero Cream CARD Scorpion Yellow Cereja da Amapa Chiltepin Yellow Chocolate Bhutlah Chocolate UnReaper Datil Devil's Tail, White Dystopia, Yellow D3's El Scorponero f2 Hab, Helios Jamaican Hot Chocolate Jay's Peach Ghost Scorpion Jay's Red Ghost Variant Kpakpo Shito x BBG 7 f2 Mako Kokoo Moruga Scorpion, Peach Peach Clavo PI 439452 Creme Puerto Rican Yellow Reaper x Moruga f3 Scotch Bonnet, Elysium Oxide Shishito Stavros Sugar Rush Peach Thai Dragon Tien Tsin Planning to start soon: Queen Laurie Beni Highlands Swiss Chocolate BBG7 X (Anthony Nunex cross) Geronimo Chile
2017 pepper grow and indoor garden update #2 - Jan 22 2017
2017 pepper grow and indoor garden update #2 - Jan 22 2017. This is an update on my 2017 pepper starts and Kratky and AeroGarden lettuces. Last year I used the wet paper towel in sandwich bag method for germination and that worked very well. This year I'm germinating and sprouting in my AeroGardens (and diy version that I made). Basically I put the seeds in the sponge and let it go. I place 3 seeds per sponge, and keep the best looking one after they sprout. The nutes are mixed at a much higher strength than I'd normally give peppers that small. But it appears if they germinate and sprout in the solution they are okay. I noticed this when I started some lettuce seeds in both Kratky and AeroGarden methods. All of them sprouted fine with no evidence of burning. The strength is MasterBlend at 1.6 g/gal, MgSO4 at .8 g/gal, and Ca(NO3)2 at 1.6 g/gal. The ppm comes out around 550. I have a few peppers yet to come up, but most have sprouted. I also showed my first attempt at growing microgreens, which happened to be Chia sprouts. Those turned out great, but I'm not very fond of their flavor. I'm going to try beet and broccoli sprouts next. I mentioned Khang Starr in the video when discuss the microgreens growing. He has a wealth of information on different methods for starting microgreens. Here's a link to his microgreen and sprout videos https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLPq8JWQbWhAhjO9XuFN379e2yZNRCWRc A couple of the peppers I mentioned came from Anthony Nunez, the Chocolate Bhutlah and Black Bhut. His channel has a lot of good info. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXgdWioYvH1ZNJWRUweIzsA Also, the seeds from Jesus is 'Jesus Rosario' (sorry).
45 gallon Kratky Non-circulating hydroponics - BBM final update
Final update on the diy Kratky non-circulating hydroponics system that I made from a large trash can. It was growing a BBM that was originally in a DWC (Deep Water Culture) setup, then was transferred to the diy kratky system middle of this summer. I pulled the plant this past weekend, as it had used over 90% of its solution, and was starting to die. The roots were pretty massive considering they had filled the 5 gallon bucket and grew down from there into the 45 gallon trash can.
32 gallon Kratky Method, Non-Circulating Hydroponics Build - JPGS - Final Update
My 32 gallon setup ran out of solution a few weeks ago, and I've been adding to enough to keep it going for the remaining pods to ripen. I decided to pull it early, as the leaves were looking pretty bad. If I grown another Jay's Peach Ghost Scorpion this way, I'll need to source out a much larger container for next year. The roots were pretty big, going from a 3 inch net pot, to an 8 inch net pot, they filled the entire trash can. Here's a link to the original build video that shows how it was setup. https://youtu.be/SnKriSBNFMY The Masterblend/Magnesium Sulfate/Calcium Nitrate nutrient mix did really well.
Kratky Carbonero 2016 Experiment - Final Update
Final update of my 2016 Kratky method grown Carbonero. You can see the first video here. https://youtu.be/v9oA_uOSW2U. A while back I moved it from the original container seen in the first video to an 18 gallon tote. When I moved it to the tote, I could only fill it less than half way, otherwise I'd drown the air roots produced from the first setup. I could only add 8 gallons of nutrient solution. It grew really well and produced a lot of fruit, but quickly ran out of solution. I drilled a hole in the lid and added enough every few days to keep it going until the fruits ripened. I got most of the ripe pods off, there were a few green ones left. This video shows the roots. The root mass isn't huge, but it was growing down from a very small net pot. A wide net pot would have allowed the plant to produced a much large root system. This was a good experiment. Next year I need to start in something larger to begin with, in a container big enough to carry it through to the end of season. Also, a wider net pot would help.