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The Back to the Roots Water Garden is a small, beginners, aquaponics kit. It’s advertised as three gallons but effectively holds two gallons when set up. There is enough space for one Betta or similar fish. It has a small pump that pushes tank water up to the growing media and recirculates back into the tank. The theory is that the roots will help filter/clean the water, and the fish waste helps fertilize the plants.
The kit comes with two types of seeds and everything else you need, except the fish. It is recommended to add a small heater unless it is a strictly cold-water-loving fish.
My take away from using it is it’s a good learning/teaching system, but not effective on any large scale beyond growing microgreens. And microgreens could be grown with no fertilizer anyway. It’s a fun system though, and I’m still using it.
Here are similar products that I have not tried yet:
The amount ate: Two pods Heat: 3 Flavor: 7 Burn Profile: Mostly tongue. Effects: none Cap Cramps: none
This is a nice looking, peach/flesh-colored pepper from Brazil. The traditional color on these is red. They are very similar to Biquinho peppers. The flavor is tangy with some chinense/hab overtones. Heat level on the ones I grew is between cayenne and thai.
This is a Peruvian heirloom Capsicum baccatum pepper.
The review pod is one I grew, the seeds were given to me by Jimmy Johnson.
The amount ate: Whole pod Heat: 2 Flavor: 7 Burn Profile: Mostly tongue. Effects: none Cap Cramps: none
This pepper has a fruity tangy, typical baccatum flavor, with low/medium heat. It grows kind of vine-like, might do well in a hanging pot, otherwise needs a lot of support to stay upright. It has good ornamental potential as the pods are very beautiful going through multiple color phases, from cream purple to sparkling red.
This is a three-way pepper cross from Justin White of White Hot Peppers. The strain I grew was f2, so it is still pretty unstable. The plant has dark foliage, pods typically ripen to orange.
The review pod is one I grew, the seeds were from White Hot Peppers.
The amount ate: Sidewall slice Heat: 6 Flavor: 6 Burn Profile: Tongue, back of the throat, ears. Effects: none Cap Cramps: none
This plant has great ornamental value. The leaves are dark, and pods go through multiple ripening color phases. They typically ripen to orange/red, but I had one plant that ripened to gold. The heat varied between the two plants I grew. The one I tasted in the video had heat a little lower than a regular ghost, the flavor was not bad.
This is a sweet spot size for one large plant or a few smaller ones. It is much improved over the standard 24″ x 24″ x 48″ tents, offering a few inches of width on each side, and over a foot extra height. This extra head room allows for taller plants, and grow light and ventilation ducting.
In this one, I’m using the Mars Hydro SP150 grow light to grow some Chocolate Rocotos.