Hydroponics in small greenhouse
This post is a continuation really of the "Hydroponics" thread posted by Ken last year.
I thought you kind people would like to see my attempts at growing plants in the greenhouse with minimal watering effort after the problems last year.
I was given 2 Greenhouse Sensation solar powered units for Christmas by my daughters and decided to try other methods as well as a comparison.
The photo shows the 2 solar units either side of the door with 3 tomatoes in each. The only mistake being I didn't read the packet and San Marzano is growing too short thus making maintenance more difficult than it needs to be.
I bought 3 2-pot Easy2Grow systems with water tank. These use a valve and wick water to the plants as required.
These contain 4 more tomatoes on the left and 2 cucumbers at the far end.
I also built 3 home made "Earth Pots" from spare storage tubs the wife was throwing out and 3 unused melamine trays. You can see one in the photo with a courgette in the GH out of the gales.
I then decided to do another version of this which comprises of 2 large trays - The bottom one holding 25+ ltrs. of water and the other with holes drilled in to pass capillary matting wicks through. This is at the far right and has 5 peppers nearest the glass and 7 small pots of different Basil germinating in the middle row.
There are 4 spare holes at the front and a tube to add water. A small float arrangement tells me when to add water.
So far all but the small cucumber are doing well in spite of the weather and I am looking forward to the first crops. There are already 4 trusses on 1 of the San Marzano and the Sweet Olive is almost at the eaves.
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