The land of the long green leaf
It’s has been over six months now since the first seed was sown and life in hydroponics land has settled down to a regular routine. There were a number of learning curves along the way that caused a few setbacks but we have hopefully got most of them sorted.
Between Patty, Craig and myself, we manage to check the water levels daily and every few days, prune and pollinate. Being a constant ‘summer’ inside the hydro building, once the plants have established themselves, they will just keep growing and growing so regular maintenance is a must.
Lettuce is definitely the number one crop and we normally have plants in all stages of its life cycle to afford a continual supply. Tomatoes and cucumbers come a close second, though due to space limitation new plants can only be grown on a needs basis. Chillies were hard to get going, but with a couple of established trees now producing, their yield is a welcome addition at meal times. Numerous other varieties have been grown with snow peas and silver beet being an irregular extra.
The fresh greens are definitely a welcome supplement in the mess, so fingers crossed everything can keep ticking along smoothly.
By Aaron Tyndall