In a better effort to streamline our weekly clean out process, We made some adjustments.
A drain valve was added to the 10 gallon tank.
A 1/2 inch tube was then connected and an on/off valve was added so that when the weekly fertilizer draining and washout takes place, I don’t have to carry the tank across the room to the sump pump.
On the way to the sump pump another junction was added to the tube in front of the tent itself with another on/off valve connected to the drip pan located under the soil structure itself.
Previously we had been catching the overflow in an aluminum pan and dumping it every night. This way, it will dump into the drip tray and automatically drain out to the sump pump in the same tube.
This new streamline method really helps with the weekly change-outs.
The soil tent seems to be responding well to the fertilizer system that I have been product testing this time.
The squash are thriving well and have small flower buds.
The beans are doing exceptionally well and have quite a number of flowers!
We just planted an extra jalapeno pepper plant in the soil tent and it’s slightly stunted; however, this last week it has shown some signs of life by growing a small set of secondary leaves which is great progress as peppers grow relatively slow.
Below is a overall picture of our pepper row, the first and second peppers are both bell peppers which are doing extremely well, the third is the jalapeno (seen above).
Our tomato plant is doing very well as well, but does not have any flowers as of yet. The stalk of the plant is relatively thick even thought the plant seems slightly small.
The basil is growing slow. It does have a nice odor and wonderful color but it’s counterpart in the hydroponic tent is probably twice the size of the one in the soil tent which tells me that I have to do a little research and figure out the differences between the two tents at this stage.
Our radish will be ready to be picked within a week to two weeks! The carrots are growing at a great rate.
Here is the overall picture of the tent for week 4: