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My Very Own Home Grown Cucumber!!!!! May 29, 2008

Filed under: food,Planting — Jung @ 3:22 pm

This may have been the very first aeroponic cucumber ever grew out of an apartment in Manhattan, and it was sweet, crunchy, and fabulously refreshing Smile

Aeroponic Cucumber

Aeroponic Cucumber on a plate


My Homemade Aerogrow Aeroponic System February 13, 2008

Filed under: Planting — Jung @ 5:14 pm

Pulling apart my Aerogarden, was quite surprised how simple it is… nothing more but a submersible water pump, same thing as my kitty water fountain.

After researching for a more advanced aeroponic (vegetation grows in 100% humidity air) system, was quite put off by all the high price tags, I decided to construct one from scratch. This is what I came up with:

*Growing Chamber (a black file tote from Staples for 13.99)
Staple's File Tote

*FLOATING FOGGER (19.99 on eBay)
provides the humidity in the growing chamber
Floating Fogger

*AIRSTONE, AIR PUMP, & AIRLINE TUBING (2.99 + 9.99 + 1.99 from 3rd party seller on Amazon)
provides more oxygen to the roots for faster growth
Airstone Air Pump Airline Tubing

*DIGITAL POWER CENTER WITH TIMER (24.99 from 3rd party seller on Amazon)

Digital Power Center with Timer

*HYDROTON & 3″ GROW BASKETS (9.95 on eBay)
Hydroton and Grow Baskets What is Hydroton?

HYDROTON®Growing MediaHydroton is the “expanded clay,” a lightweight gravel which is manufactured specifically for hydroponic cultivation. This media is the first choice for many commercial Dutch growers specializing in flower and vegetable cultivation. Not to be confused with many other kinds of expanded clay which look similar but which are often toxic, Hydroton is pH stabilized and releases practically no minerals into the nutrient stream; in other words Hydroton is almost completely inert – except for offering excellent moisture and oxygen capacity to stimulate healthy root development.

*GROW LIGHT
Grow Light
I got a high output 400w grow light system that uses both METAL HALIDE (blue light for seeding and cutting) and HIGH PRESSURE SODIUM (orange light for flowering and fruiting) light bulbs. There are lots of much cheaper lighting systems out there, Aerogarden uses only 32w fluorescent light bulbs, and things grow just fine. But I really want my vegetables to grow faster, I decided to invest on a good light.

update: These Metal Halide lights are really much better than the fluorescent lights, the plants don’t strech their neck toward the light like they do in Aerogarden — in Aerogarden, even when the lights are set very very close to the plants, they still move toward the light bulb itself, quite an unhappy sight…

These are all the parts you need!

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NOW, COMES TO CONSTRUCTING THE AEROPONIC SYSTEM:


1. draw six, 2.8 inch circles on the cover of the file tote, cut them out with a box cutter (the only hard part… needs some elbow grease Smile )

2. cut a little gap on the side of the file tote to allow airline and wire of the fogger to go through.

3. fill the grow chamber with 3 gallon of filtered water.

4. close the the chamber with lid, fit the baskets in the circles, fill in the hydroton with seed filled foam in the center. Plug everything, and grow away Smile

I use General Hydroponic Maxi Series and FloraMato (Dry Concentrated Nutrient) for plant food.
Maxi Series Plant food Maxi Series Plant food
My seeds from Burpee will arrive tomorrow, will keep you updated on the growth of my vegetables Smile


Easygreen November 6, 2007

Filed under: food,Planting — Jung @ 12:47 pm

Easygreen

Love love love my Easygreen Sprouter, the best sprouter in the world (and believe me, I have and tried every sprouter there is! Smile ) The chamber provides such perfect enviroment for the sprouts, it sprays water automatically with the set timer, no soaking, no rinsing, zip, nada… takes just 5 days to mature — everyday put in a tray, everyday you harvest a tray of sprouts. It is fantastic!

Spouts

This is my favorite snack — Sprout Sushi Roll (with either vagan mayo, or raw cashew mayo) — it is really yummmm Smile

Sprout Sushi Roll


My Aerogrow Cherry Tomato Garden

Filed under: BooBoo and LouLou,Planting — Jung @ 8:20 am

UPDATE!

THERE HAVE BEEN TOMATOES EVERYWHERE! (since I have been shaking the plants everyday to pollinating them, lots of tomatoes in the past months Smile )

tomatoes

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I have officially gone even mader and got my THIRD aerogrow garden — growing Cherry Tomotoes with this one. Apparently, LouLou is as excited as I am! Smile

LouLou LouLou

leaf Day 1 April 6, 2007

AeroGrow3

Two Red Heirloom seed pods in the back, and one Golden Harvest in the front, the rest are the plant spacers.

LouLou

LouLou slept guarding the garden the very first night Smile

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leaf Day 4 April 9, 2007

Tomato Day 4

All three seed pods sprouted!

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leaf Day 5 April 10, 2007

Tomato Day 5 LouLou day 5

6am, woke up seeing the most beautiful water drops on the tomato leaves… LouLou wanted to be in the picture too Smile

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leaf Day 7 April 12, 2007

Tomato Day 7

Second tier of leaves showed up this morning.

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leaf Day 9 April 14, 2007

Tomato Day 9

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leaf Day 19 April 24, 2007

Tomato Day 19

Came home from Dubuque to find my tomato plants growing quite tall!

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leaf Day 25 April 30, 2007

Tomato Day 25

Home from Evansville to find my tomato plants another inch taller Smile

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leaf Day 39 May 14, 2007

Tomato Day 39 Flower

I can’t express how excited I was to find the first flower on the yellow tomato plant! Does this mean tomatoes are coming soon? Smile

Tomato Day 39

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leaf Day lost count… July 22, 2007

Tomato

Since I don’t seem to do a good job pollinating the flowers, I have long given up on my tomato plants and let it grow wild — somehow planning on starting it all over again.

For the first time in a long while, besides watering them, I took a look, there it was, a tiny little green tomato! (pictured is about the real life size) Well, one is better than nothing — I can’t wait for it to turn yellow Smile


My Homemade Seed Kit for AeroGarden June 30, 2007

Filed under: Planting — Jung @ 2:24 am

30 days ago, when it was time to replace my lettuce garden after the final harvest, I started aching for more interesting things to grow.

Instead of getting the Aerogrow’s Master Gardener Seed Kit $39.95, I decided to make my own.

Found online a nice mix of French Mesclun Seeds include Chicories, Endives, Lettuces, Mache, Spinach, and Arugula at 1500 seeds/$4.40 and General Hydroponics’ Maxigro plant food 1.5 pounds/$11.95. Then I went to the local hardware store bought a long piece of foam — AC weather seal to be exact (pictured) Smile that shall make about more than a hundred seed pods for $2.99 cialis daily. Cut them to fit the recycled seed baskets, made a gap for the seeds… Voila (only French word I still remember after a year of intense course at the New School… Smile ) my home made AeroGrow Seed Kit!

foam

So here is my new French Mesclun Salad Garden at 30 days young, I feel like I know each one of the plants. For the time spent researching, a few dollar saved, maybe a bit silly, but all that fun I had in figuring out the way was priceless Smile

Mesclun


My Aerogrow “Lettuce” Garden April 1, 2007

Filed under: Planting — Jung @ 11:42 pm

I have officially gone mad and got my second aerogrow garden — growing lettuce with this one. Only in a day, one of them sprouted! Lettuce may be much easier to grow than herbs. Smile

leaf Day 2 February 21, 2007

lettuce day 2

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leaf Day 5 February 24, 2007

lettuce day 5

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leaf Day 9 February 28, 2007

lettuce day 9

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leaf Day 37 March 28, 2007

lettuce day 37

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leaf Day 41 April 1, 2007

lettuce day 41

This thing has turned me into a goat, I pick and chew on one lettuce leaf whenever I walk pass it. In case you wonder what that pink thing on the left is, it is a Hello Kitty milk shake maker Smile


My Aerogrow Herb Garden

Filed under: Planting — Jung @ 11:20 pm

leaf Day 1 February 6, 2007

AeroGrow

Started my AeroGarden today at noon. It is a computerized aeroponic growing system — hard to resist for a foodie and high-tech junkie like me… I will post new pictures when the seeds sprout. Smile

(the planted seeds are (back left to right) Mint, Italian Basil, Dill, Cilantro, (front left to right) Parsley, Purple Basil, Chives.)

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leaf Day 3 February 8, 2007

Italian Basil 3 days old

The Italian Basil has poked its head out… I had no idea how hard it is to photograph something that small — the tiny green thing in the middle is the sprout…

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leaf Day 4 February 9, 2007

Italian Basil 4 days old

There are a total of 5 Italian Basil sprouts today!

Purple Basil 4 days old

and 2 Purple Basil sprouts showed up too (only one is visible in the picture.)

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leaf Day 6 February 11, 2007

Purple Basil 4 days old

There are a total of 6 Purple Basil sprouts today

Purple Basil 4 days old

and 3 very very tiny Mint sprouts showed up too!

(the Italian Basil spouts are doing very well, they don’t look much different, just got a little taller.)

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leaf Day 7 February 12, 2007

Dill 7 days old

The very first Dill sprout!

Italian Basil 7 days old

Italian Basil

Purple Basil 7 days old

Purple Basil (both Italian and Purple Basil have started to grow the second tier of leaves.)

Mint 7 days old

The Mint sprouts are getting quite busy Smile

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leaf Day 9 February 14, 2007

Dill 9 days old

There are now 3 Dill sprouts.

Purple Basil 9 days old

The leaves of Purple Basil are getting quite purple Smile

Italian Basil and Mint sprouts are not looking too different beside getting taller and taller.

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leaf Day 12 February 17, 2007

all 12 days old

Starting to look like a garden Smile

Chives 12 days old

Chives all came out today.

Parsley 12 days old

Close up of the tiny little Parsley sprout.

Now only Cilantro hasn’et sprouted yet…

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leaf Day 15 February 20, 2007

all 15 days old

the tiny Pasley sprout stays the same, and there is still no sign of Cilantro

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leaf Day 19 February 24, 2007

all 19 days old

still no sign of Cilantro

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leaf Day 23 February 28, 2007

all 23 days old

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leaf Day 29 March 6, 2007

all 29 days old

Cilantro is not happening, Aerogrow’s customer service very nicely offered to send me replacement Thyme seed pod since most of the people have the same problem with Cilantro.

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leaf Day 42 March 19, 2007

all 42 days old

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leaf Day 55 April 1, 2007

all 55 days old

I’ve cut out boxes of Basil leaves, they grow faster then I can eat them! What fun Smile