New hydroponic grow lights, new design, new plants….2014 has started!

Christine and I were able to get some new hydroponic grow lights for our basement.  They are Hydrogrow X2 336s and give much more light than our others.  We are planning to use them with larger plants, i.e. peppers, tomatoes, etc. rather than the many herbs we will be growing fresh as well.  Cooking fresh has increased our need for fresh herbs, so we bought several packs of seeds from Stokes.

 

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We have to think about a redesign since our current setup cannot handle the larger lights that we got.  You can see in the picture that these are much larger and hang from the ceiling lower.  That combined with the height of my table and the need for differential pressure to drain the grow bins means that the plants would have no room to grow tall.  The ceiling in our basement is about 8 feet to the beams, so I’m thinking of designing some rails to accommodate the new plants.  Do any of you have ideas for smaller reservoir bins?  I need them to be low to the ground, but hold a lot of solution–we usually have 15-20 gallons running at a time!

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Sorry it’s been so long since a post, but things have been so busy.  We still have jalapeños and banana peppers growing and soon will have our normally greenery and herbs again.

Seedlings will start this weekend, so watch for a how to on that!

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