|Jim from Texas
Just came back from a Thanksgiving trip and had to harvest our lettuce -
was growing like crazy! We're growing both 'giant caesar' and 'bibb'
varieties. Unfortunately, I did find that at one point I guess I had too
much fertilizer - seemed to be 'burning' the lettuce, and though right
now the plants seem to be doing well, virtually all of the outer leaves
had to be throw away because they were very spotted with brown, mottled
discoloration - once removed, though, the next layer of leaves were
awesome, and left the inner part of the plant still in great shape.|
I've attached a pic [the last one in the gallery below] of what we kept,
having removed about the same amount and left it out for the family of
rabbits that've been living under our shed for awhile. I also have the
whole rig almost running entirely via solar - have been running a 12v
pump on a single battery using 45w of panels, but that seemed to 'run
out of juice' after awhile (drained a fully charged battery - runs great
thereafter most of the day, but panels weren't putting out enough juice
to power the pump and charge the battery enough to run all night), so
I've bought about 80w worth of panels to replace those with, and am
looking for a pump that will draw less power, hoping that I'll be able
to completely run the entire operation (as well a light for the shed,
air bubbler for the water, etc) via solar, etc.
At any rate, hope this finds you doing well - and even having decided to
leave what we didn't want to the rabbits, are growing more lettuce than
we can eat (family of five), so am sharing with extended family, etc.
Thanks for the fantastic idea! ... I had originally started with some
basil plants that did really well, but quickly overgrew the system to
the point that water was backing up and coming out of the holes rather
than trickling past and down the pipes - the roots were crazy!
Click on any of the thumbnails above to see other pictures, or cycle through them using the arrows to the right and left of the image!