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I've also got Black Seeded Simpson on the go,but they are still seedlings.

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They look delicious... the lettuce that is... not the fry :D.

The fry are the cutest things that I have ever seen, that doesn't have fur and puppy dog eyes :thumbright: . The kids would certainly be enjoying watching the babies grow. I can appreciate how hard it would be to stop them over feeding the fish , just trying to 'help'.

Thanks for the update.



You are welcome... and Thank you for the compliment!


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I've also got Black Seeded Simpson on the go,but they are still seedlings.

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Well... I bet yours may even turn out nicer than mine if conditions are right. Mine spent the first 1.5 or 2 months of their lives being abused. It is a great tasting lettuce.

I just hope it tastes great under this spectrum of light! lol

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Side Test Batch of "Grown from Seed in-place"


Here is a pic of a side test batch of Black Seeded Simpson seedlings grown from seed directly in in place. There are 6 in the pic in a 1/4 section of bed.

Anyways, The two largest ones were germinated in-place and thinned. They germinated a few days before I organized up the other bed that is solid (old) transplants.

All of the other 4 smaller ones just popped up in random places over the last few weeks (disturbing the other bed led to more seed germinating). They were plucked from place as soon as their two baby seedling leaves emerged... and gently placed where they are now.

So these were moved just once... immediately after germination (directly in the gravel). I am mostly interested in this growing method because it is insanely easy. Almost as easy as just throwing down seed. But without having to thin the seedlings. A.K.A wasting seed.

Now, Obviously the two larger ones are smaller than my transplants. However, they are less than 1/2 the age and only 1/4 the size. They may very well Provide More Harvest. Time will tell. I know lettuce is time sensitive.

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If you look back @ my post on Jan 14th you can see how much the two larger ones have grown in the last 11 days. Not bad!


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Prototype Flood/Drain/NFT hybrid I designed a while back...

I just checked in on this old contraption I designed in Sketchup a long while back. I can't believe it has been downloaded 11k times!

I still have the parts for my old prototype just collecting dust on a shelf in the garage. Perhaps I should get her up and going again. What do you think?

If not using gravel inside the pipe, short lived things like lettuce should do fine. Without a pre-filter the roots will indeed get debris stuck to them.

However, filling the pipes with something cheap like lava rock would work great as well! I would be able to introduce worms into the pipes to keep things flowing well. I would need MUCH LESS gravel than in a 12" to 14" deep gravel bed. Making it cheaper and much lighter. Easier to move as well. Should in theory NEVER develop dead zones wither. Making those long-term cleanouts much further apart. Maybe even non-existent if there were traps in place for solids to settle outside the pipes somewhere.

I actually spotted some SUPER sized pvc pipes at Lowes the other day. They are about $20 something dollars each. Might be a nice way to cover the North wall of a greenhouse one day. Just make the pipes a single long row in layers. Something like strawberries would do great with gravel in the pipe.

What is Cool about lava rock is that it adds Iron to the system over time... and many dozens of other minerals.

https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/model/ ... Grow-Pipes

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Time Lapse vid!

I just put up a 15 day time lapse vid of the lettuce growing in my aquaponics system. Ended up looking pretty cool. The lego man made the kids bust out laughing. lol

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmgWf-U ... e=emb_logo

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Soo funny how he abandons society for the forest only to return from what he learnt. At least that's what I got :D

Edit: would it take long to edit out the night times?


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I was on youtube yesterday & I saw your video 1 hour after you uploaded it :lol: .I thought that white pipe going across the grow bed looks familiar.

Lego man got dunk a couple of times :lol:

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Soo funny how he abandons society for the forest only to return from what he learnt. At least that's what I got :D

Edit: would it take long to edit out the night times?



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Excellent point of view! lol

I am planning on going back to edit that out actually. My wife was yelling @ me to get off of the computer over and over at the time to be honest. It took me about 30min to figure out how to get the camera to connect to the computer properly and another 30 to upload/add the music.

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The kids want to do it again but making the Lego guy dance. I am thinking.... robot/break dancing! :lol:

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I was on youtube yesterday & I saw your video 1 hour after you uploaded it :lol: .I thought that white pipe going across the grow bed looks familiar.

Lego man got dunk a couple of times :lol:



Hope you liked it! My kids def. did.


They were wondering why I set their Lego man up there. Lots of giggles when they saw the vid.

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Edit: would it take long to edit out the night times?



I did it. They night time portions are now edited out!

That was a LOT of cutting. I also cut out the times where it took pics of dim/regular garage lighting (when the plants lights were not engaged). It looks a good bit better now! Took about 20 to 30 mins.

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Very cool. Sorry about the extra work. :roll:


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Very cool. Sorry about the extra work. :roll:



I think it was well worth it!

It is much easier to focus on the plants now. Looks a lot more professional. Though not very. lol


My video analytics said that most folks were watching only an average of 45 seconds or so. So... if it goes up I will have learned something.

I also now know how to cut/splice videos I already have loaded on YouTube. Good to know.

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Yeah, wasn't sure it would be the same link. Thanks again.


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Yeah, wasn't sure it would be the same link. Thanks again.



It is luckily. No problem!

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Hi,
anymore updates on the lettuce?

Mine aren't taking off for some reason (I think it's a heat problem).And I think the black seeded simpson take longer to grow than closed head types :dontknow: .I've never grown this type before.

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