Getting Started Part II

The seed germination is tracked in spreadsheets, one sheet for each tray.  The sheet records the seeds planted in each tray row.  To keep things simple (for now) each row contains the same seed.  The plant date and germination days calculate the expected ready date.

Seed Starter Workbook Production Run 2016-0001
Seed Starter Workbook Production Run 2016-0001

 

 

 

 

 

Next steps are to move this to a cloud application.

Tray Cell Germ.
1 1 2 3 4 5 6 Date
Row 1 Basil Geno. Basil Geno. Basil Geno. Basil Geno. Basil Geno. Basil Geno.
Row 2 Basil Geno. Basil Geno. Basil Geno. Basil Geno. Basil Geno. Basil Geno.
Row 3 Spinach BLS Spinach BLS Spinach BLS Spinach BLS Spinach BLS
Row 4 Spinach BLS Spinach BLS Spinach BLS Spinach BLS Spinach BLS
Row 5 Lettuce BB Lettuce BB Lettuce BB Lettuce BB Lettuce BB Lettuce BB
Row 6
Tray Cell
2 1 2 3 4 5 6
Row 1 Lettuce BB Lettuce BB Lettuce BB Lettuce BB Lettuce BB Lettuce BB
Row 2 Lettuce RV Lettuce RV Lettuce RV Lettuce RV Lettuce RV Lettuce RV
Row 3 Lettuce RV Lettuce RV Lettuce RV Lettuce RV Lettuce RV Lettuce RV
Row 4 Cabbage Chinese Cabbage Chinese Cabbage Chinese Cabbage Chinese Cabbage Chinese
Row 5 Cabbage Chinese Cabbage Chinese Cabbage Chinese Cabbage Chinese Cabbage Chinese
Row 6
Tray Cell
3 1 2 3 4 5 6
Row 1 Basil Sweet Basil Sweet Basil Sweet Basil Sweet Basil Sweet Basil Sweet
Row 2 Basil Sweet Basil Sweet Basil Sweet Basil Sweet Basil Sweet Basil Sweet
Row 3 Oregano Oregano Oregano Oregano Oregano Oregano
Row 4 Thyme Thyme Thyme Thyme Thyme Thyme
Row 5 Parsely Parsely Parsely Parsely Parsely Parsely
Row 6 Chives Chives Chives Chives Chives Chives
Tray Cell
4 1 2 3 4 5 6
Row 1 Spinach BLH Spinach BLH Spinach BLH Spinach BLH Spinach BLH Spinach BLH
Row 2
Row 3 Spinach PH Spinach PH Spinach PH Spinach PH Spinach PH Spinach Spinach PH
Row 4
Row 5 Kale Kale Kale Kale Kale Kale
Row 6 Cabbage Baby Choi Cabbage Baby Choi Cabbage Baby Choi Cabbage Baby Choi Cabbage Baby Choi Cabbage Baby Choi

Getting Started

A few weeks back I visited theStarter_0001 local home supply center to pickup seeds, starter trays and seed starting mix.

 

Also, found this resource on Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/Hydroponics-Home-Grower-Howard-Resh/dp/1482239256?ie=UTF8&psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00
Buy this book on Amazon.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yesterday I finally gotStarter_0004 busy laying out the starter trays.

 

 

 

 

Trays 1 and 2 are 5 rows wide.  Starter_0005

Trays 3 and 4 are 6 rows wide.

 

 

 

I built this rack to hold the trays.  EachStarter_0006 level can hold 4 trays.   The rack is +/- 5 feet thinking that future expansion will add trays toward the bottom. The level offsets are to allow sun to reach the level, however, if I understand, during germination sunlight is not a critical factor.  This shows the 4 trays domed for the initial stages of see germination.

 

 

Yiyoponics – Hydroponics for the Internet of Things

In early April I visited the hydroponics farm owned and operated by Louie Tepedino.  The farm is located in Teresópolis in the Brazil state of Rio de Janeiro.  Have no doubt, this is not a backyard garden.  No, it is a real commercial venture.  Louie grows over a lot of lettuce and herbs plants.  The total grow area is around 8,000 m² (about the space of 2 American football fields in an L shaped pattern). ATHydroponics_Main

Since that visit I spent a good deal of time thinking about hydroponics.  How to get started? How to grow the plants?  What automation can be applied?  Who is doing hydroponics here in the U.S. and how are they doing it?

Mainly what I decided is I can do this!