Have been receiving some comments on my experiment #2 about the lights and checked out the light colour on the original box. It is supposed to be close to daylight. However, the literature says that plants should have some red, blue and possible green light as well. I am not sure how much red and blue is produced with the LED lights. One article says that LED light is not ‘white’ but blue and to much blue can be harmful to some plant. I think that, if I remember, to try and get some red Christmas lights once they go on sale after Christmas. It will be interesting to see if there is any difference - but that is a future project.
I am planning on putting in a water meter in each of the hydro-totes. It will be a bit of a compromise of several I have seen on the net (YouTube “Hi my name’s Jeb”); a bamboo garden stake stuck into a styrofoam Easter egg that I got at Dollarama will be the measure stick. Drill a small hole in the top of the tote just large enough for the meter stick to pass through, mark the stake when there is no water in the tote with red electrician’s tape, then add water in measured amounts and mark the stake at the various levels with different coloured tape. That way I won’t have to open the totes to check on the water level until it does have to be topped up.
I should have put more than one seed in each of the pots for my two experiments, especially for the old seeds.
Off to the GAGGLE tomorrow so not sure if I will be doing any ‘gardening’ other than check up or not. If this set does not work out I will retry with 3 or 4 seeds in each pot in another experiment, probably either before or just after we get back from out holiday.
I have been thinking of starting some more herbs and I may just do that later in the week. I now have enough small (popsicle sticks - from Dollarama) markers that I can mark each pot. I didn’t have any markers when I planted the original seeds so just marked one pot and kept the each variety in a four pot group. Well, I moved the tray they were in and of course they got all mixed up. I can pick out some of them but not sure on others.
Snow finally stopped over night and this afternoon took a walk up to Home Hardware to pick out some paint for what is going to be my ‘man-cave’ once I can move in. My man-cave will hold by computer, TV and of course my garden. I will have a couple of shelving units for the trays of seeds that I will be starting for the outdoor planting in May as well as my present hydro-totes setups.