9. Tomato plants, Cucumbers and Autopots.

Now it is starting to look like something. The plants are growing very well and are getting really thick stems.

Tomato plants in autopots.
Tomato plants in autopots.

I am very excited about the autopots. It does not get easier than that. I have filled the tanks with a nutrient solution, and only rarely filling them. I think I have done it twice so far.

Just before flowering.
Just before flowering.

I am trying not to prune too much. Only the suckers and the bottom leafs.

Pruned tomato plant. But not too much.
Pruned tomato plant. But not too much.

Also the cucumbers are looking fine. They are also put in autopots and starting to get fruits.

I actually lost two before I transplanted them, which was my own fault when we took a mini vacation and forgot to water. But now they are running them self.

Cucumber in autopots.
Cucumber in autopots.

8. Planting tomatoes in greenhouse

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Today I planted some of the tomato plants into the greenhouse. It is a bit early in Denmark, but it is a part of my experiment to see how it will go. I will transplant more in one or two weeks from now.

Coco coir will expand when added water.
Coco coir will expand when added water.
Expanded coco coir.
Expanded coco coir.
Adding perlite and soil.
Adding perlite and soil.
Mixing soil, coco coir and perlite.
Mixing soil, coco coir and perlite.

Now it is time to put the small plants into the autopots. I really hope they will survive 🙂

The roots are growing out of the pots as you can see in the picture below.

Roots penetrating old newspaper pot.
Roots penetrating old newspaper pot.
Small tomato plants.
Small tomato plants in old newspaper pots.

First a layer of clay pebbles and then the soil mix.

Clay pebbles in the bottom of the autopots.
Clay pebbles in the bottom of the autopots.
The newspaper pot goes down in the soil.
The newspaper pot goes down in the soil.
Small tomato plant.
Small tomato plant in autopot.

In the first week I will water from the top, until the roots are stretching enough to get water from the bottom.

7. Preparing the greenhouse

Long time since the last update. The seedlings are all growing well. In the meantime I am preparing the autopots and the greenhouse.

Some of the autopots, and two 47 L tanks.
Here are some of the autopots, and two 47 L tanks which are connected together.

I will fill the bottom of the autopots with a layer of 3 cm clay pebbles to help the flow and give air to the roots.

I have read it is important to rinse the pebbles in water in 48 hours to ensure they are PH-stable.

Rinsing the clay pebbles.
Rinsing the clay pebbles.

I have also taken one of my tomato plants from the grow closet into the greenhouse to see how it will thrive.

Wilma bush tomato with DIY bottle self-watering system :)
Wilma bush tomato with DIY bottle self-watering system 🙂

6. More newspaper pots

I have transferred all the tomato and jalapeno seedlings to old newspaper pots. I hope they can stay in these pots until they are transplanted to the greenhouse.

Tomato seedlings. 15 days since planted.
Tomato seedlings. 15 days since planted.

I made tags from empty milk boxes. I try to recycle as much as I can.

Milk box to make plant tags.
Milk boxes to make plant tags.

Now they just need all the light they can get.

Plant tags and tomato seedlings.
Plant tags and tomato seedlings.

 

5. Transplanting seedlings

Cucumber: 9 days since seed planted.

Now it is time for the cucumbers to be transplanted. The small roots are penetrating the jiffy skin, and needs more to grow in.

The cucumber seedlings in there small jiffy pellets.
The cucumber seedlings in there small jiffy pellets.

I make some more recycle newspaper pots to put the soilmix and the pellets in.

A pellet transplanted to a newspaper pot.
A pellet transplanted to a newspaper pot.

Finally I cover the pellets with a thin layer of soil, and all done. Next time it is properly the tomato seedlings which need my attention.

One cucumber seedling.
One cucumber seedling.
4 cucumber seedlings.
4 cucumber seedlings.

 

LED chili/jalapenos

Last year I made a grow closet. I grow all the plants in a mix of coir and perlite. So it is actually a hydroponic setup.
I keep the jalapenos down, and now the fruits are getting bigger as you can see.

Jalapenos in LED light.
Jalapenos in LED light.

The bulbs are only 2x 15 watt LED. I try to keep the power consumption down as much that i can. Just enough to set fruits on small plants. It Looks like it is working.

3. More seeds

Today I received a new batch of seeds with some more AutoPots.

I have planted following:

12x San Marzano – DIG 0 days

8x Alicante tomato -DIG 0 days

4x Cerise tomato -DIG 0 days

4x Deltastar F.1 cucumber -DIG 0 days

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This time I use these small jiffy pellets. They swell up when water is added.

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I plant the seeds and cover them with plastic.

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I hope the temperature will hit around 25 Celsius which should be an ideal temp. Otherwise I will move them around to get the temp. right.