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    Oh....if your lettuce is still looking ok, I think because you just fed it, I'd wait like 48 hours then retest. Cuz I think adding food may mess up the readings for a bit. If it's still really acidic (low) then, I'd say use the PH Up. I bought the same ph testing kit, because I didn't want to deal with meter calibration either. lol. I only test my ag if my plants look "off". otherwise, I only use it in my Kratky. lol

    I reckon if your garlic's still looking ok, you'll be good until you get to it. Yeah, sounds like the basement's a good choice, for summer. I'd love to be able to put some of my stuff in my upstairs (second floor), but it gets so hot up there in summer, I didn't even consider it. And they seem to be happy in the basement.

    I love your shelf and it's a great idea to be saving the containers, etc. I'm gonna collect some more bottles and jars, and I think when Spring hits and I can get outside, I'll spray paint them all same or complementing colors.
    Last edited by Emily; 10-01-2021, 04:31.
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      Ooooooo! I was reading about paint it black then white? Or white then black? Now I can’t remember .lol . Or just wrap in foil. Lol that may be my go to. But spray paint would be fun and easier perhaps. so do you test the nutrient solution in each jar or do you test the solution after you make it before pouring it into the jars?
      yes come March to the basement we will go but I started upstairs just for ease of staring at it all the time.
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        Yep. I think if you spray paint them black first, then you can pretty much put whatever color you want on them. The key is that you don't want the light getting in to cause algae. So as long as you achieve that, you can go crazy. I've seen also a lot of people put a strip of tape on their container before spraying. That way they can pull it down to check water level without having to remove the top, and then seal it back up. I think that'd be handy for some containers with smaller tops where the pod just sits in top. But for others where you have a lid to remove, I probably would just paint the whole thing.

        I mix a gallon of water with nutrients, and then after it sits for a day, I test it. I use that to keep my kratky topped up. I've gotten so I'm not testing every time I mix anymore because i really was finding the readings pretty consistent. So now I do it about once a month, unless I notice a change in the health of the plants. I also use a TDS meter to measure nutrients, and mix one jug for greens, and another for fruiting plants that like/need more food. There's a chart that is a pretty good guide for ppm for that. When I'm on later, I'll try to remember to pop it on here as an attachment so you'll have it if you need it.
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