3 x essential weekly airgarden checks for summer
summer is well and truly upon us, and as the weather heats up - our plants in the airgarden are brimming with energy and growing like crazy. to keep up and ensure healthy and massive harvests, there are 3 x essential weekly checks we should all be doing.
don't worry, its not hard and takes less than 5 minutes to do……
1 - check your water twice per week and balance pH (ALWAYS!!!!)
- as the weather gets warmer check your water at least 2 x a week. warmer weather means your plants, just like you will drink more water
- fruiting plants like tomatoes & cucumbers will drink more water as they mature and get bigger
- add fresh water as much as needed and always remember to adjust pH to 6.0, but ADD NUTRIENTS ONLY ONCE EVERY 7 DAYS.
so what does a typical water checking schedule look like?
- a good point to remember is that when your airgarden reservoir is full (around 70 litres), it typically takes 3 days for water levels to drop to halfway - so if our airgarden has a full reservoir on a saturday our schedule will look like this…...
2 - check for pest activity
- summer brings plenty of eager dining guests to life so check your plants for activity.
- as mentioned in last weeks blog post, white butterflies are everywhere and will lay eggs under kale and rocket leaves (the above image shows them hatched and feasting.
- check for holes in plants and droppings on the top of your airgarden reservoir
- aphids attack nearly all species of plants & when leaves are attacked by aphids, damage often appears first as spotty yellow discolourations, usually on the undersides of leaves; the leaves may later dry out and wilt. see below for what they look like and they damage they do.
3 - trim your roots on lower level plants
- if you are growing fruiting plants in your airgarden, they should be in the lowermost level - and as such the roots will inevitably grow down into your water reservoir.
- it is good habit to periodically reach down into the reservoir and pull or cut the roots growing in the water.
- it will reduce the amount of water you are going through and increase the health of your fruiting plants’ roots.
- remember to take no more than ⅓ of all the roots.