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…...

wednesday

saturday

  • add fresh water only.
  • will typically be around half full
  • 35 litres will fill it back up to full
  • ALWAYS BALANCE pH to 6.0
  • add fresh water & nutrients.
  • will typically be around half full
  • 35 litres will fill it back up to full
  • add 2 mL of Part 1 & 2 nutrient solution SEPARATELY per litre of fresh water added
  • therefore if 35 litres of water was added = 70ml each of Part 1 & 2
  • ALWAYS BALANCE pH to 6.0

 

 

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.

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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.