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Official Debut of HydroponicsTuesday.com
1/1/2008 8:38:00 AM

It's been a long time in development, but I'm proud to announce that Hydroponics Tuesday has finally moved into it's new home.  For those of you that have read the Hydroponics Tuesday column on BarnyardBBS, you'll now find that Hydroponics Tuesday has grown up, and has a dedicate website of it's own... HydroponicsTuesday.com.

The new dedicated website offers new opportunities for the column to grow, and to explore new directions.  For example, the new website features some new sections, like articles and reviews.  I realized a few months ago that with the recent growth in readership, Hydroponics Tuesday needed to expand beyond a weekly column.  The new sections of the website will let us share more detailed writeups on specific topics, which can be more easily navigated.  Many of the topics in the articles have been mentioned previously in the blog, but serve a common interest by being expanded into full articles.

I'm writing more frequently now, and more content will be appearing often. 

This will be the last post that is carried on BarnyardBBS.com.  From now forward, all new material will be posted directly to our new home at HydroponicsTuesday.com.

Ok, now to cover some actual news about my pet projects...

The experimental homemade aeroponic unit has been running "wet" for about two weeks now.  She's perfectly watertight.  We've just waiting on the new eggplants to mature enough to join the party.

At this point, I'm pretty happy with the stage of the new aeroponic unit.  However, only time will tell.

Additionally, we have two new additions to the growing room, they just aren't set up yet.  I gave Jess a new EcoGrower for Christmas, as she wanted to try a drip system.  She also got a drip-ring WaterFarm, which we're thinking about using for a pomegranate tree (don't ask which variety yet, we're still researching).

Actually, I'm looking forward to using the EcoGrower for an experiment.  I'd like to do a head-to-head competition between a drip system and an aeroponic system.  Although I'm quite sure that the aeroponic system produces faster growth, I'd like some objective evidence to support my opinion.  We're growing two "Black Beauty" eggplant seedlings; hopefully they'll be a fair comparison.

Here's a photo of the new batch of strawberries.  They've just emerged as sproutlings.  They're living in the MegaGarden, and they'll remain there for a while.  For those of you not familiar with our growing setup:  We use an Ebb & Flow system called a MegaGarden as our "nursery" for baby plants.  It's lighted by a 125W Compact Fluorescent system, and the nutrient mix is formulated for vegetative-stage plants.  When the plants are mature enough, they're moved out of the MegaGarden, into their final homes. 

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Also, here's a photo of the baby eggplants that have recently emerged.  They're living in the MegaGarden as well.

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This week's overview photo:

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PlantTypeStatus
#01Alexandria Alpine StrawberriesSmall fruit and flowers are appearing regularly.
#02Alexandria Alpine StrawberriesSmall fruit and flowers are appearing regularly.
#03Alexandria Alpine StrawberriesSmall fruit and flowers are appearing regularly.  
#04Alexandria Alpine StrawberriesSmall fruit and flowers are appearing regularly. 
#05Alexandria Alpine StrawberriesSmall fruit and flowers are appearing regularly.
#06Alexandria Alpine StrawberriesSmall fruit and flowers are appearing regularly. 
#07Alexandria Alpine StrawberriesSmall fruit and flowers are appearing regularly. 
#08Alexandria Alpine StrawberriesSmall fruit and flowers are appearing regularly.
#09Alexandria Alpine StrawberriesThis fellow is always partially covered by the eggplant, and is not as large as the other strawberries.
#12Bambino Baby EggplantLots of flowers and fruit. We're regularly getting fruit and frequently trimming back the leaves in order to give the strawberries more light.
#18Black Beauty Eggplant
Recently emerged as seedling.  Appears healthy.  Living in the MegaGarden.
#19Black Beauty EggplantRecently emerged as seedling.  Appears healthy.  Living in the MegaGarden.
#20Alexandria Alpine StrawberriesRecently emerged as seedling.  Appears healthy.  Living in the MegaGarden.
#21Alexandria Alpine StrawberriesRecently emerged as seedling.  Appears healthy.  Living in the MegaGarden.
#22Alexandria Alpine StrawberriesRecently emerged as seedling.  Appears healthy.  Living in the MegaGarden.
#23Alexandria Alpine StrawberriesRecently emerged as seedling.  Appears healthy.  Living in the MegaGarden.
#24Alexandria Alpine StrawberriesRecently emerged as seedling.  Appears healthy.  Living in the MegaGarden.
#25Alexandria Alpine StrawberriesRecently emerged as seedling.  Appears healthy.  Living in the MegaGarden.