Another indoor garden starting question
So I am laid off work right now and driving the wife crazy so now seems like a good time to start that garden that I have been thinking about. As of right now I would like to grow some peas,tomatoes,lettuce,okra,strawberries, and hot peppers. Currently I was thinking of basically making each plant its own system or grouping the plants which will be nutrient compatible probably with a large diameter piece of pvc containing 3" net pots filled with hydroton draining into a 5 gallon bucket with the systems using drip irrigation. I am considering using dwc due to simplicity and not relying soley on a water pump to water the plant. Only problem I have with that is I think resevoir maintence will be more difficult and will go through more nutes. So was considering adding some coco coir or rockwool to mix in with the hydroton just in case there was a problem with the drip system there would likely be some moisture left in the system. As far as when to water that is one thing not totally sure of just yet maybe 15 on 15 off. The setup will be located in a south facing room with three larger windows and a skylight in addition to that I was planning on buying 2 400 watt hid lights with a switchable ballast so I could use hps or mh depending on what cycle I am in.Also gonna line the room with 2 mil mylar. Total size will probably be somewhere around 4'x8'.
My plan was to obtain seeds,germinate them in a dome in a rockwool cube and let them vege for a while under flourescent lights until roots are showing out of the cube then put them into the net pots. (Ovbiously the strawberry won't come from seed)Next question is how does one know when to change the light cycle over for these plants. Do you just start to flower when you basically don't want them to get too much bigger. Or do you start them in a 12 hour cycle once they are large enough to put in the system. Also I am seeing alot of people suggest not using bloom nutes on this and only using veg nutes on that. Can anybody give personal experiences on what they use and which phase of nute program they used. I was personally considering purchasing techniflora recipe for sucess and I guess I would just follow their chart until the plant started to show signs of defiencey, then adjust from there. I found this link in regards to resivoir maintence:http://www.gthydro.com/vegetables.html , does this seem to be about on par with what everybodys experience is as far as ph and ec?
I apologize for the long winded post but after days of researching the questions kind of piled up in my head. BTW, awesome forum, looking forward to seeing everybodys response.