I am new to this forum for posting. I have been reading lots of very good posts on various subjects all related to growing a garden indoors with Hydroponics. I found a few people that are like me and want to use the space that I have in the basement and attempt to provide all the vegetables that I care to eat in a week for myself. There are a lot of questions that I have never found a good answer for and I am there fore discovering those answers for myself as I grow the plants.
My set up so far includes a flood and drain container (24'x 16'x 7') using a bell siphon that runs continuously, 5 gallon buckets with air stones, 10 gallon tote with two plants using the air line to push water to the top of the plants (adding a second line with an air stone soon). I also have plans to build a vertical 'tree' to grow leafy greens that will conserve room. Currently I am using a T5 4' 8 bulb light but my plans at this time are to grow vertically around a central 600w MH HID light. I figure I can get 15 to 20 plant sites around a single bulb and not use a reflector. One tall vine plant (tomato, cucumber or bean) or one vertical 'tree' with 10 leafy plants is what I am considering a plant site. I think growing the pants around the light in this manner will provide more light to more areas of the plant when you look at a tomato vine from the side.
As for the vegetable that I am and will be growing? All must be Heirloom varieties. I will be saving seeds and taking cuttings. Plants that are continuous will be allowed to just continue on indefinitely, Tomatoes can be trained to a single vine and wrapped around a string then lowered as needed. I am sure other vine type plants are the same. Most plants can be propagated from a cutting to get a huge jump start over growing from seed. Many plants will just have to be staggered to proved as continuous a crop as possible. Lettuce and similar plants can be slowly harvested fresh over a long period of time by only taking what is needed for that meal then allowing a day or so for the plant to catch up before harvesting a few more of the outer leaves. Root crops are still being thought out. I can't figure potato's into my 'tree' idea so some things will just have to take up more square feet of floor space with an over head light. I will just have to build some shelves and get more lights. The LED lights will work out better with the shelves anyway. I read an article once about a 10 floor building in Japan that put out 7000 head of lettuce a day using LED lights and that was many years ago and what got me started with Hydroponics in the first place.
Sorry if this is too long or rambles. I try to keep my thoughts going in one direction but I don't always stay on track. Since this is my first post here I have not figured out how to add pictures or embedded text links so you might have to copy and past the link to my blog site to see pictures of how I have my basement set up. I am still trying to figure out how to make the website look right along with how to pay for it.
Thanks for reading, I'm sure I will be here for a while now that I made my first post.
Can't wait to show off my vertical ideas.
Here is a link that might be useful: gardenfreshindoors.com