Vanessa Alarcon wrote:I am so insanely jealous of your set up 🤤😍🥰
I have a small 2 tub KRATKY set up in my kitchen that gets no natural light, and I definitely need more light than I currently have because my seedlings are leggy/spindly 😭
Vanessa Alarcon wrote:well, I just might :) seriously, i'm extremely grateful that you have broken it down in easy to follow steps. My ultimate goal is to have a homemade indoor gardening appliance like Samsung revealed at CES 2020. but i'm afraid I still have much to learn! right now, im battling with spindly weak seedlings and fungus gnats. I hate fungus gnats. im also trying to do it as economically as possible, but trial and error has proven to be wasteful and expensive. I originally thought my plants were spindly because they needed more oxygen (before I knew about Kratky) and thus bought a couple of air pumps that I won't need (thankfully I figured I can use them to make compost tea!lol) now i'm finally starting to figure out that its the lights! (I can be dimwitted that way, lol) I have gardening led lights about 18 " from the seeds but apparently that's not enough! I wish I would have figured it out sooner. oh well, live and learn! eventually i'll have salad greens and microgreens to my heart's content!
Vanessa Alarcon wrote:yeah! see? that bit about the distance and the intensity is what I failed to understand! I've finally learned it through trial and error! Plus lights as a whole are complicated! not only is there lumens and kelvins to consider but wattage and voltage, cfl and led. its enough to make one dizzy! on a side note im expanding my bearded dragon's enclosure from the 75 gal tank he's currently in to a 6 ft display case and so I have to get a high output 10 % uvb light since at a minimum the tank requires 2/3 coverage of uvb (along with lights for the plants and a basking spot. so I went looking for this uvb light and they only come in t-5 and t-8s, 48" are the longest (which is ok since I have 2 24" uvb fixtures already) and I was trying to save money and avoid buying the hood. I found a 48" t-8 fixture that would have been perfect for $19 EXCEPT it was rated for 32 W and even though the lighting company used to sell uvb HO t-8s rated at 32W, they got smart (since they want to sell their hoods) and only sell bulbs rated at 38w! These are CFLs so potentially there wouldn't be a problem since the fixture can only put out what it puts out, but it will shorten the life of the bulb (I think) and the output. I ended up buying the t-5 fixture with the bulb
BTW THOSE LETTUCE HEADS ARE TO DIE FOR!!! and you never have to worry about E. Coli! You give me hope that i'll get there one day! thanks!