It’s been almost a month of cycling and the water’s ph finally dropped to a 7.2ppm reading. Nitrates is at 80ppm, Nitrite 0, Ammonia 0. I’m looking into purchasing a reverse osmosis filter just for topping off the system. The goal is to have a 6.8ppm ph for the plants to absorb all the necessary nutrients it needs. Right now, the lettuce and cucumbers look anemic. Stunted growth, pale in color and slouchy. I’m guessing the weather and humidity has alot to do with it.
So far I’ve tried the USDA seeds from Southern Exposure. The only lettuce variety that seems to do better than the others is the Anuenue lettuce from Hawaii and the Thai Oakleaf lettuce. I switched over to some local seeds that we purchased (not sure from where) I’ll have to ask my partner, and those look promising.
I moved a few into my room where the air-conditioner runs all night to see if there’s a significant difference in the way indoor and outdoor starters grow. Hopefully there is so that I know where the possible problems lie. It’s been 30 days from setup and I’ve only harvested a few pale looking loose leaf lettuces, and some basil. Hopefully next month I can do better, except summer is just around the corner.