Aphids got you down? Try ladybugs! We released thousands of ladybugs both indoors and out to help combat the pests that were colonizing our crops. This method proved to be extremely effective — and colorful.
We’ve been hard at work preparing our outdoor space for the summer growing season and already we are seeing the fruits (read: vegetables) of our labor. The aeroponic towers and NFT systems have produced incredible bok choy, kale, and lettuce.
1. This week we began construction on a new outdoor seating unit with incorporated deep water and waterfall systems. Construction, sanding, and painting will occur in phases.
2. Volunteers helped us make progress on preparing our outdoor space for the summer growing season. Reservoirs for tower, NFT, and coco systems have been outfitted with high-pressure water top-off lines and float valves. This plumbing ensures a constant water level in the reservoirs, even during intense summer heat.
3. Our new weather station has been installed and is now online, contributing data to the Weather Underground network. How cool is that?!
1. The rooftop NFT systems at Project FIND have been resurrected from winter slumber. Rails were cleaned, plumbing lines were flushed, and the water top off line was reconnected.
2. Our new indoor drip system using a combination of coconut husk and glass stone has been planted with artichoke, broccoli, cauliflower, and quinoa. We are comparing the seed germination rates from direct sowing in the coco drip system and in rock wool grow cubes in the germinator. DATA!
3. The aluminum frame was assembled for a new indoor NFT system. Hopper loves her shiny new scratching post.
4. New vinyl captain’s chair deemed highly awesome.
1. Plumbing completed on one outdoor NFT system. Planted with kale and arugula.
2. Light fixture mounted and plumbing completed on indoor coco drip system.
3. Possible evidence of bottom rot was discovered inside a tomato harvested from the indoor deep water system. This problem was discovered in March and was attributed to a calcium deficiency. A supplement was added to its standard nutrient regimen and the visible exterior discoloration of bottom rot did not appear in new tomatoes.