Once again, I was let down / felt great disappointment with the manufactures of seedlings.
Last year (autumn / winter 2015) I purchased some cabbage seedlings, and they grew wonderfully - only problem was is that they were cauliflower seedlings :( This year what was labelled as cabbages turned out to be broccoli.
|Broccoli not cabbages grrrrrr!|
|The soil grown broccoli is still not producing|
and, 3 weeks ago, was roughly half the size
of the ones in the hydroponic pots
|The red cabbages I planted - as you can see|
the soil grown ones are leaps and bounds
ahead of the hydroponic ones
|My hydroponic peas - 3 weeks ago|
4 weeks ago they looked like the image above...
|The hydroponic pea plants today|
|There are loads of pea pods on the|
hydroponically grown pea plants
The comparison between the soil grown pea plants and those grown hydroponically? The land grown ones were planted roughly 5 - 6 weeks before the hydroponic ones so it's not that easy to demonstrate with pics, but I reckon that the hydroponic pea plants have more pods on them.
Do I need to grow them hydroponically?
Nope - they normally do well in the ground, but I was so excited about the hydroponic system we had set up that I wanted to grow something - anything - to trial it before the coming summer, and peas were all I had to hand at the time.
But, I am satisfied that the system is working.
I will be growing tomatoes and peppers hydroponically this coming summer - as well as in the ground. Apart from the piquanté peppers, I do not seem to be that successful with normal red / green / yellow / orange capsicum - the plants are permanently in a state of "wilt" no matter how much water I give them, and the peppers themselves seem to be susceptible to rotting on the plant very quickly.
So again, with this experiment, let's see which produces more and which plants do better?