NFT and Aeroponic Hydroponic Trials

A new greenhouse with an electric supply has allowed us to trial growing lemongrass plants in some NFT and Aeroponic hydroponic systems.

We now have Lemongrass plants in a Nutriculture NFT hydroponic grow tank, some Fennel in a smaller NFT system and some ‘mother’ lemongrass plants in an aeroponics tank.

Fennel plants in an NFT hydroponic system
Fennel plants in an NFT hydroponic system

I have no idea if Fennel will grow successfully in a pot let alone in a hydroponic system but am giving it a go. I will hopefully trail some in the same system but outside as ‘bolting’ might be an issue for the fennel plants if they are kept in a greenhouse.

I also wanted to trial some hydroponic Celeriac which will definitely need to be outside but have possibly left it too late for getting seeds started for this growing season.

Lemongrass plants growing in a NFT hydroponic system
Lemongrass plants growing in a NFT hydroponic system

The bigger lemongrass plants sat in the NFT system have started to put roots beyond the pot and onto the spreader mat.

Lemongrass roots after one week in the NFT hydroponic tank
Lemongrass roots after one week in the NFT hydroponic tank

The Lemongrass in the aeroponics system has been in for a week now and the root growth through the net pots is most impressive.

Trialling Lemongrass plants in a aeroponics tank
Trialling Lemongrass plants in a aeroponics tank
Lemongrass 'mother' plant after 1 week in an Aeroponics system
Lemongrass ‘mother’ plant after 1 week in an Aeroponics system

 

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The great Chuck masacre

Two attacks over three days have seen our much loved hens have suffered badly at the hands of one or more foxes.

On both occasions, the attacks were made early evening well before dusk. Whilst the hens have enjoyed spending the days roaming around the woodland the down side is not being able to offer them 100% protection before they go indoors to roost and once Mr fox has worked this out there is very little we can do.

Our little flock has been devastated with just a handful of old girls remaining who, I suspect, had already gone to bed.

Our woodland hens - a wonderful life but vulnerable to fox attack
Our woodland hens – a wonderful life but vulnerable to fox attack

I really can’t face clearing up such a scene again so, unless we can find a cast iron method of protecting them, I think that is it. Very sad.

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