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Comment by Joan Denoo on April 6, 2017 at 4:22am

BB, I enjoy seeing the process you use to grow lettuce indoors. The plants look healthy and very appetizing, except for the wilt that you point out. I think the only leaves affected are the older leaves, and they may just be older and tired. Or, they may have an infection with a disease, usually molds caused by too much moisture, or a virus.

Use keywords to search for identifying, treating, and preventing diseases and pests in plants, i.e. 

"hydroponics, lettuce, diseases, pests."

Article 6-1 Soiless Salad

One remedy is to plant seed varieties that have resistance to hydroponics grown lettuce diseases.

I would simply pull off the affected leaves and dispose of them. The others should be healthy and delicious if washed under cold running water. 


Comment by Mugwump on April 5, 2017 at 5:08pm

P.S. this is my first grow, so I'm a novice at this kind of gardening.

Comment by Mugwump on April 5, 2017 at 5:02pm

Hi everyone,
Are there any indoor hydroponics growers here? My husband and I recently set up an indoor growing station and are using the Kratky method. Right now we’ve got romaine, greenhouse mix lettuce, spinach and basil growing. We were pleasantly surprised at how fast the lettuces took off. I’m keeping a growing journal and taking pics regularly. Everything was looking great 3 days ago, but today there are brown spots on some of the romaine leaves, and I think I’m in mourning, lol. I’m posting some pics that show the growth stages from 3/11-4/5 and a couple from today of the brown spots. I think it may be a mold of some kind, but haven’t been able to determine for sure. Anyone have experience with this, advise or ideas? Do you think it’s okay to eat the romaine after removing the affected leaves? Thanks for any input you might have! *We're now thinking this may be rust.













Comment by Idaho Spud on April 3, 2017 at 6:59am

Oh yes.  Big sunny windows are great.  I don't have them, so in the past, I've put my plants in the east window, then moved them to the south window, then the west window.  

Didn't take long to get tired of that, so I started using grow lights in the bathroom.  

Two years ago I purchased a used cold frame, and that's what I start most of my plants in now.

Comment by Don on April 3, 2017 at 6:52am

My asparagus bed is some 30 years old.  Its production has been declining for about five seasons now, but it still provides enough for two from about May 20 to July 4, when I stop cutting.  This year I plan to replant about half of it, setting 15 new crowns.  

Comment by Don on April 3, 2017 at 6:35am

Grow lights are quite helpful, no doubt, but I have been starting plants successfully without grow lights for more than 30 years.  I have big, sunny windows facing the southeast.  These days I use an inexpensive indoor "greenhouse" that helps hold in moisture and warmth, but for many years I just placed the trays on the window sill, where they do just fine. 

You do have to harden off any started plants with some care outdoors as the transplanting time nears. I place my trays on a Garden Way carts that I can move into shelter overnight and when it rains. 

It is a little late now to start plants.  I garden in northern Vermont, where I still have three feet of snow on the garden.  I plant my squash, tomatoes, leeks, basil and so on generally in mid-March.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 2, 2017 at 12:49pm

I don't have the greenest thumb here so anyone else feel free to correct me or make additions to my advice.

Thomas, once your plants start to show, you need growing lights to give them a healthy start.  Fluorescent lights work fine.  Keep them as close to the top of the plants as practical to give them enough light.  

Before you transplant them outside, they should be acclimatized to the outdoors over several days to get them used to more light and wind.  At first put the containers outdoors in sheltered locations for several hours. Every day, put them outside in locations that have more sun, and for longer periods.

You can get them used to the wind indoors by using a fan if it's practical.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 2, 2017 at 7:43am

I'll look for asparagus when I go out today.  I may get some big enough to eat this year.

Comment by Randall Smith on April 2, 2017 at 7:27am

I discovered my first aspargus shoot yesterday!  And, as I write this, I'm seeing a wild turkey strolling across my lawn!!! Never before have I seen this! Surprise, especially since my closest woods is a half mile away. Wow.

Daniel, don't overdo it. (I'm one to talk.) The thought that keeps popping up is, when I die, it won't really matter--whatever "it" may be. Yesterday, I drove my truck down the road about a mile and dug up some perennials (daffodils, etc.) from a vacant lot (house burned down years ago).

Comment by Randall Smith on April 1, 2017 at 7:25am

We've had a lot of rain recently, and another 2" is predicted for next week. That puts the garden "on hold". I like to get lettuce, radishes, and peas out the first week in April. Won't happen.

My lawn tractor wouldn't start. I discovered the positive connection on the battery post was badly corroded. When I attempted to clean it, the wires fell off. I had to buy a new loop connector. I needed only one, but they come in packages of 17! Three bucks. What am I going to do with the other 16? Crazy.

But, after a couple of hours of work and a scraped bloody knuckle, I got it to work. And the yard is rolled--not recommended, but I do it anyway. Otherwise, I'm jolted to pieces when I mow. Ah, Springtime.


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