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We are nearly a month into our growing journey with our AEVA, having started our plants from seed just over four weeks ago. Two weeks back, we transplanted our young arugula, kale, lettuce and basil into the AEVA, letting the automated system start to do its magic.
Let's evaluate the progress the plants have made thus far, and discuss a potential issue that needs resolving to keep our plants healthy and happy.
Each of the plants looks healthy, with no discoloration or browning observed. The only concern is that some of the plants, the lettuce must notably, is drooping and growing downward rather than growing outward.
The Just Vertical team assured us that supporting growing stakes are not necessary for these plants. As the plants grow and the stem strengthens, the plants should grow more outward, not downward.
We will keep an eye on this.
We have been noticing a bit of a white substance on the surface of the peat moss plugs recently. As we researched this, there are two potential sources of this discoloration -- excess salt build-up, or mold.
Excess salt is the result of too many nutrients reaching the plant. This typically creates a harder substance, which is not what we observed. Mold can result from "dirt getting onto the peat moss plugs of your unit," according to Just Vertical. It will appear white and fuzzy. BINGO. That's what we are dealing with here.
The solution is to simply spray the surface with a water/hydrogen peroxide mixture (20:1). We will watch closely to make sure this has the desired impact.
There are weekly and monthly maintenance tasks required to sustain your AEVA. This week, we spent under 5 minutes doing the following:
Overall, we are making steady progress in our journey to grow organic, pesticide -free produce inside our home.
Let's get growing!