Compact indoor gardening advice please

testtime

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Root veggies like beets, carrots, parsnips damp off pretty easily. That could be the problem with your beets.

One observation: some of the vegetation looks light green, maybe it's the lights? Or it could be overwatering, the soil looks very wet.

Looks like a fun project.
I'm done with the veggie tent concept myself.
The ROI was too low except for cukes and chilis in my case.

But you have got me thinking about a simple set up for greens and herbs ... and come Spring ... veggie starts.
Then I can keep 2x4 tent for chilis and the 4x4 for cannabis.
It's both. It's the LED lights combined with a bit of over watering. When I'm dealing with these cardboard pots before they go into their final location I'm dancing a fine line between too dry and too wet. So I leave a quarter inch on the bottom of the tray for the roots to get to. In some cases it's too little and in some cases it's too much. I'll stick with the plants that do well in that style of care unless there's a particular plant that I really want and then I'll pay closer attention. I'd rather have the attitude that any of them can die and I'll have plenty left to work with then care too much about an individual plant or individual type of plant.
 

testtime

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It's both. It's the LED lights combined with a bit of over watering. When I'm dealing with these cardboard pots before they go into their final location I'm dancing a fine line between too dry and too wet. So I leave a quarter inch on the bottom of the tray for the roots to get to. In some cases it's too little and in some cases it's too much. I'll stick with the plants that do well in that style of care unless there's a particular plant that I really want and then I'll pay closer attention. I'd rather have the attitude that any of them can die and I'll have plenty left to work with then care too much about an individual plant or individual type of plant.
12 hours on the 28 w shelf and they perked right up. On the very edge of that that shelf as well, so they don't need it all but they needed a bit more.

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testtime

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12 hours on the 28 w shelf and they perked right up. On the very edge of that that shelf as well, so they don't need it all but they needed a bit more.

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And here it is with pots and pans and cookie sheets raising to the appropriate level, or so I think. If this works then I can double the amount of shelves in there.

I just thinned out a whole bunch of plants. I've never tasted fresh sage before. That was incredible.

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testtime

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And here it is with pots and pans and cookie sheets raising to the appropriate level, or so I think. If this works then I can double the amount of shelves in there.

I just thinned out a whole bunch of plants. I've never tasted fresh sage before. That was incredible.

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But of course I could do better. Reorganized to match height as best I could and then raise them again.

This should be the final layout for the next week. I have a whole bunch of matchingPXL_20211125_074445813.jpgPXL_20211125_074501981.jpgPXL_20211125_075320727.jpg plants in the tent at a much higher wattage light and I will see the difference in a week or so. I suspect I'm going to pack a lot of lettuce and swiss chard into one of these.
 
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