What’s goin’ on?
Life is good here. Most of the plants in my little grow tent are doing quite well right now, with the exception of the tomatoes, which have endured some abuse in the past couple weeks. I’m having some difficulty striking a balance between giving the tomatoes enough light, while not frying all the greens on my upper shelf. I’ve been lazy lately, and have been adjusting my dimmer by feel without measuring the output – I took my ammeter down with me the other day and was surprised to see I had turned the current all the way down to 400mA!
The greens on the top shelf are thriving in the low light, but the tomatoes have noticeably suffered. They’re getting a little spindly and are much less dense than I’d like them to be. I also screwed up by setting the knob on my little ceramic heater a bit too high – when I first turned it up a tad, the temperature in the tent was 15 degrees Celsius. When I returned a couple hours later to check on it, it was almost 40 fucking degrees in there – I swear I only turned the knob up a hair, too. A lot of the branches on the tomatoes got cooked, unfortunately, and I had to prune a bunch of the lower stuff so they’re looking extra leggy now. I am starting to see tiny little tomatoes emerge from the flowers though, so that’s exciting.
My 7 pot bubblegum pepper is also finally starting to make progress – he’ll need a transplant shortly to a 1 gallon container. The lettuce and cilantro have been churning out growth and it’s been awesome to be able to just pop down to the basement and trim off a bag full of lettuce for a salad or whatever. I planted a clove of garlic for shits the other day too – we’ll see how that pans out. My one stupid basil plant was also on the bottom shelf when I created the accidental sauna – it lost its main leaves but it looks like it’s trying to push out new ones. If it actually survives, I’m going to save the seeds because this little warrior’s genetics should definitely be passed down to a future generation of super-basils.