The plugs of vegetables were installed on Thursday June 28th. There are two 2x4 tables, one growing in a medium that has no nutrients, basically just a peat mixture, and one growing in a 2x4 hydroponic table that was created for this experiment. I also cleared out a 2x4 plot in garden and planted the vegetables as a replica of the tables.
Each 2x4 plot has 17 plants: 3 smooth leaf lettuce, 2 oak leaf lettuce (rough edge), 2 red lettuce, 2 red swiss chard, 1 yellow swiss chard, 2 mustard greens, 2 kale, 1 set of onions, 1 baby boc choi, and 1 radicchio. The 2 boxes get direct sunlight for about 11 hours during the day. The garden space gets about 12 hours of sun a day.
The first couple of days, I tried my best to keep the direct sunlight off of the 2 tables. I left everything alone for the weekend, and I'm seeing good growth already!
Table 1 is doing very well, the chard is growing the fastest. Each vegetable has grown a couple centimeters this week.
The hydro table is doing well also. The chard, lettuce and kale are staying strong and have grown a couple centimeters.
My garden plot is holding it's own, but I have not seen growth yet. I hope the lettuce is not too delicate for this area. We'll see in the next week. Everything is still alive, though!
I haven't added any water to either table. Table 1 seems to be keeping moist, however I will be adding nutrients to the soil in a few days.
Have a great fourth!