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Old 09-23-2012, 06:52 PM
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Here is my indoor year round spinach grower. It is a 5 gallon water bottle with the top 1/3 of the bottle cut off, inverted and filled with hydroton. I have it as a drip system on a timer with a small fountian pump but you could also use an air pump instead. I still have to cover the nutes to keep the sun from them and the bad stuff from growing, but the plants are loving it so far. I built one like this for fair and it still has the flowers in it. You can see how they are still thriving. I will be pulling them out and putting in some loose leaf green lettuce very soon.

I got this idea off of youtube and of course made a few changes in my style. I have a "how to" on my website if anyone wants an easy project.

I will soon be enjoying some fresh, clean spinach!

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Old 09-25-2012, 04:23 AM
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That's a nice simple design. We don't get any of those water bottles, but if I run across one I'll grab it. I think my mom would even like a couple of those on the patio. Your spinach is looking good. I tried to start growing spinach, but never got the seeds to sprout.
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Old 09-26-2012, 01:13 PM
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I too have struggled with getting spinach to sprout but I came across a post on pinterest that has worked for me. Put your seeds in a zip lock bag with about two inches of water and throw it in the refrigerator. Leave in there for 24 hours then plant. I used the rapid rooters, wrapped the whole thing in cling wrap and put it on my a/c vent. Four days later I walked by it and had about an inch long sprouts.

You can get free bottles from a water company just by asking. They will give away bottles that have leaks and usually mark the leak with a sharpie. Just make sure the leak is in the top 1/3 of the bottle and it will work. The bottles without a handle work the best. I painted the one for fair black then white but I think I am going to mod podge the second one with some craft paper.
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Old 10-02-2012, 06:32 PM
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It's really growing!!! Soon I will be eating it...
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Old 10-03-2012, 04:23 AM
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Looking good?
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Cool set up! Have you harvested yet??
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Old 01-17-2013, 10:24 PM
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Yes I have ran a couple of plantings thru it. Grows fast and tastes great! Does tend to bolt if they get overfed though.
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:36 PM
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Thanks, been having lots of fun with it. I need to replant it now but have been a tad bit lazy

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