Getting Started

Farmstand Set-Up and Assembly

Lettuce Grow | SEPTEMBER 1, 2021
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Now that your Farmstand has arrived, it is time to set it up! Your seedlings will arrive after your Farmstand so that you have plenty of time to set everything up before they get to you*. It is ok to set up your Farmstand a few days in advance however we recommend blocking any open ports. If you aren’t sure where to set up your Farmstand, check out this resource with tips on how to find the best spot for it to thrive.

*In the case that your seedlings do arrive before your Farmstand, you can keep them happy and hydrated by putting them in a shallow plate or dish with a quarter-inch of water and placing them in a windowsill or sunny area.



If you are growing indoors with Glow Rings, wait to assemble your Farmstand until the Glow Rings arrive. They fit in between each level on the Farmstand so you will need to take your Farmstand apart if you assemble it beforehand.

Here is everything you will need to do when initially setting up your Farmstand:

1.

Assembly Your Farmstand and Glow Rings

2.

Set Your Timer(s)

3.

Fill Your Farmstand with Water

4.

Add Nutrients

5.

Test and Adjust Your Water’s pH

Follow along with the videos and instructions below for more information about each step! If you have any questions while you are setting up your Farmstand, please reach out to us at

help@lettucegrow.com

so we can assist you.

Assembling the Farmstand

Assembling your Farmstand is super simple! You can follow the

assembly guide that came with your Farmstand or watch the video below for more information.

Remember: if you are growing indoors with Glow Rings wait until they arrive to assemble your Farmstand.





Assembling the Glow Rings

Glow Rings seamlessly fit into the Farmstand’s design by attaching in between each level of the Farmstand. The Glow Ring with a single cable should be attached last as it is designed to be on the very top of the Farmstand.

You can follow the

assembly guide that came with your Glow Rings or watch the video below for more information. For more information about growing indoors, check out our



Setting Up the Timer

The Farmstand’s timer controls when the pump turns on and off in order to provide your plants with water and nutrients. Watering cycles will depend on the weather in your area so it is important to adjust it as needed.

Watch the video below to learn how to set up your timer and reference the chart underneath to see our recommended watering cycles for different temperatures.

Additionally, Glow Rings will arrive with a separate timer that controls the lights. Review the corresponding chart below to see the recommended light cycles for different Glow Ring sizes.



Farmstand Watering Cycles

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Glow Rings Light Cycles

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Adding Water

Fill your Farmstand with water until the water level reaches a few inches below the opening on the side of the reservoir. Water may leak out of the opening or through the gasket if too much water is added.

Adding Nutrients

The initial nutrient dosage when you are first setting up your Farmstand and after a quarterly reset is 4 tablespoons of each nutrient. In the following weeks, you will add a different amount of nutrients that corresponds to the size of your Farmstand and the season you are growing in.

Watch the video below to learn how to add nutrients to your Farmstand and reference the chart underneath to see our recommended nutrient dosages for each season and Farmstand size!



Farmstand Nutrient Dosages

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Testing and Adjusting pH

Lastly, you will need to test the pH of your water and, if necessary, adjust it until it is in the recommended range of 5.5 - 6.5. pH refers to how acidic or basic your water is. It is important because it can influence a plant’s ability to absorb nutrients and produce healthy growth.

pH is important but it is nothing to stress about! Your pH will naturally rise throughout the week as seedlings absorb nutrients out of the water. Plants take up different amounts of nutrients across a range of pH levels so you do not need to continually adjust your pH every few days.

Plants are the best indicator of any pH issues. The leaves will turn yellow with green veins if the pH is too high (basic) and will burn on their edges if the pH is too low (acidic). If your plants are looking green and healthy then you have nothing to worry about!

Watch the video below to learn how to test and adjust your water’s pH. We have included a picture of our pH chart below in case you misplace or lose the one that arrived with your Farmstand!



pH Chart

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Now your Farmstand is ready for your seedlings! Keep reading the Lettuce Grow Growing Guide for more information on what to do next.

GROWING INDOORS?

The Indoor Grow Guide



READY FOR THE NEXT STEP?

How to Handle and Plant Seedlings



REVIEW THE PREVIOUS LESSON

Finding the Best Spot for Your Farmstand