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Sep 26, 2017 1:39 PM CST
I'm a medical marijuana patient in the state of Washington. I have a lot of extra room on one side of my hydroponic grow tray. I have a shelf on that side, lots of space below the tray, and possibly some under the marijuana plants once they get taller, where I would like to grow other plants(fruits, vegetables, etc...), that will grow with the same nutrient and ph set up that I'm using for my medical marijuana, and also go off the same light schedule. So some could get full light, and others would be in the shade of the tray. I'm using ceramic metal halide(2 different bulbs for veg and flower). Also, would I need to start plants that grow at a similar speed, so I can start everything at the same time, or is it possible to keep some kind of fruit and vegetable growing constantly, no matter what the nutrient schedule and light schedules are, so I can have fruits and vegetables year round, without having to start from seed after each harvest? A perpetual garden I guess, so I could harvest the fruits and vegetables at different times, so I don't have to wait for everything to ripen at once. I was hoping to grow grapes, mini tomatoes, bell peppers, strawberries, swiss chard, cillantro, etc...
Thanks for you time
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Sep 26, 2017 3:35 PM CST

Are you trying to add plants to the hydroponic system? Or just taking advantage of the lights and space? Is your system the kind that needs to be emptied, washed and sterilized between cycles?

Try growing leafy greens, herbs, cucumbers (hot house types) and other crops that don't require pollinators. Grapes won't work. Peppers and strawberries need pollinators. Tomatoes will need a periodic shake. Plants that do well in greenhouse settings will do best in your system.
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