Man, when I finished my last project on the Farm, I rinsed it off and wiped it down. Then I put it in storage. Because of health issues, I haven't grown anything for a while.
Well, I am getting better. Not as fast as I'd like, but I'm working on it. Today, I put the Farm back in place.
But what a pain. There is a film from the last grow that doesn't want to be cleaned. I worked on one basin and grow deck for over an hour with steel wool, Dawn, a toothbrush and a scrubber sponge. It's as clean as I'm going to get it. I'm not happy with it though.
I brought out the other basin. This time I put it in my deep sink and poured in a good amount of apple cider vinegar. I topped it off with water. Hopefully, the acid in the vinegar will loosen the film by tomorrow morning.
I'd like to run bleach through it tomorrow to sanitize. But I'm still planning on a June 1st planting. I haven't decided on what peppers will grow as of yet.
The vinegar helped, but the basin was a pain to clean. I mostly used a toothbrush. The scrubber sponge couldn't get into the nooks and crannies. Even the toothbrush couldn't get everywhere. I still have to do the grow deck. The grow deck is much more difficult to take apart than the Bounties.
The grow deck is now clean. All that is left is to sanitize and plant.
I believe I will grow the Maya Habanero on one side and the El Rito pepper on the other side.
The Maya is an extremely hot habanero (200,000 - 300,000 SHU). It is a larger habanero. 4" long and 3" diameter. But this is a 36" tall plant, so it will take some serious pruning.
The El Rito pepper has a medium heat level. They say it has a smoky flavor which sounds like it will be great in sauces. It is a 4" long red pepper when ripe, with a 3/4" diameter and a pointed end.