Hydroponics

  • Hydroponics

    Posted by Jc1981 on December 27, 2022 at 2:13 pm

    Hi everyone! Does anyone have a hydroponics? If so, how do you like it? Also if hydroponics is not a good idea please let me know. I am working on growing fruits and vegetables in my yard and preparing for next spring. I just thought I would have a backup plan in case it doesn’t work out. Thanks!

    MUGSY1 replied 1 year, 3 months ago 8 Members · 21 Replies
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  • MartHale7

    Member
    December 27, 2022 at 2:17 pm

    I run a group on Mewe for kratky hydroponics.

    I am now testing bringing last years cuttings into the new year with this method. I have found it very useful for rooting cuttings

    • TopGunPrecision

      Member
      December 27, 2022 at 2:42 pm

      How do those towers actually work? I’ve been thinking of building one with strawberries for my daughter.

    • Jc1981

      Member
      December 27, 2022 at 3:10 pm

      Wow! It looks like it works great!

    • MartHale7

      Member
      December 27, 2022 at 3:18 pm

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VMlcasPe9M

      The video above shows how the tower works.

      I have printed 4 3d printed towers, and I have created 4 towers from 8 inch drainage pipes.

      I have also been experimenting with a worm bin combined with Kratky but that is still in the experimental stage.

      I have rooted mulberry trees, and cassava, rosemary, basil, and now I am working on cranberry hibiscus and Malabar spinach.

      • TopGunPrecision

        Member
        December 27, 2022 at 4:01 pm

        I just started a worm bin. I assume you are incorporating the worm tea into it?

      • MartHale7

        Member
        December 27, 2022 at 8:52 pm

        In my investigation of the start of Kratky method I found they used soil at the start…. So I created my own system, in that I raise the worm bin over the water and put a 2-3 inch gap between, sorta like an earth box. Worms fed on top food scraps.

  • TopGunPrecision

    Member
    December 27, 2022 at 2:39 pm

    Just getting mine set up and going. Doing kratky with an air pump. Also trying out a paper towel for starting and wicking nutrient instead of the other typical mediums.

    • Jc1981

      Member
      December 27, 2022 at 3:11 pm

      Wow! Interesting!

    • MartHale7

      Member
      December 27, 2022 at 3:19 pm

      If I may ask what nutrients are you using? I am using masterblend, with epson salt, and Calcium nitrate.

      • TopGunPrecision

        Member
        December 27, 2022 at 3:59 pm

        Same. The Jack special.

  • MartHale7

    Member
    December 27, 2022 at 3:29 pm

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5z0NaYpVHMs

    This video is useful for understanding the basics of Kratky, and entertainment value 😉

  • welchfarm

    Member
    December 27, 2022 at 3:43 pm

    MHP gardener on YouTube best educational video used his info when i converted part of my fresh market.

    • MartHale7

      Member
      December 27, 2022 at 8:53 pm

      Yep, MPHgardener did very good experiments love his channel. But there are many people on youtube doing Hydroponics.

    • Jc1981

      Member
      December 27, 2022 at 11:13 pm

      Thank you

  • JerseyGiantChick

    Member
    December 27, 2022 at 5:00 pm

    Small ones with grow light that can stand bij the window, for a lower price and then payable.

    Good for seedlings, growing inside or cuttings you name it.

  • Contingency-Guy

    Member
    December 28, 2022 at 11:13 pm

    I do my kratky gardening in the garage, mostly Romaine lettuce with some Arugula. Very easy to do. I use Masterblend for fertilizer (amazon) and it’s worked great for me. I can grow it about 8 months out of the year, mid- summer just gets too hot. I use a 14 gallon bin and a 2 inch hole saw for the net pot holes. Just a note, use all the same size net pots in the same bin or you’ll have trouble with the initial water level, experience speaking. I started with one bin and expanded to three. The trick with so much lettuce is to harvest in zones, or you’ll be feeding the neighbors as well. It grows back a number of times after harvesting. Have fun!

    • MartHale7

      Member
      January 1, 2023 at 3:29 am

      Looks great what do you keep your PH at?

    • Jc1981

      Member
      January 2, 2023 at 6:08 am

      Wow! Nice!

  • Dmaiden

    Member
    January 24, 2023 at 7:59 pm

    I have a couple bins i got from menards and i use air pumps. Small things like lettuce and cabbage and herbs. I love it.

  • MUGSY1

    Member
    March 28, 2023 at 1:09 am

    Yes,I have been experimenting for the past 4 years except it is completely off grid.It is called the Kratky Method no air pumps required.Materials needed:5 gallon bucket,a net pot Clay pellets and NPK for nutrients.

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