BeefsteakBob
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Anybody growing hydroponically?

I've been growing veggies in the dirt for 40 years and I aways look forward to spring time when I can drag out the rototiller and get my seedlings in the ground. Last year I built a rain barrel collection system with the intention of installing drip irrigation. While in the process of researching the subject I crossed paths with hydroponic grow systems and decided that I would try some simple in door grows. Well, I'm hooked. Grew some great lettuce and monster basil and was even able to grow some small tomatoes indoors.
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But when it comes to tomatoes and other fruiting varieties nothing can replace natural sun light. So I got myself a small Harbor Freight greenhouse and moved the operation outdoors.
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This is just a simple deep water culture system with aeration and you can see the results.

Anybody else doing this?

JayPoc
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Re: Anybody growing hydroponically?

Interesting set-up, and the results look amazing. I'm curious as to why you wanted to go this route? I've always thought of hydroponics as a way to still garden when growing in the dirt isn't an option for one reason or another...

RadRob
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Re: Anybody growing hydroponically?

I use the dutch bucket and kratky methods and love it, it's addicting and easy.

BeefsteakBob
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Re: Anybody growing hydroponically?

JayPoc wrote:Interesting set-up, and the results look amazing. I'm curious as to why you wanted to go this route? I've always thought of hydroponics as a way to still garden when growing in the dirt isn't an option for one reason or another...
Oh, I still grow in the dirt......
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I saw hydroponics as a way to satisfy my need to grow stuff in the winter time and that's why I got involved. Its still a bit of work getting it set up....but the time I would spend pulling weeds I spend mixing nutients. The 6X8 greenhouse is now too small so I just bought the HF 10X12 greenhouse and hope to replace the 6X8 as soon as the crop inside is done. The plan going forward is to dedicate the soil to the squash and mellons and the GH to the tomatoes, peppers, and some greens. I'll grow Katky lettuce and basil inside during the winter.

BeefsteakBob
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Re: Anybody growing hydroponically?

RadRob wrote:I use the dutch bucket and kratky methods and love it, it's addicting and easy.
I've considered a dutch bucket system but my initial intention was (and is) to keep it as simple and energy efficient as possible which is why I found the DWC method appealing. The only energy required is the electricity to run the air injection pump and the only grow medium needed is the amount needed to fill a 4" net cup. The buckets are actually set up to accommodate a DB system if I ever decide to go that route. Considering the size of the fruit on these plants I'll probably stick with it for a while. I do use the Kratky system for lettuce and basil. I plan to add an airstone to see if that makes a difference.

pepperhead212
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Re: Anybody growing hydroponically?

Nice set-up, Bob! I figured that you did this due to the cold, and you found that you have to grow the tomatoes in the greenhouse, due to the cold, though I don't know where you are in NE. A friend in N Vermont found that she had to grow tom's, peppers, and eggplants in a small greenhouse, due to the cold, and short season.

I only grow hydroponics in my basement in the off-season, to grow herbs, and maybe some greens.
Dave

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