Anyone Growing With Hydroponics?

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  1. Guess Who

    Guess Who Well-Known Member

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    We like to use hydroponic for lots of vegetables some in buckets others in reservoir's. We learned from a fantastic gardener on Youtube how to grow this way.
     
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    "Vegetables" sure. Just say you want to grow pot nobody cares anymore
     
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    I have never and don't plan on ever growing pot. Don't care what others do but I don't I'm much to old to kick the pricks. I grow green peppers,tomatoes and squash in hydros. Most other veggies don't do that good although we did grow cabbage in reservoir ,it was ok.
    We used containers fro berries and raised beds fro beans, potatoes, okra. This year we are behind in haven't even started yet. Will probably buy transplants instead of sow seeds.
     
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    I have in the past with ok luck but it's just too much of a mess for the results I achieved. I went with a greenhouse, a I bought a couple tons of good soil from a nursery added a bunch of red worms and lots of rabbit poop. Hydro was cool at first but nah. Might have been better if I had my own RO system but I was buying my water from the vending machine in front of the grocery store. TDS of 4 which is better than my 168 tap.
     
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    We use some containers too and raised beds
    But hydros are easier to us; never have to water them, use timer to operate; use 80% less water than soil grown; can be left for weeks without supervision. Greenhouse soil plants dry out very fast. I guess you could put soil on timer also but still takes a lot of water, fertlizer and care.
    Don't get me wrong I like containers and bed plants too half our greenhouse has them certain times of the year.
    It sure is nice to go into greenhouse pick tomatoes,peppers and squash off the vines in the middle of winter. Plus have enough to can some too. And unless you grow your own cabbage you don't know what it really taste like. Cabbage is sweet and not bitter after taste when grown privately. And tomato actually have a tomato taste.
     
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    I'd sure like to know more about this. I have 7 raised beds with high-grade soil in them.

    Maybe I haven't looked into this enough because I haven't found any clear instructions and have plenty of questions on it, like, what about root rot? What about pest infestations?

    Do you have any really good links?
     
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    Very exciting that the legality of weed is spreading. I don't smoke but I support your right to.
     
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    Me too. My support for legalized pot stems primarily from my libertarian beliefs, and my outrage at the carnage and human toll the "war on drugs" prohibition has caused in our country, and in our bordering neighbors.
     
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    Yes I like this guy, he is great at hydros.



    This is our right before we closed greenhouse.

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    Thanks!
     
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    No, we do have an aquaponics set-up growing fish and vegetables together. The idea is to cycle the water from the fish tanks to feed the vegetables. The fish poop and leftover feed cycle into the soil, so no need for fertilizer or chemicals. We currently grow catfish and tilapia, everything it takes to make a good garden salad.
    We are currently looking to start a small ginger farm. With the price of ginger being the way it is.
     
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    Because of lack of ion charges in aquaponic's the need to chelate the iron so the plants can take it up can be a problem.
    There are ways to do this safely though.


     
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    Dude, you're going to have major problems with hydro, it is not a set and leave situation. Just wait until a good hot day when the plants start to transpire and suck up water at a horrific rate and your reservoir is nothing but chemical salts and plants go into water lock-down, never to recover.

    Hydro is great for many plants but it is more work than soil grown. It is really good for vertical growing, especially in a green house where space is premium.
     
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    First off I'm not a dude, second we have had great success with hydro.
    We no longer will grow in heat of summer ,we learned that lesson already.

    But thanks for the warning.
     
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    Don't really care whether you are a dude or not a dude. This is to address your statements not your person.

    So now you are declaring to be an expert with success, so which is it?

    Why not grow in the heat of summer, even things that are cool weather? Water coolers to keep roots cool, shade cloth to temper the sun, fan ventilation to keep plants cool, insect cloth to control bugs, so many things to help grow that which others can't, great market.
     
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    Then don't call me your pet names like 'dude'. And I won't give away my gender.
    I have 25 lb.s of hydro grown tomatoes in the freezer and have been eating right off the vine tomatoes all year from my green house hydroponic and containers.
    We did have too high power bull so no more growing in the cold winter months, and of course in the heat of summer.
     
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    I would suggest a good dictionary, the on-line urban dictionary gets to the point very quickly or maybe you would prefer going to wiki for the long winded version.

    Now the very thought of a chilled tomato makes chills run down my spine. A cruel and unusual punishment for the tomato, death by chill. Hope there was the decency of cooking them first, they like that.

    What power bill? Solar will power pumps, fans, coolers and more. Either gas or wood for heat when needed. Passive solar heat even better and so easy to build. My desire for all naturally grown food knows no seasons and there is always something that can be grown with proper care.
     
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    Don't need solar for that since it is not worth the amps it would require. Or the work to get a smokeless fire set up.

    Also have you ever heard of pasta sauce, soup or chili, etc,etc,etc,?
     
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    So are these two new areas where you claim to know nothing but in a later post will claim to be an expert.

    Well at least you had the decency to heat the tomatoes first, that raises your opinion a notch in my book. But let me ask, do you use the same tomato for all those?
     
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    So are these two new areas where you claim to know nothing but in a later post will claim to be an expert.

    Well at least you had the decency to heat the tomatoes first, that raises your opinion a notch in my book. But let me ask, do you use the same tomato for all those?

    Have you ever thought of dehydrators, lot less energy to dehydrate and then store in glass jars on the pantry shelf, less space also. Dehydration can be done on screens out in the yard with proper insect barriers meaning no energy not naturally provided by nature in abundance.
     
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    We are senior citizens, no way in hell will I go back to cave man tactics until I have to.
    I usually can our tomatoes and love using all the propane it takes to do so.
    Of course that is not much using a tailgater on our porch.
    Now when it is time to start hugging trees if we're still around we are trained to do that too.
    I can still can these tomatoes if I want to. Living the farm life is not easy and I don't need a city slicker giving me instructions or slack about it.
     
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    Somehow you think this is about you, well it isn't. This is a public forum where posted statements usually generate discussions. But how can one truly have a discussion when another party is constantly changing their story. One minute it is an expensive power bill and the next it's using all the propane it takes. So it would seem that the high bill thing was but a plea to sympathy, a logical error.

    To do something "when you have to" is at best hazardous. Normally at that time the only option is to bend over, put head between legs and kiss that big patootie goodbye.

    Trained, like in monkey's and other animals someone wants to exhibit certain habits? And what training do you need to hug trees?

    Of course you can still can tomatoes unless your master has prohibited it. To the others here, dehydrating your own home grown tomatoes is the cat's meow.

    City slicker, would like to comment further but need to post this, time to put the livestock down for the evening.
     
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    What? I didn't understand your reply.
    PS I just went back and read our former replies. So I was wrong in the way I answered you, Sorry about that. Must have been a bad day.
     
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    I've seen that video, and others by this guy. MHP is great. Really creative guy.
     
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