Is anyone doing any hydroponic or aquaponic gardening?

Is anyone doing any hydroponic or aquaponic gardening?

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    Is anyone doing any hydroponic or aquaponic gardening?

    I am going to start growing some veggies hydroponically. I am going to start small with the Kratky method. Google it. It's pretty interesting.

    The one thing I am leery of is starting from seed. I have soil grown with starter plants in the past, but never from seed.

    Wish me luck.

    I will post some pics once I get set up and hopefully when I start getting plants.
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    Good luck!

    Out here in the desert, we all have automatic irrigation systems for lawns and most of us water 2-5 times a week. My next door neighbor waters 3 times a day, 7 days a week, year round. Walking on his lawn is like walking on a swollen sponge. I accuse him of having a "hydroponic" lawn!
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    I have enough trouble keeping plants alive in dirt I doubt I would have any success with hydroponics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msgt/ret View Post
    I have enough trouble keeping plants alive in dirt I doubt I would have any success with hydroponics.
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    Water a plant in soil too much and it dies. Take that same plant, put it in water without soil and it thrives. Makes no sense!
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    Our school is setting one up. I'm still trying to clean out that room for them. And also clean out the junk for my new maintenance shop. Would love to share stories as we get going.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Novarider View Post
    Water a plant in soil too much and it dies. Take that same plant, put it in water without soil and it thrives. Makes no sense!
    And another thing about plants in soil.....

    Water them too much, the leaves yellow and fall off..... Water them too little, the leaves yellow and fall off....

    What the.....?!
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    You may be interested in this fellow's YouTube channel. I've "experimented" a bit with hydroponics. This guy though, he's experimented a LOT:

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5z...o_KnU0A/videos

    BTW, I love watching his videos just for the music. Due to time constraints I've done some gardening the past several years using predominately sub-irrigated container gardening, like Earthbox, or making my own out of totes. My first year was about 7-8 years ago. Using a 25 gallon tote with a 6 gallon reservoir for water I got 35-40 pounds of 'Black Krim' tomatoes off of one plant. That sold me on the concept. Not so good for root crops though.

    Portable containers are also very handy for some of the more tender plants like tomatoes, peppers, cukes. I will start them indoors, then transplant about six weeks early and can keep them in the garage at night and roll them out on the driveway (SE facing) during the day. I've also experimented with growing under cheap LED lights from Home Depot. I've gotten tomatoes in January off of an array of pigtail light sockets and 1600 lumen "daylight" bulbs. Not enough to make it worth the electricity, but an interesting test nonetheless.

    Moving forward I plan to do a combination of raised "wicking" beds and planting following the square foot garden method, then augmented with container gardening. I'll also likely experiment with Kratky too...just for fun.
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    Not since the '70s when I had all that aluminum foil on my apartment windows:)
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