Setting up the net pots
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by daveb
3M ago
ok so here is a fast run over of how i make the started pots for my hydroponics. i purchase food grade ( agricultural grade ) rockwool also called stonewool in a solid sheet i cut into cube with serrated knife like used for bread, final size for these 1 3/8 square and 2 3/4 tall so once i insert them in the net pot i use i do trim off the little bit that sticks above top with the knife 36 x 12 x 3 in. - Classic Grow Slab - Stonewool - Grodan 713015 $30.59... Read more ..read more
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New test light
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by daveb
6M ago
so also got a new led bulb to replace the CFL in an old hydrofarm Agrobrite GROW-FLCO125D hanging light. new bulb is rated 60watt draw the replacement bulb in CFL is $52 to $100 usd depends where buy it from. the original cfl was rated at 125 watt 6400 Kelvin and had the large E39 base i believe they rated these from 500 to 7000 lumens visible light. then new bulb is what is refered to as a corn cob it has the E39 base 60watt draw and at 20 inches from the... Read more ..read more
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Setting up the Tower Garden
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by spector
6M ago
This thing is about ten years old and has been sitting outside most of that time (and looks it). I was pretty sure it was a waste of time, but I bought a new pump for it, and I spent about two hours cleaning out the old rockwool and scale from inside. Plugged it in and BOOM - works like a champ! I am waiting on some fertilizer supplements to come in (as well as pH tester and balancer), but my hope is to grow lettuce (and such) this winter. I have just a regular shoplight over it for now... Read more ..read more
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Hydroponic grow tent - why?
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by Mark
6M ago
I've heard of grow rooms and I get the concept but what would be the use of a hydroponics grow tent like this? I saw this grow tent here on eBay ..read more
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Use for an old kiddie pool?
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by spector
6M ago
It is actually a really BIG kiddie pool, about 8' in circumference and about 4' high. I bought it for my dogs, who hated it, of course. Right now, I am using it for water storage (with a tarp over it) for those times when the well decides to take a day off or my local electric company decides to shut off the power for 4-5 days due to high fire danger. I built a small pond, about ten years ago, and due to neglect, that pond is now a bog. I was thinking about converting this to a pond... Read more ..read more
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Next crop
Self Sufficient Culture » Hydroponics & Aquaponics
by daveb
6M ago
Started seedlings for next re-plant of one of the hydroponic beds, sat down Friday evening about 6 and planted 26 new pots,some has sprouted as of yesterday Sunday, so snapped a couple photos ..read more
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Sneak peek
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by daveb
6M ago
a little sneak peek inside Areofarms building the brick city building a former steel mill has 70,000 sq ft floor area but plant beds are stacked 12 high vertically effectively growing up to 75 times the crops per acre as compared to normal farming this is an aeroponic system they use it spray nutrient up underneath the plants roots under high pressure nozzle to form a mist with droplets in the 20 to 50 micro, the droplets are fine enough they form a fog that cling to the plants... Read more ..read more
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Using Aquarium Water
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by Johnny Green Thumbs
6M ago
I actually have a large turtle tank, and I am wondering if anyone has watered their veggie garden with it. I have not heard too much about turtle water/filter waste to ‘fertilize’ a veggie garden. Turtle water has similar benefits to a fish tank, but they are much messier when compared to a fish tank. Tested the pH, nitrates etc. and they are at acceptable ranges. I am thinking possibly using a 50:50 dilution? New here, love the videos lots of great info. Thanks for any input ..read more
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Nutrient level indicator
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by daveb
6M ago
Should have made these a long time ago for the various liquid nutrient tanks i have and both deep water culture and reservoir for flood and drain system made a 4 part float just the give an idea of level of liquid. Later will add extension pieces later to allow for a deeper reach but for now this has a movement range of 3 1/2 inches so bottom of float will start to float up when liquid is within 6 inches of lid. When top hat of shaft is down on top of the body it need... Read more ..read more
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Ppfd meter with smart phone
Self Sufficient Culture » Hydroponics & Aquaponics
by daveb
6M ago
hey found something very interesting, and something you may be interested in. on my iphone I downloaded the App ( Korona-grow light ) and took a piece of bright white 20# paper to cover the front camera so it filters the light as shown in the linked video below went to a buddies place and we tested my light i built with his apogee MQ501 and my phone on sunlight ppfd was within 1 to 5 points of his 500+ dollar light meter youtube.com/watch?v=t0umUgrS_UE ..read more
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