Wednesday, January 5, 2011

1500 Page Views!

Wow!  1500 pageviews. 

I hope this has been as informative and fun reading as it has been creating and writing it.

I believe Hydroponics is a very productive skill set once learned.  Wherever life takes us, we can effectively produce quality vegetables at greater efficiency and speed for minimal time.


  1. Looking forward to following your progress. Keep up the good work!

  2. Hi! I'm coming here from Homesteading Today. What I wanted to ask was if you can do this without electricity? I live off-the-grid and have a very small system. I turn it off completely at night. I'd love to have salad all year long.

  3. Hi Kat! I love that website. Very helpful folks and a civil atmosphere with tons of information.

    Regarding your question, I have seen plans for systems that use two buckets and gravity to drench the roots with nutrients. This eliminates the need for any electricity, but places the labor in the users hands to prevent the roots from drying or drowning.

    One bucket with the nutrients is placed higher than the bucket with the plants. A hose is fashioned to "drip" the nutrients into the plant container. Once complete, the plant container is placed higher than the nutrient container to allow it to be refilled. The process is repeated throughout the day and put to rest at night when the plant does not need uptake. I believe this would require several hand watered feeds per day, with a break over night as long as the medium had the ability to hold nutrients such as silica stones, lava rock, hydroton, or rockwool. Each of these types of medium can be gained cheaply.

    I would recommend a google search with keywords such as DWC gravity system. This site is pretty good and I have pulled several ideas from it.

    Thanks for reading the blog and best of success!!!

  4. Net pots are one of the best options to grow plants with safe and sound .