Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Plant Age (Yellow Leaves)

Yellowing of older or "bottom" leaves may simply be a sign of age and the natural growth during the plant life cycle.

Check the new growth or "upper" leaves for signs of yellowing along the veins.  If there is no yellowing and the new growth appears healthy, it is very likely you have natural dying of older growth leaves and have nothing to fear. This process is essential for the plant to maintain it's strength as it shifts nutrient uptake to the new growth.

Relax!  But keep an eye on new growth leaves for any signs of discoloration.  Let those bottom leaves drop off and pop them into the compost pile! 

More to come.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Why are my leaves yellow?

Why are my leaves turning yellow?

Some common reasons for leaf yellowing:

1)  Plant age
2)  Cold
3)  Heat
4)  Depleted nutrients
5)  Sudden shock or change of conditions
6)  Injury to plant
7) Lack of oxygen
8) Disease.

I'll take a detailed look at each of these conditions over the coming weeks and add some timely "tips" and "remedies" to keep your babies healthy. 

Friday, December 20, 2013

Deep Water Culture and Ebb and Flow

Here is a Deep Water Culture and Ebb and Flow System side by side comparison video.  Both are excellent systems and provide very efficient results.

Which one works best?  See the past blog entries on each systems attributes and weaknesses.

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

#4 Why a Deep Water Culture System?

Why Deep Water Culture System? 

Number 4) Easy to clean!!! Cleaning the system is always required after each grow to prevent any type of alage or fungus from taking advantage of your "perfect" environment. The Deep Water Culture System is probably the easiest to clean. 

Simply add a couple gallons of warm-hot water to the empty reservoir, add dish soap, the net pots (empty), and the airline tubing, and clean with a medium brush or dish rag. Once fully rinsed, add another 2 gallons of hot water with a 1/4 to 1/2 cup of bleach and sanitize everything to include the air stone. Rinse thoroughly and let dry. 

Too easy!!!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

# 3 Why A Deep Water Culture System?

Why DWC? Number 3). 


Grow faster, stronger, and healthier plants without soil. My recorded results have shown increased harvest season and faster maturity over even the best prepared soils. These results are documented in the videos and the blog and amaze me to this day. 

 Nutrients and oxygen are delivered at just the right amount to insure the most explosive growth possible. Consider these factors and it is no wonder that a Deep Water Culture System is a model of efficiency in growing plants.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Why Deep Water Culture #2

Why DWC? Number 2). 

 Portable! The system is easy to move as one complete unit allowing maximum use of shade and sun. "Bubbling Bucket" DWC's can be moved easily by one person as long as the plant is supported!

Consider the weight of the nutrient solution if you are designing a "mobile" Deep Water Culture System.

"Bubbler Buckets" weigh in at around 40 pounds for the nutrient solution alone.  At 8 pounds per gallon, consider the need for draining or a two-person lift before finalizing your plans.

Also consider whether the reservoir has the strength to be moved while full or partially full.  No one wants a sloshing reservoir buckling and collapsing during a simple move from room to room or under lights to outdoors.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Deep Water Culture Versus Ebb and Flow

Continuing the "Deep Water Culture vs. Ebb and Flow" topic.....

Why DWC? Number 1). So cheap and easy to build with easily accessible parts!!! 

Monday, May 13, 2013

Number 9) Why use an Ebb and FLow System?

Here's the 2nd Ebb and Flow Video showing use, lighting changes and details, and some additional "cycling" and nutrient tips. 

Considering the previous eight "why Ebb and Flow", it is a tough system to beat both economically and for efficiency.  It was by far the most fun to build!


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Number 8) Why use an Ebb and Flow System?

BIG plants do not need to be staked and supported when checking and changing nutrients as with a Deep Water Culture system.

Change the nutrients while your babies remain undisturbed!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Number 7) Why use an Ebb and Flow System?

One large reservoir can feed multiple flood tables allowing many expansion opportunities! 

Friday, April 5, 2013

Number 6) Why Use an Ebb and Flow System?

Number 6) The Ebb and Flow System is just plain cool to a gizmo nut! Controlled flooding and draining provides an exceptional growth environment while allowing the plants a versatile and stable growth platform.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

45,000 Page Views!!!!!

Wow!  45,000 page views!

Thank you everyone for your interest in hydroponic growing.  I suspect we now have many, many more "hydro" gardeners growing their own and enjoying a very productive hobby. I am glad to have contributed to this in even the smallest of ways!!

I'll keep the blog up and running as well as the facebook page.  Don't forget to "subscribe" to the Youtube page as well.

Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/pages/Frugal-Hydroponics/178725932158360?ref=hl

Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/user/misterhalfwaythere1/videos?view=0

Thanks again for the great comments and input.  It is greatly appreciated!


Sunday, March 3, 2013

Number 4 Why Use an Ebb and Flow System?

Number 4) 

Flow cycles can be adjusted to maximize nutrient uptake. Use a journal to quickly determine the most efficient ebb and flow cycle to save even more electricity.

Be as specific as possible when recording your results as this data becomes very valuable in making accurate decisions.  Experiment with feeding cycles in conjunction with light cycles.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Number 3 Why Use an Ebb and Flow System?

The Ebb and Flow system allows changing of nutrients and pH testing without disturbing the plants. A valve on the reservoir tanks makes it even easier!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Number 2 Why Use an Ebb and Flow System?

Number 2)   

The Ebb and Flow system provides a "blast" of oxygenated nutrients to the roots for short periods allowing the media to hold and maintain moisture during the ebb cycles. This gives the roots a larger quantity of fresh air expose and stimulates the plants natural reaction of expanding the root base.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Why Use an Ebb and Flow System?

Number 1)  

The Ebb and Flow system allows flexibility in nutrient temperature because of the separate reservoir. By having the ability to shade, mechanically cool (chiller), or even partially bury a nutrient reservoir, efficient temperatures can be maintained in the heat of the summer or the dead of winter. This keeps the roots from excesses and stress.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Deep Water Culture Hydroponics Video

Still the easiest and cheapest way to get growing with hydroponics.  The Deep Water Culture is simple yet effective, and is perfect for beginners and those with little room.

I have had several discussions on DIY kits lately, so here is the "how to" of the Deep Water Culture System.