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Posted 31 July 2014 - 11:26 AM

I have not fed them since i started this, so they are only getting the initial solution, which comprises 1/2 teaspoon of fertiliser, few drop of Flourish, few grains of magnesium salt.
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Posted 31 July 2014 - 11:31 AM

Here is a link to growing hydroponically on a very tight budget, I think the posting above show that hydroponics can be fun and using some imagination will prove to be successful.
I posted earlier a photo showing an old wash basin with a piece of board on the top with holes cut out. the roots are just touching the nutrient and will go deeper as the level goes lower encouraging long healthy growth, the plants will not drown as the pebbles will enable wicking to take place to keep the roots searching for nutrients .

http://www.instructa...ng-hydroponics/

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 11:35 AM

Another very simple method of growing hydroponically in pots The Kratky method

https://www.youtube....h?v=fcS6xTUgK58
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Posted 05 August 2014 - 05:02 PM

Day 26 report.
Another gloomy day, with not too much sun.
Look thru many youtube videos on Kratky method, and particularly impressed with mph gardener.
Sow some more Nai Bai and red spinach on the 31st July, saw some of them sprouting.

Here's some pictorial updates.
Nai Bai.
http://i498.photobucket.com/albums/rr346/trelch/STHH0437_zpsb8afb5a7.jpg

Dwarf Tomato, still much more robust than the one in soil
http://i498.photobucket.com/albums/rr346/trelch/STHH0439_zps9996d5a6.jpg

Cherry Tomato
http://i498.photobucket.com/albums/rr346/trelch/STHH0435_zps70f76871.jpg

Capsicum
http://i498.photobucket.com/albums/rr346/trelch/STHH0436_zps007b4068.jpg

Chilly
http://i498.photobucket.com/albums/rr346/trelch/STHH0438_zps8e73d407.jpg

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 07:15 PM

Do the clay pellets at the top of the pots dry out since they are not in contact with water? or are the clay pellets evenly moist?
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Posted 05 August 2014 - 10:15 PM

View PostDon, on 05 August 2014 - 07:15 PM, said:

Do the clay pellets at the top of the pots dry out since they are not in contact with water? or are the clay pellets evenly moist?


The clay pellets on top remain moist even when they are not in contact with water. The white foam sponge and clay pellets can wick the water up.
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Posted 12 August 2014 - 09:47 AM

Day 33 report.
Yet another gloomy, rainy day. I don't know if the plants are going to get any good light at all.
But they are bigger now. I don't notice the growth, but if i look at previous photos, it is obvious.
Not much work to do on these plants. Didn't water them, no fertiliser. I just have to look at them daily.

Nai Bai
http://i498.photobucket.com/albums/rr346/trelch/STHH0462_zpsd9e8475b.jpg

Dwarf tomato
There are flower buds on those grown hydroponically. The one on the left grown in soil is considerably smaller.
http://i498.photobucket.com/albums/rr346/trelch/STHH0461_zps0402ac7c.jpg

Cherry tomato
Tall and lanky. Will need to tie some strings for them to climb soon.
http://i498.photobucket.com/albums/rr346/trelch/STHH0458_zps1e94442d.jpg

Capsicum
Many new leaves now
http://i498.photobucket.com/albums/rr346/trelch/STHH0459_zps6a9d9002.jpg

Chilly
These are getting the best light. Notice some white fungus like thing on the clay pellet. Wonder if it is harmful to the young seedling.
http://i498.photobucket.com/albums/rr346/trelch/STHH0460_zpsacbc3dbe.jpg
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Posted 20 August 2014 - 05:04 PM

Day 41 report:
Nai bai has grown to harvesting size. Will have to keep couple of plants to flower to collect more seeds for the future. Sow another box of nai bai last week on 13th Aug.
http://i498.photobucket.com/albums/rr346/trelch/STHH0577_zps5e91a644.jpg
http://i498.photobucket.com/albums/rr346/trelch/STHH0578_zpsbd8cfd3e.jpg

Dwarf Tomato:
They are all flowering, except the one grown in soil.
Hopefully, they will fruit soon.
http://i498.photobucket.com/albums/rr346/trelch/STHH0581_zps4b577b30.jpg

Cherry Tomato:
Growing tall and lanky, so i have support them on strings.
http://i498.photobucket.com/albums/rr346/trelch/STHH0580_zps0e9ed01c.jpg

Capsium and chilly are not growing as fast as I hope.
http://i498.photobucket.com/albums/rr346/trelch/STHH0579_zpsc65b3ee8.jpg
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Posted 20 August 2014 - 07:31 PM

I am so pleased that I have found another person who has discovered the joy of growing plants hydroponically , I do have a soil garden and yes I do have floers etc, but growing plants that you can eat are wonderful.

I did post in another forum of a Japanese vegetable called Komatsuna so easy to grow and matures very fast, great for soups or stir fried.
I do grow lots of asian vegetables as my wife is from Penang so vegetables are always on the menu.

If you want some free seeds please let me know ( no strings attached)

Komatsuna
http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m23/kangaroo9/Hydroponics/20140722_092739_zps829924b8.jpg
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Posted 20 August 2014 - 07:33 PM

I am so pleased that I have found another person who has discovered the joy of growing plants hydroponically , I do have a soil garden and yes I do have floers etc, but growing plants that you can eat are wonderful.

I did post in another forum of a Japanese vegetable called Komatsuna so easy to grow and matures very fast, great for soups or stir fried.
I do grow lots of asian vegetables as my wife is from Penang so vegetables are always on the menu.

If you want some free seeds please let me know ( no strings attached)

Komatsuna
http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m23/kangaroo9/Hydroponics/20140722_092739_zps829924b8.jpg

Bok Choy
http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m23/kangaroo9/Hydroponics/20140718_152346_zpse4175a55.jpg
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Posted 20 August 2014 - 07:49 PM

View PostRobert1943, on 20 August 2014 - 07:33 PM, said:

I am so pleased that I have found another person who has discovered the joy of growing plants hydroponically , I do have a soil garden and yes I do have floers etc, but growing plants that you can eat are wonderful.

I did post in another forum of a Japanese vegetable called Komatsuna so easy to grow and matures very fast, great for soups or stir fried.
I do grow lots of asian vegetables as my wife is from Penang so vegetables are always on the menu.

If you want some free seeds please let me know ( no strings attached)

Komatsuna
http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m23/kangaroo9/Hydroponics/20140722_092739_zps829924b8.jpg

Bok Choy
http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m23/kangaroo9/Hydroponics/20140718_152346_zpse4175a55.jpg


Nice setup!!!. Right now I am only growing small stuff that can fit on my window sill, like nai bai and dwarf tomatoes. Till I figure out how to get more space, I will probably only be doing window sill stuff with plastic shoe boxes

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Posted 21 August 2014 - 08:42 AM

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Nice setup!!!. Right now I am only growing small stuff that can fit on my window sill, like nai bai and dwarf tomatoes. Till I figure out how to get more space, I will probably only be doing window sill stuff with plastic shoe boxes


I have some Thai tomato seeds if you want no strings attached information below
http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m23/kangaroo9/Hydroponics/2014-13_zps918144a7.jpg

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Posted 21 August 2014 - 09:40 AM

View PostRobert1943, on 21 August 2014 - 08:42 AM, said:

I have some Thai tomato seeds if you want no strings attached information below
http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m23/kangaroo9/Hydroponics/2014-13_zps918144a7.jpg

Beautiful, they look like pinkish plum !!! I will have to grow out my current batch of dwarf and cherry tomatoes first, lol. Hopefully, they get to fruit like yours too.
Wished I had space like yours, then i can grow a decorative and productive tomato garden like this one
http://i498.photobucket.com/albums/rr346/trelch/P1010017_zps370b9a95.jpg

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Posted 22 August 2014 - 08:42 AM

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Beautiful, they look like pinkish plum !!! I will have to grow out my current batch of dwarf and cherry tomatoes first, lol. Hopefully, they get to fruit like yours too.
Wished I had space like yours, then i can grow a decorative and productive tomato garden like this one
http://i498.photobucket.com/albums/rr346/trelch/P1010017_zps370b9a95.jpg

The tomatos in the photo look like the Brandy Wine tomato which have a potato shaped leaf so different to other tomato leaves, I have been growing these successfully for the last couple of years and sent seeds to some of those in this forum.
I just cam back from Penang after visiting family and my Brandy wine tomatos had ripened on the vine, some were too ripe , but these are only a portion of those actually I harvested on the vine . They are a heirloom variety which date back to Amish history in the USA in 1895.They are still grown for their wonderful size and flavour, and being heirloom, the seeds sown are not hybrid and grow true to variety.
http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m23/kangaroo9/Hydroponics/DSCF4290_zps867abdfe.jpg
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Posted 22 August 2014 - 08:50 AM

View PostRobert1943, on 22 August 2014 - 08:42 AM, said:

The tomatos in the photo look like the Brandy Wine tomato which have a potato shaped leaf so different to other tomato leaves, I have been growing these successfully for the last couple of years and sent seeds to some of those in this forum.
I just cam back from Penang after visiting family and my Brandy wine tomatos had ripened on the vine, some were too ripe , but these are only a portion of those actually I harvested on the vine . They are a heirloom variety which date back to Amish history in the USA in 1895.They are still grown for their wonderful size and flavour, and being heirloom, the seeds sown are not hybrid and grow true to variety.
http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m23/kangaroo9/Hydroponics/DSCF4290_zps867abdfe.jpg



Here is better photo of the Thai tomato the others shown were not quite ripe the plant only grows to about 75cm and suits Singapore weather .
The size is about the same as a chickens egg.
http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m23/kangaroo9/Hydroponics/Thaitomato_zps67fa9635.jpg

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Posted 28 August 2014 - 09:48 AM

Day 49 report:
Been busy, so here's a quick pictorial update

Nai Bai:
Long overdue from harvesting. Here's a last look at them before they are served up with garlic and a dash of oyster sauce tonight. Will plant butterhead lettuce in their place. Sowed 8 butterhead seeds, and 16 Nai Bai seeds. The Nai Bai sowed earlier on 13th Aug did not grow properly, because the large storage box and the basket is too deep. Going to keep these boxes, they are no good.
http://i498.photobucket.com/albums/rr346/trelch/STHH0642_zpsc207844a.jpg

Dwarf tomato:
Given away 2 pots, here's a picture of the last pot I kept for myself.
It's fruiting, yeah !!!
http://i498.photobucket.com/albums/rr346/trelch/STHH0644_zps6e56185b.jpg

Cherry tomato:
Growing tall and lanky, and developing flower buds already
http://i498.photobucket.com/albums/rr346/trelch/STHH0643_zps45e3336a.jpg

Chilly and capsicum:
Good thing about hydroponic is that I don't have to worry about soil disease or soil mealy.
http://i498.photobucket.com/albums/rr346/trelch/STHH0645_zpsb9f1a3ae.jpg

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Posted 29 August 2014 - 07:40 PM

The Nai Bai is yummy. Taste much better than those bought in market. Crunchy, and much sweeter, no kidding.
Stir fried with garlic and a dash of oyster sauce.
http://i498.photobucket.com/albums/rr346/trelch/STHH0646_zpsdbb02234.jpg
http://i498.photobucket.com/albums/rr346/trelch/STHH0648_zps508231b1.jpg
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Posted 29 August 2014 - 10:15 PM

Bravo!!!!

Please keep us posted on your lettuce too!
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Posted 30 August 2014 - 04:05 PM

View Poststhh, on 29 August 2014 - 07:40 PM, said:

The Nai Bai is yummy. Taste much better than those bought in market. Crunchy, and much sweeter, no kidding.
Stir fried with garlic and a dash of oyster sauce.


Green with envy...
Well done!!


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Posted 30 August 2014 - 09:23 PM

View Postkeff, on 29 August 2014 - 10:15 PM, said:

Bravo!!!!

Please keep us posted on your lettuce too!



View PostClick, on 30 August 2014 - 04:05 PM, said:

Green with envy...
Well done!!



Thanks.
You should have a go at this cheap and simple experiment too. It is so effortless, I wonder why I didn't do it earlier.
I don't even have to monitor the setup, and it is taking up so little space, like 1 shoebox size.
I will do a summary of my learning soon.
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