Heres where we discuss the different aspects of growing hydoponically.
Lets start with Descriptions of different types of hydroponic systems
Nutrient Film Technique (NFT) The nutrient film technique was developed in the mid 1960s in England by Doctor Allen Cooper. He was interested in building a low cost, large scale system to be used in parts of the world where soil quality is poor. N.F.T., or Nutrient Film Technique, is an efficient method of growing plants by providing a slowly moving film (stream) of fertilizer solution (nutrient) to roots in a flat-bottomed, gently sloped channel (the gully).The plant is started in a small root cube in which it remains for life, and is placed in pre-drilled holes in the gully. With the help of a small submersible pump and gravity, the nutrient solution is constantly recirculated through the gullies and back to the reservoir. NFT ensures a continuous flow of nutrient laden solution over the root system, allowing the plants to feed constantly. This provides a constant balance and optimum conditions for thriving plant growth. NFT systems use little or no growing medium, thereby keeping operating costs down, but because of the lack of medium to act as a buffer, plants may suffer if a long-term power failure occurs Although relatively simple, its not a system for those just beginning the journey of growing hydroponically.
My son gave me a hydrophonic system It is still in the car .. I havn't unpacked it yet but when I do I will take a pic.. He put the light on a blind system like the blinds in your house that go up and down .. He hooked the light up to that .. He's always thinkin!! Any hoo I have company tomorrow but maby later tomorrow I can snap a pic
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Post by Garden Happy on Apr 2, 2012 19:23:14 GMT -6
O.k. so this is great cause I want to do hydroponics's in the community garden. the system i seen at BAY LIFE CHURCH COMMUNITY GARDEN,BRANDON FLORIDA was 2 blue kiddie pools with what looked like a circle of 1''foam with holes drilled into it and cups holding lettuce plants.They told me from those 2 kiddie pools they harvested 35#'s of lettuce in 1 growing season from each.WOW They said they got far more return then from the ground grow outs. Teach me pharm friends what is the best,cheapest,easiest system to start out with? My main concern is this,i have been told if you get fungus or virus into the water,EVERYTHING DIES FAST?Is this true? Also could we use homemade fish emulsion or does the store bought have purified emulsion that homemade cannot do? I love the looks of the one by XMAN?think i got that right on another post here,the u shaped one.What about pollination? In the ones in the basement under lights ,they are self pollinating right?or do you introduce some bugs? Can you do cabbage? I've also seen whole green houses where full size tomato's grew on these pulley systems and you rolled them up as tomato's got ripe and just kept rotating the tomato's ,anyone here done a tomato grow out like that? And what about melons,mini's?full size?How do you grow those out? I know i need to get a book and take some classes on it but just wondering and for sure want to get a small scale system going very soon. Spuds,is it you he said knew the most?Can't remember but for sure i have to check this out,and yes,this year ;D i want 2 or 3 of us to try them at our homes first so we don't look like fools in front of a class and then introduce them into the gardens maybe this fall,or next spring.