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should you change the nutrients system wont drain setup using styro-foam
Don't know anything how do you plant the plants. growing mediums that resemble small pebbles
kills everything i plant standard light work for plants. can't stop the 2liter caps from leakin'
a month and still no flowers, supposed to recycle the water and nutrients how often do you leave the pump on
light green instead of dark green vermiculite just flows through the holes what pressure pump should I use?
Date:
06 Jul 2001
Time:
18:26:49

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yea i built the 11 plant hydroponic system what do i put in the containers i heard you have to put in rockwool or perlite and vermiculite but i dont know what they are?

Then you probably won't know what grow rocks are. What I recommend you use.  

Date:
07 Jul 2001
Time:
18:53:17

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how often should you change the nutrients in the 11 plant hydoponic garden

every 2 weeks

Date:
07 Jul 2001
Time:
22:09:31

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where do i begin. Don't know anything about hydropondics. Thanks in Advance

Start with page 1 and picture page one and get back to us.

Date:
08 Jul 2001
Time:
11:42:46

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i have two questions, but first i have been raising plants using hydroponics (built all my own beds) for ten years or longer. everything was perfect. then i moved. now i have built two new gardens. and lot of alga formed (a new problem for me but i did build these beds a lot different then my first ones) so i tore them apart and cleaned everything with clorax, painted the outside of the beds black to eliminate the light to the water storage. now one bed works beautifully, one kills everything i plant. i am presently tearing the bad bed apart again and flushing everything with clean water. is this the thing to do?

Yes

 can there be clorax residue remaining causing the damage?

No 

 second while dismantling the bed i noticed that the pea gravel is staying damp between feeding, therefore the roots are also remains damp (not wet, just damp) is this a problem? if so why only one bed? 

Damp should be OK but check your draining for that bed. Flow control valves on every bed can equalize the levels to each bed. Then make sure all the beds drain completely before watering again.

i pump water twice a day (have done this schedule for years) for about 1 hour at a time. there are overflow drains in the top beds so excess water drains back into holding tank. there are also drains in the upper bed that drain all the water off the roots, after pump shuts down, in about 1/2 hour. anybody have any ideas? now back to work cleaning the bad bed until i hear from, hopefully, all or some of you. thanks how does one join this hydroponic club? wally i believe you will get my address but if not try RuthK@Quintex.com. (life isn't east for a boy named ruth so i go by wally)

this is wally again, forgot a couple of important facts that should have been included in my question. each of my gardens have their own pump and their own water/nutrient holding tanks (50 gallons) the only thing common is the timer that turns them both on and an hour later turns them both off. thanks again---wally at ruthk@quintex.com

Well then forget what I said up their and switch one garden nutrient tank that is doing good and use that one for your problem bed. If the same problem continues then that bed is possessed so call an exorcist.  

Date:
09 Jul 2001
Time:
09:47:44

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I want to start a hydro garden of my own, just a few plants. I'm on a limited budget and would like anybody with info on how to start a cheap garden please E-mail at bbb_60134@yahoo.com

Date:
09 Jul 2001
Time:
20:33:03

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I found your website, and it I have become very interested in starting hydroponics in my house. The plans that are on your page are beautiful, but how do I start to grow the plants? Do i start with seeds, or do i start with sprouted plants? Also, how do I anchor the plant in the growth chamber. Any information on these questions, and anything else would be greatly appreciated. My email addy is mightysquirrel@hotmail.com Thanks for your time

Date:
10 Jul 2001
Time:
04:49:59
 

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Hay dick stop trying so hard, you prob haven't heard of Pot for Med use some people use it for med reasons. This is one of the only sites that a person can get the right answer's to ? so lay off not all of us smoke to get wasted out of are minds. So why dont you find something else to cry about. Hay Ron I think this is the best sit on the net thanks

Date:
10 Jul 2001
Time:
09:30:50

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I've just started experimenting w/ hydroponics. I planted tomatoes in a bucket drip system, tomatoes grew like mad. It has put on quite a few buds but hasn't flowered yet. The buds have been on for quite some time, over a month and still no flowers, while the tomatoes in my garden have flowers and also small tomatoes on them. am using mirical gro and epsom salt. what's going on???

You need to add some calcium nitrate to that  and adjust your pH between 5.7 - 6.1

Date:
11 Jul 2001
Time:
00:16:12

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I have a question for my homework..."Describe how a yield of tomatoes is affected by the use of hydroponics. You will need to make a comparison with yield in another production system. you will need to compare the yield with figures" Can anyone help me please. Email Hayley at bahau@infogen.net.nz

Date:
11 Jul 2001
Time:
07:36:15

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I am wondering if there are any free sites that give nice blueprints for DIY hydroponics gardens. The 11 garden is really nice and I am having loads of fun, but I want to try a new system....

Date:
11 Jul 2001
Time:
12:56:07

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I have a small hydro that works off of air pressure and is under a florencent light. I have tomatoe plants growing in them, but the plants are light green instead of dark green. Is this normal or what?

Tomatoes are high lumens plants so a florescent isn't going to cut it. 

Date:
12 Jul 2001
Time:
23:47:49

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Have you ever tried mixing the miracle grow recipe with a commercial hydroponic nutrient? Maybe even alternating between the two when topping off. Never seen it discussed but seems to me this would save money while insuring the necessary nutrients are supplied. I have just started mixing half & half and am wondering if this is going to cause some kind of trouble later.

I wish I knew. Let us know if it works.

Date:
13 Jul 2001
Time:
00:32:29

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Can I make my own hydroponic nutrient solution?

Yes if you are a chemist.

Date:
14 Jul 2001
Time:
18:34:57

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My system wont drain once its flooded. Why?

Did you drill a small hole on the top of the overflow pipe? And it won't completely drain until the pump shuts off.

Date:
14 Jul 2001
Time:
19:54:39

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on the 11 plant garden how do you plant the plants. Do you put them in netting or just put dirt in or rocks in?

Like this. 

Date:
14 Jul 2001
Time:
20:43:35

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im more than curious on how the tree works could you e-mail me on how to make it. zombiemstr000@aol.com

Date:
15 Jul 2001
Time:
00:55:28

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I have been looking at the 11 plant system and believe the design is good. I have made it bigger by using buckets and storm water down pipes.

Pictures. We want pictures.

Date:
16 Jul 2001
Time:
00:14:48

Comments

How well does your standard light in the house work for plants. I have three bulbs with a total wattage of 270w covering and area 2ft X 3ft.

It's not just how much wattage you have but what kind of light spectrum and lumens they put out.  

Date:
16 Jul 2001
Time:
07:10:54

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The leaves on my tomatoes plant is real light in color and some of them are curling under. Is this normal. Ted

No

Date:
16 Jul 2001
Time:
14:49:57

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Looking for Bill S

Bill one.5 years ago you sent me plans for a aeroponics system since then My computer has crashed if so could you send them to me again steve_voss@hushmail.com

Thanks

Steve

Date:
17 Jul 2001
Time:
18:19:27

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I recently started my hydroponics system. (i'm doing the drip system.) I've got two questions. How often should I water the plant and am I supposed to recycle the water and nutrients that drips into my reservoir back into the plant?

With the drip system you can water continuous for large plants if you use grow rocks. If you don't then read reply below.  Yes you recycle the same water and when you need to add more water mix a gallon at a time with the correct amount of nutrient mix if you don't have a ppm meter. (About one tablespoon per gallon of water for most mixes.)  That way you can keep track of how much you are adding.

Date:
20 Jul 2001
Time:
02:24:00

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RE : (i'm doing the drip sysem.)

The watering times are very dependant on your medium. I use pine bark for my one drip system, and rockwool for the other one. In the pine bark system, I recycle the nutrient, The rockwool I don't. The pine bark system gets watered 5 times a day in summer for 45 minutes each time. The rockwool gets 1 liter of nutrient per plant per day, and is watered in the morning only. You'll have to adjust things to suit your setup. I also have 8 liter bags filled with vermiculite that i water with full-strength nutrient once per week.

Date:
18 Jul 2001
Time:
13:44:08

Comments

the aeroponic plans are now on this page

http://www.geocities.com/free99701

then click on the link.

-Blake

Date:
20 Jul 2001
Time:
17:22:51

Comments

Could someone write down, not really a detailed description but cover the basics for a dip system. I was thinking, take a 10 gallon aquarium and put a screen about two inches off the bottom, have the plants sit on the screen. I have tried using a drip system before but i've got this reoccurring problem, when feed the plant with nutrients and water the vermiculite just flows through the holes, it causes a massive mess, clogging the water pump. So, sorry for the babble. I just want a complying medium. And, when you tell me what medium, could you also tell me how long to leave my UV light on and how often to feed?
Thanks,
James

Click here. Leave your light on at least 18 hours a day and read this about how often to water. Use perlite not vermiculite because it doesn't brake down.

Date:
21 Jul 2001
Time:
09:12:31

Comments

Ron, I have just discovered your site, and I am finding it very useful, I am a bit of a back yard inventor and I have an idea for building a hydroponic setup using styro-foam can you tell me if there is any problem with this material being used in hydroponics, If not I would like to build a proto type and try it out, Thanks and keep up the good work, Thanks Chris

Yes you can use Styrofoam packing peanuts also known as ghost turds or just about any inert porous material that can hold oxygen. All the medium is to hold up the plant. The growing comes from the nutrient solution and not the medium. Send us a picture if you are successful. 

Date:
23 Jul 2001
Time:
00:09:42

Comments

I'm new and have never done hydroponics. I'm thinking about buying a hydro garden to grow hot peppers with. How good do hot peppers grow this way and if I do get a garden do I need that rockwool stuff? Thanks!

Date:
23 Jul 2001
Time:
04:25:09

Comments

Re: Hot Peppers

You must visit http://www.hotpepperclub.homestead.com

This site has info on how to build your own hydroponic garden just for hot peppers.

tailwheel

Date:
23 Jul 2001
Time:
20:12:28

Comments

Ron, This is a great site you have, it has helped me a lot already, I am playing around with different systems, I built my first one out of a 45 gal plastic drum it works great, I am in the process of building the 11 plant one, such a simple idea and cheap to build!! good job, my question is this I have an Idea to build one using styrofoam do you know of any problems with this material, Thanks chris,calgary,canada

No

Date:
24 Jul 2001
Time:
06:15:01

Comments

Does anyone know if the hydroponic garden in Naples, New York, called "The Living Wall" still exists? Robert A. Rowe robertarowe@prodigy.net

Date:
25 Jul 2001
Time:
10:32:09

Comments

I am preparing to build a small indoor hydroponic garden.

I'm sure as I progress in this project I will have many questions, but 3 come to mind initially

First a little detail. I am planning this garden as a prototype for a future "off grid" garden. I will have electrical generating capability, but will have to be "careful" of electrical usage.

I want to be able to grow enough tomatoes for personal use 12 months out of the year. So the garden will be small, and needs to be energy efficient.

Q1. I have read that the primary growing mediums are various products that resemble small pebbles. How does the pumped nutrients rise up to the level of the small plants growing on top of the stomas (or do you pump the growing chamber so full of nutrients that the liquid reaches the top of the growing medium ?

Yes the water needs to rise high enough to wet the roots of the plants.

Q2. In order to minimize light requirements, is it appropriate to grow "arctic" varieties of tomatoes, or are they heavily compromised as to flavor and texture.

Hard to say. Some verities do taste better than others.

Q3. Since I want to minimize the use of electricity what would be the minimum wattage for an HPS (Or is there something better) light to bring 1 good tomato plant to good production during the winter?

I noticed Home Depot sells a 175 Watt HPS for $45.00. That would be my minimum for one tomato plant.

Thank you in advance for your time in helping out a beginner.

Regards, George Clay 1)

Date:
25 Jul 2001
Time:
19:37:42

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Can I get a copy of the 11 container garden directions? I will deplete my ink supply before I get it printed, one black-background page at a time. I'm afraid it won't be on the website before I get time to build it (hopefully this fall). Thanks, Alix alixnr@msn.com

As soon as I draw one up.

Date:
26 Jul 2001
Time:
10:49:11

Comments

what exactly is a bullet pipe with a vile on it and how exactly do you intend to grow plants hydroponically using this device??

Just like hanging up on some a-hole. poof he's gone.

Date:
27 Jul 2001
Time:
19:04:55

Comments

Ghost turd's!! not heard that one before, LOL, Ron, when I was refering to styro-foam I meant the whole system ?however I think you answered my question anyway, I built my proto-type pissed water through the small pores in the foam but looked great !back to the drawing board using denser foam I will supply photos when finished. chris

Date:
29 Jul 2001
Time:
11:44:32

Comments

Does anyone know a site with good instructions on how to construct your own aeroponic system?

Date:
30 Jul 2001
Time:
16:49:59

Comments

Hello,i built the 11 plant garden so that i can get fresh veggies this coming winter. Everything works great, accept i can't stop the 2liter caps from leakin'. I glued the 1in. pieces in and then the caps were glued in. I then tried the system completely assembled. Several of the caps leaked very slowly. Then i took the bottles off and applied glue around the whole thing, cap and all. I tried it again, waiting atleast 24hrs for drying time. They still leaked. So, then i put silicon around all of the caps, let dry, and they still leaked alittle. Yes i left the rubber gaskets in the caps. Do you think that maybe the plastic band around the bottle should be taken off, to allow the the bottle to seat better? Thank you for your plans for this garden and any imput you can give me! Jeff

Try 2-part epoxy or hot glue.

Date:
30 Jul 2001
Time:
19:10:42

Comments

Aeroponics I put up the free plans that I received from Blake http://the-locate-corner.com/bills.html

Date:
01 Aug 2001
Time:
00:01:54

Comments

how often do you leave the pump on your 11 plant garden. Thank You. Mister_Dan3

Between 10 to 30 minutes every hour or so depending on what kind of timer you have.

Date:
01 Aug 2001
Time:
01:38:30

Comments

what pressure pump should I use?

They are rated Gallon Per Hour (GPH) so depending on how high the garden is from the reservoir an 80 GPH on up to 350 GPH will work. You can use a flow control valve to cut down on the flow from a stronger pump. 

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