I recently became very interested in Hydroponic vegetable gardening after one of my neighbors introduced it to me last year. A hydroponic garden uses no soil, only water and nutrients which makes it completely organic. There are also many advantages to hydroponic gardening such being able to produce a lot of food in just a small location. Plants grown via this method tend are much healthier which makes them better for you.
This is my first real venture into any kind of gardening and I must admit that I have already made many mistakes. But I am leaning from them and am getting wiser.
The video below shows my basic set up. I am using the “Dutch Bucket” system. Basically you have a reservoir at one end with the water and nutrients (fertilizer). A pump in the reservoir sends the water through a small supply hose to each Dutch Bucket. Each Dutch Bucket has an opening one side near the bottom that allows the nutrient rich water to drain into a return pipe and back into the reservoir. Water and nutrients are added as needed.
The video below was taken on 15 March 2015. Within the next day or two I put my first tomato plants in. Big mistake! The next few days we got frost and all the plants died.
I then learned from my neighbor, who is an actual farmer, that I should cover the tomatoes. Hmmm, I thought, great….more expenses. So I figured I would wait until April and try again. In the mean time I was lucky and was able to get a small plastic greenhouse which would cover all four plants. I put up the greenhouse and then that weekend we experienced hurricane force winds!! Well the greenhouse almost blew away but I was able to save it with some duct tape and parachute cord.
So….come mid April and I decide to give it another try. Bought three tomato plants and put them in the Dutch Buckets. Two days later we get a strong freeze and the plants completely froze!! At this point I decided to give up until at least May and watch the weather forecast to insure we would not have any more frosty mornings.
So please enjoy the video below and I will try to provide updates via posts and videos to keep you up to date. I will also provide pointers and lessons learned so that anyone else wanting to give hydroponic gardening a try.