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Old 12-27-2015, 05:21 AM   #1
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Default Hydroponics: A farming revolution

""Hydroponic is done exclusively in water” he said."

"Hydroponic farming, growing plants indoors, without soil, originated more than 60 years ago, but it was only recently the practice took off"
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I read the US government got into hydroponics right after WW2. The occupying troops on some of the Japanese Islands were getting ill from eating local produce grown in the ground that had high levels of (night earth)human waste. It cost less to build hydroponic farms than to fly fresh produce to them. There is a WormsWay hydro store in Kentucky near the Greater Cincinnati Airport. I checked it out in 2003.
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""Hydroponic is done exclusively in water” he said."

"Hydroponic farming, growing plants indoors, without soil, originated more than 60 years ago, but it was only recently the practice took off"
http://www.fox5ny.com/news/62762241-story
I know several people that practice hydroponic propagation.
The biggest problem with the produce is the lack of trace minerals.
Some have addressed this problem, others are simply cosmetic producers of the product that is low in real nutrition.
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I wonder if they can add the nutrients in liquid fertilizer form too the water ? They reuse the water which would be ideal for drought A.O.s..
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I wonder if they can add the nutrients in liquid fertilizer form too the water ? They reuse the water which would be ideal for drought A.O.s..
Yes, there are formulations for trace minerals, but they are expensive.
The alternative is 'compost tea' with a faster circulation system.
I used that method, many years ago, after I was told it wouldn't work.
Proved otherwise.

The 'consensus' was that too much algae would grow, not true.

Oh well, those days of 'gardening' are long gone, wish they were not.
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I've never done a hydroponic grow. I don't like grocery purchases. Can't ay it's not an option.?
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You have to be very careful buying Hydroponic Growing Systems. I read where a former CIA guy & his family were raided by police thinking they were setting up to grow weed.

They bought it for their sons school science fair & it was meant for growing tomatoes. After the cops failed to find weed growing they tore up the house looking for personal use weed!
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I ran a loop system on a timer back in 2003/4 using two pumps in my 20 gallon reservoir. I built my own Water Farm system with a few of my own modifications. My system used two pumps.
One would push the nutrient (tea) to my dripper rings at the base of the plants. The second pump would suck the nutrient back to the reservoir. I used the little baked clay balls that looked like coco puffs instead of dirt. My water farm units were made from 4 gal square plastic buckets.The grow bucket was cut in half and the bottom part was dropped into the top and secured with a alu rivet. The grow bucket was then placed inside a full size bucket that had a hole drilled on the bottom side to hold a 1"rubber grommets that held the 1/2" T and L fittings. I used dark blue 1/2"ID hose to suck the tea back to my res, and 1/4" od poly tubing as my feed lines. I had a ph meter and a nutrient meter to keep the tomatos happy. I retired from hydroponics when the Feds invaded Canada and took Marc Emerys servers.
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