Monday, May 17, 2010

Food Grade

Okay, if you insist on getting a food grade bucket online, you can go to Brushy Mountain Bee Farm and order a 5 gallon bucket here.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Step One

Okay, go out and buy a 5 gallon bucket with straight sides, that is, one where the circumference doesn't substantially decrease from the top to the bottom. You can get a 5 gallon bucket at most building superstores, such as Home Depot or Lowe's, or you can go to a restaurant supply place and get one. Keep in mind that you are looking for a bucket that is opaque to protect your nutrient solution from light so as to prevent the growth of algae. If you can't find an opaque bucket you can fashion a light cover later with duct tape and corrugated cardboard or paint or however you decide to do it.

I'll wait.

Friday, April 30, 2010

It's not magic

Hydroponic gardening can be a fascinating hobby, but taking one's first steps can be difficult because of the amazing amount of information available. One of the difficulties with the flood of information is that a lot of it is provided by purveyors of equipment and supplies. Another problem with the plethora of information is that there are gaps - sort of like steps missing in a recipe.

Before you go and spend hundreds of dollars on equipment you don't necessarily understand, I would like to show you a very simple setup that you can start out with, not too expensive. You will be amazed how much you can learn just by assembling the components. I will not overload you with technical detail, because one of the things I have discovered is that perfection is not required. For technical detail there are plenty of other websites.

I will take it step by step, because that's how you do it. I will try to be explicit and clear and will be grateful for comments where I have failed in this regard.

I use my system for culinary herbs, so most of the information I have will be applicable to the specific herbs I am growing, but much of it will be applicable to other plants as well.

As a preview, I will tell you that I will be putting together a 5 gallon bucket raft system. Don't go out and buy a 5 gallon bucket yet. There's more you will want to know before you spend a penny.