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rutee07
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Has anyone tried hydroponics as a hobby?

I'm thinking it might be a good automation project. Maybe start with something to monitor the water and nutrient levels first. If all is well and I find the components I need during this lockdown, create something to adjust those on its own. I know there are already systems that do that but they are expensive and I would rather learn how to do it on my own. My brain is dead, it needs some resurrection.

I live in a high rise building and my plants live only a few weeks before getting uprooted by the wind (I still need to do something about this or keep the plants inside). I'm also concerned about soil getting into my neighbors' balconies. I'd rather bury them alive myself. No plant of mine is gonna steal my thunder.

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    I have not, but I'm interested! It sounds better than doing it in Minecraft
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    I looked into it too, but had to shift countries to study before I could get anywhere with it. I'd love to have a garden of my own, whether it's hydroponic or ye olde soil. Back at home we maintain a rooftop garden, satisfying as fuck.

    Thanks for reminding me actually, I don't have access to ye olde soil here so I might go for hydroponics.
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    @Jilano Haha. I actually looked for mods that have hydroponics in it so I can do it in-game first. :D
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    @RememberMe Yeah, it's weird, the store I used to buy soil from have fertilizers and seeds but no more soil. Guess they needed all of it for the corpses.

    The good thing is I found plenty of small hydroponics kits online that can be delivered in my area. I found some for less than $20. The nutrients are available too.

    Gardening is so satisfying especially when you start with seeds and they start flowering and shit like that. It would be nice to have even just a small one that produces enough vegetables for your favorite dish.
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    Try it. It's fun
  • 5
    do some research into samsung led grow light kits and maybe doing hydroponics with coconut husk peat

    And get a grow tent and carbon air filter for the weed smell
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    @heyheni Thanks. I am looking into some grow tents now. What kinds of vegetables are you growing?
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    @rutee07 Do share your findings!
  • 4
    @rutee07 none really, that's knowledge when i was stupid and spent nights on youtube dreaming of growing some big bud for cash. 😆
    https://leafly.com/strains/big-bud/

    At the moment i successfuly keep a super market bought spring onion alive for 6 weeks in a glass of water. And i'm sprouting a potato also in glass of water.

    Most of hydroponics equipment can be bought on AliExpress.
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    @heyheni Oh, cannabis. Lol. I would grow some if I moved somewhere it's legal. Unfortunately, it's very strict here. :D
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    Lately i read of a low budget self 3d print grow cabin. Modular and all such stuff.
    There should be a lot of blueprints on maker forums.
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    @scor I don't have a 3D printer, unfortunately.
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    @rutee07 No cannabis, no 3D printer... Dude, at least try to do something right!
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    @Jilano Does this count?
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    @rutee07 Paige, nuh!
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    @rutee07
    Is that the 'Fornicable' everybody is talking to me about?
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    @scor It's a tool you use to literally destroy someone's ass or pussy.
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    I’ve been wanting to get into hydroponics for a long time but I can never find time.
    One method is: You’ll need seeds, rockwool and a “mini greenhouse” of some sort for germination, you soak the seeds and then you move the plant in a special bucket with holes within another bucket, nutrients... maybe a water pump, grow light... oh man, it can get expensive.
    I suggest you start with 1-2 small, easy to grow plants and also check out hydroponics.com, hydroponics.eu, amazon for supplies and youtube for tutorials.

    Now, if you want monitoring there’s a crapload of stuff you can do. instructables.com has a lot of projects.
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    @Pelvis-Fresley I love your name. I found a whole kit for less than $20, some good reviews too. It has 6 holes then there's a small cheap tray with a cover on it for germination.
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    led grow lights so your power bill dpesntget your door broken down by the alphabet bois for growing fucking TOMATOS indoors.

    makes for an easy pay out from the city though!
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    If you can get you hands on a minimal amount of soil, a wick system works really well and is really low maintenance. I attempted strictly hydro once but could never seem to get the formula right. Plants would never stand up, they just floated out across the water.

    I was attempting to mix my own solution though, our co-ops don't carry anything for hydro and I was a little paranoid about trying to order something at the time.

    @Wisecrack if you get grow lights you have to check and make sure they're the right spectrum for the crops your trying to grow. Sometimes they won't be.
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    @M1sf3t How were they floating? Sounds like something was wrong with the setup. The most common practice is to feed the roots through a bucket with holes and put clay pebbles around the plant so it stays still. Some people just put the rockwool with the plant in the bucket.
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    Jeb Gardener has a great youtube chanel about hydroponic gardening.

    https://youtube.com/channel/...
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    @rutee07 Haha thanks! Oh, right on then! I’m so jealous, I’ve made lists of stuff to buy... now all I need is time and money :/
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    @Pelvis-Fresley i didn't mean the whole plant, i meant as it grew it stretched out like a vine which left most everything but the roots floating.
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    @M1sf3t Good to know about the spectrum on the grow lights. I just ordered a box with six holes and some net cups. The small slits are supposed to keep the plants in place but I heard you should put up some sticks like little ladders to support the plants if it's somethinf that can grow bigger like tomatoes.

    What did you plant? I want to start with some cherry tomatoes.
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    @heyheni Thanks, man. I'll check it out.
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    @rutee07 ill just let you use your imagination.
  • 0
    @M1sf3t I guess you're growing organic alien pussies.
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    I recommend you to watch all videos from this lady if you plan to make DIY installation.

    https://youtu.be/dxvamSdJECc
    https://youtu.be/tUYs0pI1a3o
    https://youtu.be/WpaeZLr0ZP0

    And there is more from her.

    This is best I could find. I experimented with it a little. Grow some lettuce and it was ok.

    There is also aquaponic.

    I plan to make real installation in my new flat.
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    IS THAT ILLEGAL????????????
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    PS: great idea
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    I received the package. I'm gonna see how it works and what I can tweak in a few weeks after I transplant the nursery plants.
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    Includes:
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    Stuff.
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    But before this arrived, I also tried the typical sponge you can buy for dishwashing, lol. I grabbed a Scotch Brite, cut it into cubes, poked a hole in the middle, soaked them in water, drained them a bit, put a couple of seeds in the hole, and left them. I see roots coming out in less than a week. These are cherry tomatoes.
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    Cut my life into pieces. This is my last resort.

    So I think most can be replaced with recycled crap. Not sure how to DIY the other tools but I will observe them first then experiment.
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    @rutee07 Looks interesting! Thanks for the update
    So, when will you start exporting your products?
  • 2
    @Jilano Products of unplanned pregnancy? But I already exported youuuu! What products?
  • 2
    @rutee07 I dooooooooon't knooooow! You tell meeeeee!
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    @rutee07 bro im on my 2nd seed tray and only got ONE sprout (tomato or pepper i think).
    what the hell did you do?
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    @Wisecrack Just the directions I mentioned above and kept the sponges moist. Also, I added at least four seeds per cube since not all of them are guaranteed to sprout. The other batch, I soaked the seeds in water first. We'll see how those perform.
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    @rutee07 I thought they needed things like nitrogen from soil to grow?
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    @Wisecrack During germination, they only need to be moist until the seeds start developing roots and sprouting a few leaves. Here's some stuff I read about this: https://ruralsprout.com/germinate-s...

    But I will not keep them like this. From what I read, they need to be transplanted as soon as they develop enough roots and a few leaves. That's when I would transfer them to the hydroponics box I bought and add water mixed with nutrients solution.

    This is the solution I bought:
    https://lazada.com.ph/products/...

    I'm not in that stage yet though, gonna wait a few more days. :D
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    @rutee07 i wish you and your plants all the luck in the world.
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    @Wisecrack They said thank you. :3
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    I transferred the ones with leaves now. We'll see what happens.
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    Here they are now. I've been putting some fake grass on my balcony so they feel more at home, also so I can sit somewhere with them and get some sun.
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    The air pump that came with the system is noisy as fuck and broke immediately. I expected it to be noisy but I did not expect it to be THAT noisy, I can feel the walls vibrate. I found this item instead, I can barely hear it and it does the same job.

    https://shopee.ph/product/...

    While I was waiting for my order, I researched about the Kratky method where you don't need an air stone, you just adjust the water so the roots can breathe.

    https://university.upstartfarmers.com/...

    But I'm sticking to the air stone.
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    They were sad for a while without the air stone but they are recovering now.
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