Dutch Buckets - Hydroponics

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  1. Letsgokate

    Letsgokate Valued Member Premium Member GOLD

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    As mentioned previously with hubby health issues and me having to take most of the load around the place I had a break from growing veggies for the year.

    Just now getting back into it but his health issue made me realise I need to find easier and simpler way of doing things. Less back breaking and less turning and topping up soil in beds.

    So I’ve developed an interest in hydroponics. There are several different ways to do Hydroponics, I’ve started a couple with more plans down the track, which I’ll share along the way.

    Just completed my dutch bucket setup, this is a video on the process of building it. So far it’s all going really well and have seen a lot of growth.

    I only have 6 plants started at the moment and will add a few more soon but with us going into our hot weather, I won’t fill the whole system up. I have tomatoes, capsicum and cucumber growing.

     
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    Hi Kate, welcome back. I hope all is as well as can be.

    Your dutch bucket setup looks great. I'll enjoy following the progress.

    For people whose browser doesn't accommodate HTML5 just tap on Kate's link "My Gardening Channel" under each of her posts.


    In the very early 1990s when I was preparing to leave the army, I decided on hydroponics to grow parsley for a supermarket chain.
    I had an acre of waist height grow beds filled with perlite and vermiculite, each 20m long by 1.5m wide and divided into 7sections with grow plastic tunnels over them.
    Then I had a military related accident in a truck which left me unable to walk for a xouple of years so I had to let the hydroponics go.
    But during the years I had it running, I learned so much and thoroughly enjoyed the whole process.
    Things have come a long way in the industry since then too.
    I'd love to know where you got the pallets from. I tried to get similar last year but ended up with ones that have big holes in them.
     
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    Letsgokate Valued Member Premium Member GOLD

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    Wow I think you must have done just about every variant of veggie gardening there is :D

    We were given a hydroponics setup 30 years ago but wasn’t interested at the time, young kids and all. But always found it fascinating.

    Bit over shoveling dirt, not the arms but the back feels it, as we all do as we get older.

    I’ve done a lot of research and hydroponics seems to use less water per plant and from my estimation cost less, once you are setup of course but time will tell.

    I found the pallets on gumtree from a guy down in Ipswich. Keep your eye on Gumtree as they come up from time to time. We are using them for all sorts of things. We have termites here so didn’t want timber one.
     

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