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Front yard hydroponics
Trying a new bed this year in our front yard of 8 deep water culture hydroponic buckets all looped back to a common reservoir system. This is a riff on Bio-bucket farming from the THC heavy crowd. So 8 5-gallon buckets with net pots in them with hydroton balls in the pots. I was late getting it all finished so I just used tomato seedlings in soil from the supermarket to get it all started. The buckets are fed by a distribution manifold, seen on the left of the image, powered by a 500 GPH pump in the reservoir. The water is forced to the bottom of the buckets, then rises and flows out into the drainage manifold, the white pipe on the right. It then circulates back to the reservoir where it falls a foot or so, then splashes down. This splashing action helps to aerate the water and improve oxygenation for the plant roots. Currently running vegetative nutrients at about 1000 ppm, which I test with a dissolved solids meter. The plants grown in here are about 5 times bigger then the control group planted in soil in the adjacent bed after less then 3 weeks. Late but catching up, we'll see how it goes. Far more water efficient than soil so far.

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