Posted by: grandma | November 16, 2007

Growing Methods

From hydroponics.com 

There is basically five growing methods. This is the hardest part of Aquaponics, deciding which system to use 

Nutrient Film Technique: The nutrient is fed into grow tubes where the roots draw it up. The fish water is pumped into a 5” pvc drain pipe.  Holes drilled approximated 1 7/8” in diameter (the plants are put into net pots inside the holes).

Drip-Irrigation or Micro-Irrigation: The nutrient solution is delivered to the plants through drip emitters on a timed system.

Aeroponics / Deep Water Culture: The Plant roots are suspended in highly oxygenated nutrient solution.

Flood & Drain: The plant medium and roots are soaked, and then drained at specific intervals.

Passive Planters or Self Watering Wicks: A porous growing medium to support plant roots, the plants in the nutrient solution at all times. The plant takes as much or as little water as they want.

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Responses

  1. Which growing method do you recommend?

  2. Mike,
    I am using the Aeropnics/ Deep water culture (where the plant roots are suspended in a highly oxgenated fish water). I am axious to try the flood and drain method (where the plant medium and roots are soaked, and then drained at specific intervals). My Australian mates and Barrel-ponics use these methods. the vegetables look outstanding. But mine looking pretty good also.

    I will not know which one I like best untill I try them both. But these to look to be my favorit.

    Thanks for the Q

  3. I am looking to build an aeroponics system and i was wondering what the heck is up with foggers? They seem to be either 50 cents from a hardware store or 50 dollars from a website? what is the difference and is it worth it?

  4. Honestly, I havent had any exsperance with them. you’ll have to let me know how it works out


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