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After reading all the good stories here, and JessiJordon's enthusiasm, I'm now totally inspired to try different things in addition to my AG's. 

This is my new bubbler system.  A black 5 gallon bucket,  a  cover imbedded with a 12" mesh basket. A length of tubing attached to an airstone on one end and the simple aquairium pump on the other end.  Will be using Peat's formulas to feed.  I expect to change the water every 2-4 weeks.  Anyone have any advice on that?  

I'll be using a 2 bulb shop light on chains, to start, adding another if the plants start to stretch to the light.  I plan 2 buckets with cucumbers, and 2 with bell peppers.  My AG's will have herbs, salad greens/lettuce, mild jalapeno peppers, ruby toms, and cherry toms, and probably piri piri peppers.  

Any advice anyone?  This is my first try at hydroponics, and I can use any help I can get!  lol  

 

Will post pictures as soon as I learn  how.  Help!!!!

 

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Orlando Jude (not verified)
Well I've decided to start

Well I've decided to start new plants when the older ones are ready for harvest.  My research reveals that veggies are ready to harvest anywhere from 60 to 90 days.  My memory says they produce from 2 to 4 months.  (outside)  Therefore, I'll follow the above schedule and see what happens.  I'm behind on cucumbers and will have to plant right away, since I've been  harvesting for about a month now.  I'm playing with the idea of planting a couple in Topsy turvy planters since I'm out of room in my aero setup.   hmmmmmm   Will have to plan better when original cukes, etc are done.



 

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That's a neat little grower,

That's a neat little grower, looking forward to seeing this in action - it keeps the plants away from all the slugs etc that would feast on it.

 

Orlando Jude (not verified)
I'd be more concerned with

I'd be more concerned with how much sun it gets than how high to hang it.  You can always tie up long vines, or trellis them, but you can't move the sun.  And don't forget, you have to be able to reach the top of it to water. 

Y'all have a better chance of getting toms right now.  This is not a good time for FL.  I'm hoping mine will bear fruit in spite of the heat.  But it's fun trying anyway!

Enjoy!

 

 

 

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I bought my Mom one of these

I bought my Mom one of these at BB&B to give to her along with the mini-greenhouse and some other stuff.  She had not planted it yet.  The way I figure it, the best place for her to hang it is on the patio frame to the left of the stairs going down to her backyard.  The opening spack below the middle support frame might just be big enough and the rest can hang down over the other small patch of garden growing lettuce.

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Judith - the "4 of 4 images"

Judith - the "4 of 4 images" thing isn't due to how they were added, so much as that they happen to be on the same page. Since it's bothering you, I'll remove the lightboxes from them and try not to post pictures in your growlog again...

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jessijordan (not verified)
wow! topsy turvy! It looks

wow! topsy turvy! It looks greeeeeat Judith! I cant wait to some tomatoes on there!

 

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I'm short too. 5' 2.5"

Orlando Jude (not verified)
Re pictures:  It makes it

Re pictures:  It makes it look like they belong to me.  Any way to fix it?  I thought it would pick up only my albums.  If I didn't use that, would I use the original way of inserting a pic?  Thru the editor?  

 

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Ah, you're shorter than me!

Ah, you're shorter than me! (I'm 5'2".) Alas, the deck I'd be hanging it from is... I dunno. 10'? I might get ambitious. I've already got 4 tomato plants going though - might get ambitious with another zucchini or cuke instead.

Thanks for all the detail!

P.S. On the lightboxer "image 4 of 4" thing? I coded the lightboxer to traverse all the pictures on a page by default. Numbers 1 and 2 are from one of my comments upstream re cloned pansies in an AG. I could delete the post if it's really bothering you. But that's how lightboxer always works.

 

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I'm really short too.  5'.  I

I'm really short too.  5'.  I used a bird feeder pole to hang it on, and I chose to put it slightly above my head for the same reasons you state.  I have to be able to insert the hose in the top to water.  I figure if it gets to long I'll gently attach a line or two and guide it back to the upper part of the pole. Could also use a trellis beside it if needed.  All I know is I absolutely didn't want to plant it in the ground.

The very top is an open hole, bigger than my fist.  I'll be adding more miracle grow and watering it thru there.  You can't over water because all excess drains out on it's own, so our famous Florida rains every day is no concern at all.  I just check to be sure it's got enough water.  If I need to water, easy enough, -- when if flows out the bottom I'm done watering.  :-)   

I'm trying to post a closeup picture of the box, but it won't show up in the lighboxer. Is the other way of inserting a picture still working?   I'll shut this down then bring it up again to try it again.  In any case, the top gray parts are in 2 pieces.  The one around the rim of the bag, and the other one fits on top of that.  It comes with a hanger on a swivel, and a screw hook you could use to hang it from a 'ceiling' or 'rafter'.  I added S hooks to hang if from the pole.      This picture is from the box and shows water being poured in from the top. My only caution is --- get a small tomato plant because the bottom hole is small.  I had to insert my plants from the top, taking great care not to break it while inserting it through the bottome hole. Was difficult.  You then place a piece of foam (included) around the stem, which keeps the soil  and plant from falling out. You then fill it with soil.  I've only got it 1/2 full right now.  I think I'll be able to fill it the rest of the way tomorrow.  They recommend no closer than 1 inch from the top.  The last step is to 'seat' the two gray pieces, water, and you're done.

It gets hot here fast, so I might be to late, but I really wanted to try it.  If it doesn't work right now, I'll try again in the fall/winter.

Try it.  Your weather is about perfect to start it now.  I got mine from Bed, Bath & Beyond, with coupon, $7.99 ea.

Enjoy! 

  ps:  images 1 & 2 are NOT mine!  how do I get rid of them?

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Ooh, thanks for posting that

Ooh, thanks for posting that picture, Judith. I've been curious about those, and wondering about hanging one from my deck.

About how much water does it hold at the top? Is there a screw-on lid on top?

I ask because I'm really very short... Might be hard for me to water if I hang from my deck unless I put it down so low the plant no longer has room to grow.

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