How to Grow Hydroponic Lettuce and Pak Choy / DIY Hydroponics
Grow lettuce and pak choy with hydroponics. Cool pool noodle hack used instead of a hydroponic cloning collar.We also use pieces of a hemp grow mat to cushion the gentle sprouts.
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I use hot water insulation form bought from Homedepot
It is more firm than pool noodle
Hi Mike, how do you sprout the Pak Choy and Lettuce using the sprouter tray?
Mike Yesterday I bought my first piece of downspout and enough holders to make 3 of your set ups. It has been hard to find 3 x 4 inch spout…any way couldn't find any pool noodles at this time of the year and happened upon one at a friends house. It was a big one and so I made my first kratky system in a mason jar, wrapped in a black sock (to keep out the light). Pushed the noodle into the jar top (which fit perfectly) so no need to cut it, then what to use to hold the little shoot in the hole? Well that same friend has sheep which were just sheared, there is no market for fleece now, with all that is going on, I just couldn't watch her throw it all away. Give it to me, I said. Think this might work, I am going to fill that hole with my little shoot wrapped in fleece. I will send you a picture of my project if i can find your email address. You are my favorite grower…wish we lived closer to each other. Eva from Oregon.
Hello! What medium should I use to germinate seeds that won't damage the roots when I pull them off when they're ready for translplant? TIA! 🙂
which fertilizers are u using for hydroponics?
Hi Mike, where do you get your Pak Choy Seeds? There are so many on Amazon it's a bit overwhelming…
Does it matter how you sprout the seeds for pan choi? I live in a very small apartment in the city and wonder if I can sprout the seeds in a mason jar, I'm a first time gardener and one of the awesome's who bought your drain spout garden!
Mike, how much sun are these getting?
im in north FL
mike can i grow pak choy in my green house with shade cloth the ends are all screend in ?
What to do if your pool noodle dosnt have a hole in the middle?
Mike I also live in a warm/hot climate in Texas. What can I plant this time of year and expect success?
In my country the pool noodle is scarce, so I found that isolation for heating pipes works fine, and it's even cheaper 🙂
Can this method be use if i am planting in tote storage bid with lid???
Cool video, new subscriber 🙂
Hi Mike how many inches thick the pool noodles to be cut. thanks
how do you set up the rain gutter down spouts for the hydroponics?
So what do you do about adding oxygen.. do you aerate every channel
I like using neoprene pipe insulation. Doesn't leak light.
instead of hemp mat, can you use blue paper towel. is it cheaper?
Thanks for your great videos Mike! How would I go about using kratky pool noodles with a seedlings in rockwool cubes?
You can also get larger Pool Noodles and cut a 2 inch hole in the middle. Then just put the plants you started in Net Cups into the Pool Noodle then put the Pool Noodle into the Aquaponic system. This cuts down greatly on plant transplant shock! The Pool Noodles will float in a Aquaponic tray and will spread out as the plants get bigger. Works fantastic for lettuce plants. And to save even more money, use a strip of Polyester Fiber rolled up into the Net Cup. Perfect fit with a hole in the middle for the lettuce seed.
Whew!! Now it makes sense!!🌱👌💨💞
I like that setup. Thank you for the idea. Gonna give it a try this week
That's a great idea thanks for sharing
Mike, do you have a video showing how to make the wooden rack that you use to support your raingutters and what size lumber do you use? Thanks
what about something like that for seeds
Pool noodles not eco friendly :/
Hi mike, how do youdeal with heat from the sun warming up the solution?
I bought 100 little sponges for little net cups. Those will work excellent in the pool noodles. Super soft
The 4 legged critters, can easily crawl up wood and those concrete mason blocks. So.. I used 15" tall buckets as the base. The slippery surface makes fairly difficult for them to climb. Not 100% effective, but pretty darn good – rofl. Depending on the air temp where you're at.. it's possible the static nutrient fluids may evap too quickly.. (more so in summer)…so I used a much smaller hole (1") and placed a hole at the very end of the spouts, and put a cork in it. I could monitor fluid level and quickly refill if needed. Hobby Lobby sells corks in a bag.. pretty cheap…or hit your friends up to save them from their champagne or wine bottles. You could also make a simple floating fluid level from a wooding skewer & piece of foam or cork.
What's wrong with foam
Great Video ….cleared my confusion…thanks
What is the size of the pool noodles you use? I am trying to order some and it comes in 3.8*150cm and 6X150 cm ?
When I started using pool noodles, more than half of my seedlings would die, even though there was a tiny hole as you suggest.
So I bought a huge bag of loft insulation rockwool for the equivalent of $20 that will last for hundreds of thousands of seedlings.
I wrapped each seedling in a little bit of rockwool like you have done with hemp mat.
It worked well, but the plant didn’t have any stability when it grew bigger.
I now cut my pool noodles in half (to about 1cm thick), and use pool noodle middle with no rockwool any get 100% success rate.
I use the rockwool for growing micro green peas and it works a treat.
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Cheers for your videos👍🏻
I'm so looking forward to trying this.
You're a good man. Thank you for sharing 👍🏻