Pool Noodle Hydroponics | Pak Choy | DIY Hydroponics

Pool Noodle Hydroponics | Pak Choy | DIY Hydroponics

Here is one of the crops I am trying to grow through this Summer heat, Pak choy or pak choi. We got it to germinate and transplanted it into the gutter garden with the pool noodle. Awesome pool noodle hack, lol. Stay tuned for updates as these grow and hopefully don’t bolt too soon.

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  1. Hi mike
    Do you remove the centre inserts as the plant grows? I was thinking the small opening might inhibit the plants growth.
    Thanks for helping a lot of people become interested in inexpensive hydroponics.

  2. Thank you so much for the videos. This is my first year trying hydroponics and your videos have helped me immensely. I’ve just got a couple questions for you. Do you put multiple sprouts in each pool noodle? And how do you eat your pak Choy? I don’t really know what to do with mine.

  3. Thanks for your videos. I have a question about your downspout bok choi. I see in some videos you have downspouts on your porch. in others you have a nifty ladder style wooden structure leaning against the house for them to sit upon. My question is about cover. It looks like your downspouts are protected from incidental rains, is that correct?. Are any of your spouts out where the plants can get rained on? The reason I ask is that my porch is too shaded and they weren't growing well, so now mine are kinda out in the open. That wasn't a problem till we got a lot of rain recently and despite my pool noodle rings being quite snug against the plants growing stems I believe some rainwater got into the down-spout.
    Some of the plants are near harvest so it's not a big deal for them but for the ones still growing, I fear the solution may now be too diluted. How would you "remedy" this? would you dump the existing water and add freshly measured nutrient solution? would you place the still growing plants undercover so it can't be rained on at all? would you just add solution concentrate to try to balance it?

    I'm having a similar issue with one of my 5 gallon buckets. My bigger tomato plants in buckets have a thick canopy of leaves that deflected the rain from the hole, but my newer plant with smaller leaves got flooded. A drain hole would keep it from flooding but then I'd also lose nutrient solution every time it rains. For this, I'm thinking of making a "rain cone" of sorts around the stem to keep rain from pooling and entering the central hole until it can grow more canopy. Wish me luck on that solution! 🙂

  4. Interesting video! Starting to look into hydrophonics and came across your videos. Do you worry about the color of the pool noodle or any microplastic getting into the plants as a result?

  5. Looking good Mike 👍 Hope y'all are doing well and that storm has missed ya. The weather this year sure has been something. Looking forward in receiving those food-grade grow containers. I believe they have shipped and should arrive soon 🤗 I'm headed down south past your way to get some R&R before I lose my mind of all that's going on 😩 This girl needs to recharge, Lol 🏖️ 🌊
    Y'all stay safe and have a wonderful week! 😎🌞

  6. Is this just regular water in the aquarium or a mixture of growing solution? What exact pebbles or growing stones are those? Is there a video of complete details making this setup? Thank you.

  7. I tried this "Pool Noodle" hydroponics this year. Great having a constant supply of lettuce, spinach, and Swiss chard. No weeding and 5 minutes of once a month "watering/feeding".

    I'll be trying a bit of everything next year…from tomatoes to squash…maybe even some corn.

    I'm going to get some more LED grow lights and bring the lettuce – spinach – swiss chard indoors over the winter.