Hydroponics - Main Index
We have been interested in hydroponics for a number of years. Below
are links to some of our research, and what we've learned thus far.
Housing in the 21st Century (1996)
A paper Patrick presented at the 17th Annual Conference of the
Hydroponics Society of
- Our first setup (1997)
Built on our back deck in Boulder Creek, CA. Non-organic, but with
an incredibly good yeild that we've yet to match.
Our second setup (1998)
Wherein we build our geodesic greenhouse at our new geodesic
house, and learn about
the necessesity of
proper ventilation and water flow. The greenhouse survived,
but I think only 2 plants made it through that summer. :-(
- Our third setup (1999-2000)
An expanded greenhouse, automated vents, solar powered fans,
computer controlled automated watering system, recycling organic aquaponic
nutrient supply...the works. Unfortunately we don't have many pictures
of the inside during this phase. The nutrient balance from the fish-barrel
also was not quite right for the plants' needs, so we ended up with
somewhat scrawny/spindly plants and/or stunted growth, yellowed leaves,
- Our fourth setup (Winter, 2000-2001)
New improvements to the greenhouse, an all-new hydro system,
balanced, commercially available (organic) nutrients, and a much
more positive outlook from our first crops.
- Episode 2001 - Attack of the
...Wherein we find our heroes doing all manner of Silly Things
to try and save their plants from utter devastation at the hands
of The Woodrats...
- Episode 2002 - A New Hope...
...Wherein our heroes re-engineer the greenhouse to resist
Our first really good tomato harvest and first 2-year old
Expansion into a second greenhouse, and more 2-year old plants.
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