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Hi Friends,

 

This is the Urban Gardener-UG (courtesy GG)and have been thinking of an activity that really helps me discover myself. Well just hit gg.in and didn't expect to be hooked on to it so fast. Located in the southern part of Delhi and don't have ample space but thought of converting the terrace of my 1st Floor Appartment (about 400 sqft) into a hydroponic garden and it has come out real well, would be uploading the pics soon. It is a great passtime and had to initially swap it with my T.V time but nature is addictive, so beware.

 

Love to see all of the plants respond so beautifully and become a part of my daily life. Trying hand's on Hydroponics (Drip and DWC) with various types of Tomatoes and just started with the srawberries.

 

The family and friends think I have lost it but I know I have found what I was always looking for (Thanks GG). 

 

Want to try and help other Urban Farmer bro's  like me to be able to own your private kitchen garden with fresh supplies of veggies and fruits all year round. Happy Growing !

 

Urban Gardener (UG) 

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Hi Friends,

 

Thought of sharing a few pix of my terrace hydroponics setup to prompt a few.

 

Link :   http://picasaweb.google.com/11.....directlink

 

Happy Growing !

UG

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Hi Srikanth,

I think GG had made holes on the sides of the Growbags (about an inch from the bottom). I am not sure since I did not have a chance to try out the growbags but I think  it is possible to connect a pipe nozzle to the growbags and use silicon as a sealent to prevent any leakage.

 

The cocopeat in the pots is exposed as the setup is barely 2 weeks old but I am googling the best way to cover them up(they are doing good as of now). I don't have any NS evapouration issue as the weather is pretty supportive due to the onset of winter. The pH is increasing in 3-4 days time while the EC is constant, I believe the plants are taking a lot of salts causing an increase in pH.

 

Yes I feel I am overcrowding the plants but that's what I have to do as I have been struggling with so many issues in absense of a greenhouse like LCV,aphids,leaf miners,mealy bugs,caterpillars and spidermites to name a few and lost a number of good plants to them. Now the garden has fairly stabalized and would be thinning to a plant per pot in the coming weeks(So have no choice but to go as per your suggestion).

Got different strawberry runners from various nurseries after a lot of hunting(still trying to source the best varieties ) but Delhi doesn't seem keen on growing strawberries and the nurseries won't know the variety besides the fact that they are being sourced from Pune.

 

Yes !  I am using the same NS for both  plants  as well as in DWC and they don't seem to mind at all.

 

Happy Growing !

UG

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Hi Srikanth,

 

You can totally add a drain nozzle to the growbag and add a tank nipple or a PVC take out lead nozzle. Just make sure you don't give lots of wear to the joint.  In my previous setup, the black polythene made the job so much easier. I can keep any kind of pot and still have all the water drain into the reservoir.

 

Ashish, Awesome setup!.

GG

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Hi GG,

 

Was there any particular reason why you chose to have the drain holes on the sides  (1" above the bottom) rather than under the growbag? Do you think having a drain right under the growbag would remove the NS too quickly?

 

Thanks,

Srikanth

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Urban Gardener said:

Hi Srikanth,

The cocopeat in the pots is exposed as the setup is barely 2 weeks old but I am googling the best way to cover them up(they are doing good as of now). I don't have any NS evapouration issue as the weather is pretty supportive due to the onset of winter.

 

Happy Growing !

UG


Hi UG,

 

Did you try using black polythene or thermocoal? I have used polythene sheets earlier and it has reduced surface evaporation a lot. Looking at your beautiful setup you probably want something neat!

 

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Hi Srikanth,

 

Thanks for the boost and yes I am working on the thermocol cover. Trying to cut a circular 1/2" thermocol sheet of pot's dia then cutting the circular part till centre (about the radius size) to fit in the stem.

 

I am not too sure if this is going to work and if  thermocol is the right choice hence the delay.

 

Happy Growing!

UG

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Hi GG,

 

Thanks for the comments. You are the mentor as I was not ready to give up because of non availability of growbags and you

 pulled me through.

 

Happy Growing !

UG

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Srikanth said:

Hi GG,

 

Was there any particular reason why you chose to have the drain holes on the sides  (1" above the bottom) rather than under the growbag? Do you think having a drain right under the growbag would remove the NS too quickly?

 

Thanks,

Srikanth


The main reason was, frequent long power cuts. My experience with pots that have drain holes in the bottom proved to be a pain. Every morning I see them dropping due to lack of water. Hence thought of leaving an inch below the drain so that there is some water in case of power cuts. You wont believe, power used to be cut the [~9 to ~4] on wednesdays and saturdays. Because the irrigation is done every 3 hours for 15 mins, there no problem of stagnation (lack of oxygen).

Yes, The drain under the grow bag will remove quickly. Let say there is a drain right under the plant.Then the water goes straight to the drain without having wetted all the parts of the grow bag. Hence I made that choice.

If you don't have power cut problems. Drain holes in the bottom is fine.

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Hi UG,

 

How much did the 1/2" nozzle (the yellow one connecting your drain pipe and pot) and the 1/2" Blue Tee joint cost? What brand are they? Did you get them from Drip irrigation suppliers?

 

I am struggling to figure how I will be able to fix the nozzle to a growbag as only the outside of the growbag is accessible unlike a pot where both inside and outside are asscessible before filling with cocopeat. Any ideas?

 

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Hi Srikanth,

 

I was able to locate the 1/2" nozzle (No brand) in a hardware store and got it for Rs. 15 as they only had a few (ideally I wanted the nozzle with a check-nut to make a firm joint).

The Blue Tee joint is for Rs. 10 and I sourced them from one of the Drip Irrigation supplier based in Delhi.

 

I can imagine your situation as I too went through a tough time establishing a connection (leak-proof).

 

I am not to sure about the grow bag attachment but think a rubber washer can be squeezed to the inner side so that one side of washer is in and the other is out (this can be sealed with Elfy) now the nozzle can be wrapped with the teflon tape and screwed inside the washer which can be secured with a silicon sealent.

 

Think it should work but don't have a grow bag to test (you are a lucky chap).

 

Do let me know how it goes.

 

Happy Growing!

UG

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Hi UG,

 

I got a Finolex 1/2" PVC tank nipple. It comes with rubber washers and chuck nut. I made a slit at the top of the growbag and 1" from the bottom of the growbag on the side. With the help of the slit at the top I was able to put my fingers and fit the tank nipple tight.

 

The question I now have is if the 1/2" drip irrigation tube/pipe will fit over the 1/2" threaded outlet of the tank nipple. In other words, I am wondering if the drip outlet pipe will fit the tank nipple outlet.

 

Another question, I have is the approximate price for the following:

 

Joint

Tee Joint

Tap Joint

Elbow

Spaghetti Tube

1/2" drip tube

End cap

Connector

Emitters

Stake Drippers

 

What is the submersible pump capacity you are using?

 

Thanks for you help,

Srikanth

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Srikanth said:

Hi UG,

 

How much did the 1/2" nozzle (the yellow one connecting your drain pipe and pot) and the 1/2" Blue Tee joint cost? What brand are they? Did you get them from Drip irrigation suppliers?

 

I am struggling to figure how I will be able to fix the nozzle to a growbag as only the outside of the growbag is accessible unlike a pot where both inside and outside are asscessible before filling with cocopeat. Any ideas?

 

Thanks,

Srikanth


Hi Srikanth,
 

I got your problem. Use PVC take out lead. It is available in most of the drip irrigation shops. Its sold along with a end cap. It has a small washer and a tube. Make a 0.5 inch hole, put the washer in and then plug in the pvc tube. I will post some pics if you need.

This Takeout is used to join 12mm drip tube to a PVC pipe.

Let me know

PS: I think we should move this post to another new thread.?

GG

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Hi GG,

 

A picture speaks a thousand words! Please post a pic or point to an online link of one.

 

I agree we should probably move this to a new thread. I thought of doing so but I was not sure under what sub forum this should fall into. May I suggest that we have a new sub-forum 'Miscellaneous / Others" to post uncommon questions.

 

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Srikanth and UG,

 

I moved this post to a new topic under Miscellaneous. Continue it there.

http://geekgardener.in/forum/m.....grow-bags/

 

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Hi GG & Srikanth,

 

Thanks !

 

Have posted the updated DWC pics at http://picasaweb.google.com/11.....directlink

 

Happy Growing !

UG

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Hi UG,

 

Thanks for the updated pics. I see that you have covered the cocopeat. Is it Hydroton? If so, where did you get it from?

 

Your kids are cute 🙂 Good to see them involved. My children made me buy some Hibiscus plants last weekend. Now it is their responsibility to take care of them.

 

-Srikanth

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Hi Srikanth,

 

Thanks for the appreciation. I have covered the cocopeat with Hydroton. Got it from a nursary where it was kept in a corner and even the owner didn't know what  it was used for.

 

Will be trying to get some more tomorrow (Let's see if I am Lucky).

 

The kids were of great help and were really surprised to see the root system practically(which has just been introduced in their science chapter).

 

Nice way of involving the kids. Pls. post a few pics of your garden.

 

Happy Growing!

UG

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Hi Guys,

 

Feeling lucky today !  have been able to source the growbags finally and am receiving them by early next week . Would be planting about 7-8 varieties of strawberries and yes a couple of my favourites ( tomatoes).

But need to understand the exact procedure to be adopted for strawberries in grow bags. Different sites have different ways, have to choose the correct one suitable for my setup.

 

Would appreciate help from anyone who has tried growing strawberries in growbags successfully.

 

Happy Growing !

UG

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Good for you!.

I would be planting them in a weeks time. Will sure post lots of pics of the same. Wanna wait?

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