Dutch Bucket Hydroponics - How It Works & How To Make Your Own Buckets




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GiacomoKnox: Love the video and love the good old southern charm! Question, I was curious about using compost tea (water+compost mix). Is that a good idea with hydroponics, or should you simply use the nutrient mix with water as normal?

pachcha tamilan: using plastic is injurious to health, avoid this system

Donnybrook10: Nicejob. I've seen the system taken one step further and made into an aquaponic system. You could make your reservoir bigger, put a mess of perch in there and you have anaquaponic system. The fish keep the plants healthy, the plants keep the waterclean. Set your pump up on a car battery/inverter and solar panel to keep it charged. 

Justgivemethetruth: Brilliant. ( however, I do have a question about PERLITE) It is not cheap either, is it, and also the dust from what I heard is carcinogenic and will damage your lungs? Am I misinformed on that? Maybe it's Verminculite that is bad for the lungs. Also, if you use the PERLITE, can it be re-used ... and how many times? Really amazing videos.

Jennifer Langley: Thank you for this video! And for so many of your other videos. There is a lot of information here that I'm excited to use. That you take the time to do these videos and share you experience and knowledge is so helpful. I've gone from having heard about hydroponics and aquaponics but not knowing the first thing about how you'd actually do it, to understanding enough to feel confident about experimenting with a few things to see how they go. I'll be starting very small, but it's a start that probably wouldn't happen without your videos. So again. Thank you so much.

Ninja 87: Wait! Confused! You said 3/4" grommet ( I am assuming you mean internal diameter? ) but you then said to insert a 1/2" PVC pipe ???

Alfie Knowkes: Thank you - really informative.

icawn: Would this still work for dwarf fruit trees since they prefer dryer conditions similar to succulents?

Tony Foglia: Been looking for a project .. Found it.

TheMountainfarmer: Just a wealth of information. Thanks for sharing. I hope to get buckets set up in the next couple of months., God Bless

Leonard Urban: You show a tomato plant with an impressive set of roots which was grown in water. I assume that wasn't from a seed. Did you root it in water from a cutting?

xebache777: Best video yet. Wonderful for the ease and explanation. 85 people apparently were confused about the difference between growing hydroponic tomatoes and Colombian gold.

SquirrelFromGradLife: if the roots of your tomato plants don't go further down than you showed with your plants than going with a smaller bucket using less Perlite would make sense. In fact a bucket that's wider than it's tall would better fit two plant and give them room to build more roots.

Ron Gordon: Big fan of you video . is your dutch bucket system good for aquaponics circulating fish water thru bthe systym

jffrywad: bobby: great videos as always. I am getting my buckets ready for my dutch bucket gardening this year question about the eblows and 3 inch pieces are you clueing together or just putting them together.. Sorry for stupid question.

Larry Robertson: whats a good place to get the square buckets?

masterkush420: white buckets not good !

Tammy Lawrence: need some help . I grow in dirt. but i saw your dutch bucket system so i built one but the PH keeps changing every day or so. it's killing me lol. My buckets or black My holding tank is black. So why is the ph changing from a 6.8 to a 7.6 or a 7.8 in one day?

ancientprepper: Is the loss of pressure and volume of neutrient supllied to the plant furthest from the pump of any consern? 

AggieBonfire14: non smokers should wear masks when pouring perlite. the dust is abrasive to the lungs

Farhad Abdolian: Really cool and easy set up for Tomato plants using hydroponic system. Just ordered the timers, the pump and the gravel. Now, I just need to find the right buckets and buy some PVC pipes and it will be a lot tomatoes, cucumbers and zukinies this summer from our 8sqm balcony! The only problem I have is to find a storage unit large enough for the returning water!

Jeremy Adair: All of the nutrient solution I have found is rather expensive. Do you make your own?I

LeRoi Goodridge: I have been a backyard gardener for a while now, looking to get into agriculture in a much larger way. I get some good results but after seeing these videos, I will set up a few buckets and see what happens. If I get the results I expect, I will be going hydroponics all the way. may even include the pvc type as well. I like the fact that It does not include any mud.....Will keep you posted how it goes.

Olen Soifer: Why go this far without hooking up a pump? That's like putting on your shoes before your pants!

CJ Rose: Have you ever made a video talking specifically about how much nutrients to put in your water? I'm very interested in trying this setup at my apartment I just don't know how to prepare my water that feeds the plants.

Andri Andreou: Hi. Great videos! just a question if i may please. You mentioned in one of your videos that you used cuttings from your huge big beef hybrid tomato. Is it not true that if you use cuttings from hybrid plants, you wont have the same results in the new plant?

john shailer: excellent presentation! One question: since the plants absorb the nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorous, potash) in the fertilizer, how do you determine when to "refresh" the nutrient solution?

Dick Corley: pickle38, How do you get the punch for the water line and the inserts?

bahemut0: Great video. I am in the middle of assembling my buckets just as you laid out here. I would like to know what purpose the elbow on the inside of the bucket serves? Can I leave this out?

Mandy Blake: Great vid. I just have one question: What is at the end of the black line that supplies the drip lines? A plug of some kind I'm assuming.

wateronly: Mike, in the manual water mode, would you pour the drained nutrient fluids back into the first reservoir? How many times would you do this before you would want to refresh the primary reservoir with fresh nutrient fluid?

zachary Arnaud: Is this process be used in only green garden(that is covered one)?

Mahmood Hasan Choudhury: great teacher thank you hasan

Greg Elam: Just so everyone knows you can get the automatic float valves at Tractor Supply for under $4. item SKU 1084583

Don MACKIE: Happy days quite a cost effective low maintenance system good job mate

Russell Bushnell: accent from georgia?

cannedpixels: Thanks for taking the time to share your experience. Great presentation.

helloman1976: How many gallons of nutrients do you need PER plant? Is there a recommended number like say, 2 gallons per plant? I'm planning on doing a nutrient change out ever 7 days so how many gallons would I need per plant to do that? Also, do you top off your reservoir with fresh water, not at all or with 1/4 strength nutes etc? My concern is that the ppms rise on their own every day if you don't put water back in and my other concern is that if you add more nutes, even 1/4 strength, you're raising the ppms and may burn your plants. Is this sound thinking or am I off base here? Thanks for your help!

jimcurdy: Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!

beyackabiotch: Quick tip: They make coarse perlite that is not dusty, same cheap price. The chunks average a 1/2 in size, apposed to the tiny gravel you normally see that gets very dusty.

Charles Roberts: Really nice video. thanks for sharing.

David Hammon: Would I be able to set up a Dutch Bucket system with 10 gallon buckets as apposed to the 5 gallon buckets? I got my hands on a few of them, and if I could make them work, I wouldn't have to obtain something different...

Rick Page: Where do you get your drip line supplies? I may have missed you saying. Thanks for all your videos, they are very helpful for me.

alz123alz: WOW! Best system I have seen yet thanks.

James Tramel: Thanks for the videos, so much to be inspired by, the different ways to go hydro it is really nice that you go into so much detail. The Masterblend info is awesome. I am most apt to have a lettuce table along with some type of vertical strawberries for next year using one of the square pvc posts. Farm on!

Mark Choi: I am not a hydroponics aficionado, preferring to use a hybrid self-watering, self feeding in ground system, but just a quick note: you can make the process here even easier by essentially creating the mirror image of your drainage lines along the top, whereby you can water/add nutrients to all buckets at once from a central PVC feed line, plugged at one end. The feeder tubes will come from the top of the central line, thus not beginning to fill each bucket until the central line has filled up to the level of the feeders. This assures that each bucket gets approximately the same level of water. Further, you can hook up that central line to a central reservoir (big tub or even a 55 gallon drum) with a stop valve. You can then water all plants by simply opening the single valve. This can even be put on a mechanical timer, thus removing the need for any electricity. If you want to fully automate, to avoid spoilage of the nutrients in the central reservoir, simply separate the nutrient solution from the water reservoir, add a separate valve, and utilize a pressure feed to draw nutrients from the nutrient reservoir whenever water flows from the water reservoir.

DontPanic4422: Very helpful and clear instructions. I am a total novice interested in starting a hydroponic system strictly as a business. Is there sufficient profit potential in this modern gardening to earn a living as a one man business? Thanks - any advice appreciated.

Doug Francis: Hi, great information, keep it up! I have a question. I am placing my buckets on my back deck with the type of system you have made. 5-9 buckets, and was wondering if I need to paint the buckets black then white or do I just leave them white? Really excited to see what happens. again Thanks for the clips.

kbarb1000: fantastic video, so straightforward and thorough. Thanks so much

gioknows: Subbed. 

EMT: Thanks! They sometimes skip corners and take the easy way. If they ever did that, I suggest you consult with a paralegal or lawyer. This way they won't be able to cheat you.
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