Cheap DIY Bato/Dutch Bucket Hydroponic System




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sirtom68: I have some videos here of my aeroponic outdoor system. The best way I found to combat heat and bacteria is about 5 to 6, maybe 7 drops of household bleach per gallon of nutrient water. It has worked for me very well and I haven't grown an extra arm out of my neck or anythang. If you can keep your reservoir covered and add a white external covering about a foot around and over it you can reflect a lot of the suns heat away from ya nutrient, which in turn will keep ya roots cooler. Like many have said, keep the sun off your plants roots. Vent cool air from the vents under your house crawlspace to blow into the reservoir if you can and don't run the system in cycles outdoors in the heat, keep it running. Heat is the bane of oxygenated water. Add an airstone if you can, overkill it. More Oxygen is better. Keep ya pH in check, 5.8 to 6. Hope ya haven't given up. ;) 

sandertel: First of: If you use a larger container for the main water supply you get more thermal mass and thus less hectic temperature swings.. Secondly I recommend you bury the main water supply container. Let's say you use one of these blue barrels. They come in various sizes (have the largest one that you can), they usually have a practical (screw down) lid to them and they are already opaque in nature. I recommend you plumb all the lines which need to go in or out of the main water container from the sides, thus leaving the lid free to open at will without having to deal with the various tubes and pipes and such... Also device a type of covering/shading for the exposed bit of the main water container. I like the 275 gallon IBC totes a lot but they are large and in your case an IBC would definitely be a thing set in place with growth in mind... Thirdly: Try and cover the buckets which the plants sit in, this will keep radiant heat of the buckets and helps in keeping things cool. Maybe use a second bucket to nest the actual planter bucket into to provide shade to the inner bucket. Don't use any insulation if you may be tempted to try that. Insulation may become water logged with all the negative (pests/bugs/rotting/smelling) effects that may have... Fourthly: I recommend you look into the use of fish (of any persuasion) instead of the hydroponic chemical fertilization thing... You could grow Tilapia or any warm water species and harvest the fish as well every now and again. You just have to feed the fish and supplement some micro nutrients every week or two. You should be able to find a micro nutrient mix and ome seperate chelated iron powder to help the plants grow well. The fish feed and fish waste will provide you with the main nutrients: the famous N P and K elements. Good luck, Sander Tel.

Th Linn gill: Alright young blood I have an idea for you. Go back to the bakery was it ( I get 5 gal. buckets for free at Dunkin Donuts and they come filled with used coffie grounds which are great for your soil garden "Perfect PH") Get new lids and this time when you cut the holes for your net pots cut hem so the net posts go only deep enough to let the pots sit in to were the top slot in the pot has part of the opening in the side of the net pot still above and out of the lid so air can move in to your roots through these slots This is a variation on Kratky's suspended raft method but with your bucket lids. Or add air holes to the lids you have now to let in more air.

Variable Wavelength: Bury your reservoir in the grounds and use pipe insulation on your deliver/return pipes and you should be golden. If your buckets get too warm the increase water frequency.

Th Linn gill: Also, do you have a crawl space under your house? If so use this area to barry some 4"air tubes that you can then run to your buckets to cool them. Be sure to cover the inlet end of these cool air tubes with bug skreen to keep critters out. This is an ol Indian idea we use out here in N.M. where we have high temps also. If you deside to try this idea you can super charge these air pipes by adding less than half thier volum with cold water and they will act as a Swamp cooler type system. ( be sure to use masqitoe egg killer to the water in the coller tubes so you dont get bugs.) 

jffrywad: its your white buckets they conduct too much heat you need to cover them with some black material then you'll have better results. or use black buckets. Gl Thanks for the video.

henry wade: I use one of those reflective emergency blankets and wrap my tots. I am in ms and mine stay around 80 degrees even when it hits 95

James Brown: Hello use a 55 gal food grade for your water reservoir to keep it cool put it in the ground or use a dehumidifier for a D I Y water chiller works good in FL

Ellenn Oits: if u cant bury your water bucket paint it white to reflect most sun

James, Moore: You might consider investing in a water chiller. They are pretty pricey but it's a one time investment and it would rock your system. That or bury your reservoir and insulate your pipes.

joe m: drop the tub in the gound it cooler there and cover it up

MICHELLE TOPLIFF: BLACK ASBORBS HEAT MORE

billrock12: Bring your setup in the house and that will stop a lot of problems like too much heat, bugs that eat the plants, acid rains ect.. Home Depot sells a 150watt grow light for $90 and it's more then enough lighting for your garden.

dav1099: Very nice video, try wrapping the buckets with tin foil, it will make the inside dark and also reflect the heat of sun. I have had trouble in the past with to much heat, when the back wall reflects hot afternoon sun and basically cooked the plants, helped a lot when moved out from wall and got air circulation. good luck thanks for posting. 8-)

mj leandro: Wow like this idea. Thanks for posting it. 

parteofive a: what bout your wall are the plants too close , walls keep preety hot in summer high temps?

Jay Michalak: Hey man... Just a thought might help you out... Try using a big cooler for your Rez man that may help keep it cool 

Blury Bury: great video nice build. brown roots = possibly bacteria according to the garden pool guy. water crashing making bubbles is GOOD. nothing wrong with that :) love the tip on the free buckets from bakeries! i will try that. your water reservoir being black is good as far as antibacterial however it needs to be covered,. the thing about Hydroponics & Aeroponics is it is less bacteria since you dont have the soil involved as with conventional growing. however without your reservoir being covered you have dust being introduced into the system which can carry bacteria and worse if you have a bird wishing to bath in it XP. flush all the water out and empty the reservoir and clean it out. even sitting it in direct sunlight for 30 minutes will kill most of the bacteria once it is dry. id clean with 1 to 10 parts bleach water. then let it dry out in the sun to let the chlorine will evaporate as well. do this in 30 minutes time and you should have no ill effect on the plants. run your pumps on a timer 30 mins on 30 mins off and yes your pump is pretty strong so just add some more dutch buckets perhaps. dont forget to clean the pump too and you can use a black light in the dark to tell if there is any bacteria as it will be fluorescent. for cooling id suggest if not to bury the reservoir then to use a tarp as a fly but burying is probably best and you could keep the pvc pipes cooler by using a pool water weenies from dollar tree for a buck each. them pool water weenies just slice it down one side and slip over the pipes or just use the pipe insulation from local hardware store. but i found the water weenies to be thicker and cooler but not always practical though depending on the setup. alternatively you could use a fly over them as well though.

Judelia Medard: Tremendous!! I want to get into this for the new year. Building the reservoir looks intimidating. But I think that Hydroponics is worth the investment.

Rob Boone: Where are u located? I'm in Titusville on the east coast and am looking for fellow gardeners to exchange ideas in our environment.

Jbasshead ice: Your Reservoir is black which heats the nutrient solution bro, swap it with a white one, larger if u can also, white will keep your solution cooler than the black container, also ur drip lines need to be insulated cause they are black too :)

Tommy Graves: start over and go online to checkout the 4 inch pvc pipe hydro system with circulating water . Your plants here are growing longer because of lack of sun and use a 20-20-20 nutrient.

Gene Torres: you may also want to add a shade cloth, I'm in south Florida and had similar situations and found that a 40% shade cloth works wonders in keeping your system cool and promotes better growth for veggies.

joseph zimbler: TOO CLOSE TO A WALL, NOT ENOUGH SUN LIGHT, HOW DO YOU PLAN ON GROWING ANYTHING?and you cant move it now......

Daniel Littman: Thats cool bro. 

xbloodz1: and yes u should do Black buckets next time or put some black paint on them

xbloodz1: Check ur PH man i am sure that it well help if u have it at 5.8-6.0 

Jo C: Understandably this is an old video but the knowledge may help either way. There are basically 2 options when growing in a hot environment. Cool down your reservoir somehow to around 65-75F OR use hydrogen peroxide to keep the root issues away. Using h202 is a last option as you will get reduced yields compared to doing it "right" but you will get "yields" all the same. The reduction will be something like 10-20% of what you'd get in a system where the temps were done right and beneficials and enzymes are used. You of course cannot use enzymes and beneficials with h202 as it'll kill them. If you use h202 and you go with that method you cannot stop using h202 or it's like instant root rot and an onslaught of issues from the heat. h202 will help to add back some of the oxygen you are lacking because of the heat. Dissolved oxygen is the key problem with hot res temps and this solution will work and correct your res issue however it won't help with plant stress so don't add too much. Something like 2ml-3ml per gallon of h202 every 3 days should be perfect. 

Chris Elliott: if you cant sink your reservoir, raise it off the concrete. Concrete will absorb heat (from the sun), and will transfer to your reservoir....maybe as simple as placing a couple pieces of 2x4 underneath it.....

randall lloyd: The reason your water is warmer going in is due to the black reservoir absorbs the heat & the white reflects the heat. Put a few pieces of wood under the reservoir to get it off the hot cement and either put some styrofoam around the reservoir or some bricks around the outside.

wckdkl0wn: Just my 2 cents. Take it as you will. System looks great. But what I would do is find a different water container that is lighter in color. Maybe even something larger. Also cover it some how. Tarp or something to help keep the sun off it. This may help with your water temp problem.

Henry Fairbairn: definitely bury your resevoir

Stephen Edwards: keep the water cooler by digging a hole to put it into the ground temperature will help

KevinRayKnight: Sink your res. into the ground. It will stay much cooler.

jim kimball: good video how often do you have to change the water

John Cozad: the problem is your nutrient temp . you need to use a cooler outside and freeze 2 liter of water and throw them in there . temp should never go above 73 %

lunker012: I too am from Central Florida. Just started doing hydro for vegetables but have some observations to possibly help. You need to use dark buckets to reduce the light in the bucket so painting them black would help. Over the black paint you should then paint them white to help shed the heat. I would also do the same to your reservoir. I would also dig a hole and submerge the reservoir approximately 3/4 into the ground and insulate the exterior of the reservoir. I also have a sheet of thin foam insulation that I place over the top the the reservoir lid to keep the sun off the reservoir. I do aerate the water with a large air stone. I too use the pump to empty my reservoir by installing a hose bib above the pump PVC line above the reservoir with a shut off above that and use a short piece of garden hose to drain the water or get water samples to test the PH or TDS or to recirculate the reservoir when making PH or TDS adjustments then open the shut off valve and close the hose bib to sent nutrient water to the plants again. You system looks good. Congrats to you on the new baby!

Sean Kelley: looks good but the water gets warm and they don't like it gets the roots which it gives the plants stress

saborguerito: Use a black buckets for light problems in the buckets and a lid on the reservoir to keep out light

Mr T: bad ass!

John Cozad: also put a lid on it . light creates problems with nutrient

psilverman9300: you can also use a radiator or chiller to cool the res

blackbeardSCBC: Actual walkthrough start after life story at 3:00

Antoine Kerfzhan: bury your bucket in the ground and cover with insulation panel from a garage door? 

John Cozad: I am from orlando , live in n/w fl now

Hydro Redux: I'm glad you liked the video and thanks for the tip of the wooden box I currently wrap the tote in foam panels but may have to try out the wooden box to create more insulation also to keep it off the concrete slab as it also radiates heat. I've been debating on adding a timer but don't know if it will benefit the plants since there isn't any media in those buckets. They are constantly being fed by the drip lines what would be the benefits of adding a timer?

Frank guillen: hi mate, you roots are brown because the is too much light in the bucket light water & nutrients produce algae is recommended to keep as dark as possible .heat cause lack of oxygen in the water you can use an air pump that well help regards from down under

toonces2011: Nice set up, looks like mine. I too am a fan of MHP and Urban sunshine. You could try to build a wooden box around your fill system that's what I did to help keep the water cooler, I do put ice bottles in it. That was a great tip on the grocery stores for buckets, I bought mine at Lowe's and built them fairly cheap.I have mine on a outdoor timer Lowe's $15 and it feeds 10 times a day and I think that helps with the heat also. Great to see other central fl people doing the buckets.

John Cozad: I have extensive experience with hydro .

mj leandro: Wow like this idea. Thanks for posting it. 

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