Cheap DIY Bato/Dutch Bucket Hydroponic System




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kenny stonehead: I'm in Bangkok, Thailand (Real heat here everyday all year long). To reduce temperature during the hot day, you may bury your water tanking underground or increase size of your water tank. Another way to reduce heat is to increase water draining and circulate speed.

algotrash: I believe that the situation of your project is increasing your temperature problems. Your wall stores heat from the sun and transfers it back to the plant and you have the same problem with your concrete ground heating up the water in the water tank. Have you tried placing insulation between the water tank and the ground, maybe paint the water tank in white? Neat project anyway. ;)

Zach D: how high does the water get in the buckets? before it drains away?

Dave Morris: freeze gal jugs in freezer and drop them in reserovir to keep water cool all day

bionikspoon: Nice work! A possible work around for your over powered pump: use the pump to fill an elevated bucket/reservoir and let gravity feed the drip lines from the elevated bucket. It'd be like your own personal water tower.

Dana Jenkins: you are lacking air stones in the planters

Steven Chipps: cover the buckets to give the roots dark no light if that dont help freze a 2 liter bottle an stick it in the rez

wayupnorth80: Easy fix for res move it to an area ware you can dig a hole and place it in the ground. ground temp stays cool 6'' down. also put some white pipe insulators over all feed and return lines. ''the type used on ac systems self stick''. Lived in Kissimmee/ St. Cloud Fl. for years.

Trish Elgee: Maybe if you had one of those solar filter awnings, they wouldn't be burning.

Colin MacKenzie: Get three or four of those mylar emergency blankets, and wrap your reservoir.That will keep the sun off the dark plastic, and help the ice last longer (80 degrees is great, so not too much ice). 

Deb Cobern: How about putting a white painted trellis over your system? This would still allow enough light in to your plants but cool everything down. Also condider painting that black tote white.

orlaimage: Thank you for your post, real nice video with good information. I have a question: Where can I get the White Bucket? and it is safe for food growing? Thank you again Orlando

Dan Roy: Cover/shade ur black reservoir, air temp don't make it too hot, it's the direct sun light.

je99na2: Move the reserve tank inside the garage 

Frank Garcia: dig a hole and put your reservoir in the ground to help keep the water cool

NgheNoiTot .Com: thanks for the video... do you put any chemical to the water for growing tree ? thanks

louis ortiz: ice packs work great and there cheap ....insulate your res and buckets and your lines 

1mtstewart: check out Bobby's (mhpgardener) video. he gives the Grainger stock # for those grommets. if you have one locally you can pick up there, otherwise the shipping is more than the grommet. It is good to develop local resources also. congrats on your baby coming.

Marius Van Niekerk: Thank for the video and the trips. The hydroponic "bug" bit me and currently I have 5 x 4 months old elephant garlic plants which I am going to transplant into the dutch bucket system or my variation of it. For "Plant food" or nutrients I will buy some liquid "fish poo" at the local nursery and see if it works. 

LARRY R: I live in Phoenix and my reservoir is buried with only 2" above ground. The top of the reservoir is covered with a hinged white wooden lid. I'm using 3 gallon black bato buckets (12 each, I didn't think to get free buckets) which I have enclosed within a white plywood top and sides (open at the bottom with holes cut for the buckets) to keep the sun off the buckets and to keep the roots dark. I use 5-gallon paint strainer bags in the buckets and fill them with perlite, no inserts. The system works well until about June and I don't care what you put in the reservoir to keep the water cool, some plants like tomatoes do not produce well above 90 degrees. I totally agree with having a larger reservoir. Keep the sun off your reservoir and the sides of your buckets and you should do fine.

1mtstewart: freeze some liter or 2 liter bottles and put them in during the day. refreeze over night. great video keep exploring! thanks

Darel Clark: Buildinghydroponics looks like challenging particularly when you have no experience, but it's not.

Shane Christopher: submerge your water! it will stay cool, at least dig a hole and put your tote in it.

rob cammer: Permies.com hope this helps great forum.

Kalkenz.com: very nice set up!

Andrew Hyder: Nice system. I think the some of the heat is due to the storage tank being black and in direct sunlight. 

Jere Knowles: Put your water tank in the ground that will help keep it cooler 

F Williams: You might put up some shade cloth to block some of the sun and the wind. Looks like it whips them pretty good where you r. We ended up moving our outdoor garden hydro plants several times till we found the right place where the wind wasn't so bad.

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.

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-)

Vibraintions: 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.

Lloyd Main: Try making a spay system to cool the plants & let evaporation work for you by watering them from over head. Good Luck

F Williams: MHP got his grommets from Grangers

David Rizzo: i hope you colored the buckets as white buckets will let algae growth

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. 

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.

Ric: Here in South Florida I have the same Heat issues. There are several ways to get around it. First is to only grow in the Months with R. Or just the reverse of the North that grows in summer only. That is what I am doing now. Shade Cloth is very popular with Commercial Farmers because it does cut out some heat but also Sun light for growing. Finally water coolers work great but are expensive. I am in the Process of trying to build my own water cooler using a small up right Freezer and RV anti Freeze in a closed loop system. Hopefully by cooling my water, my plant can survive the heat. 

Matilda James: The disadvantage of hydroponics is you will need to buy "plant food" or nutrition and supplements which are more costly.

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.) 

Jacqueline C. Marsh: The disadvantage of hydroponics is that you must buy "plant food" or nutrients and supplements that can be costly.

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, 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.

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.

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.....

Panty Snatcher: 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

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.

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

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

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