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We've been growing a small backyard garden for a couple of years using raised beds. We would like to progress from the hobby stage to growing a larger quantity of the vegetables we consume.

I have been researching hydroponic systems for about a year off and on. The commercial systems are nice, but most of the vertical stacking systems cost about $700 for four stacks with about 80-90 plants. The cost is not unaffordable for us, but it doesn't seem like a good use of our money. I'd like to find something I can make that will provide the same effect = lots of food in little space.

EasiestGarden.com sells a DVD for building one of these systems as a DIY project. I am leaning more toward purchasing the DVD and trying it. I like vertical stacks, but the website explains that containers are better for vegetables. Five gallon buckets seem like good candidates.

After reading more and more about the way our food is grown and cared for before it arrives at the store, I am more and more interested in growing it myself -- like my grandmother did.

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Comment by bpearcy10 on November 21, 2010 at 2:33pm
Well. I went ahead and ordered float valve and dvd plans from Easiest Garden.

I will pass along some information I have learned from them. One float valve is all you need for any amount of containers as long as they are all on level ground. One valve will support 10 buckets or 200 buckets, as long as they are all at the same level.

I asked several questions and got the reply within 5 minutes.....one a Sunday no less.
Comment by Len on November 21, 2010 at 3:15pm
Hey bp, just checked out the website, looks both interesting and promising. Also looks alot like a setup someone has on You Tube with Earth Boxes. (just like the ones that Eve has) They had some type of watering system attached. It had been quite a few months since I saw it, so I'm not sure if the system was set to self water. Either way, with your new float valve I think you could do well using the Earth Boxes. Eve seemed to enjoy the system and had some great results. Thanks for posting the link to the Easiest Garden site. Gave me some ideas for a vertical aquaponic system in a greenhouse... now if I just had more money to buy all the supplies...
Comment by Jason Kalka on November 28, 2010 at 12:44pm
You will have to post pics and videos. I would love to see this in action. Their website had some nice setups, but I did not see how they worked.
Comment by bpearcy10 on December 3, 2010 at 4:20pm
I received the EasiestGarden.com DVD this week and have watched it through once. I like what I see, although some of you with more plumbing experience than I have may not need the DVD to make this system. Respecting the copyright they have on the information, I probably won't be posting detailed pictures of the construction process, but based on the level of detail in the DVD I'd recommend purchasing it for those that need a little hand holding to make a system like this (that includes me).
Comment by bpearcy10 on December 3, 2010 at 4:48pm
I'm planning to use coir instead of peat moss for my buckets. Other than that I'm going to follow the plans as they are laid out.
Comment by bpearcy10 on December 3, 2010 at 6:51pm
Larry,

Here's the picture from their website.
Comment by bpearcy10 on December 3, 2010 at 6:55pm
Here's another option for anyone that is interested. I can't vouch for the nutrient being used, but you can get nutrient from a lot of sources. Worms Way near me sells it by the five gallon bucket in many, many different varieties.
Comment by bpearcy10 on December 3, 2010 at 8:27pm
I know they called it hydroponics in the video, but it looked more like aeroponics from what little I know about it. It was amazing the growth he got in 1 week though. I do know they use aeroponics to propogate trees in nurseries. I've been told that they can propogate 100's of trees in just a few weeks.

I've had a terrible time growing peppers. I'm going to try the aeroponics with some peppers.
Comment by bpearcy10 on December 4, 2010 at 6:53am
They grow here til mid May and start again in Sept
Comment by bpearcy10 on December 4, 2010 at 1:12pm
Larry,

I believe the video below is actually an example of deep water culture hydroponic growing methods. I've read several descriptions from several sources and that seems to match up.

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