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Retired from the U.S. Navy of 24 yrs. in 1996. Was a Navy Deep Sea Diver for 18 1/2 yrs.Have always loved woodworking and still have all my fingers. Moved a lot in my career and everywhere I lived I was a homeowner. As a homeowner I always improved the home by home improvement projects. I have been working with hydroponic gardening since 4-13. I have researched, watched videos and have just been plain lucky. So far, so good.

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  • Dutch Bucket Hydroponic System

    Hey MarkH646,Thanks for asking. Right now I'm growing cucumbers, collards, broccoli and 2 types of tomatoes. I believe you can grow about anything. I don't change my fertilizer mixture either. This go around I'm trying 4 buckets of clay pebbles. I growing tomatoes in them. So far so good. I'm going to grow eggplant next time. It's fun trying different things. A good seed store to use is Johnny's seeds, family owned and they have a lot of growing tips plus lots of greenhouse commended veggies. I've only been doing this for 5 years and I still consider myself a Newbie. Have fun!!

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  • Hi dontrahan,Air in the line is not the reason it wont come on. This is a open system and the pump pumps water through the water tubing and out the drip fittings pushing the air out just like a waterhose. If you are saying the timer wont come on because there is air in the lines that's impossible also. I would review the operating instructions if it were me. Let me know what you come up with. Good to hear you are setting this up. It is a lot of fun giving veggies to your friends in the winter that you have grown. Good luck friend.

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  • Hello Curt,Thanks for writing, I recommend you have the hole at least 1 in. above the bottom and it's ok to let each bucket drain separately into the tray to the reservoir. The point is you just want all the overflow getting back to the reservoir. Look at my pictures and see How I do mine. Is is still working great the way I have mine. Have a nice dayJames

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  • ZtotheRHow's Grandma, Did she get her buckets. Fill me in on how its going over there in Okiville. I'm going to try growing strawberries in my NFT system. We planted 4 the other night and going to plant four more tomorrow night. Give my regards to Grandma.R/James

    Hi delsur,I copied this from the reply I sent to BeckieF1. Which is 5 posts down from this one.i want you to do well with this and have a great time growing your plants the hydroponic way. Have fun sirI put MHP's white board up so you could see it here. It is a little confusing unless you listen to him and take notes then listen to it again. I'll tell you how I do it and have great results. First this is important and it is not on his white board. You must make sure the PH level is maintained at about 6.4 to 6.7 PPM. Really easy to do by getting one of those test kits that has a little vile, the drops that you add to the water sample and the little color chart that comes with it. I check mine about every 3 to 4 days. Now for the fertilizer mix: see his note on the right hand side that rea…

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    Hi delsur,I copied this from the reply I sent to BeckieF1. Which is 5 posts down from this one.i want you to do well with this and have a great time growing your plants the hydroponic way. Have fun sirI put MHP's white board up so you could see it here. It is a little confusing unless you listen to him and take notes then listen to it again. I'll tell you how I do it and have great results. First this is important and it is not on his white board. You must make sure the PH level is maintained at about 6.4 to 6.7 PPM. Really easy to do by getting one of those test kits that has a little vile, the drops that you add to the water sample and the little color chart that comes with it. I check mine about every 3 to 4 days. Now for the fertilizer mix: see his note on the right hand side that reads...per 5 gallons , 12 grams, 12 grams and 6 grams. Now look at the top left Master Blend, 4-18-38 and look middle left side...Calcium Nitrate, 15.5-0-0 and below that Magnesium Sulfate- (same as Epson Salt). Order from Morgan County Seeds 5 lbs of master blend, and 5 lbs of Calcium Nitrate. with shipping it costs me under $30.00. Then buy a bag of Magnesium Sulfate, or box of Epson Salt. The rest is easy. How many 5 gallon buckets of water goes into your water reservoir? Mine holds 8, or 40 gallons. I mix 96 Grams of Calcium Nitrate, 48 grams of Magnesium Sulfate and then 96 grams of Master Blend. In that order. Mix it in a clear plastic Gallon Pitcher. Mix the whites and stir until dissolved then the green (master blend) once mixed good put it in your reservoir. Don't add any new fertilizer mix until the reservoir is almost empty. Then make a new batch and do it all over again. I use this formula for all my plants no matter what I'm growing. You see the results I get. I hope this helps. If you have any more questions feel free to ask. If I don't get back to you right away it because I'm always in the middle of doing something. Happy GardeningJames[delete]

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  • jddelta's entry DIY Compost Barrel is a winner in the Backyard Contest 2016 contest
  • jddelta commented on jddelta's instructable DIY Compost Barrel

    I definitely agree

    Sorry for my delayed reply, A friend of mine gave them to me but she got them from a military surplus store. Try Craigslist for the barrels. I did a search and there was some here in my area. Most of them are food grade, meaning there were once food in them. My gray one had olives, not sure about the blue one.

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  • jddelta's entry DIY Compost Barrel is a finalist in the Backyard Contest 2016 contest
  • jddelta commented on jddelta's instructable DIY Compost Barrel

    Thank you for the nice remarks, And no, you are not the only one who thinks they look like R2D2. Maybe I should put some tape on it in places to make it resemble it more, Don't forget to Vote for me

    Check Craig's list. I have seen them on there, don't pay more than $20.00 for one and make sure the lid fits well. Follow my instruction and you will have it around for a long long time. Good Luck

    my friend down the street has one like yours and he says the same thing that his is wet and stinky. He saw mine and could not believe it. I'm pretty sure its the aeration tube that helps the most.

    I really hope you are successful, is there anyway you can post an image of it in a reply. I'm interested in the design of it.James

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  • jddelta commented on jddelta's instructable DIY Compost Barrel

    Thank you very much especially for the butterfly information. They are fantastic fluttering around my head when I'm out there in the garden.

    Blondemoment, correction on my last reply, click at the top next to DIY compost barrel where it says jddelta in workshop, it will take you to all of my ibles.

    Hey Martin, thank you for the compliment. I agree that bugs help but it depends how many and in a small container like this it's not a good idea, especially the ants. they are very fast reproducers and I don't want a million of them in my compost. They can wait until it's on the ground.

    Hi http://www.compost-info-guide.com/browns.htmBrown86,richarji has very useful information which will help you, I would also add that it must have adequate ventilation such as mine, make sure you turn it daily and not to wet, (wrung out sponge) Let us know how it goes,James

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  • jddelta commented on jddelta's instructable DIY Compost Barrel

    Thank you very much

    Thank you very much, I have an instructable on building the greenhouse, just click on jddelta and it will take you to my homepage. there you can see all the ones I have submitted, make sure you vote for me also. I entered ta contest that closes on 9-26

    Thank you very much.

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  • Dear Narar11,This is jddelta you are communicating with not BeckieF1. To answer your first question about run time for pump. Because of the reservoir in the model of dutch bucket I use there is no need to run the pump 24/7. I have an automatic timer the turns the pump on 3 times a day and runs for 30 min at a time. mine turns on at 6 a.m. 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. it has been running these hours for about 2 years with no problems. To answer your second question. The first thing you need to do is throw away all of the information you wrote down about the nutrient media above. Do not follow any of that stuff. it will just confuse you and everyone else. I did the same thing you are doing so don't feel like you have wasted your time. At least you have read about it. I cannot take the time to go in d…

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    Dear Narar11,This is jddelta you are communicating with not BeckieF1. To answer your first question about run time for pump. Because of the reservoir in the model of dutch bucket I use there is no need to run the pump 24/7. I have an automatic timer the turns the pump on 3 times a day and runs for 30 min at a time. mine turns on at 6 a.m. 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. it has been running these hours for about 2 years with no problems. To answer your second question. The first thing you need to do is throw away all of the information you wrote down about the nutrient media above. Do not follow any of that stuff. it will just confuse you and everyone else. I did the same thing you are doing so don't feel like you have wasted your time. At least you have read about it. I cannot take the time to go in detail again addressing your question but if you scroll down about 5 comments I tell BeckieF1 how to to mix her nutrients. Let me know how it goes for you.jddelta

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