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Brief evaluation of this year’s tomato Kratky experiment

An update after a long pause. I received a few questions asking me about the progress of my Kratky experiment, and want to apologize for having taken so long to respond. So here it is in a nuthsell: Despite the … Continue reading

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Kratky method update: tomatoes have survived their first disease (at least for now)

Just returned to base after several weeks of absence and checked my Kratky inspired non-circulating tomato system. The first photo on the right shows how the system looked before I left. There were several legitimate reasons to be worried. A … Continue reading

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Keeping it simple: Salad grown using non-circulation hydroponics (aka the Kratky method)

I used to think that hydroponics needs a lot of hardware, such as tubes, air-stones, multiple containers, and the like, and of course electricity to power the pumps moving water or air or both. To my delight, it turns none … Continue reading

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Avocados are easy to grow from seed using this simple method. Just arm yourself with lots of patience.

The fact that avocado is easy to grow from seed is well known and sufficiently documented online, but I still couldn’t resist adding my own version. To suspend the seed so that it’s bottom touches water, most people use toothpicks, … Continue reading

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Hydroponic Tomatoes grown using the Kratky Method in a plastic balcony container

About three weeks ago, I started a few tomato seeds, and a single salad seed on a damp paper tissue. A couple of days after sprouting, I re-planted them into a non-circulation hydroponic set-up based on the principles described by … Continue reading

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Thai basilic thrives in a non-circulation hydroponic set-up, shown side-by-side with a soil-grown specimen

This side-by-side comparison of a soil-grown and hydroponically grown basil isn’t meant to be a proof that hydroponics always gives better results than growing in soil. The pot with the soil-grown plant (the one on the right) is simply too … Continue reading

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Outrageous VHS tape planters

Yes. That’s correct. I really mean those prehistoric clunky VHS video tapes. Walking along an otherwise unremarkable busy street today, I suddenly spotted these wonderfully quirky planters made entirely from old video tapes glued together. Not exactly my aesthetic style, … Continue reading

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