The Garden Gurus with Neville Passmore - Hydroponics

Tue, 22 Sep 2020

Have you ever thought about setting up your own hydroponic system?

If this is something you have often considered but shied away from because you think its too complicated then think again. In this short video watch Neville walk through our lush display garden and talk about the ease and the benefits of home grown fresh produce.

Yes it CAN be simple...  Start out small and soon you will catch the bug and start to expand your systems just like we did many, many years ago.

We have a few small kits available to help you get started, as well as the ones shown in the video clip (below) that aired last weekend on The Garden Gurus:

Deep Flow Dutch Bato Bucket Kit

The deep flow system is based on the exclusively designed Dutch BATO bucket. The design allows each pot to hold nutrient solution, giving growers peace of mind should a pump or electricity fail. -

NFT (Nutrient Film Technique) Kit

Highly suited for the dedicated grower, N.F.T. is the cutting edge of hydroponics! Make the investment, sow the seeds, then harvest the rewards. As far as systems are concerned, it doesn't get any sharper than N.F.T. -

For more kits see our section on Hydroponic Kits:

Neville Passmore talks Hydroponics on the Garden Gurus

Story: Introduction to Hydroponics
Episode: 6
Presenter: Neville Passmore
Air Date: 19th September 2020

Hydroponics are a great way to grow vegetables and other food crops at home.

  • A nutrient solution is fed into a system where plants grow in a medium that has no soil. The plants absorb the nutrients, and this helps them to grow.
  • This solution, which consists of refined soluble minerals, gets topped up regularly.
  • Plants are grown from seed or cuttings in sterile rockwool called Cultilene then transferred into a pot or grow bed in into the growing medium.
  • Alternatively, you can wash soil off seedling’s roots or sow seeds directly onto this expanded clay medium.
  • There are many different systems you can use to home grow food. You can see these in action at the Demonstration Farm in Canning Vale.
  • Tomatoes grow magnificently in a shallow aquaflute tray in expanded clay.
  • Capsicums have their own Dutch Bato pots. This system is called Deep Flow.
  • Strawberries and lettuce can be grown in an NFT system, where a film of nutrient solution just touches the bottom of the root system.
  • Basil thrives in a shallow tray with nutrients fed in from a small reservoir by a pond pump.
  • Ready to grow kits using all of these different systems are available from the shop in Canning Vale or online, together with a wealth of advice.

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