The Krakty Method seems like it would be very suitable for developing organic hydroponic formulas. I would learn about making compost teas and try growing in various diluted brews. Any store bought nutes will probably grow the plants just fine at 1/4 strength.
Rj Howell wrote:Is there a hydroponic thread here? I've yet to find it..
There is not a hydroponics forum here on permies. Hydroponics does not really fit into permaculture and here's why. It's unsustainable, requires purchased inputs, and is dependent on a caretaker to function. Hydroponic systems are primarily made from plastics, which come from petroleum. They require special nutrient solutions that have elements already in an ionic state, ready for uptake by a plants roots. These nutrient solutions require energy to manufacture and are expensive compared to the elements found in soil or from compost made from materials found in an average yard, both free. If a hydroponic system caretaker dies, the system will fail, whereas a foodforest will go on growing and providing food long after the individual who nurtured it expires.
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posted 6 months ago
Anne Miller wrote:This is something I did years ago, maybe before the name hydroponic was familiar. If it was hydroponic I did not know that was what I was doing. I have been wanting to try it again ... sometime.
The Kratky Method is a hydroponic growing technique developed by B.A. Kratky at the University of Hawaii. This method is unlike other hydroponic techniques
The Krakty is a start of what I'm thinking of moving towards. A passive system that needs little attention and produces. To be honest, I'm thinking hybrid. I'll post more as I proceed if there's interest.