My love affair with my new BlueLab Truncheon continues unabated.  I always knew that hydroponics, at the backyard level, was able to produce clean fresh food…quickly!  I never realised, however, that it could be made so easy.  Ensuring that my hydroponics plants are receiving the nutrients that they need, is as simple as filling up the water reservoir – and adding nutrients.  The Truncheon then indicates when the nutrients at the correct level.

   

I’m busy putting all of the hardware together for a deep water culture (DWC) unit…and my first iAVs system. I’m planning to undertake a  comparison of the two systems.  The grow tank for the DWC…and the sand biofilter/growbed for the iAVs…will be made of treated pine sleepers and will be lined with low-density polyethylene liners.    I had planned to put the fish tanks in-ground but I have a complete 1000-litre recirculating system…and a spare 1000-litre tank…that I have lying around.  Not only will it save money but it will save time, too.

  

In case you were wondering, the little box arrangement above the moving bed biofilter (in the photo above) is a native bee hive – a very expensive way to provide a living space for native stingless bees.

This week, we’re planting out kale seedlings…and harvesting some lovely pak choi.

Take it easy…and I’ll see you next week.

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