Simple lettuce hydro- bed using an organic mixed fertilizer.
This recipe comes to us from Growing Edge Magazine, who used it successfully in their
top feed circulating units, and was printed online by Albuquerque Hydroponics and Lighting, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Growing Edge General Purpose Organic Mix
5 gallons water, warmed to room temp
2 Tablespoons dried earthworm castings*
4 Tablespoons bat guano* (or
3 TB guano + 1 TB fish flour*)
5 drops Superthrive
1 teaspoon soluble seaweed powder such as
Premix all ingredients in about 1 pint of water,
(use an old blender) before adding to the remaining water (5 gallons). Allow mixture to stand for 24 hours, stir occasionally. Screen if
necessary, but should be good to go for our non-circulating hydro-beds.
* WORM CASTINGS, FISH FLOUR, MAXICROP AND BAT GUANO CAN BE FOUND AT YOUR LOCAL HYDROPONIC STORE.
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Non-Circulating Organic Hydroponics
Establishing an effective organic fertilizing program for your non-circulating hydroponics is easily established. Without spitters and lines to clog, organic recipes with even a moderate thickness, that effectively feed your plants will work great.
Using organics requires attention to detail and regular monitoring. Without the aid of conductivity meters, routine visual monitoring is essential. Considering the cost of traditional commercial formulas, especially with minimum order requirements, it only makes sense to make your own. Going organic will be a bit more challenging in the beginning, but should provide a cost savings and become easier as your supplies are stockpiled. It also provides satisfaction knowing you're growing organically.