DIY Hydroponics / NFT failure

NFT hydroponics failure / DIY Hydroponics
NFT system fails and plants suffer. This is why I like off grid non circulating systems in conjunction with my nft.

NFT is a simple hydroponic method which uses a pump. The off grid containers use no pumps or aeration. Here is a short EBook that shows how I grow with non circulating hydroponics:

Garden Downspout Grow Box seen in my videos:

Hydroponic nutrients and other hard to find supplies:

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DIY Hydroponics / NFT failure

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  • jim s

    I had similar situation…i modified my downspouts with 3/4" pvc board i cut to fit on ends and threaded with 1/2" male fitting high enough to keep the roots always in water…

  • Greydog 77

    That mint looks awesome!! My advice take that mint out of ur nft and put it in ur off grid tote could be another disaster in waiting. I have Neptune apex systems hooked up to my stuff , big investment but I’m practically commercial .

  • Faded but Sacred Seeds Produce the Weeds that Free

    Cant let your water get that low in your reservoir friend, a pump must remain completely submerged in water. Also with those systems being outside, if you added some type of water chiller, you can preserve the sterility of your water and protect your nutrient solution from algae growth and root rot. Learned alot about horticulture in high school and built a greenhouse for my SAE.

  • Roger Jennings

    Good job getting it going. I had a similar problem years ago, a pump failure, so installed two pumps and set about monitoring both flows each day. I have just reverted to the rain gutter grow system. I use the gutter tubes like you but it's set it and forget it. Runs of a rainwater butt that I sometimes have to fill with city water The veggy growth is amazing. Good Luck

  • Auburn Sky Farm

    My aeroponic towers wont tolerate pumps going down either so I just keep a few spare pumps on hand. I buy them from China on ebay cheap. They even can run out of water and not burn up! No American made pump can do that. I have tested 10-15 pumps when I was designing my systems and found the Chinese made to work the best for my uses. Keep on growing.

  • Jeannie Scarber

    That’s what happens when you take a day off! The garden jinx takes over! I spent 3 days in the hospital last week…a gardening death sentence! It’s time to replant.

  • Blake Travis

    Hey Mike ! Good video on what can happen in the Florida sun in a day. Personally, lay back on my garden activities in the summer because it's brutal down here. Never had the pump die, but sure did go through the reservoir of water and nutrients in a short order of time. Then the big winds hit and blew the whole system down. Never replaced, but thinking about it for the fall. My Kratky on the screen porch is the best I've ever had, but it bit the bag with these 93 degree days. But again, contemplating some Kratky outside in the fall.

  • CB's Greenhouse and Garden

    WOW that was a great save buddy! So happy to see you was able to bring them back! Yep NFT is a tougher system to run being in pipes. The roots was to hard for me to deal with so I gave up that system and stuck with my Dutch buckets, Kratky and RDWC systems. Losing a pump in this type of heat means the graveyard is wide open. Thanks for showing folks what can happen if you have to be away and something goes wrong. You are the Man I tell ya! Always helping others learn both sides of this type of growing. Hope you folks have a Happy 4th week!

  • Christina Cyrus

    So glad you were able to save everything. NFT farming saves a lot of space, but every type of farming is a risk. Good luck and God bless.

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