Go check out the man that started it all, Dr Bernard Kratky:

I have enjoyed growing with off grid non circulating hydroponics for over 8 years. It truly is a set it and forget it method of growing, a welcome addition to your garden. Dr. Kratky was not around when I first started but now has a YouTube channel. This is the place to go to get first hand knowledge on growing off grid plants such as lettuce, pak choy, herbs, tomatoes, etc.

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  • dakineapproaches

    Thanks, Mike for your kind comments. And a special thanks for developing such innovative and practical hydroponic approaches to growing vegetables and for sharing them with everyone!
    Bernie Kratky

  • Ruth Dalton

    Hey Mike! I studied your videos this spring and started a few plants by the kratky method. It took them a while to get going, but the are going wild. Cukes and tomatoes. Will be working on the downspout method for 2021 and where to house it in the backyard. Thanks. Will keep on growing!

  • DannymikReacts

    Hello Mike! I have a lot to learn about with hydro gardening… your going to help me on that journey so I'm giving you an advanced THANK YOU! I'm looking forward to your content!

  • Metqa

    I'm getting frustrated.
    I'm trying to do the same things you do, but I"m getting mostly failure.
    I transfer first leaf seedlings ot tomato and pepper to the gutter box with a pool noodle just like you did just to get them started ,and they either stop growing or die.

    I transferred older seedlings of zucchini ( 2nd leaves) that are started in soil mix by rinsing off the roots and just dipping the bottom rooms in nutrient solution and leaving some the roots above the water line and they shriveled and died. The ones transferred to cheap top soil survived.
    I tried taking an established basil plant bought from the store and converting it to kratky, like you did with the store bought tomato, and over the course of a month, they all shriveled and rotted.
    I tried to start lettuce seeds like microgreens by using a wicking system and sterile seed starting mix and all the seeds rotted.
    The only thing that seems to be working is the microgreen seed starting box with only the paper towel. And I have some snap beans that I put in a net cup with water touching the bottom and those are sprouting and putting roots down into the water, but after watching every other plant fail to thrive beyond that point, I'm afraid it's going to die too.
    I feel like giving up. My house is around 75 degrees indoors so it's not too cold or too hot. It's only been getting 85 degrees outside but all the plants and solutions are in the shade. I'm using the same ratio of nutrient solution that you suggest. Are all of my plants dying of transplant shock? I don't know what to do. I've watched your videos on repeat for the past month and I think I'm doing it like you suggest. Am I suffering from Survivor Bias by watching all of these successful Youtube growers? Is it actually normal for so many of my plants to just die?

  • Linda Turshman

    Hi and thank you so much for the great videos. I love that you have showed us how to do this "on the cheap". I've got my little seedlings going strong using the Dollar Tree container and paper towel wicking method. I ordered the nutrients from Amazon and the Master Blend was the biggest expense. My question is: what color is Master Blend supposed to be? In pictures, it appears to be yellow but the 1 lb. baggie (yes, a baggie!) I received is a light blue/green. The seller assures me that they just re-packaged Master Blend to be able to sell smaller portions. I know this isn't exactly on topic, but I don't necessarily trust answers from those trying to earn a buck. Thank you again!!!

  • gamer three

    Funny that this method was named after him… We've been doing this method in our University(UPLB: Institute of Plant Breding) for decades… But kudos to Dr. Kratky for spreading this knowledge.

  • ManoueCherie

    Wow didn’t know dr. Kratky had a channel. I have watched a lot of videos about his method, no one his channel name. Thank you

  • Lotus

    Hey, I tried your downspout kratky and am having algae problems. It's positioned in the sun for most of the day because that is the only space I have for it. Whats your technique for insulating against high temps and algae?

  • HthyLife.HapLife

    I want to do this set up at my south side back patio (has the best sun) of the house and we get heavy wind coming thru here often so what can I do to anchor my set up down so my veggies won't fly away from me…lol. Thanks.

  • topcat seriosblack

    Great video but this method has been around along time it's just who takes credit for my grandmother grew this way in the 1980s

  • Eric Arbour

    Hi, first of all thanks for your Video !

    Here my question. I want to grow White Sage (Salvia Apiana) in my contry (Canada) but it's too damn cold during winter. So I am wondering if I can grow White Sage inside using the Kratky method. I more often see it for vegetable but rarely for regular plants.

    Also because it's a plant that is use to grow in the hot zone, I am not sure if it's duable.

    Thanks in advance for your answer about my so imporant project I have here to grow indoors these Salvia Apiana.


  • Tirzah McPherson

    Thank you for this information and for pointing back to the source! I live in a townhome and want to grow greens for my family.

  • Amanda Futch

    Thanks for sharing your wisdom! I started growing hydroponic kale in Gatoraide bottles this winter. I upgraded to 7 gallon Styrofoam coolers lined with trash bags (because they sometimes leak) that's working good as well.

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