Added by on 2016-10-04

This is a an update on the raised bed fall garden that I planted in late August. The cabbage, kale, and broccoli are doing very well. The plants growing inside the greenhouse are doing pretty good too. As for the hydroponic cabbage in the IBC tote, they have used about 80 gallons of water in the first 60 days and are doing great. The dutch bucket tomatoes are right on schedule too. Video Rating: / 5 I wanted to see what would happen if I moved a couple of hydroponic boxes outside. These are the ones that I built for doing the Kratky method of no aeration. I made a few changes to the first design to resolve the wind issues. Aside from having the boxes fill up with rain water, things went very well. The lettuce is nice and healthy, and this was done with no electricity. The only change I would make is to add some type of awning or covering over the top to shelter the boxes from the heavy rains. A little rain won’t hurt, but downpours fill up the boxes quickly. The fertilizer I used was 4-18-38, the same thing I’ve been using for awhile now. Here is how I mix the fertilizer: This is my explanation of the Kratky method: How I built the boxes: Video Rating: / 5 Related PostsMittleider Garden Update: Albert & Irene’s Fall GardenIndoor Hydroponic Spinach Update – S2 Episode SomethingHydroponic Cabbage – Yes You Can !Growing Broccoli & Cabbage Vertically 2Basement Hydroponic Tower Garden 3 month updateHomemade Hydroponic system, self contained with lights. update

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  • Jerry Buenvenida 1 year ago

    5 pounds cabbage 3tbsp salt= sauerkraut

  • Whitney Pyant 1 year ago

    I love kale and cabbage

  • Wilko Inaka 1 year ago

    u did those cabages directly on the soil??

  • dymondwillow2 1 year ago

    where are you guys lately???

  • Ocean Man 1 year ago

    what nutrient numbers are you using for hydro cabbage? i have a weird color thing happening.. Thanks Bobby!

  • Garden Novice Farm 1 year ago

    Everything looked great!

  • Sam Towns 1 year ago

    Pretty cool how the cabbage was growing so easily with no water movement or aeration, but I wonder how you started the plants out at the beginning? From seeds?

  • Abraham Garcia 1 year ago

    Cant you explain to us abaut formulas you use to dilute nutrients 

  • Omar Khater 1 year ago

    i hope you will be making a vid about mint

  • Bob Herndon 1 year ago

    Great vidz Bobby!
    A question, do you use 100% Perlite I'm your Dutch Bucklet set up?
    I'm going to set up a small op in Hawaii-

  • elrod3000 1 year ago

    Love your videos , and keep up the good work man, love yall!!!

  • Nakkeeran Gurusamy Jayathungan 1 year ago

    Dear Bobby,
    Great videos, you are the motivation for me to start gardening, i just started to put a dutch bucket system together. HOW DO YOU POLLINATE YOUR TOMATOES IN THE GREEN HOUSE? 

  • The Liquid Gardener 1 year ago

    I don't understand what is to down vote with this video?

  • TheMudman799 1 year ago

    Good Video Bobby. I am getting ready to set up a dutch bucket system in the house. One thing I have not seen on your vids is the transition from the seedlings in soil to the dutch buckets. Am I correct in that you start the seeds in a soil mix then wash the soil and place them in the net cups (Kratke method) or perlite for dutch buckets? Do you have any special techniques during the transition. I assume over hydration helps in the transition although I do not have any experience with that. Can you clarify?  Thanks In Advance

  • Cheryl Vaughan 1 year ago

    what part of virginia are you?

  • roger t 1 year ago

    Hey Bobby, do you have Bee's in your greenhouse for pollination of your plants? Can you do a video of them?

  • roger t 1 year ago

    Thanks  Bobby for sharing all of your great gardening experience with us, it's been fun watching your experiments, you've answered a lot of questions and saved us a lot of time. You may be only one man, but with a big heart, thanks for sharing your harvest with you neighbors. You are truly one blessed man…

  • geehaw93 1 year ago

    Thanks again for another inspiring video!  

  • Lisabeth Olson 1 year ago

    Hi Bobbie, I just watched your last video with Susan and this one. I am still very impressed with the hydroponic growing. I bought a sweet basil at a local store a month or so ago and put it in some dirt in a plastic jar. It just about died on me. It had been grown hydroponically so I poured the glass full of water. Some time later I gave it a shot of fertilizer in the water. It needs to be used now and I am just going to cut it back and start it over again. It should work don't you think. Where exactly in Virginia. My family are from Fancy Gap.  

  • Chris Blackburn 1 year ago

    Love tomatoes

  • tanya bishop 1 year ago

    You are wonderful. I love hearing your voice. You explain to well, and you are well spoken. Ive learned so much and understand it the way you explain. You did the same thing with the other floating system. So, I thought you didnt need the airation system on this one. Thanks

  • carolcheny 1 year ago

    How come you didn't need to fill up the nutrients? Doesn't the level drop?

  • Jason Reeve 1 year ago

    if you connect large flexible water pipe to each side of the boxes and cover with plastic that should help stop the rain. Also if half way up the board you drill a drainage hole then if it fills it will only stay half filled while the excess drains away. please let me know if this is a good idea. ty.

  • Taneesha Harris 1 year ago


  • drummerman79 1 year ago

    how are you keeping the bugs off ?

  • Curtis George 1 year ago

    For out door hydroponics, all the steps you took are good, but add one drain (over flow) hole. that way, when it rains the boxes do not get flooded out, one or two simple holes !/2" in the air gap should do nicely.   I like your videos Thank you.

  • Chadli Réda 1 year ago

    how much time it takes from seed to the end ?

  • Scott Whittle 1 year ago

    Should install a small pipe in the side at the desired water level so that if rain overfills the reservoir, the excess simply drains out the overflow drain. Simply check the mixture after a heavy rain. Alternative is to create a "canopy" of clear plastic or shielding to divert rain away from the box.

  • Diet Pie Diaries 1 year ago

    Love this!!!!!!!! No more soil!

  • Deborah Drake 1 year ago

    I am not good on math on conversion .what would be the 5 gal mix grams be ? 12 are in cups? sorry to ask but this is not my better side , can do the rest ,but  measuring part confusing ? I have some in coffee plastic cans  doing fine .did the plastic cup u showed on your show

  • Villanovagypsy 1 year ago

    You might be able to drill some holes and make it so the boxes cannot fill past a certain point. Let me know if that idea works : )

  • IvanSotelo 1 year ago

    What is the temperature there? If i get my kratky lettuces in direct sun they get sad and yellow! but the temp here is about 95ºF and it rises up to 110 in a few months! HELP please

  • gregg stephens 1 year ago

    why not add a overflow drain to release the rain water?

  • Catherine Magee 1 year ago


  • John Morales 1 year ago

    so cool

  • Bill Anderson 1 year ago

    Woudn't rain water be good for the plants?

  • ruian convey machinery co.,ltd 1 year ago

    this is jeren tang .we supply full automatic vegetable packing machine .the designing from euro farmer

  • dev bachu 1 year ago

    I got some hydroponic fertilizer an I want to know if you have to change the nutrients solution every week or not

  • robert coronado 1 year ago

    What if you drilled a hole maybe 3/8 inch above the water level and if it rains the excess would drain and all you would have to do is give it some nutrients.

  • Nancy Blair 1 year ago

    Stupid question!: when you cut the entire head, does it regrow? Is it better to just cut a few leaves from each head as needed? What kind of lettuce is in the grocery store, sold with a root system? (And is it hard to clone them?) Turned out to be questions – Haha! Thanx!