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Aquaponics Grow Tower medium using straw—system shows potential of being a very sound method supporting plants, worms, and microbes. Giving plants plenty of moisture and oxygen and nutrients! After 4 months of growing with straw, I came to the conclusion that straw is not feasible as a grow medium—- I found that the straw decomposes too quickly, settles to the bottom of the tube and compacts there smothering the roots in that area. what seems to be doing best, is to have no medium,plants in a net pot or foam support,and just let the plant roots carry the water down the tube Related PostsAquaponics Rocks ( Growing Medium ) Wash Install Plant – $40 Aquaponics – Barrelponics Made EasyEasy Vertical Hydroponics Tower Garden – Even Beginners Can Grow FoodGrow Tower level max“Tower Garden Planting” by Epic GardeningHow to build a Hydroponic Raining Vertical grow tower Part 2Grow 53 Plants in 4 Sq Ft with a Garden Tower Vertical Container Garden

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14 Comments

  • 이동훈 1 year ago

    풀이  썩어버리면 어떻게 해요 선생님

  • Sava 1 year ago

    Mr. Porta thank you

  • Stef Noose 1 year ago

    Hi Donald, thanks for your videos. They are fun to watch. I have a question. Approximately how much pump capacity do I need per tower? Since pumps here are rated in Liter per hour, a 5-warr 400 Liter/hour pump will approximately serve how many towers?

    Have you needed to use plant nutrient solutions to grow your vegetables?

  • Sanith sok 1 year ago

    Great sharing !

  • Glen Goes 1 year ago

    You are a farmer version of Macuyver. I'll be watching more vids! Cheers!

  • Petrus Grisselbum 1 year ago

    Just found your channel and am liking you a whole lot already dude!

  • Blake Wallace 1 year ago

    so excited to watch all of your videos donald you do such an amazing job! from Australia!

  • Bill Treusch 1 year ago

    Hi Donald, I just found your channel and I am looking forward to going through all of your videos. I am new this year to hydroponics, and really admire your setup. The overhead nutrient delivery in this video is awesome, simple and effective. It is too bad the straw didn't  work as a grow medium. Thanks for taking the time to make your channel.

  • Fuckthis 1 year ago

    I love that wirebending jig. You are such a smartie pants

  • Donald Porta 1 year ago

    At 4 min. I am attaching the screen to the top of the tower—- this was a mistake and was removed— good observation Don Avant!

  • Don Avant 1 year ago

    At about 4 min, he says he's attaching the screen to the bottom of the grow tube…Is is just me, or does it look like he's attaching it to the top?

  • Basilikum11 1 year ago

    Did you ever try coconut wool as a medium? We use it instead of rock wool as a substrate for the net-pots, it works really well!

  • Donald Porta 1 year ago

    After 4 months of growing with straw, I came to the conclusion that straw is not feasible as a grow medium—- I found that the straw decomposes too quickly, settles to the bottom of the tube and compacts there smothering the roots in that area. what seems to be doing best, is to have no medium,plants in a net pot or foam support,and just let the plant roots carry the water down the tube 

  • turdfurgison 1 year ago

    Would you just replace the straw after each grow?