Comments on: Grow: Foolproof Hydroponic Gardening in a Tub http://steamykitchen.com/33957-grow-how-to-make-tub-hydroponics-garden.html Steamy Kitchen Food Blog: fast recipes, simple recipes, with fresh ingredients to create delicious meals. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 16:04:34 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 By: Jaden http://steamykitchen.com/33957-grow-how-to-make-tub-hydroponics-garden.html/comment-page-1#comment-1236815 Mon, 30 Mar 2015 13:09:09 +0000 http://www.steamykitchen.com/?p=33957#comment-1236815 Hi Jane – yes, Earthboxes are amazing for any herbs or leafy greens. In one box, I’ll have all my herbs – I don’t mind that they are planted close together, because I use them so often. I also plant rosemary too. Be careful of mint – it’s a “creeper” and unattended, will take over the entire box and suffocate the other plants. If you plant mint in the same box, just keep it trimmed and keep a watch for the roots.

In another Earthbox, I’ll plant a variety of leaf lettuce (not head lettuce). Leaf lettuce allows you to pick your lettuce leaf by leaf, instead of waiting to harvest 1 head. I’ll plant 8 leaf lettuces in 1 box.

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By: Jane Barger http://steamykitchen.com/33957-grow-how-to-make-tub-hydroponics-garden.html/comment-page-1#comment-1236803 Sun, 29 Mar 2015 02:43:21 +0000 http://www.steamykitchen.com/?p=33957#comment-1236803 I want to grow basil, rosemary, oregano and thyme. Would you suggest that Earthbox system? We have a lot of forest critters that like to interfere with growing things.

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By: Jeanne http://steamykitchen.com/33957-grow-how-to-make-tub-hydroponics-garden.html/comment-page-1#comment-1236798 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 20:06:23 +0000 http://www.steamykitchen.com/?p=33957#comment-1236798 Thanks Scott! Have a great weekend!

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By: Scott http://steamykitchen.com/33957-grow-how-to-make-tub-hydroponics-garden.html/comment-page-1#comment-1236792 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:12:05 +0000 http://www.steamykitchen.com/?p=33957#comment-1236792 Jeanne,

I would highly recommend putting some shade cloth over the tub. I would recommend somewhere around 50% shade cloth. Make sure there is plenty of room for air movement between the cloth and the plants. If it gets crazy hot, the lettuce will wilt in the sun. Even heat tolerant varieties will suffer a little. A couple of things to keep an eye on. When we run it here in the summer, we tend to loose more water quicker than we anticipated. Check the water level occasionally. We usually add about 1/2 to 1 gallon of water during the third week or so. Raise the water level part way up the roots but do not completely submerge them as this could drown the plant.

Use a white tub instead of a black tub. The black tub absorbs too much heat. Good for cool weather gardening, but not the hot summers. You can also switch from lettuce to another leafy green that does a little better in the heat. Some Bok Choi and Pak Choi seem to do well here in Florida. Make sure you have a lid that will help sunlight off the water. This will help prevent or at least slow algae from growing in the water. We haven’t had much of an issue with the water getting yucky in the short growing time.

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By: Jeanne http://steamykitchen.com/33957-grow-how-to-make-tub-hydroponics-garden.html/comment-page-1#comment-1236790 Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:32:44 +0000 http://www.steamykitchen.com/?p=33957#comment-1236790 Love this! Going to try it, thanks! I have some questions – the area on my deck I’d like to use gets a lot of direct sunlight for 70% of the day, and it gets HOT out there in the summertime (I live in the midatlantic…. “hazy hot and humid”!) My herbs wilt every afternoon and then perk up again in the evening when the temps cool… I was considering putting up a bit of shade for them this summer to keep them from looking so sad every afternoon. Would this lettuce also wilt in such hot direct sunlight? Should I also put some shade over the tub?

Secondly, I was worried about the water in the tub turning funky (ie smelly) after weeks of being stagnant and filled with nutrients. Does this not happen, or do you add something to the water to prevent that?

Love your blog <3

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By: Kathi Petersen http://steamykitchen.com/33957-grow-how-to-make-tub-hydroponics-garden.html/comment-page-1#comment-1235475 Sun, 23 Nov 2014 04:33:43 +0000 http://www.steamykitchen.com/?p=33957#comment-1235475 What about organic solutions? Or a beta fish?

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By: Tomato Hydroponic Potato Grow Tubs http://steamykitchen.com/33957-grow-how-to-make-tub-hydroponics-garden.html/comment-page-1#comment-1215242 Fri, 05 Sep 2014 14:27:30 +0000 http://www.steamykitchen.com/?p=33957#comment-1215242 […] Grow: Foolproof Hydroponic Gardening in a Tub | Steamy … – But Tub Hydroponics seems to be the most accurate name for it. … Potatoes and other root crops would need something like our Potatoes in a Barrel Experiment or a … If you are looking for something to grow long term herbs and even tomatoes in easily then look into EarthBox 1010039 Organic … […]

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By: Scott http://steamykitchen.com/33957-grow-how-to-make-tub-hydroponics-garden.html/comment-page-1#comment-1135337 Mon, 26 May 2014 19:31:48 +0000 http://www.steamykitchen.com/?p=33957#comment-1135337 What works best are your leafy green type vegetables. I have seen some success with asian greens as well.

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By: fatemeh http://steamykitchen.com/33957-grow-how-to-make-tub-hydroponics-garden.html/comment-page-1#comment-1134873 Mon, 26 May 2014 12:14:27 +0000 http://www.steamykitchen.com/?p=33957#comment-1134873 hello which kind of vegetable can use for this method ???

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By: Scott http://steamykitchen.com/33957-grow-how-to-make-tub-hydroponics-garden.html/comment-page-1#comment-1131544 Mon, 19 May 2014 16:03:26 +0000 http://www.steamykitchen.com/?p=33957#comment-1131544 Monica,
The Tub system is really well suited for leafy greens. Things that will have less than 45 day growing cycle. Any longer and the system runs low on water. It’s inability to sustain longer term plants like tomatoes and peppers is made up for by it’s simplicity. If you are looking for something to grow long term herbs and even tomatoes in easily then look into EarthBox 1010039 Organic EarthBox, Terracotta
. They are amazingly simple once set up and last an entire season. They are also reusable the next season.

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