Ed @brightonian ?

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  • Ed commented on the blog post Ebb & Flow windowfarm in operation   1 year, 6 months ago · View

    Hello! It’s been a while but I was just wondering whether Sylvia and Chris are still active here. If so, did you guys have a go with the ebb and flow siphon? how’d it go? Mine was going well but I over watered and had no direct sunlight so it went a bit pete tong. [...]

  • Ed commented on the blog post Ebb & Flow windowfarm in operation   2 years, 1 month ago · View

    Hi Chris, Very flattered to be asked for advice, I might start by saying that there are a good number of people here who might be able to give more precise instructions but as you asked I’ll happily give you my point of view: Firstly, head is very important, but back on to pumps! Ahhh, [...]

  • Ed commented on the blog post Ebb & Flow windowfarm in operation   2 years, 2 months ago · View

    Hi Sylvia, Yes, still here, Haven’t been doing much with my window farm though. Don’t know how far you are with yours but one thing I have found is that you need not run the pump very much at all while your plants are young. maybe once a day I think. I think I was [...]

  • Ed commented on the blog post Ebb & Flow windowfarm in operation   2 years, 6 months ago · View

    Fair enough, good luck when u do get round to it. By the way, all is going well still, ate my 1st to salad leaves from this system today, ok they were half an inch each and I barely noticed but they needed pruning and I wasn’t gonna just throw them away now was I!

  • Ed commented on the blog post Continuous Water   2 years, 6 months ago · View

    No. Plants drink barely anything overnight. The pump can go off as soon as the lights do. Also, I don’t know whether the rest of the community would agree with me here but in my opinion you would probably get better results by having the drip on a timer as roots need oxygen as well [...]

  • Ed commented on the blog post Ebb & Flow windowfarm in operation   2 years, 6 months ago · View

    Thanks for your comments. Yeah the greenhouse should be pretty sweet when I get round to it. It’s gonna be made from recycled pallet wood. Luckily I have a reclaim yard nearby and a bit of experience making things out of pallets. You shouldn’t be too scared of trying out this system, I was to [...]

  • Ed wrote a new blog post: Ebb & Flow windowfarm in operation   2 years, 6 months ago · View

    ThumbnailHi guys, some time ago I posted this explaining the Ebb & Flow mod I came up with for a Windowfarm http://our.windowfarms.org/?p=21596.   Well I’m happy to say that my 1st seedlings are in now and so far it’s going well. Left we have my column, four 1l Buxton water bottles suspended by natural string.To the [...]

  • Ed commented on the blog post HELP! Bubbling in reservoir!   2 years, 7 months ago · View

    Thanks Katie, think I might give perlite a try I’m trying a siphoning ebb and flow style of system I cooked up for my window garden which involves pipes between each bottle though so I’m gonna have to think about little perlite rocks getting sucked up the tubes, maybe some gravel at the bottom is [...]

  • Ed commented on the blog post Water-feed and Soil   2 years, 7 months ago · View

    As we’re talking medium here, I’m planning to use plain old gravel straight from my garden, well washed, disinfected and submerged in pH balanced water, but still just pebbles. Anyone think this is a bad idea and if so, care to save me making a huge mistake! My first seedlings need to come out of [...]

  • Ed commented on the blog post HELP! Bubbling in reservoir!   2 years, 7 months ago · View

    Hi Katie, you’re using perlite you say? I was thinking of going with that, what made you choose it? had any problems with it? I went with good old fashioned gravel in the end. Oh, for next time it’s good to give a new medium a really good wash then a soak in water with [...]

  • Ed commented on the blog post What does algea look like, and the dreaded P.H ??   2 years, 7 months ago · View

    Bare in mind that pH 7.0 is neutral, yes it’s high for plants but it is the point that chemical reactions are balanced so if you keep your water acidic which is obviously what you need to do and have unstable alkaline material hanging around then it will naturally try to balance out. Many clay [...]

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      ciaran · 2 years, 6 months ago

      Hi Ed.
      Thanks for the reply. And sorry it took so long for a response.
      I took your advice and was more careful with washing the hydroton, soaking, etc, etc.
      However!
      It turns out that in Sydney tap water has gone from P.H 7 to P.H 8 because the water supply that once flowed from dams
      now comes from our de-salination plant.
      Hydroponic enthusiasts all over Sydney are apparently experiencing the same problem.
      Thanks again.

  • Ed commented on the blog post Open-source science: What’s the pH of your tap-water?   2 years, 7 months ago · View

    Yes, acidifying water for hydro plants is indeed important. Word is that you can use citric acid when the plants are young but nitric acid is what you really need. Bare in mind though that your nutes will change the pH so you want to adjust pH after the nutes are in. I’m sure there [...]

  • Ed commented on the blog post Ebb & Flow Window Farm – Edited with answers to your comments   2 years, 7 months ago · View

    Ooo, I like that as a way of starting it off at the top… I wonder if it would save on space. I guess if u had 1 below each bottle then the water could flood in and through an almost closed valve, drip out into the next water-lever-thing. Would look awesome and definitely be [...]

  • Ed commented on the blog post Ebb & Flow Window Farm   2 years, 7 months ago · View

    Thanks for all your comments guys, Nori, it’s great to hear from someone who’s already getting good results from flood and drain, I was pretty sure of it’s success from what I saw while researching but you never know, it’s great to hear from people who are actually doing it! Put the diagram I had [...]

  • Ed commented on the blog post Peat pellets   2 years, 7 months ago · View

    Good call, I think root riot is the way forward, Rockwool has inherent pH issues, i.e. drags pH towards 7 and root riot is impregnated with specially formulated early nutrients and rooting beneficial fungus, got to be a good thing. Have fun, gonna put pics up as soon as there are enough to be interesting [...]

  • Ed commented on the blog post Peat pellets   2 years, 7 months ago · View

    Hi there, I think that there is a chance of that depending on the diameter of your pipe but it’s more likely to clog the little holes you have for dripping, that would be fairly certain in my mind. Another problem is that peat may contain things you don’t want to feed your plants on. [...]

  • Ed commented on the blog post Ebb & Flow Window Farm   2 years, 7 months ago · View

    Thanks very much, By the way, if anyone decides to try this out let me know, I’m happy to give a few pointers and would appreciate having someone going through the same stuff I am to bounce ideas off of.

  • Ed commented on the blog post Open-source science: What’s the pH of your tap-water?   2 years, 7 months ago · View

    Hi there, I’m in Brighton, East Sussex, UK. I have a titration fluid pH tester that puts my tap water at almost bang on 7.0. Am getting an electronic tester soon, will let you know if there is any difference

  • Ed wrote a new blog post: Ebb & Flow Window Farm – Edited with answers to your comments   2 years, 7 months ago · View

    ThumbnailHi there, a few weeks ago I made a post talking about the window garden I was going to build and a mod I had conceptualised that I thought might be of interest to the community. Well I’m a little further on now and have a video of what I have achieved so far. Take a [...]

  • Ed posted a new activity comment:   2 years, 8 months ago · View

    Hey there, Thanks for your comments. Still early days yet, all I have is a couple of bottles stuck together and hanging from a stick resting between a chair and a table but I’m on my way!

    I think we’re talking at cross purposes here, 1stly, So far as I understand, ”flood and drain” is a synonym for ”ebb and flow”, but I may be wrong. secondly, my mod is much less different from the average window farm then you seem to think. it could theoretically be added to the system shown in the windowfarms youtube vid with no change to the pump or lift side of the cycle. and nothing more than a few feet of tubing and some sealant added to each bottle. the lift to the top bottle is exactly the same as with any other pump and I do intend to use airlift for mine. when that tank fills to the top of a looped tube the water starts to flow through the end of the tube that is sticking out the bottom of the bottle. Because the bottom of this tube is below the end in the top bottle the water is simply siphoned out into the lower on with no mechanical intervention, gravity does all the work. then that bottle fills and it’s siphon tube gets going into the next bottle all the way down to the bottom. I’ll be able to demonstrate some time in the future. Pay day isn’t far off then I can get the rest of my materials! I didn’t know about hydroton floating, that’s really handy to know. I have definitely seen bigger tubs using this system and similar looking balls but maybe the collective weight made a difference. I could always weigh it down with some gravel on top I guess… The biggest problem I foresee is the fact that there is no obvious way to shut off the pump when the 1st siphon starts so I’m gonna need to get the pressure in the pump and the hight of the 1st siphon just right. also, when the pump shuts off there will almost certainly be some water left over in the top bottle so if I’m gonna have any thing growing in that bottle it’s gonna have to be happy having wet feet for half an hour a time. Thanks for your advice, Junkie, one more thing, I can’t find my original post, it just doesn’t appear when I click to view it either through your comment, in the dashboard or anywhere else I look for it. Is that normal? was it deleted? did I do something wrong? Thanks again, I’ll be back soon. Ed.

    In reply to - Hardware Junkie commented on the blog post Flood and Drain mod Ebb and Flow is the method you are thinking of. Few issues to note: One of the main reasons why windowfarms moved to using airpumps was because water pumps get clogged with nutrient fluid. When I was talking with Britta early in 2010, she mentioned they [...] · View
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