Katie @thegreenlife ?

active 2 years, 4 months ago
"I’ve got romaine seedlings in the system! they seem to be happy so far!" · View
  • Katie commented on the blog post Working Out All the Kinks   2 years, 4 months ago · View

    Thank you Sylvia! I’ve changed up a few things since this post. I now have a new (bigger pump) running two columns (one made of half gallon milk cartons and one of juice jugs) running off separate air ports of the same pump. It’s running continuously now as the Spinach wasn’t getting enough water and [...]

  • Katie commented on the blog post Decrease in water output?   2 years, 4 months ago · View

    B) the water was not making it to the top but instead running back down the tube. I readjusted the height of the “tower” and straitened out the tubing to make it more efficient. This solved my problem. Now I have issues with water “spitting” all over the window a) losing water and b) leaving [...]

  • Katie posted an update:   2 years, 5 months ago · View

    I’ve got romaine seedlings in the system! they seem to be happy so far!

  • Katie wrote a new blog post: Decrease in water output?   2 years, 5 months ago · View

    I’ve noticed that over time, my system seems to be pumping less water up to the top of the tier and my plants are suffering from it. I’m using the airlift system with the t-valve method. There is a tiny bit less water in the reservoir, but I don’t feel like that should affect it [...]

  • Katie commented on the blog post HELP! Bubbling in reservoir!   2 years, 5 months ago · View

    Ed, We’re trying this out at work and will be trying terra cotta gravel (we can get it for free from a local landscaping place). I don’t know if you could do something similar, but I’ll also let you know how that works if you’d like. It’s gonna need a LOT of rinsing and soaking, [...]

  • Katie wrote a new blog post: Pics from Kansas!   2 years, 5 months ago · View

    ThumbnailI’ve finally got some pictures of the farm! I’m running two columns off one (2 valve) pump and one reservoir with an airlift system using the T-valve method. I’m using perlite as my growing medium, and milk cartons and juice jugs in place of soda bottles (I don’t drink soda). Let me know what you think! [...]

  • Katie commented on the blog post HELP! Bubbling in reservoir!   2 years, 5 months ago · View

    Yep, I opted for perlite because it’s cheap, easily accessible, and I’m relatively familiar with it. I work as a groundskeeper at the local zoo and we use it when we’re trying to root out cuttings, so it made sense to use it as a medium for hydroponics. It’s easier on the roots than the [...]

  • Katie commented on the blog post HELP! Bubbling in reservoir!   2 years, 5 months ago · View

    OK, my loop was basically non existent. I lengthened the loop and it works fine now, (well it did until I accidentally yanked the siliconed tubing out of my reservoir *sigh*). Thank you for all the ideas! I can’t use a check valve there because I’m using perlite instead of clay and the dust is [...]

  • Katie wrote a new blog post: HELP! Bubbling in reservoir!   2 years, 5 months ago · View

    Whenever the air pump restarts it ALWAYS sends it into my 2.5 gallon reservoir and refuses to pump any water until I blow all the water out of the uptake tube. I’m using the t-valve method. Any tips on how to make it work without a check valve?

  • Katie wrote a new blog post: Working Out All the Kinks   2 years, 5 months ago · View

    I’ve got a 3-tiered V 2.0 made from plastic half gallon milk cartons. They really work well together and are easily manipulated. I just won’t cut out as much side wall next time. I’m using the T-splitter method with an old adjustable air pump. It’s running on a 15 minute every hour, 24 hour timer [...]

  • Katie commented on the blog post Two week update.   2 years, 5 months ago · View

    The lettuce may be searching for more light if it’s looking kinda leggy (mostly stalk, little leaf).

  • Katie posted an update:   2 years, 5 months ago · View

    Set up the system this morning and it works beautifully! super excited for the rest now =]

  • Katie commented on the blog post New External Airlift System (and first-timer questions)   2 years, 5 months ago · View

    How did you manage to connect the tubing to the spout? I really like your set up and would love to model my next one after it.

  • Katie wrote a new blog post: Starting from Scratch = Lots of Questions   2 years, 5 months ago · View

    Got the initial idea from a friend, who got it from here. I’m trying it out with 3 half gallon milk cartons (plastic) and a full gallon reservoir, also a milk carton. Has anyone tried using these before? I went ahead and siliconed (100% silicone) the tubing into the side of the reservoir as close [...]

  • Katie became a registered member   2 years, 5 months ago · View