compost in Hydro setup

My crazy idea !! Ok i love the hydro system but don´t like to ad "fake" fertilizers my idea is to combine the the compost bin to the hydro setup.
hmm, i don´t know if it is a good thing to do.

well i was thinking that the water from my reservoir could be pumped and sprinkled over the compost, and the water the that collects in the bottom of the compost bin my "compost the" could go back in to the reservoir, to give the plants naturally nutrients, i was thinking a constant flow ore will that burn my plants whit to much nutrients?

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Answer from Stella/Simon:

Hi there,
Unless you are a very experienced hydoponics enthusiast, we recommend strongly against using compost "tea" for a hydro unit. The "fake" storebought nutrients you talk against actually provide just the right combination of nutrients that a hydroponic plant requires.

They really aren't "fake" just manufactured to exact ratios of nutrients. We much prefer and recommend nutrient solutions formulated for hydroponics and particularly recommend GH Flora Series Nutrients.

Hope this helps!

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Jul 27, 2011
Dıy Nutrients for hydroponics
by: Devrim

Hi;

I am livng in a farm around Antalya- Turkey. Hydroponics is very new for me and I also was thinking to find a way without any ready to use nutrients. I have animals here. Cows, goats, chicken and birds.
I was thinking it would be okey to use very diluted old mix manures water. Also I was planning to add some iron pieces to the water. Some from compost was there together too. I read about my idea here and Can't stop me to writte.

So, is it possible to use such a mix? And an other question: For the beginning, I may not find a motor for feeding. Than, is it possible to feed them manually with hand? I don't think if they need nutrients every 5 minutes...

Best wishes.

Aug 26, 2011
i think so
by: Anonymous

I've heard of people using compost teas all the time. If I were you I would just mix up my nutes but only like 1/4 the strength. Try a little at a time then add more. Mess around and see what works best. Try googling how to make compost tea, its a start. Would like to try it myself due to the great results I've seen but more work than I want.
Later, hope it helps.

Apr 23, 2012
Compost in Hydro
by: MeMwl

I think it would work, I have use a mixture of Bat
Guano, sea gull Guano, The directions told me to add it to my reservoir with the nutrients like a couple teaspoons so I would treat that compost tea the same way, I do not remember the name, but they are easy to find online. Start with a small amount
and be careful

May 01, 2012
Thank you !!!
by: Devrim

Thank you for answers. I'll try to do them step by step and share my results here with you.

May 01, 2012
Compost in Hydro
by: Memwl

I remember it was called Pure Blend, Its brown and Yucky looking, but it worked and gave the tomato a real home grown flavor and peppers an added kick. It came in two bottles I think one was for Bloom Stage and Veg Stage, just add to reservoir

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