My first grow, it is probably far too complex but I am trying to keep it simple, for the plants.
So here is what I will be mixing into grow inside a Vivosun 5-gallon grow root bags 3 layers:
- Soil mix- top layer
-1.5 Fox farm ocean forest
-.5 ocrra compost (half 40lb bag)
-.5 Becks mulch soil (40 lb bag)
-2 lb medium size Hydroton
- Coco mat- middle layer more of a buffer to hold soil above water line
- 5” BBQ lava rockto hold coco layer above water line
-Growing two white widows plants centered then outward
-1.5” scrog net
-30-gallon clear tote center snap tote (marked at 5” for lava rock in buckets)
-inside tote two soil buckets placed side-by-side then grown opposite directions
*tote will be used to hold water for DWC with four airstones, one in each pot and one on each side
Veg- fish water only for DWC and soil
Flower- a tea of seabird guano and kelp to water column. Dechlorinated water to soil with 1/4 water column mix
There is a reason for my “first” grow (one time hydroponics 15 years ago got only like 2oz) making things so complicated, that’s to keep everything so simple. I am trying to best mimic natural conditions while utilizing my understanding of aquaponics and the nitrogen cycle. This will not be a sump setup the first time, even with certain fish being like koi being rather hardy, I do not want to risk contamination of their tanks or an risk to an animal. Eventually, I would like to sump this to really automate the system.
In my thinking, the roots should be plenty strong enough to snake into the water through coco, but so long as I water soil first, most should stay on top of coco mat. This
Tell me what I am going to mess up? Tell me where I am going to run into issues? If there are better organics I can add, please let me know.
Big thanks to friend @Unkindtay for giving me lots of advice and ideas, I just had to make more complex