On learning Hydroponics at Xinchejian

August 24th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

  • Can I keep a few plants alive and hopefully, get some nice veggies to eat?
  • What can I do to scale a home hydroponics system for yield and longevity?
  • Is the result or yield worth the time invested for the average person?
  • Answering all of these questions is the optimal outcome. Frankly though, if the only thing I get at the end of this is some nice jalapenos to garnish a salad with, I will be happy. I freaking love jalapenos. Roger already had some young plants sprouted and ready for transplantation. I like variety, so I went with a tomato, cucumber, and jalapeno plant. We filled buckets with Leca (Lightweight expanded clay aggregate). These small, porous clay rocks will act as a medium for the plants roots to sit in. The pores in the clay rocks allow the nutrient solution to wash over the roots and then easily drain out so as not to suffocate. image1 Once the roots were firmly in place, the next step was to get our shelves set up in the enclosure. It was a bit of a mess… image2 But once we cleared it out there was plenty of space. We then set up our watering system. Here’s an overview of the system and how it works. Basically, we filled a reservoir (bucket) with a nutrient solution (food for the plants). The water pump will rest inside this container and periodically pump the nutrient solution through the hoses to our plants, washing over the roots and flowing through a drainage system back into the reservoir. We didn’t have a proper hose outlet so I 3d printed one. (It’s nice find practical uses for my printer.) The pump is hooked up to an electrical outlet with a timer so we can easily set a schedule for feeding. Here’s a shot of the hose assembly. image3image4 Here’s a shot of my plants after running the hoses to them. image5 I’m excited to see these grow over the next few months. I’m excited to see what else I can learn about plants in the process. And, I am especially excited about jalanpenos.”]]>

    Basic Hydroponic System Construction|基础水培系统工作坊 -April 18

    March 27th, 2015 § 2 comments § permalink

    hydropnics Sign Up 报名参加 Time: April 18, 2pm – 4pm. Address: 1555 Middle Huaihai Road, F3 of Shanghai Library. Fee: 200 RMB includes hand watered hydroponic system, watering bottle/spray, nutrients。 Description: If you know nothing about growing plants or what hydroponics is, this workshop is for you. This workshop will cover basic plant growing and hydroponic techniques that will allow you to understand and maintain one of the most basic hydroponic system types (hand watered container) with some of the lowest maintenance and resilient edible plants available. You will also learn how to assemble a basic hand watered container hydroponic system, and how to transplant seedlings into the system. At the end of the workshop, you will leave with a functioning hydroponic system with live plants and the knowledge to keep them alive. After that, all you will need for success is patience and motivation! ]]>

    Basic Hydroponic System Construction 基础水培系统工作坊 – Dec. 21

    December 7th, 2014 § 3 comments § permalink

    上海静安愚园东路28号3号楼一楼 新车间 hydropnics 报名参加 Register Time: 14:00 – 15:30 Sunday, Dec. 21. Fee: 150 RMB (for xinchejian members) and 200 RMB (non xinchejian members, including hand watered hydroponic system, watering bottle/spray, nutrients。 Description: If you know nothing about growing plants or what hydroponics is, this workshop is for you. This workshop will cover basic plant growing and hydroponic techniques that will allow you to understand and maintain one of the most basic hydroponic system types (hand watered container) with some of the lowest maintenance and resilient edible plants available. You will also learn how to assemble a basic hand watered container hydroponic system, and how to transplant seedlings into the system. At the end of the workshop, you will leave with a functioning hydroponic system with live plants and the knowledge to keep them alive. After that, all you will need for success is patience and motivation! ]]>

    Basic Hydroponic System Construction 基础水培系统工作坊 – Nov. 23

    October 28th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

    上海静安愚园东路28号3号楼一楼 新车间 hydropnics 报名参加 Register Time: 14:00 – 15:30 Sunday, Nov. 23rd. Fee: 150 RMB (for xinchejian members) and 200 RMB (non xinchejian members, including hand watered hydroponic system, watering bottle/spray, nutrients。 Description: If you know nothing about growing plants or what hydroponics is, this workshop is for you. This workshop will cover basic plant growing and hydroponic techniques that will allow you to understand and maintain one of the most basic hydroponic system types (hand watered container) with some of the lowest maintenance and resilient edible plants available. You will also learn how to assemble a basic hand watered container hydroponic system, and how to transplant seedlings into the system. At the end of the workshop, you will leave with a functioning hydroponic system with live plants and the knowledge to keep them alive. After that, all you will need for success is patience and motivation! ]]>

    在家做的水培系统Hydroponics 101 Workshop – June 29th

    June 5th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

    IMG_20131222_160910 报名参加 Register Date fixed on June 29th 2pm -4pm. 6月工作坊时间确定为6月29号星期天下午2点-4点。 (中英双语) 主题:学习种子培养、植物活体克隆和窗台水耕种植系统的建立 地点:新车间,铜仁路299号(soho东海广场南门保安亭旁) 费用:现场付费375元/人,网上付费享300元每人的优惠价格;费用包括:种培育苗盒、窗台水培系统所需材料、水培营养液 (可持续6-8个月植物所需)。 如果对以下任一课题有兴趣,你可不能错过这个水培工作坊:  同传统种植方式相比,水耕有什么不同和其特点?  想知道如何从种子开始植物种植和栽培  希望在家建立小型的窗台水耕种植系统 下午2点开始,将在新车间举办有史以来信息量最大,系统最完善的水耕种植工作坊,由Roger主持。除了和大家分享同传统土培截然不同的水耕种植方式,以及其诸多好处,还会介绍全球水耕种植领域较为流行的不同系统,从中挑选出适合自家的解决方案。 同时,工作坊将提供材料,让你学习如何从种子开始植物栽培,并且实现植物活体的克隆种植。 最后,将会动手做一套适用于家庭种植生菜,草本植物或是樱桃小番茄的窗台水耕种植系统, Subject: Seed Starting, Cloning and Windowsill System Construction Time: 14:00 ~ @ XinCheJian, 299 Tongren Road(beside the security stand by south entrance), Fee: RMB 300 (pay online) and RMB 375 (pay at door), including: seed starting equipment, parts for windowsill system and enough nutrients to refill the system for 6-8 months. Description: Ever wanted to know what hydroponic gardening is and how it is different from regular gardening? Ever wanted to know how to start a plant from seed? Ever wanted to build your own urban gardening system? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you should sign up for the Hydroponics 101 workshop! In this workshop you will learn the basics of hydroponics and what makes it substantially different from soil gardening. You will learn about the various hydroponic system types found in the world today and learn about how you can grow your own plants in a variety of urban environments, regardless of access to sunlight or soil. The second part of this workshop will be learning how to start plants from seeds and how to create clones of plants from existing mature plants. Finally, you will learn how to construct a basic deep water culture (DWC) system that you can place next to a windowsill to grow your own lettuce, herbs and cherry tomato plants. At the end of this workshop, you will have both the knowledge, the equipment and the supplies to start and maintain your very own urban garden, using a system that takes up about as much space as a desktop computer case. The first 6 people that sign up will receive a bonus: live plants and seedlings to take home in your system, so that they can start growing with their system right away!]]>

    Aquaponics workshop

    November 26th, 2013 § 4 comments § permalink

    Aquaponics2 this is similar to what you will create on Sunday This is a model Aquaponics system for home, similar to what you will create on Sunday. The Subject : How to build a home Aquaponics system By Mr. Song and Mr. Bian The Time:Dec 1st 1pm-3pm The address:1035 Changle Rd, 2nd floor, Xuhui District, Shanghai Sign up here Material(provided): plastic basin glass tank tubes 2W aquarium pump timer ceramics Fee:160Yuan/person Goal: Everybody who attends this workshop could make a aquaponics system to take home, and learn how to do it. 主题:鱼菜共生工作坊 时间:12月1日下午1点至3点 地址:长乐路1035号2楼 报名 材料(提供): 塑料水盆、玻璃鱼缸、管件、2瓦鱼缸泵、定时器、陶粒。 费用:160元/人 目的:教你如何做家用鱼菜共生系统,你可以现场做一个带回家! 关于鱼菜共生:

    “种菜不用浇水、养鱼不用换水”,这就是鱼菜共生!只需要给鱼喂食,就可以一举两得。

    这是一种在无土环境中建立的鱼,菜和微生物的闭合循环。鱼的排泄物能够为植物提供营养,微生物负责分解鱼粪、提供养分,植物吸收后,水被生态净化,鱼得以生存。整个循环没有农药化肥,健康干净无污染,符合现代健康生活方式。]]>

    DIY Aquaponic with Ikea Samla

    February 8th, 2013 § 12 comments § permalink

    Check out the link for the step by step to build aquaponic box with Ikea Samla. desktop aquaponic system

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    Desktop Aquaponic Workshop 小型鱼菜共生工作坊 2月2日(周六)

    January 24th, 2013 § 6 comments § permalink

    Aquaponic is a recirculating integrated growing system which convert fish waste into nutrient for plants and use the biological filtering system to keep water clean for the fish.

    In this workshop, you will learn about the principles of aquaponics and build your own aquaponic system. It’s good for growing fresh herbs, planting ornamental plant with easy care and raising goldfish.
    Date: Feb 2 (Saturday)
    Time: 2pm to 5pm
    Location: 2nd Floor XinCheJian
    Cost: rmb 280 (for the materials and equipment)
    The Workshop is free to join and open to everyone; if you wish to buy the materials and equipment, please kindly RSVP by emailing to: [email protected]
    鱼菜共生是一个自然循环的耕种系统,把鱼的排泄转换成植物需要的养分,同时通过生化过滤起到净化水质的作用,供鱼类生长使用。
     工作坊可以让你了解鱼菜共生的概念,并且教会你如何自己动手做一个小型鱼菜共生系统,用来种植香料和观赏花卉。
    日期:2/2 周六
    时间:下午2点 – 5点
    费用:人民币 280 元 (用于购买材料和装置的费用)
    地点:新车间2楼
    工作坊向所有人开放,并且免费参加。如您需要购买材料和装置,请事前与我们邮件联系:[email protected]。谢谢。
    [caption id="attachment_4226" align="alignnone" width="300"]desktop aquaponic system desktop aquaponic and no watering acquired! 小型鱼菜共生种植,无需浇水哦![/caption] [caption id="attachment_4228" align="alignleft" width="224"]aquaponic hyacinthus aquaponic hyacinths 鱼菜共生系统养殖的风信子[/caption]]]>

    #Aquaponic#: we have perfect water

    September 23rd, 2012 § 2 comments § permalink


    We just tested the water and it’s perfect. 7.0 in PH, no ammonia and nitrite and full of nitrate. Looking forward to seeing these grow!


    – Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

    Location:Huashan Road,,China

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    It's a Bugs Eats Bugs World

    September 3rd, 2012 § 3 comments § permalink


    I was referred to predator mites by a few organic farmers on weibo. They look badass! They are smaller then red spider mites but literally eat them for lunch. Each adult predator mite will eats about 200 to 400 red spider mites.


    I ordered a few bags of them and just finishing deploying them in the garden. There are both adults and eggs in the bag. Place the opening close to stem of infested plants and the predator mites will climb out of the bags to track down the spider mites. It’s a long night waiting but I can’t wait to see if any of them come to action by the morning.

    Go Killer Bugs!!! – Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone
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