There is that re Ann's systems. I wonder if it wouldn't be fine to just top off the pots and leave them wet for a few days. I'm sure they'd be happier getting an air dose twice a day, but they'd probably be OK for a few days without?
Or... there's Aerogarden's way, where you just leave the water-nutes in the reservoir and add an aerator to oxygenate the water. I've seen lots of homebrews on that theme.
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I've eyeballed her setups and love her imaginative use of everyday things, I've gotten some great ideas from her. I'm lazy plus sometimes we're gone for two or three days so want to go as automatic as I can.
Correct me if I'm wrong but I see two ways to do hydroponics - top down with sprayers and drains or bottom up like ebb & flow or a wick. Top down seems to be the best since it flushes the grow mix while bottom up seems to let salts and other bad things accumulate, but top down is more complicated and bottom up is relatively cheap and easy. Am I on the right track, Peat?
Edited, Peat replied while I was cogitating. That's probably what I'll do but how to automate watering it? I've also got some Rapid Rooters coming with my order so am going to give them a try also.
I haven't used any hydroponic media yet, aside from water... But my plan when I got the Deluxe was to try some of Drann's systems for growing greens around the Aerogarden: Ann's Air Gardens. She seems fond of hydroton grow rocks, so I got those to try. This project hasn't gotten off stall yet, though, because the seeds I wanted to grow in them haven't arrived. (Next to the Deluxe, was only going to try to grow greens - komatsuna, amaranth, lettuce.)
Hers are fully manual systems, though - no pumps, just water the plants 2-3x per day.