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Hydroponics by Crops

  • Tomatoes - Heritage breeds worth exploring
  • Chili Peppers - hydroponic peppers plants are fairly similar to those of tomato and can use the almost the same nutrients
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Hydroponic system with air pump Aeroponic system with sprinklers Rockwool cubes
Rockwool mostly used for germinating and growing small seedlings
the smallest cube can be inserted inside the big cube, for transferring plants to bigger systems
Expanded Clay

Uk Edible Flower

Perhaps suitable for a flower wall:

flower latin name culinary use availability
angelica angelica officinalis similar to liquorice, slightly minty intense flavour spring
anise hyssop agastache foeniculum mild liquorice flavour for Chinese dishes and salads varied colours available with minty variations July
basil ocimum basilicum similar flavour to the leaves, superb garnish for pasta and Italian dishes August
bellis daisy bellis perennis apple flavoured perfect pompon shape in various colours used for pretty decoration spring
bee balmbergamot monarda citrus, mint, oregano flavour and pretty red flowers July
borage borago officinalis star shaped blue flowers & faint cucumber taste for sorbets, soups & dips June
broad (fava) beans vicia faba flower tastes like the bean eaten rawleaves & shoots make tender greens June
broccoli brassica oleracea botrytis cymosa mild broccoli flavoured flowers bright yellow for salads, decoration July
burnet Sanguisorba officinalis taste similar to cucumber, can be used instead of borage June
busy lizzies impatiens sweet flavour for salad garnish and drinks July
carnations dianthus sweet, some with nutmeg tones excellent in desserts - lots if colour and scent variations May
chamomile anthemis nobilis small daisy like flowers with sweet apple flavour July
chervil anthriscuscerefolium delicate anise flavour best sprinkled raw on salads July
chicory cichorium intybus taste similar to endives, pleasant mild bitter taste July
chives allium schoenoprasum intense onion flavour & pretty lilac colour, lovely with cheese, eggs and in soufflé May
clover red trifolium pretense sweet, anise flavour berry red flowers to be eaten cooked rather than raw June
coriander coriander sativum flowers taste similar to leaves but milder, sprinkled fresh raw on dishes using the leaves for flavour July
cornflower - red, maroon and blue Centaura cyanus sweet mild spicy clove like taste in blue, pink or maroon beautiful garnish June
dill Anethum graveolens flavour similar to leaves but stronger used for soups, dressings & dips July
fennel Foeniculum vulgare star yellow flowers very adaptable with cheese, pastries, and desserts superb mild anise flavour July
fuchsia fuchsia acidic flavour but graceful decorative shape August
garlic allium ursinum wild garlic flowers, intense garlic flavour in tiny white flowers spring
geraniums pelargonum graveolens lemon and rose scented petals and leaves July
gladiolus gladiolus flowers have a slight lettuce flavour - beautiful receptacle for mousse, pate, or rice filling July
hollyhock hollyhock beautiful decorative large blooms without flavour July
jasmine jasminum officinale often used for scenting tea, intensely fragrant flowers July
lavender lavandular angustifolia sweet floral, lemony flavour the most adaptable flower for desserts, savouries, ice creams, very popular July
lemon balm melissaofficinalis adds a zing to soups and oriental dishes, contrast to sweet flavours July
lemon verbena aloysiatryphilla used to scent custards, flans & teas with citrus flavour August
lilac syringevulgaris heavy floral scent with lemony tones, lovely crystallized spring
marjoram oreganummarjorana mild version of the herb leaf used in the same ways to flavour dishes July
mint menthe minty taste with flowery overtones for desserts and ice cream - many different varieties including grapefruit, lime, chocolate apple July
nasturtium nasturtium majus peppery, sweet spicy flavour can be stuffed or used as salad July
oregano oregano vulgare mild flavour of the herb leaf used in the same way July
pansy viola mild flavour for salad, desserts, fruit salad spring
pea pisum sativum flowers, shoots, vines & tendrils all edible - taste sweet & crunchy - like peas! NB: ornamental sweet peas are poisonous June
marigold calendula officinalis peppery taste & bright orange colour for pasta, rice, butters, eggs July
primrose primula sweet mild taste for salads spring
radish raphanus sativus spicy bite to the flowers and leaves similar to the root July
rocket arugula garden rocket - flowers taste similar to the leaves - peppery and piquant July
rosemary rosmarinus officinalis mild version of the herb leaf used in the same way for Mediterranean dishes July
rose rosa sweet floral taste, like rose fragrance, for creams, cakes, desserts and ice creams July
sage salvia officinalis subtle sage flavour for beans, mushrooms and sauces July
savoury satureja montana hot and peppery a little similar to thyme July
sorrel rumex acetosa lemony, sharp taste for sauces, pizza June
thyme thymus vulgaris milder flavour of the herb used to sprinkle where the leaf would be used July
wild pansyheartsease viola tricolour mild flavour for salads, cakes and cheeses spring

Automated Feeding
drip bag
Automated sensing and feeding


Compost Tea or Worm Tea

  1. Place 1 gallon of compost or 1 pound of worm castings into a 5-gallon bucket.
  2. Fill the bucket with water and stir well.
  3. Aerate the mixture continuously with the aquarium air pump.
  4. Let the bucket sit, out of the direct sunlight, for up to three days. Stir the mixture every day.
  5. Pour the liquid through a disposable filter to strain out the solids. The resulting liquid is the compost tea, or worm tea, to be used as fertilizer.

Animal and Plant Byproducts

  1. Add 1 gallon of water to a bucket.
  2. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons of fish emulsion.
  3. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons of seaweed extract.
  4. Add 1 tablespoon of blood meal.
  5. Stir well and use as fertilizer. Use the same ratio of ingredients for larger volumes, if required.

Planning and Ratios


  • 1 pound of fish needs 10 gallons of water

Seeds Sources

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