starting a hydroponic garden
hey everyone.. im starting a hydroponic garden soon.. its going to be an 8x4 foot area using a 600w HPS light...
ive looked into ebb and flow which is #1 so far.. but im also considering some large 6 inch diameter lengths of PVC pipe the length of the table while holes cut in the top to fit the pots into with the nutrients flowing beneath.. but it seems like if the roots grew TOO much it might restrict flow
and ive considered just floating them on strofoam in a tub of the solution
so.. i think im going ebb and flow
anyway.. i was looking for advice as to which plants to go.. i want tomatos (they cost the most here and we use them a ton) as well as one variety of sweet pepper, probably green... couple hot pepper plants like jalapenos, cayenne, thai... umm, cucumbers, leaf lettuce, peas, beans (vine plants i would just have hanging ropes for them to grow on, and plant them near the perimeter of the system) and a square foot for each of the herbs and spices i want to grow (oregano, parsley, cilantro, yadda ya)
maybe some strawberries too.. and well, for each of these large plans i was thinking of devoting a square foot per plans of the large stuff, and a square foot per herb or spice... maybe have 2-3 tomato plants, 1-2 bell pepper, one of each hot pepper, 2 or so cucumber, one or two beans, peas... and well, i was wondering just how much im looking at? will i have enough room for all of this? im looking to only grow stuff thats everbearing.. like tomatos, cucumbers, peppers, leaf lettuce over head lettuce, maybe even alfalfa sprouts (love it on sandwiches)
im wondering if when all this is grown if im going to have enough space to maybe play around with some alternative greens, or maybe a melon at a time?
any advice is welcomed