Hydroponics and SQ Ft Method
I'm in the planning stages of my garden. I origianl plans were to go with the SQ Ft Gardening Method, but was just recenlty introduced to hydroponics and now am really considering it. My goal is to grow enough food to feed my family of 3 for the year. My thoughts were to use the basic sq ft method and do an ebb and flow system using 4ft by ft bloxes 6 inches deep, filled with pealrlite or vermiculite and they would be outside. One of my biggest concerns is the cost of the set up and the cost of nutients over the year. I've read that you should provde certain plants with different mixes than just a general mix so I wonder how I would divide up the plants into systems so each got the right mix. I'd like to grow lettuce tomatoes cucumbers onions squash corn potatoes swt potatoes carrots beans beets brocoli cauliflower peas peppers spinach stawberries and some herbs. Any advice is welcome. I am getting my hands wet with setting up a basic float system with an old 10 gallon fish tank and growing lettuce over the winter.