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Farming & Gardening In Thailand Tips on how to achieve a beautiful tropical garden. How to grow those orchids, deter pests from your Fruit and Vegetables, or growing your own Thai Spices & Herbs. Feel free to post your pictures and stories about Thai National parks, or any questions you may have about your pets and animals or even Thai Snakes.

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Old 22-02-2014, 03:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey Folks,

Long time lurker, and for years I have enjoyed the various posts here on Teakdoor, but have never contributed. Now that I am living here in Thailand, I thought I'd share a bit as well.

For whatever reason, when I hit my late twenties, I developed an itch for growing vegetables. I grew up in a farming community, but never recall seeing anything but commercial crops such as sugar beats, wheat, etc...being grown. I can remember my great grandfather having a garden, and how incredible everything tasted out of the garden compared to the supermarket.

The second motivation I have for growing veggies is the fact that seemingly, there isn't any good produce to be had. Maybe those of you who are up North have better access to quality "farang" vegetables, but I do not. Furthermore, I have yet to see one god damn tomato worth anything at all!

Here in Thailand, I have no access to soil. My entire yard is concrete, so I had to find another means. I began to research aqua and hydroponics, and that has led me up to where I am now. The beauty of these systems is that they are customizable to your space, require little maintenance, and they produce quite well.

Here are some pictures of my Aquaponics system.


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The birds got ahold of my first large tomato that turned. I leave it on, as they seem to go back to the same fruit, and leave the others alone...for now.


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These are Pink Brandywines and Purple Cherokee. I am currently growing 4 varities of tomatoes, all heirlooms.


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These are just locally sourced pots. I bought 20 of them, for about 150(ish) baht each. I have a worm bin that I feed all my organic scraps. They put out a really nice black soil. That's what I feed these eggplants, which don't seem to mind the Thai weather.


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I am in Pranburi (Near Hua Hin), and I have enough vegetable seeds to last me till I die. If you want to grow something, shoot me a message, I probably have seeds for it. Don't ask me to put them in the mail though, I am super lazy. ha!

Cheers,

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Hi DentDent,
First of all congrats on your set-up. Could you please tell me where you purchased your clear roof sheeting, I have been looking around for some time now. The only ones I have been able to locate are the small twin walled ones at Global etc.(600B each)
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Welcome to the Buffalo Board...

Some nice stuff there, DentDent...

Rat might be along for advice on smoke...
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Nice thread, Ryan. I've never been green fingered although my father and elder brother were. My brother once won a Blue Ribbon at Southport flower show.
I like your set up, and since you only live down the road I might pop down to see you.
Here's a pic of a sage bush that I nearly grew. Couldn't find a chicken small enough to stuff!

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Nice thread, Ryan. I've never been green fingered although my father and elder brother were. My brother once won a Blue Ribbon at Southport flower show.
I like your set up, and since you only live down the road I might pop down to see you.
Here's a pic of a sage bush that I nearly grew. Couldn't find a chicken small enough to stuff!

You are welcome anytime, just PM me and I'll give you a tele number and directions. My location is extremely easy to find. If you can make it to the Tesco in Pranburi, you can make it to my place.
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Welcome to the Buffalo Board...

Some nice stuff there, DentDent...

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Thanks for the welcome.

I don't think I've been around long enough to understand the "advice on smoke" reference.
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Mai pen rai...If Ratchaburi's teddybear can clear the cobwebs from his brain, he might find this thread!...

I grew some great tomatoes last year, but not in Thailand...

Had a Manitoba Ox Heart that must've weighed a couple of kilos...
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Mai pen rai...If Ratchaburi's teddybear can clear the cobwebs from his brain, he might find this thread!...

I grew some great tomatoes last year, but not in Thailand...

Had a Manitoba Ox Heart that must've weighed a couple of kilos...
I've got a couple of "megablooms" on my Brandywines. If I can grow a 1kilo tomato, no matter how ugly, I'd be pretty stoked.
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Hi Ryan,
I am just starting a Dutch Bucket System here in Rayong.
Ryan where do you get your Nutrients from?
Need some for Tomato. need a 4-18-38 mix if possible.

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Awesome setup, Dent, and kudos on you tomatoes ! I couldn't get mine safely through the heat, they just burned in place

What's your tomatoes spot sun/shade ratio ?
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A boatload of tomatoes, huh Dent?

I presume your looking to preserve that amount?

Nice thread - someone after my own heart.
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I am just starting a Dutch Bucket System here in Rayong.
Ryan where do you get your Nutrients from?
Need some for Tomato. need a 4-18-38 mix if possible.

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Hello Ray,

Sounds like you have been watching MHP Gardeners vids

Truth be told, I was unable to find anything close to a 4-18-38, and what NPK water soluble ferts I found did not contain any micro nutrients. I have been ordering mine online from the US. Absolutely not cost effective. I did find some 20-20-20, and some micronutrients which could be added separately. I do not think you'd have bad results with a 20-20-20 as there are guys using it and growing just as well as MHP.

Try to find a local shop which carries fertilizers. They should have something that will work for you. The micronutrients I found were in a glass bottle and are called Calcium Plus. It was all very low priced, but I don't remember actual costs.

Hope that helps.
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Awesome setup, Dent, and kudos on you tomatoes ! I couldn't get mine safely through the heat, they just burned in place

What's your tomatoes spot sun/shade ratio ?
One of my dutch bucket systems is in full sun, all day.

The other dutch bucket, and the aquaponic tomatoes get about 7 hours, and then are fully shaded for the rest of the day.

Growing in a soil-less medium allows you to keep the roots cool with water. I haven't experienced issues from heat...yet...but we'll find out soon enough, as it's getting warmer now.
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A boatload of tomatoes, huh Dent?

I presume your looking to preserve that amount?

Nice thread - someone after my own heart.
I have been selling the overflow as there are far too many to eat myself. They taste quite good, and even the Thai's are impressed with the flavor over what is available at the market.
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I am just starting a Dutch Bucket System here in Rayong.
Ryan where do you get your Nutrients from?
Need some for Tomato. need a 4-18-38 mix if possible.

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Hello Ray,

Sounds like you have been watching MHP Gardeners vids

Truth be told, I was unable to find anything close to a 4-18-38, and what NPK water soluble ferts I found did not contain any micro nutrients. I have been ordering mine online from the US. Absolutely not cost effective. I did find some 20-20-20, and some micronutrients which could be added separately. I do not think you'd have bad results with a 20-20-20 as there are guys using it and growing just as well as MHP.

Try to find a local shop which carries fertilizers. They should have something that will work for you. The micronutrients I found were in a glass bottle and are called Calcium Plus. It was all very low priced, but I don't remember actual costs.

Hope that helps.
Perhaps try here ?
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The local fresh market where I live has a stall selling hydroponic lettuce of different varieties. Beautiful, nice tasting produce. It is sold with the roots still intact, sprouting out of a little bit of foam. I always wonder what the system is like this is grown in.

Do any of you know how hydroponic lettuce is grown?
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There's a set up in San Na Meng, off the Doi Saket Road. They are grown in pvc storm water pipes in water that has nutrients added to it, no soil at all. If the set up incorpates the big square tanks (as in the first picture of the OP) then you can have up to 100 taptim in there and they supply all the nutrients required to grow any veges.

I have a friend who had a set up like that of the OP.
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We used to have a store like that in our local market, but as they were a little bit more expensive, it was only expats who bought their stuff, and they soon disappeared. They grew all their stuff near my house, but now their farm is abandoned. Such a shame as the veg was lovely.
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^ I see the guys from the Pizza Company in Mae Jo buying their produce from this woman, so maybe she has a chance.
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i am selling of all my stuff for a complete aquaponic system- if you want additional stuff

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