Custom Nutrient Solution

Nutrient Solution, peppers, Tomato

With the help of HydroBuddy and  This article I have calculated a feeding program for growing tomatoes and peppers in my Central Texas Hydro Shed.  It is a 10×12 shed that is climate controlled to the best of my ability , but during Summer it gets quite warm.  I based my calculations on a great article mentioned above to gradually go from a ” full growth ” formula just after transplanting to a “full bloom ” formula over 5 stages of plant growth.  Feeding schedule does not go by time , but rather by cluster formation on the plants.  The more clusters that form , the more the feeding schedule moves toward a full bloom/fruiting nutrient solution.  There full instructions for making a 3 part or simpler nutrient solution on Daniel Fernandez’s Excellent site .  Reading all of the excellent instructions going from simple to complex solutions is HIGHLY recommended. WithoutHydroBuddy this would have been MUCH more complex !

All of the information needed to do this yourself , including where to by scales and chemicals is on Daniel’s

site !

The reasons for doing this are :

  1. Less expensive
  2. More control over nutrient delivery based on plant stages.
  3. More FUN !

My next plan is to incorporate solar power in the shed ( Currently in beginning stages )


Future Plans for Dave’s Hydroshed

Nutrient Solution


With the help of these two books by Howard Resh I hope to :

  • Optimize nutrient solution for plants at various stages.
  • Make my own nutrient solution.
  • Optimize feeding schedules

My goal is to make my shed a template that others can modify for their particular climate and needs.

I am always looking for ways to simplify growing methods so they will be easily reproduced.  I also intend to keep much more accurate notes on a daily basis.  I hope to be able to produce charts on the amount of harvest per plant so an accurate assessment can be made as far as how many plants per person are needed etc.  I am currently learning about nutrient solutions and their individual components . I can’t wait to share what I learn and learn from others doing the same thing !