Brand new here. Got the link from Meir Lazar to join here. I am in the process of building my first system. For the past almost year I am looking, reading, watching just about every video and article and company that is out there for Aquaponics and Hydroponics. Anyway... to make a long story short I would like a Bioponic system. Finally I found the Pee-Method or the same company is also showing off something else that will convert "greens" and 'kitchen discard" into plant food.
Anybody on here ever tried this? Know about this? Good? Bad? don't bother?
any help and input would be fantastic..... :-)
the picture below is my first vertical tower I build last Sunday afternoon.
Stacey: First thank you very much for taking the time and answering me. I understand most of what you are saying. But then also you sort of saying the system "Vortex" is impressive, but I can accomplish the same with some air bubbles. The company claims that this is self-sufficient system. But you are saying I have to use Pee-Ponics anyway to make it "run".
The rusty nail suggestion is fantastic, but everywhere I go with this everybody is using caution with the vinegar because I mess with the ph level. How can you maintain a healthy ph if you are pouring so much in there on a weekly basis??
What I read so far from you in other posts you are doing Pee-Ponics. Would you please give me a quick run down how you store and time this collection? I know I need to age it for 4 weeks before I can use it. What I can't wrap my head around is the following: I start to save my pee today. I call it bucket #1. How many days will you use the same bucket and pour in fresh pee before you start another one? You know what I am asking? the bucket #1 will never age really. I know you might think I'm stupid but do not get the aging process since I'm adding constantly. Please give me quick run how you do that. Also where do you store those buckets? In the yard? Garage? heat cold? any info would be helpful! Thank you.
Great craftmanship on the tower.
As for the vortex two bucket system, I would have to agree, way over-priced for something you would do with two buckets, an air bubbler or a submersible circulation wave maker for an aquarium (pretty cheap too and will do a 'vortex" if you wanted that). If you use things like comfrey, that stuff breaks down very fast and you can blend and strain the goo if you want it even finer. Personally, I don't want to deal with all that effort or anything that might mess with the nutrient tank's pump so I like pee the best.
Meir.... Thank you. Let's go with the pee. But please tell me how exactly you do the circulation with the buckets you save the pee in and store it for 4 weeks. I do not think for every day you have a bucket. So how long do you fill in the same bucket till you let it rest for 4 weeks????? Thank you! I know it's not a bucket... canister.... LOL.
Once again Stacey you are a fantastic help and a world of information that only comes by doing it not just reading books. I am a heck of a lot more confident and think I can start building.
BTW how big is your system? are there anywhere on this blog some pictures of your garden?
I will keep you posted as my journey keeps going.
OMG....... dialup.... wow....... I know saying sorry won't do the trick here but.... I am sorry.
My system will not have any regular water pumps. As a matter a fact I am working on a "pipe in a pipe" air lift pump for my system this weekend. Dialup? really?? are you in a such remote area? If I ever make a video of my system I have to send you a disc so you can watch it. Made already the decision for a Pee-ponic system. You won me over with your 2 liter bottle. I have the peeing situation all figured out already. Meaning how and where to store it in our hot climate. Wish I was as close when it comes to the system itself.
I am on this board/website for only 2 days. If it would have not been for you I would be still in the dark. I can't thank you enough for all the time you put in answering some of my "basic" questions. One day when it will be all up and running and I can say it would not have been possible without that Lady across the globe who helped me out! Thank you so much. You will the first one to know when I grow "food".
Glad I could be of help:-) If you have any other questions, lets know!
For the dialup ... it is remote, but it shouldn't be that bad.
Superfast broadband is only 4 miles away, and ordinary broadband only 1 mile away.
There are a total of 14 families in this valley without it ... and it gets worse because there's no mobile reception either.
We sent a letter to the comunications technology minister once, after 21 days without any phone at all ... resulted in "I'm sorry but you are just one of the last 2.2% of the population who cannot get broadband. There are no plans to improve the service in your area, and it is not likely that this will change in the foreseeable future" ... ended rather abruptly to the basic point of don't bother me any more.
Never did address the "The lines are actually deteriorating and we have half the speed we had 15 years ago". Funny that ... LOL.
My pee storage system is a 26 liter tote with a funnel and hose. I should probably put a one-way valve to help with smell every time I use it, but other than that, it's pretty simple. When it gets full I leave it closed and wait a month. Done. Simple
Meir......... I never used anything like that but what you are saying sort of does not make sense. Lets say your 26 liter is full and lets also assume you waited already four weeks so you are ready to use. Lets say you are using 1 cup per week. One liter will give you about 4 cups... that would mean 4 weeks. For the next 104 weeks you will not need to pee in the tote any more. But after that almost two years of storage of your pee you will run out.... so for about 4 weeks you would have no fertilizer any more. It does not matter how much you use per week.... if you do not have two totes you either run out for a while or you will replenish the tote without mention it....You know what I'm trying to say. I know you are not tell me a story but you are also not telling everything I need to know to make this work........ ?????????
Greg, yes totes are cheap. You can get as many as you need. I also use it in the garden by dumping aged urine in my rain barrel drip irrigation system for my perennial tire garden. Get yourself a few totes and you'll be set. One person's urine is enough to fertilize all the produce you could want.