Organic Hydroponics in Koh Samui Thailand .....

by lecras eric
(Thailand)

I am Eric, and I want to start a small business here in Thailand Koh Samui. Just wonder if it is possible to do it here? We have many hydroponics here, but no organic hydroponics. Maybe you have contact or you know how to organize it? And can you tell me the cost to supply about 30 guest hotel and restaurant? I also want to do vegetables- tomato and avocado and maybe some strawberry too....what will be my investment? Thank you for your help and comment, Eric.



Answer: Eric- it is possible to do organic hydroponics anywhere in the world. The key to a healthy organic garden is compost, and the key to healthy organic hydroponics (one way, at least) is compost tea. Properly made compost is loaded with living, beneficial micro-organisms, readily available nutrients, humic acids and fulvic acids, as well as many other beneficial substances. Compost tea can be made from compost, with additions of worm castings and seaweed (or kelp meal).

You can place one or two cups of compost into an old sock or pillow case, and suspend it in 5 gallons of room temperature water. Place an air bubbler into the solution to keep it aerated. Also add 1/4 cup of kelp meal (or liquid seaweed, like Maxicrop) and 1/4 cup of un-Sulfured molasses. Let brew for 24-48 hours before using. The tea will have to be diluted before using. Small amounts of other substances, such as high Nitrogen bat guano or high Phosphorus bat guano, can be added to the compost tea to make more suitable fertilizers for the veg stage or flowering stage.

Your investment costs are partly dependent on how quickly your crops grow. Supplying a 30 guest restaurant with varieties of lettuce and herbs would be a relatively small investment. This is true for a number of reasons. First, lettuce, herbs, and spinach all produce edible parts while in the vegetative stage of plant growth. This means they can be grown using less powerful lights (fluorescents) and with fewer fertilizers. They also grow very quickly- some varieties of lettuce in as little as 14 days! Because of the quick turnover, you can supply a 30 person restaurant with lettuce day after day from only two or three medium sized hydroponic systems.

Tomatoes and avocados, on the other hand, require more powerful lights in order to fruit properly. Also, they take several weeks of vegetative growth followed by several weeks of flowering (fruiting) before they begin to produce the tomatoes and avocados. This requires much more fertilizer and more electricity. Also, due to the long production time, you will need many hydroponic systems in different stages of production in order to produce a steady supply of tomatoes and avocados to a 30 guest restaurant.

I cannot tell you exactly what your investment would be....but based on the comparison above, you should be able to begin to assemble lists of the equipment you will need, how much space you may require, how much fertilizer you will need, how much electric you will use, and basically how much it will cost to produce these different products on a regular basis. Start by figuring out how much of each product you will need to produce in order to supply the 30 guest restaurant on a daily/weekly/monthly basis. Compare this to your yield per plant (and consider how quickly the crop grows), and you will begin to get an idea of how much equipment you will require.

You may want to start with a contract to supply salad greens, spinach, and fresh herbs (since this can be set up quickly and produce quickly), and allow this to pay for the set-up of the tomato and avocado production. Strawberries grow quickly, some varieties produce constantly, and they are easy to grow....they may also be a good crop to start out with. I hope this helps you out Eric, and Happy Growing!

Comments for Organic Hydroponics in Koh Samui Thailand .....

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Mar 02, 2014
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
avocado NEW
by: Anonymous

avocado.... interesting....they are a large tree, so I'd love to see the hydro system that is used. :)

Apr 24, 2012
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
organic fertilizer for hydroponic NEW
by: JUl

Do you have your phone number for contact about how to make the organic fertilizer in Samui?

Aug 16, 2011
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
aeroponic
by: Anonymous

Eric;
This is hesam kasraei from Iran.I am specialist in hydroponic and aeroponic systems.I like to work in this field in thailand.if you would like please email me. (kasraie_h@yahoo.com)
have a nice day
Hesam kasraei

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Hydroponic Nutrients Q&A.

Check out all of Jason's recommended items.
Find out the cheapest and easiest ways to garden productively in this article.

Hi everyone, Jason from Jason's Indoor Guide here. When I got started with hydroponic gardening more than 22 years ago, my first garden used rockwool cubes and B.C. Nutrients....and I remember thinking to myself yeah, sure, there may be a lot of advantages to gardening with hydroponics, for example there are very few pest problems, therefore very little pest control, no weeding, no plowing or tilling the soil, no soil testing or having to add things into the garden soil, no watering the garden....but for someone who just wants to grow their own vegetables and have more control over their food supply and the quality of the food that they eat, the cost of constantly having to buy grow media and hydroponic nutrients makes this an expensive hobby for most people.

I suppose when you take into consideration how much money you save NOT having to buy food at the grocery store, it is surely cheaper to grow your own food hydroponically even with the cost of high quality nutrients. Nevertheless, I didn't have a whole lot of money to work with and I needed to make my efforts as affordable and effective as possible....and in the last 20 years I HAVE learned a thing or two!

As you browse through Jason's Indoor Guide, you will notice all of the systems that I use personally are homemade systems. As I got 3 or 4 years of experience under my belt, I quickly adopted a preference to standing water systems and systems that use expanded clay pellets or lava rock, because the media is re-usable and it eliminates a huge operating expense. So once a hydroponic system is built, garden maintenance is minimal- check and adjust the nutrient solution daily, and to change it completely every 2 weeks....and the biggest operating cost is the hydroponic nutrients. (and the electric bill, lol).

And, regarding the cost of the nutrients....I experimented for about 3 years with making different compost teas and nutrient teas, but there is still a lot of expense $$$ associated with making high quality nutrient teas....like kelp meal, liquid seaweed, rock dust, bat guano, un-sulfured molasses, worm castings. You can eliminate a lot of this expense by becoming an expert at making high-quality colloidal humus compost, and use your properly made compost as the basis of your hydroponic nutrient solution.



Make a year's worth of compost in one week!
What is colloidal humus?

Make the world's best compost


Unfortunately, I have been gardening for over 20 years and I have only just recently mastered this difficult skill....and even then, only because I happened to find a very easy to follow, high quality technique and decided to follow the instructions to the letter. I produced more high quality compost in just one week than I was able to use in a whole year! I highly recommend it. It is one of the top 3 things you can do to increase the productivity of your food production efforts, while at the same time decreasing the amount of effort required to grow all of your own food, and decreasing the total cost of operating your food production system.

And when I say decrease operating costs, I mean decrease them to almost ZERO, especially if you are producing your own nutrients.


High Efficiency
Hydroponics

One final solution to eliminate the cost of your hydroponic nutrients: Imagine a hydroponic system that does not require you to buy any nutrients, does not require you to make your own compost, and does not require you to brew your own nutrient tea. Seriously! No cost and no effort as far as providing nutrients to your plants is concerned. Plus, at the end of the gardening cycle, you harvest all of your garden vegetables, PLUS YOU HARVEST FISH from the system!


Aquaponics

Click Here to learn more!

This solution is aquaponics. If you are serious about producing all of your own food and being self-sufficient, this is the ultimate solution for reducing expenses (as much as possible), reducing the total amount of work required, and maximizing the productivity of your gardening efforts. I have been gardening for over 20 years, and it is the perfect food production solution in my opinion.


Produce garnden vegetables AND fish together. Eliminate fertilizer costs!

Besides mastering how to make high quality compost, learning aquaponics is one of the top 3 things you can do to increase your garden productivity, reduce your total costs, and reduce your total work. The product that I learned from is called Aquaponics4you. With all of my hydroponic gardening experience, the first time I came across the Aquaponics4you product I knew immediately that it was something very special! Place an aquaponics system outdoors and use the sun instead of grow lights, and you have reduced every garden expense to nearly ZERO!


High Efficiency
Soil Gardening

This is where my advice ends for people growing in water. But some of you out there are in love with soil gardening and organic gardening, and rightly so! It's a pro-human activity. It is pro-conservation. It is pro-life. It nurtures and promotes life at all levels, from the micro-organisms to beneficial insects, to healthy humans. It's natural. it's spiritual. Gardening is written deeply into our DNA, like how you feel watching a bonfire or sitting by the ocean or next to a river.

My friend John at Food4Wealth has more than 20 years experience organic gardening, so he reminds me a lot of myself. He knows organic gardening like I know hydroponic gardening, and over the years he has learned just about every trick there is to organic gardening. He knows what makes the plants grow, and he knows how to do it with as little effort as humanly possible. His garden never needs digging, naturally repels pests, has no weeds, always produces more than his family is able to eat, produces vegetables everyday all year round, and....only requires 8 HOURS of light, easy effort PER YEAR!


Low effort organic gardening!

Years and years of experience and results can't be argued with....the Food4Wealth gardening strategy is one of the top 3 things you can do to increase your productivity, reduce your total costs, and reduce your total work....specifically for organic gardeners who love soil gardening. THIS is the most efficient and productive way to do organic gardening, period! And combined with the ability to make a years' worth of colloidal humus compost in just one week (see World's Best Compost), this overall organic soil gardening strategy is just unstoppable- foolproof, low cost, and low effort!

Learn about high yield organic gardening






If you've found this site helpful at all, I would really appreciate it