We are aware of the problem of pesticide residues problem on the vegetables that we consume daily and therefore we are determined to renounce the use of pesticides. However, if we do not use pesticides, we are like giving up on planting vegetables. As a farmer, it is not an easy decision to stop using pesticides for pest control. As when pesticide is used, it is equivalent to grow the vegetables for the insects to harvest. Not using proper pesticides in farming is not as simple as affecting the production yield, it can cause huge capital lost and ultimate full of debt to bear. Malaysia is a fast growing country, people can easily earn a living in many industries beside farming. However, farmers in low-income countries are less fortunate. For example in India, every week there are farmers committing suicide in 2017. This is because normally farmers would not have enough modal to start farming, most of the modal are coming from loans. If the available startup modal is not sufficient to buy pesticides, pest will get out of control, it is very cruel for witnessing the pests destroy all the crops but nothing can be done to fix this. When farmers get no harvest, they will be no ability to return loans and some of them choose to end the problem by committing suicide. Everyday we are eating fruits and vegetables, but who would understand the sad truth behind it? Behind every fresh and delicious vegetables is the war between human and insects. If the worms victory, the farmer dies; if the farmers win, the vegetables is full of pesticides residue.

There is a saying in farming industry: “Without pest controlling with pesticides, it’s better not to plant them.” Yes, no farmer is willing to take the risk, not only the farmer, most of us when coming to the matter of money or income, we will never do anything that will “sacrifices ourselves and benefit others”. Thus, farmer got no choice but to use pesticides, and indirectly all of us are eating pesticides for every vegetables we eat, which is inevitable.

At Merry Farm, we choose to walk out from the farm and give presentation everywhere to raise awareness of this. We shared the process, type, and flow of pesticide use by farmers and the harm of pesticide residues to out bodies. We encourage everyone to join us and promote “plant your own vegetables” program. Eating homegrown vegetables not only saves our money but most importantly it is also safe and non-toxic.


SJKC Sin Ming Semenyih & SJKC Kampung Baru Semenyih,sharing hydroponics planting the teachers。

SJKC Yoke Min Bangi,teaching standard 4,5,6 on DIY simple hydroponics bottle,free seeds and coco peat for the students。

Is it difficult to grow your own vegetables? My answer: it’s easier than cooking instant noodles. Is the cost of hydroponics high? My answer: in fact, you can DIY. It is not necessarily to buy expensive planting equipment, you can start hydroponics planting by using some old bottles at your home. As long as you learn the techniques and working principle of hydroponics planting, you can use it for your lifetime. In Merry Farm, we also selling some DIY hydroponics system. The “Mini Hydroponics Box” that we produced is a DIY that help us to save money while enjoying the joy of planting. The purpose of the “Mini Hydroponics Box” is to let people practice the hydroponics techniques that enable us to grow our own food. At the same time, we can save the money from buying vegetables and enjoy the pesticides free vegetables.


Mini Hydroponics Box

Our inspiration for making the “Mini Hydroponics Box” is coming from a teacher who said “Whatever i plant, there just don’t survive until harvest time”. Therefore, I specially made a simple, easy-to-use mini box for hydroponics planting. Those without any planting knowledge also able to produce some fresh vegetables. This mini box is inexpensive, and by follow the picture tutorial below, the success rate is very high. We encourage anyone who have planted your own vegetable to share your result in comment section below, let us share your happiness😀.

The mini hydroponics box is made using ice cream Styrofoam box. Although the size is small, it can be planted with 11 plants. If each week we plant a box of vegetables, four boxes will form a circular harvest that enable us to eats fresh vegetables everyday. Most importantly, you can learn the hydroponics techniques and gain benefits from it that last a lifetime.


Mini Hydroponics Box Closeup

Hydroponics Techniques 1 : Seedling

The most critical aspect of hydroponics if seedlings, as long as the seedling process are well taken care, the next step is far more easier to do. The seedling process should pay attention to :

  1. Each planting cup can be planted with 3-4 small leafy type plant such as water spinach, HK choy sum. For larger plant each planting can be planted with only one vegetable such as pak choi.
  2. Each set of mini hydroponics box come with 15 planting cups. We recommend to use all the 15 planting cups when seedling so that the extra can be use to replace the non-germinating seeds.
  3. Place 3-4 seeds to each planting cup, remain the strongest plant on each planting cup after the plant has grow up to 3 leaves.
  4. Let the seed germinate at a place where no sunlight is reached, the seeds should germinate after 3 days. Slightly water the plant after germination, just ensure the coco peat is moisture will do.
  5. After germination, place the box at a place that able to receive some sunlight such as balcony or garage, but not directly under the hot sun.
  6. Water the plant every two days to keep the coco peat remain moisture.
  7. After 5-6 days and when the plant has grown 3-4 leaves, then only we add in A+B nutrient solution.
1. Fill the planting cup with coco peat without compressing it
2. Water the planting cup that filled with coco peat
3. Take out the desire amount of seeds, use a wet toothpick and stick 3-4 seeds

4. Place the seeds on the wet coco peat surface
5. Add a layer of coco peat to cover up the seed
6. Place the planting cup inside the hole, the keep the remaining cup inside the box
7. Cover up the box with a wet cloth and place it in a dark place

Hydroponics Technique 2 : Water Temperature and Oxygen Content in Water

Water temperature. The roots of most vegetables grow well under 28° C+-, and the oxygen content in the water is also at normal rate. When the water temperature went too high, oxygen that dissolved in the water will decrease, not only causing the plant to grow slower, but eventually the root will rot due to lack of oxygen. Generally, the temperature of flowing water is lower and the oxygen content is also relatively higher and the root will grow well under such condition. The “Mini Hydroponics Box” use Styrofoam as material mainly is to solves the problems of “water temperature” and “oxygen”, as Styrofoam has a good heat insulation effect. It help to prevent the water temperature to rise rapidly when the box is put under hot sun.

 

Hydroponics Technique 3 : A+ B Nutrients Solutions

The nutrient solution is a mixture of various minerals, this including NPK, Ca, Mg, Na, Fe and so on. Different type of vegetable would have different formula for nutrient solution. For example vegetables generally need more nitrogen, while fruits and melons need more potassium. We mainly focus on teaching growing vegetable(leafy type) using hydroponics, so our nutrient solution contain a great amount of nitrogen. In general, the nutrient solution is divided into two types, A and B. When used, A/B is mixed and diluted in water. Nutrient A main components: potassium nitrate, calcium nitrate, monocalcium phosphate, chimeric iron, boric acid and sodium cuprate. Nutrient B main components: potassium nitrate, magnesium sulfate, ammonium phosphate, zinc sulfate, and copper sulfate.

A/B nutrient solution Tip: Why nutrient solution should be divided into A and B, can not be mixed into a bottle?

Reason: When concentrated form, calcium nitrate can not be mixed with magnesium sulfate, monoammonium phosphate, manganese sulfate, zinc sulfate, and copper sulfate. Calcium is easily crystallized and cannot be effectively absorbed by plants. Therefore, the AB is divided into two bottles. The nutrient solution we formulated was a standard concentration, and A/B was diluted at a ratio of 1:200.

Be careful when adding A+B nutrient solution. 1. Place the mini hydroponic box under the desire planting place and add water. 2. Add A+B nutrient solution and add water to 95% full to ensure that the planting cup is 50% immersed in water. Refer to the picture on how to use A+B nutrient solution:

1. Fill up 80% of water。
2. A/4 caps + B/4 caps and pour into the water

3. Top up with water until 95% full
4. Place it under the sunlight。

Hydroponics Technique 4 : Sunlight

Most vegetables require sufficient sunlight to grow well, sunlight allows the plant to carry out photosynthesis and create more glucose, that able to make our vegetables taste better. The sufficient sunlight for vegetable is generally 6-8 hours. Most of the plant love the sunlight, but they do not like the high temperature (heat). Therefore, some places such as Cameron Highlands and Kundasang in Sabah where the sunlight is sufficient and the temperature is lower, the produced crop are tastier compare to other place. Although the use of Styrofoam does not allow the external environment to cool down, it can help to maintain the temperature in the water.


Mini Hydroponics Box Price Package

Single Set Package

1. 11 planting hole hydroponics box RM16.00
2. 15 planting cup RM7.50
3. A+B concentrated nutrient solution 500mlx2 RM18.00
4. coco peat  1 pack 1kg+- RM5.00
5. seeds 20gm+- RM3.50
HK choy sum、Taiwan Pak Choi, or Kangkung (choose 1)

Total:RM50.00


Double Set Package

1. 11 planting hole hydroponics box x2 RM30.00
2. 30 planting cup RM12.00
3. A+B concentrated nutrient solution 500mlx2 RM18.00
4. coco peat  1 pack 1kg+- RM5.00
5. seeds x2 20gm+- RM7.00
HK choy sum、Taiwan Pak Choi, or Kangkung (choose 2)

Total:RM72.00


Triple Set Package

1. 11 planting hole hydroponics box x3 RM42.00
2. 45 planting cup RM15.00
3. A+B concentrated nutrient solution 500mlx2 RM18.00
4. coco peat  1 pack 1kg+- RM5.00
5. seeds x3 20gm+- RM10.00
HK choy sum、Taiwan Pak Choi, or Kangkung

Total:RM90.00


Full Set Package + Free 15 planting cups

1. 11 planting hole hydroponics box x4 RM55.00
2. 60 planting cup RM18.00
3. A+B concentrated nutrient solution 500mlx2 RM18.00
4. coco peat  1 pack 1kg+- RM5.00
5. seeds x2 20gm+- RM10.00
HK choy sum、Taiwan Pak Choi, or Kangkung (choose 2)

Total:RM106.00


# Interested Buyer please notes

1. The price for two sets or more is relatively cheap, but it is not advisable for combine purchase. Please note that only one A+B nutrient solution and coco peat is included.

2. Full set of mini hydroponics box is the best deal, it comes with extra 15 planting cup for free. If a box is planted every week, you will be able to harvest fresh vegetables every day on the fifth week. During harvesting time, please prepare seedlings for planting after harvest.

3. Beginner are recommended to start with plant that are easier to grow, such as Taiwan pak choi, HK choy sum, and kangkung. The seeds included in the package is sufficient for 1 year planting.

4. No matter which package you have purchased, we want you to succeed in planting. Therefore, we hope that buyer can take pictures and share with us after successfully planting. We will send you two other new vegetable seeds, which is enough for you to plant for a year.

5. Select your desire package, then send a message to our official phone no. 010-9203262 via Whatsapp. For example: “I want to buy full set package”. After we receive your message, we will arrange the delivery accordingly.

Homegrown Vegetables is always tastier and healthier
Let’s create an era of pesticide free planting


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