email conversation between myself and Kieran

as i mentioned in my previous post on what i have in my balcony, Kieran have provided myself some information, that i wish to share with others.

so, am gonna post our emails here:


Hi sansan,

I hope you do proceed with your idea about growing vegetables on your balcony.

I started out in hydroponics last year. My apartment has decent sized
bay windows but no balcony and as they face west, north-west and don’t
receive (as I discovered) sufficient direct sunlight, I had to use
artificial lighting. I currently use just two 65W CFLs (compact
fluorescent lamps).

My blog is called High-Rise Hydro
( I’ve got a bit of catching up
to do as I had a nice crop of three loose leaf lettuces from which I
harvested leaves nearly ten times. The outer leaves can be pinched off
when large enough and the lettuce just grows new leaves to replace
them 🙂 I have spearmint that is growing well and two pot-plant
tomatoes, although I’ll be planting a determinate variety of tomatoes
called ‘Small Fry’ and A-Choy in the near future.

I just revisited the AutoPot Malaysia website
( and it loaded fine for me but in case you
have problems again I’ve noted their contact details below (but I
can’t vouch for them).

Malaysian distributor of AutoPot Systems (
Capillary AgroTech (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd
IRIS Smart Technology Complex,
Technology Park Malaysia,
Bukit Jalil,
57000 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03-89960788 ext 1411
Fax: 03-89960441

I visited the Eden Project in the UK a few months ago and they had a
very similar AutoPot system which is made by a competing company
( I’m tempted to buy their AQUAvalve but
for now I’ll continue with my DIY wick system (for tomatoes, herbs
etc.) and deep water culture (DWC) system (for leafy veg).

There actually is quite a bit of info. on hydroponics on the web but
let me know if you need any links.

With best regards,

———[ Received Mail Content ]———-
Subject : thanks for your comment
Date : Wed, 17 Sep 2008 12:04:39 +0000
From : susansstan

DEar Kieran, thanks for your comments. however, i don seems able to
log in autopot website despite several trial.
probably it’s due to my poor network.
i will try to check it out soon.
would it be ok if i write to you more if i need further information
after i check out the website?

ps: i don seems able to find ur weblog. do yo have one? mind to share with me?


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