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Build Your Own Hydroponic Systems


Have you ever thought about getting a Hydroponic System but thought the systems were too expensive. Designing and building your own Hydroponic system is not as hard as youHydroponic strawberry's might think. Hydroponics is more about principal, than products. All you need is some basic understanding about the principals of Hydroponics to be able to build your own Hydroponic system. You can then build them and for a fraction of the cost of buying a manufactured system.

Weather you buy a store bought system or you build your own Hydroponics system, we want you to have the best Hydroponic garden you can. Growing hydroponically is not as hard as it seems. Although growing hydroponically does require a little more time and effort  If you can grow with soil, you can grow without it.
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Gardening with Hydroponics is becoming more and more popular these days as a way to grow more with the same amount of space. People are also discovering the benefits of Hydroponic gardening. Hydroponically grown plants are more tasty and healthier because they get all the nutrients they need to produce the flavor as well as supply all the vitamins and minerals. That makes them more flavorful and healthier for you.
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Generally, given the right conditions plants grow much faster and even bigger with Hydroponics because the plants can uptake the nutrients with very little effort. They are able to get all the nourishment they need as fast as they are able to absorb it. As opposed to soil where the roots must search out the nutrients and extract them. Even if using rich, organic soil and top of the line soil nutrients. In turn the plants can use less energy searching for food with Hydroponics, and use that energy on vegetative growth, fruiting and flower production.

Faster, better growth and much greater yields are just some of the many reasons that hydroponics are being adapted around the world for commercial food production, as well as a growing number of home and hobby gardeners.



You can build your own Hydroponic systems with a little ingenuity and commonly found materials, but first you should know what makes hydroponic systems work. Then you'll see how easy they are to build and wonder why you didn't think of it before.
 
The average, home hydroponic system usually consists of a few basic parts

Growing Chamber (or tray), this holds the root system. This can be made from many different materials and designed in many ways depending on what you have to use and what you want to grow. A simple storage tote with a lid that you cut a hole into to set the plant in can cost as little as $5. Or you may want to use a bucket in a bucket system for larger plants. The designs here are endless. You may want to look around and get some ideas of what and how you want to use different things.

Reservoir, this holds the nutrient solution that feeds the plants and can be made out of just about anything, from a bucket to a 32 gallon trash can from Wal-mart for $10. Maybe even a Styrofoam cooler leftover from last summer. Again here its just up to your imagination.(Note: it should just be clean from anything that might contaminate the nutrient solution.)

Submersible Pump, to water the plants with. You can use one from a Hydroponics store, or use a fountain pump found in the garden section of any home improvement store. These can range greatly depending on the size you choose, from about $15 to $80.

Delivery system, to get the water/nutrients from the pump in the reservoir to the plants, and back to the reservoir again. Vinyl tubing or regular PVC pipe also found at any home improvement store work very nicely, and can easily be customized to your application.

Simple Timer, to turn on and off the pump, as well as the lights (if you're using lights). No special timer is needed here but you just want it to be able to turn on and off many times a day for the pump. (Note: if using one for lights you will need 2 timers)

Air Pump, and air stone to oxygenate the nutrient solution, this is the same kind used in fish tanks and are quite inexpensive. Oxygenating the nutrient solution is not absolutely necessary but highly recommended. This helps the root system to get the oxygen they need but because the water is continuously moving it cuts way down on algae growth, and helps to keep the nutrients fresher.

Lighting, for the lighting you can use many different lighting systems, from compact fluorescent lighting (CFL's) that you can get at any home improvement store to expensive lighting systems from the Hydroponics store. Or you can simply just use the free sunlight.