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 you
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.
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
can grow with soil, you can grow without it.
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.
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
vegetative growth, fruiting and flower production.
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.
average, home hydroponic system usually consists of a few basic parts
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
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
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.
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.
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
to turn on and off many times a day for the pump. (Note: if using one
for lights you will need 2 timers)
, and air stone to oxygenate the nutrient
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.
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.