Hydroponics is the latest obsession of gardeners everywhere. If you’re a little bit fascinated too, but aren’t sure how to get started, here are 8 DIY methods to help you set up your hydroponic plan.
1. The Passive Bucket Kratky Method
The Kratky Method is the easiest hydroponic plan to start with as your setup will be complete within a few hours. If you’ve just started hydroponics, this system is ideal for you. All you need is a bucket, some growing media, some net pots, hydroponic nutrients, and pH kits. With these materials, you can set up a passive system that can run automatically for weeks without maintenance.
2. Simple Bucket Hydroponic System
Here’s another simple hydroponic setup for beginners. You’ll need a 20-litre bucket, some growing media and nutrient mix. The setup works by using the growing media to make a capillary action, which moves nutrients up to the plant’s roots. This is ideal for single large plants. You can water the system manually or automate your system – you’ll need another bucket for the reservoir, and a submersible pump, and a timer.
3. Aquarium Hydroponics Raft
Another great way to dive into the world of hydroponics, the aquarium hydroponics raft is a great way to get your kids involved too. You will need an aquarium or fish tank, nutrients, water, and plants, a raft fashioned out of foam. The system can be either passive or active, using pumps and electricity.
4. PVC NFT Hydroponics System
Large PVC pipes can be used to create your very own hydroponics garden. The plants are placed in cups which are arranged in holders drilled into the pipes. It is watered using a reservoir and pump. This system is ideal for growing small plants in a small area. A basic system can house between 20-40 plants. It can be placed indoors or outdoors.
5. Hydroponic Grow Box
This system provides a lot of flexibility. It can be made with any sized storage tub or bin with a lid. It uses PVC pipes, a submersible pump, and irrigation sprinkler heads to supply nutrients and water to the plants. Net cups filled with some growing medium house the plants.
6. Vertical Window Farm
This unique system takes care of lighting while also creating a fascinating window display for the outside world. You can set up this system using containers to hold plants in a vertical rack setup. Recycled water bottles make perfect containers. Finally, create a system of tubes to bring nutrients from the reservoir to the plants.
7. Simple Desktop Hydroponic System
This plan is as easy to set up as it sounds. This is a very cheap hydroponics system that can be placed right at your desk. This is ideal for beginners who don’t have a lot of space to grow. The plan involves using a two-litre bucket. The plant is housed in a net cup with a growing medium like rock wool. The only investment you’d have to make is a small bubbler.
8. Mason Jar Kratky Method Hydroponics
This low maintenance setup that uses Mason Jars or glass jars and does not involve electricity or motors. It requires no special tools or equipment. Most of the components are readily available at home. Net cups are used to hold the plants that are housed inside the mason jar / any glass jar lids. The jar is then filled with the nutrient solution and the plant’s roots grow into it.