Growing your own vegetables and herbs is a dream of many green thumbed hobbyists. And even if you live in the middle of the big city, it isn’t nearly as impossible as you might think.
A good hydroponics system doesn’t require much experience or that many materials, the most expensive item will be a aquarium air pump –
And with the right care, it can help you put together a one of a kind indoor garden.
To start making your own Hydroponics system check out the following simple instructions and the Hydroponics videos below.
What You’ll Need
To make your own hydroponics system, you’ll need the following materials:
- 1 2 – Liter Soda Bottle
- 1 Gallon Milk/Water Jug.
- Craft Iron
- Appliance Timer
- Aquarium Air Pump
- 8 Feet of Aquarium Airline Tubing
- Silicon Aquarium Sealant
Putting Your Homemade Hydroponics Together
Once you have your materials, you can start creating your homemade hydroponics in just a few quick and easy steps.
- To start with, plug in your craft iron and cut the top half of the gallon jug off and throw it away. Be careful not to burn or melt anything with the craft iron.
- Next, Burn 2 holes into the top of the soda bottle’s lid and one small hole through the side of the gallon jug just 1/2 inch above the bottom on any side.
- You need these holes to be large enough to put the airline through. Test the holes by putting them through it – if they are not big enough, enlarge them. If they are too big, get a new jug and start over.
Laying Your Tubing
- Next, cut the tubing into 2 pieces – one of them 2 feet and one of the 6 feet in length.
- Put one end of the 6 foot length of tubing into the bottom of the gallon jug from the outside in. Don’t put it too far in, but make sure it will stay, then use the sealant around the hole to keep it from leaking.
- Put the other end of the tubing through one of the holes you placed in the soda bottle lid and make sure it reaches the bottom of the soda bottle.
- Put one end of the 2 foot airline tube into the other hole in the soda bottle and put it up to just inside the cap.
- Have the other end of the short tubing attached to the Aquarium Air Pump.
- Plug the pump into the timer and set it to run about 3 times a day for a half hour each time.
- Now plug the timer into the wall.
Prepping Your Planter
- Fill your planter up with gravel next and then make sure the soda bottle is above the planter.
- Fill the planter with water up to just below the gravel and lower your soda bottle so that it is just below the planter and the water will drain back into the bottle.
- Mark where the water level is so you can imitate this position if necessary. In the future, you’ll need to fill the bottle up to this point.
- Make sure your water level in the soda bottle never changes and add some plant food to the planter every week or two and you’ll be set with your own homemade hydroponics.
- Always remember to wash dirt off of the roots of plants before planting and to make the right room and conditions for new seeds.
If you follow these directions carefully, do not make any mistakes with the tubing and can keep your water levels up, your homemade hydroponics can last for weeks, allowing seemingly effortless growth of herbs and vegetables in your own home.
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