Learn to make your own homemade hydroponics system to grow virtually any plant, vegetable and fruit without soil.
If you're looking for a simple solution to grow plants inside your own home, a hydroponics water culture system using a 5 Gallon bucket and a few other components might be your cheapest and easiest-to-build choice. Find out how to get one running in this article.
Growing plants using a hydroponics system is a growing hobby, with more and more people starting up on it each year. But a professional hydroponics system is usually so expensive that many of these fresh new gardeners will either quit, or try to work around the problem by creating their very own, homemade hydroponics systems. In order to do this and keep costs at a minimum, they turn to the cheapest materials that can get them through the storm and one of the objects that came to be known as a trademark of homemade systems is the 5 gallon bucket.
Quite possibly the easiest system you can make by yourself is the water culture. This does not require any suspended plant trays, complex nutrient pumps or flood and drain systems. It's just a big pool of water and nutrients that you suspend plants on top of, having their roots drowned in the container, hence the name of water culture. Obviously, one of the best household items you could use in order to build a hydroponics water culture system is the 5 gallon bucket. Five gallons is not much in terms of hydroponics, but it can get you started and the container itself is just right. It's small enough to be portable and it's large enough to be well used as a décor object.
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Start building your hydroponics water culture system using a 5 gallon bucket filled with nutrient solutions and water. You will also want this water to be oxygenized for your plants, so you should also get an air pump and an air stone to put inside the bucket. Now, it's time to suspend the plants, and you can use Styrofoam. Simply cut the Styrofoam around the same shape as the bucket's lid, but slight smaller, because you'll want to have some room to refill the bucket through and also a short carved space inside the Styrofoam for the air tube between the pump and the airstone.
You will also want to carve out spaces for plants inside the Styrofoam. It doesn't really matter how many plants go in there at first, but do try to be administrative with your space. The more plants you get in there, the more fruit/vegetables you will produce and the better your homemade hydroponics system will look.
In conclusion, all you really need to make a homemade hydroponics water culture system is a 5 gallon bucket, some Styrofoam, an air pump, air tubes and an air stone. It's really not that difficult to make and it's not expensive either. 5 Gallon buckets are pretty much the standard nowadays, so you should find them at any shop that sells gardening supplies and not only.
The air pump, air tubes and air stone can be purchased from your local pet shop and they probably won't be very expensive either. And I guess the Styrofoam really shouldn't be a problem getting, since every hardware and home improvement store will have some lying around the place.