Ever thought of building your own hydroponic system, but cash was always a problem? No worries, this article will show you how to make a 5 gallon pail hydroponic system from scratch, with minimum costs.
If you're into homemade hydroponic systems but you don't have enough cash to buy the best parts around and get a professional kit to install, you may want to read through the next article, because I'm going to teach you to make a 5 gallon pail hydroponic system from scratch.
It will cost you very little in comparison to some DIY hydroponics kits out there, especially since you can use a lot of household materials lying around when building the system.
So let's take a look at what you need first:
1. Grab a 5 gallon pail or normal bucket and make sure it's sturdy enough to hold a hydroponic installation. Don't use metal buckets if possible, because the iron will oxidize and alter the pH levels of your nutrient solution, harming the plants you're trying to grow.
2. Go to your local store and get an air stone, an air pump and some tubes to connect the two. These are essential for your homemade hydroponic system, since they'll provide your plants with the oxygen needed to grow and perform their daily tasks.
You can usually get them at the same place and they're not very expensive (you only need a low to moderately powerful air pump in order to make a 5 gallon pail hydroponic system work).
3. Get some plastic cups and measure their top circle. You will need to cut holes in the pail system's lid just under the size of the cups' top area.
4. After getting the cup dimension, cut several holes into your lid (hopefully it's a plastic lid you're using) and try to cut them so that as many cups as possible fit inside. Usually, for a 5 gallon pail system, you could probably squeeze in up to 5 holes the size of a plastic cup.
5. Once you've set up the lid, get a pair of scissors and plunge some holes in the cup bottoms and sides. These will act as suspenders for your plants, with their bottom buried deep in the nutrient solution, so make sure they have a lot of holes to allow nutrient flow to the roots.
6. Your homemade hydroponic system is almost done! All you need to do now is place the air pump and air stone inside the pail and securely connect them with air tubing.
7. Fill the bucket with nutrient solution, then place the lid on top of it and make sure there's enough water to reach a cup's bottom. Try to have the water and nutrient solution levels as higher as possible and as close as possible to the lid.
8. Carefully clean your plants' roots from dirt and other impurities and gently place them in the cups, with their roots hanging inside the cup and through the holes. Now simply place the cups in the lid holes and you're done!
You just managed to make a 5 gallon pail hydroponic system all by yourself!