5 Tips for Choosing a DIY Hydroponics Project

Choosing the best DIY hydroponics project for you is an important decision. Here are some things you may want to consider in making your choice.

Your space: Do you have a small space with just enough room for a vertical hydroponic system? There are several types of DIY hydroponic projects you can fit into a very small space. Or do you have plenty of room to spread out and build something more substantial? There are lots of options but if you're a beginner, start small and “get your feet wet” before spending a lot of money, time and energy on your project. You could do a project called “nutrient film technique” which allows nutrients to continually flow over the roots of your plants. Or you might consider a space saving vertical aeroponic system that pumps a spray of nutrient water onto the roots of your plants at regular intervals. Both can be done in a very small space.

Your budget: There are DIY hydroponics projects that can fit just about any budget. Some can be done using primarily equipment you probably already have on hand. However, you will need to spend money on a few things, such as pump, timer, nutrients and ph tester. The easiest and cheapest method is called the “wick system” but generally this should be used for small plants and on a small scale. Delivery of nutrients to the roots is slower than in some of the other hydroponics methods.

Your experience and commitment: Do you want a project you can throw up in just a few hours and then not have to fuss over? Or are you someone who wants to check the nutrients and ph every day and hover over your project. There are projects that will work for you no matter what your style may be. Are you a seasoned Do-it-Yourselfer with experience building other types of projects? DIY hydroponics may require some basic knowledge and experience with plumbing, electricity, carpentry as well as some basic gardening skill. The method known as the “drip irrigation hydroponic system” is probably one of the most complicated but most of the methods have versions that range from less complicated to more complicated.

Your plans for what you'd like to grow: Are you more interested in growing something like lettuce or herbs that will give you a harvest very quickly? Or are you more interested in growing some more complicated crops such as strawberries or tomatoes? Your choice of a DIY hydroponics project will be highly influenced by what you want to grow. The “ebb and flow” system works quite well for things like tomatoes, while strawberries do better with “nutrient film technique” (NFT). Most other plants aren't too fussy about how they are grown.

Your climate: Do you live where it's relatively easy to set up and maintain a hydroponics project either indoors or outdoors? Is it too hot in the summer or too cold in the winter to be successful? Keep this in mind as you choose your project. If you live where there is intense heat in the summer, you may need to consider protection from the sun. If it's very rainy, you may need to consider rain protection by building your project indoors or inside of a hoop house or greenhouse.

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Air-Powered DWC Hydroponics System, DIY

This is a simple DWC hydroponics system created fairly inexpensively
using a bucket, net pot, general hydroponics waterfarm replacement kit,
and an airpump. Parts were under $40 for everything and may be cheaper
depending on what you already have.

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Hydroponics: Growing Media 101

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A beginner-friendly introduction to grow media for hydroponics. We cover inert growth medium choices such as rockwool / stonewool, grow stones and perlite and other media options such as coconut coir too. We look at how the choice of growing media affects / dictates irrigation strategies—restrictive and non-restrictive growing media.


Why You Should Never Buy Liquid Hydroponic Gardening Nutrients

John from http://www.growingyourgreens.com/ interviews special guest, Josh Cunnings from the Boogie Brew Compost Tea Company on why you are getting ripped off when you purchase liquid hydroponic nutrients and fertilizers.

In this episode, you will learn why Josh dislikes liquid hydroponic nutrients as well as other liquids shipped around the world in single use plastic jugs or bottles.

You will discover Josh's Zero Bottle Nutrient Program that will enable you to save money and grow better plants by making your own nutrients and organic fertilizers for your plants.

You will discover the concentrated alternatives to the liquid fertilizers and how you can make them for your plants for pennies per gallon.

You will learn a variety of fertilizers you can purchase in dried form and activate it yourself with your filtered water.

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Building a hydroponic vertical garden

Little video showing steps in building my vertical hydroponics tower. Built this one for strawberries but it also works great for leafy greens, herbs or any smaller root structured plant (don't try tomatoes in here)

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Venturi Experiment – Small DIY Venturi for Hydroponics, Aquaponics or Aquariums

Rob's DIY Venturi http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZMjDgM3LaU

I recently watched Rob Bob's (bnbob01) DIY venturi video and it looked like so much fun I thought I'd try my hand at making a small version out of easy to find local parts. I hope to be able to use this in future DWC or recirculating hydroponics experiments.

I think it would be very useful in small hydroponics, aquaponics or aquarium applications for water oxygenation.

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DIY 10 Gallon DWC Tutorial

Learn how to make your own 8 site hydroponic DWC system from a 10 gallon plastic tote bought from Wal Mart. This tutorial will explain each step in constructing the system, as well as Ph adjusting your water and adding nutrients. Made for beginners to hydroponics wishing to grow their own herbs, lettuce, spinach etc.

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Off the grid hydroponics: the Kratky method

Learn how to build and maintain a hydroponics without needing any pumps or other electric equipment. Low in maintenance, this system is ideal for beginners who want to grow fruit, vegetables, spices or herbs. This DIY video will explain everything you need to know to get started.

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Hydroponic Gardening – Grow Organic Plants Fast

Hydroponic Gardening

In this video we talk about hydroponics and how you can grow crops such as lettuce fast and easy. This gardening method is changing the world and how they grey plants and vegetables.

Hydroponic gardening is done by putting pre germinated plants into pipes with constant flowing water. Proper Nutrients are added to the water to keep the plants growing actively.






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Single Dutch Bucket Hydroponic System – Easy DIY – Patio – Balcony – Winter Gardening

Single Dutch Bucket Hydroponic Tomato System…
This is my single hydroponic dutch bucket system which is perfect for anyone with limited space who wants to try growing hydroponically using a dutch bucket setup. It would be great for anyone with a patio or balcony who also has an available electric outlet. It also makes for a good winter gardening project.


Extremely simple DIY ebb and flow hydroponics system: part 1

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This is a work in progress and I will add follow-ups to this video as the basil plants grow larger!

As winter will soon be upon us, I am experimenting with the wonderful world of hydroponics so I can have some fresh veggies during the off season, ON THE CHEAP!

Hydroponics is a lot simpler than it first seems. Liquid nutrients deliver regular and consistent food to the plants on a timed schedule and therefore producing an ideal growing situation for bigger and faster fruit production than soil! Also because there is no soil, the system runs cleaner and much smaller pots can be used as we are only need to accommodate space for the roots and some media (rock wool and hydro pellets) for support.

All that is needed is:
-Hydroponic cup
-A rock wool plug
-Clay pellets for added substrate
-Aquarium air pump
-Air tubing
-Air tubing relief valve
-Inverted water bottle, with bottom cut off, sized for the Hydro pot
-Plastic cup to hold water bottle
-Power drill to drill holes in the bottle caps

During winter, this set up will need an artificial light source, but this was a trial filmed in July 2009, so there is sufficient sun intensity and duration in the window sill for now!

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Hydroponics growing system: How to build a DIY Aeroponics growing system using a 5 Gallon Bucket

Hydroponics growing system: How to build a DIY Aeroponics growing system using a 5 Gallon Bucket. There are many forms of hydroponics growing systems out there. This video will show you step by step how to build an aeroponics growing system.

Aeroponics is a system where the roots are suspended in an environment saturated with fine drops, mist or fog of a nutrient solution. The method entails periodically wetting the roots of the growing plants with a fine mist of nutrients. The growing plants with their roots suspended in a deep air or growth chamber receive excellent aeration and a moist environment. This is the main advantage of aeroponics.

Another distinct advantage of aeroponics over other hydroponics growing systems is that any species of plant can be grown. In an aeroponic system the micro environment can be finely controlled. This addresses many of the limitations of other hydroponics growing systems. In other hydroponics growing systems certain species of plants can survive before they become waterlogged. This means that you can grow plants longer and faster, because aeroponics is that suspended aeroponic plants receive 100% of the available oxygen and carbon dioxide to the roots zone. This will accelerate biomass growth and reduce rooting times. Aeroponic techniques have been proven to be commercially viable for propagation, seed germination, seed potato production, tomato production, leaf crops, and micro-greens. The success of aeroponics has even recognized by NASA.

NASA researchers have been analyzing many soilless growing methods for the space program, including hydroponics. Aeroponics growing systems receive special attention from NASA since a mist is easier to handle than a liquid in a zero gravity environment. Their research into aeroponics has all shown that aeroponically grown plants have an 80% increase in dry weight biomass compared to hydroponically grown plants. They also concluded that aeroponics use less water than other hydroponics growing systems. Aeroponics is also widely used in laboratory studies of plant physiology and plant pathology.

What is hydroponics?

Hydroponics is a soilless growing technique were growing of plants are placed into a system that delivers nutrient rich water directly to the roots. Instead of soil, Plants are often supported by an inert substrate such as rockwool, hydroton, coconut coir, and many others. A flood and drain, mist, or air stone provides oxygen to the root system to keep the plants from drowning. A hydroponics growing systems success is based on the fine control of the environment. This makes a hydroponics growing system perfect for growing indoors as well as outdoors.

I'm a gardener. Why should I care about hydroponics?

Like most you, I enjoy traditional gardening outside in the soil and sun. Then with the fall all of the outdoor fun ends and the long cold wait to spring begins. With the use of a hydroponics growing system you can grow year round. This has become very important to modern farmers and gardeners. Using hydroponics we have complete control over our seasons and plants. Out in the fields many factors affect how plants are grown. Perfect quality soil is difficult to find and even harder to maintain. We have to deal with contamination, weeds, pests and biological imbalances. For a plant to receive a well balanced diet, everything in the soil must be in perfect But with hydroponics, water is enriched with a perfectly balanced nutrient. The hydroponic nutrient solution is also contained so little is lost to evaporation, therefore, less water is needed and wasted.
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Final Results – Hydroponic Fertilizer Experiment

I've been working on an experiment comparing water soluble fertilizers for hydroponic growing. Here is how it began: http://youtu.be/oeLd2SP0c6U The final results are in. When it comes to hydroponics, Miracle Grow is not recommended because it has a form of nitrogen that is best suited for use in the soil. It does poorly in a hydro application. The 4-18-38 hydroponic fertilizer that I have been using for awhile now absolutely kicks butt. My recommendation for anyone wanting to grow hydroponic vegetables is this: find a true hydroponic fertilizer to use, and leave the Miracle Grow products for the soil. The results speak for themselves.

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12v handmade hydroponics & greenhouse

12v photo voltaic powered handmade hydroponics & greenhouse that I crafted more than three days. It was meant to be inexpensive and affordable but the charges started to incorporate up. Discover how to make your own just like this a person. You should comment, this is my to start with attempt and I would like to hear any recommendations you have for this.



Construct Repeat Timer! Do-it-yourself Aeroponics/Hydroponics Timer!

This is a Do-it-yourself online video to establish a 35 min repeat timer with fifty second intervals for Aeroponic and Hydroponic apps. This online video will present you what timer and equipment you want and how to build it in a extremely quick to do simple way. I have performed 1000's of these and other aero projects that I will add afterwards on so remember to subscribe! If you never want to establish it your self, take a look at GrowColt.com or www.ebay.com/sch/chirocolt45/m.html to acquire 1 inexpensive from me. Hope you all delight in!


Just HydroPonics Do-it-yourself

Do-it-yourself Transforming 2 Juice Bottles into a HydroPonic Escalating Equipment. This straightforward task will choose about twenty minutes to make and cost much less than $2 bucks in sections.

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2 Juice Bottles
1 Foot of 3/eight” ID (Inside of Diameter) tubing
1 Foot of 1/4″ aquarium air tubing
4 Zip ties
1 cup of Hydroton / Other Media
1 Air Pump
1 Air Valve

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1 Knife
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Do it yourself Indoor Vertical Hydroponics System – The HydroVert 80 Spot System Establish

http://GrowLightReview.com for more survival films and info. This PVC vertical hydroponic process only normally takes up a footprint of 4 ft x five ft. It takes advantage of two 4 ft fluorescent lights which are electricity economical and do not result the area temperature at all. The lights are mounted on an angle using adjustable chains. Subscribe to abide by the total experiment. My firat experiment will be hydroponic lettuce, four varities together with Burpie Bibb, Inexperienced Ice, Minor Caesar, and Summertime Crisp. Tunes by Woodgrain Theory – track is Luminous Velez from their 1998 Album Seems of Perception.


DIY Drip Hydroponics Lighting from Freecycle Materials

DIY Drip Hydroponics Lighting from Freecycle Materials

This is an update for the Do-it-yourself Drip Hydroponics Lighting System from Freecycle materials that I constructed. With the to start with light-weight process, the close crops were increasing towards the lights in the middle. I additional yet another workbox, light-weight fixture and 100w CFL Daylight bulb and I changed the flat flashing reflector to a seven”x60″ spherical furnace duct. The new reflector would seem to give far better uniform light-weight coverage of the hydroponic process.


Diy ZipGrow Hydroponics Process

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DIY Watering Tutorial for Potted Vegetation

DIY Watering Tutorial for Potted Vegetation

Do it yourself, easy does it, self watering procedure for pot vegetation. This irrigation strategy needs no dripping tubes, sprinklers or what so ever. Chilli peppers starring are Hongarian Sizzling Apple, Habanero Peach and Caloro.

Part2: Do it yourself self watering procedure for pot vegetation. An experiment on up scaling is strategy is revealed in component 2 http://youtu.be/RajhuUx4Hgg.
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house designed Do-it-yourself DFT / NFT PVC Hydroponic Process

This PVC hydroponic process only can take up a little bit of space on my workbench, it is really very compact. It takes advantage of two 4 ft fluorescent

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Homemade DWC Hydroponics Process – Do-it-yourself Deep Drinking water Society How-to

This video clip is about creating a deep water lifestyle hydroponics procedure, also recognised as a DWC hydroponics procedure. This is a very simple Do-it-yourself Hydroponics Process which is wonderful for growing a vast assortment of plants. Allow me exhibit you how to construct a hydroponics procedure and subscribe for a lot more cool gardening and growing films.