DIY: How to assemble a homemade hydroponic farming system
Agriculture is the oldest practice that ever was and it has come a long way and has seen a couple of revolutions to this point in time. The 21st century seems to have a couple of tricks up its sleeve as well as it has been proven that you can plant anything you want without soil, Amazing! Right However there is a catch to it all, you have to do is feed them with nutrients. This is where the hydroponic farming system comes in. This is one of the revolutions that you should be up to date with if at all you want to go next level in your farming. Doing indoor farming has never been this easy having in mind that you can do that dirt free, cheaply and by yourself. How do you that? Let me show you how to assemble a homemade hydroponic farming system.
- Get the tools
The first important thing is to get all the tools you need in order to make your creation. Heres a checklist you can use to acquire them.
- garden hose
- pH testing kit including pH buffer solutions
- Plant clips
- 50-gallon nutrient tank or
- PVC pipes
Depending on what conditions you are working under some tools may vary such as a pump. By the end of this, you will be able to make a quality system almost as good as that made by Pure Greens LLC that assure you of a variety of green and leafy produce at the end of the day. Stay close and soon you will learn that even growing vegetables and strawberries won’t be a problem.
- Determine your setup location
This may be a basic thing to think of but you need to carefully consider where your system will be. Having in mind that these are plants they will need good lighting and ventilation. Carefully pick a good place to establish your “greenhouse”
- Set-up the system
The system is a basic system that is made up of at least six growing stubs that are placed on a surface above the ground. Under that surface, you can place the feeding tank right under it. It is much effective when the distance is as short as possible. Connect the PVC pipes from the stubs to the tank and that will act as the feeding channel. The pipes, however, will have to be quite narrow to facilitate the passing of the water even at low pressure and to regulate the water passing
- Introduce the nutrients
Having in mind that this water will be the source of food for the plants you will need to add nutrients to it. However, there are other factors to consider such as water PH. This could be the difference between a healthy crop and a drying crop. Once you establish that the ph is within the safe range and is not acidic then you can add the nutrients to the water.
- Bring in the plants
While introducing the plants you can sue those that have good rooting system and before placing it in there, wash the roots place the plants in the cups and surround it carefully with clay pebbles, hang the plants to a pole horizontally on top of it to act as the support since there is no soil to support it.
You will need to do close monitoring of the plants and examine them and administer.