Simply put, it is a way to grow plants using a mineral nutrient solution in water, without soil. While more complicated options may seem overwhelming, this system offers an easy-to-understand method that will inspire you to get started.
Without further ado, here's a cheap and easy way to begin your first window sill hydroponics garden!
Step 1: Materials
- 2 1/2' to 3' of 3/8" I.D. vinyl tubing
- plumbing sealant
- ~2"x4"piece of galvanized or fiberglass screen
- Perlite, gravel or sand- only inert growth media
- clamp or clothespin
- 1 gallon pitcher
- your choice of plant food solution
OPTIONAL: seedling starter tray or discs
Step 2: Constructing your tray
Insert at least 2-3" of tubing into your tray. Now put a watertight seal at this entry site with your plumbing sealant, while also securing the tubing to the tray bottom.
After this has dried, use your plumbing sealant to secure your appropriately sized piece of screen over the tube entry. This will prevent particulate from draining along with solution.
Step 3: Add your growth media
Use only inert growth media.
Step 4: Seeding
You can place seeds in the media directly but they may move during solution wettings and may grow randomly and perhaps not where you initially placed them.