What is Hydroponics?

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

- 11"'x19" x3"-4" plastic tray (we used a kitty litter bin) or aluminum roasting pan
- 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
- seeds

OPTIONAL: seedling starter tray or discs

I made one of these in my window vertically useing plastic bottles. Turned out pretty good and was around 100 bucks all in all<br>You can check it out at youtube <br>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AVQPIls-PI
As I picked the last of my cherry tomatoes I kept thinking I wish there was some way for me to bring it indoors; three days later I'm surfing Instructables and find this. Although I'm not sure how I'd keep a tomato from toppling over. Maybe I could rig some kind of hanging support from the ceiling. Anyhow, thanks for the inspiration!
That's a really cool and practical setup! I was thinking of trying a similar but larger setup since I am planning on growing several herbs. I was just concerned that there would not be enough circulating water running inside the tube if I put it in a high rise area. So I am figuring out the best stand that I could use for it in the meantime.<br>
very easy and space saver too. I will try one this week and show what I get!!

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