Hello everyone, I'm back and submitting another instructable. This one I'm calling a Grow Table, Hydroponic Dutch Bucket System. I have completed the table and the dutch bucket system. Now I will share them with you. If you have not had the chance to read the other two the links are provided here:
https://www.instructables.com/id/Hydroponics-and-Indoor-Gardening-in-the-Winter/**Grand Prize Winner**
Step 1: Grow Table for Hydroponic Dutch Buckets
You know there is something calm about growing older in this life. When we are younger we tend to think that we will never grow old and must live for today and in some cases do things that we know are not good choices but do them anyway. I remember my first 300 foot of seawater dive (FSW) there was an amazing feeling that went with that. The sense of being surrounded by the world where there was .445 pounds per square inch all around my body. That equals to 133.5 pounds per square inch all over it. A sense of accomplishment in great proportions.That deserves worthy consideration before you go out and try it.
The reason I say something like that it because when we grow older we must still find things that make our lives exciting and we must never stop moving. Stop moving, Stop living. So when I build a greenhouse and build things that go inside and prove to myself that the 133 pounds per square inch that surrounded my body when I was young still surrounds my body when I'm older (so to speak) and deserves that same feeling of accomplishment.
When I'm building something outdoors I always use outdoor building materials, that's why they are made. We pay more but it's worth it. Here we use pressure treated wood that protects against weather and insects. I'm using 4x4, 2x4 and 5/4x6 deck boards. I like using the decking boards for my shelves, and tables because they have a finished look and plenty strong enough. I will prime and paint these before doing anything with them. I take the time to do this because it is easier to paint flat wood than constructed items.
Step 2: Prime Time
Step 3: Round Up Your Gear
Step 4: 4 X 4 Joint Layout
Did you know....
The famous Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, are largely believed to have functioned according to hydroponic principles. Built around 600 B.C. in Babylonia, or Mesopotamia, the gardens were situated along the Euphrates River. The area suffered from a dry, arid climate that rarely saw rain, and it's believed that the lush gardens were watered using a chain pull system, which carried water up from the river and allowed it to trickle down to each step or landing of the garden structure. [source: http://howstuffworks.com]
Step 5: Saw Dust Everywhere
Did You Know......
Photosynthesis is a process used by plants and other organisms to convert light energy, normally from the sun, into chemical energy that can be later released to fuel the organisms' activities. This chemical energy is stored in carbohydrate molecules, such as sugars, which are synthesized from carbon dioxide and water – hence the name photosynthesis, from the Greek φῶς, phōs, "light", and σύνθεσις, synthesis, "putting together". In most cases, oxygen is also released as a waste product. Most plants, most algae, and cyanobacteria perform photosynthesis, and such organisms are called photoautotrophs. Photosynthesis maintains atmospheric oxygen levels and supplies all of the organic compounds and most of the energy necessary for life on Earth.
[source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photosynthesis ]
Step 6: Cross Cut
Did you Know....
The old-time gardeners say, "With the waxing of the moon, the earth exhales. " When the sap in the plants rise, the force first goes into the growth above ground. Thus, you should do all activities with plants that bear fruit above ground during a waxing moon. With the waning of the moon, the earth inhales. Then, the sap primarily goes down toward the roots. Thus, the waning moon is a good time for pruning, multiplying, fertilizing, watering, harvesting, and controlling parasites and weeds” [source: http://www.gardeningbythemoon.com/lunarfacts.html ]
Step 7: Wood Chiseling
Did you Know.........
- Solar energy is the reason we are all alive today; it is the main source of energy for all life forms, read on for more interesting facts about solar energy!
- Solar power is one of very few sources of energy that are completely free.
- On Earth we are especially lucky; the sun is in the top 5% of stars in the Milky Way in terms of brightness and size.
- Although the sun is over 90 million miles from the Earth, it takes less than 10 minutes for light to speed across that distance.
- Only 0.01% of the energy produced by nuclear fusion in the sun PER SECOND would be needed to satisfy the entire population of the earth’s energy requirements.
- The largest solar power plant in the world is located in the Mojave Desert in California, covering 1000 acres.
- A single Air Force base in Nevada has saved $83,000 A MONTH since it switched from using traditional energy sources to solar energy produced on site.
- The average US taxpayer pays almost 100 times as much in subsidies for fossil fuels as he does for solar energy.
- Solar energy has been used for over 2700 years; in 700 BC, glass lenses were used to make fire by magnifying the sun’s rays.
- Space missions have been using solar energy to power spaceships since 1958. [source: http://renewableresourcesinc.com]
Step 8: Ready for Assembly
Step 9: Glue and Screw
Step 10: Legs Together
Did you know.........
The biggest advantage of the hydroponic method is that crop yields are increased many times over those of conventional agriculture. For example, the yield per acre of tomatoes grown in soil is from five to ten tons. With hydroponics, the harvest is from 60 to 300 tons! For cucumbers, the equivalent figures are 7,000 pounds compared with 28,000 pounds ... for lettuce, 9,000 pounds and 21,000 pounds.
Read more: http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/hydroponic-greenhouse-zmaz74sozraw.aspx#ixzz2zumGG1Kb
Step 11: End View
Did you know........
Hydroponic production has many advantages, including:
- Larger, higher quality crops due to controlled nutrient ratios
- No soil-borne diseases passed among crops
- Up to 90% less water is required compared to growing in soil
- High yields in minimal growing space
- Can be used in areas where soil-based cultivation isn't possible, such as locations with poor soil quality, or where water supplies are limited
- No herbicides necessary because there are no weeds
Step 12: Another Point of View
Did you know.........
Ebb and flow: Also known as flood and drain, these systems feature a tray and nutrient reservoir combination. The tray can have a growing medium, such as clay pebbles or rockwool, in it and be planted directly. Another option is that plants are placed in containers, such as net pots, which sit inside the tray. The tray is flooded with the nutrient solution at regular intervals and the solution is allowed to drain back into the reservoir. source: https://www.farmtek.com/farm/supplies/ExternalPageView?pageKey=EXTERNAL_PAGE_3014
Step 13: Long View
Did you know........
NFT channel hydroponic systems, the roots are suspended in a channel and a shallow stream of nutrient solution is recirculated through the bottom of the channel. A thick root mass develops inside the channel and remains moist from the nutrient film.
The main advantage of NFT hydroponics is the capability of producing very high yields in a minimal footprint of space. Water and nutrient waste is also minimized due to the recirculating system. NFT systems are often chosen by commercial growers.
Step 14: Side View
Step 15: Side View
Did you know....
Hydroponic systems allow gardeners to grow plants without soil, which can eliminate many problems associated with traditional gardening. For instance, with a reduced likelihood of pests, commercial gardeners don't always need to douse crops with pesticides. Though often associated with vegetables, hydroponic systems can grow all sorts of plants, including flowers and ornamental bloomers that add color to a home or greenhouse. [source: http://homeguides.sfgate.com/hydroponics-45213.html ]
Step 16: End View
I used the circular saw to cut the 4 x 4's off. I wasn't that easy holding the saw at that angle. I got the caps from Lowes in the section where the vinyl fence parts, handrail, stair stringers and other neat things like that are kept. I have a close up shot a few slides further on.