Hydroponics, or the art of growing without soil, is pretty darn simple. Water+nutrients+plant= better than dirt. No weeds! No bugs! No over-watering! No gardening smarts required! Just plop your plants in and sit back!
Here's how to build an easy wick hydroponics system with stuff around your house.
Step 1: What you need
- A plant with a somewhat small root-ball.
- An empty spice container, small. The lid must have a flip up top and holes, but the flip-up top can be broken off.
- Lid from another spice container, same size, but no holes
- Gravel or pebbles
- Old T-shirt, sock, or some sort of cotton fabric
- Distilled or bottled water
- Fertilizer that will dissolve in water
- (Optional) black paint
Step 2: Preparing the jar
Then take the other cap, and cut a hole in the center big enough so that the holes in the other cap all show. Finally, tape the caps together.
Step 3: Prepare medium
Step 4: Prepare wicks
Then, loosely braid the long ends (The ends that will be in water) together in a way that they don't come apart. Tie a knot at the end.
Step 5: Prepare plant
Step 6: Assembly, part 1
Step 7: Assembly, part 2
EDIT: I found that my plant was drying out, so I covered the roots in scraps of tissue. This held them to the sock fabric and also kept the tops wet.
Step 8: Optional- Algae proofing
Step 9: End
Hydroponic Food Factory
Thermally Pumped ebb-and-flow system
Hydro-warning: The more complicating your systems get, the more likely your plants are to die from random things. Dirt is the least likely, wicking second building up with the nutrient film technique, and peaking at random die offs with Aeroponics and Aquaponics. Tread carefully.