Step 1: Materials
1. 5 gallon bucket or other water container. Any bin, bucket, or tote should work.
2. Gardening hose or tubing (if using gardening hose, make sure you are comfortable with cutting it to a point where it would no longer be a valuable garden hose).
3. Water pump. A small fountain pump will be ideal.
4. Hydroponic tray. Pvc piping would also be efficient, but openings would have to be cut into the pipe so that it resembles a hydroponics tray.
5. Planter pots that will fit the opening of your tray or pipe comfortably.
6. Beginning strawberry plants.
7) Vermiculite or other planting material.
Step 2: Set Up
Step 3: Putting Your Materials Together
1) Place the hydroponics tray on the surface of your found area.
2) Place the bucket under the open end of your tray.
3) Fill bucket with water.
4) Cut a portion of the water hose out that is long enough to reach from the inside of the bucket to the far end of the tray.
5) Establish one end of the hose to the output of the water pump.
6) Place water pump inside bucket of water
7) Place other end of the water hose at the far end of the tray (either through the opening or a drilled hole).
8) Plug water pump in.
Your system should now be working. Water will be pumped through the hose and will then fall back into the bucket in a continous cycle. You may have to add something under the tray to create an incline for the water to travel to the bucket.
Step 4: The Plants
1) Fill your planter pots with vermiculite. Vermiculite acts as a sponge to hold water, but its main job is to give the plants support. Other materials may also be used, such as gravel or marbels.
2) Plant your strawberry plants inside the planter pots.
3) Now place your planted strawberry plants and their planter pot inside the openings of your hydroponics tray so that the bottom of the planter is inside the running water.