This is the next edition of my cheap and at home hydroponic garden series. Today I noticed that my lemon basil and Italian basil has collapsed on itself. I planned on building supports this weekend (same method), but I had to do it early to prevent damage.
There are several methods you can use to support your plants... You can build a lattice, stake and tie etc. I am going to show a cheap/possibly free way to make a loop and stake support. This works well for tall plants with a stalkier base (in my case, Italian Basil).
In this picture you can see the problem with my Lemon Basil. Note that I was too quick to install my support so you can't see how my other plant (in back right) was folding over itself :/
Second picture: Two weeks of growth
Thrid Picture: Right after planting
Coming Soon: Drain/Fill Level Tube ||| Dealing with Reservoir Light Leakage ||| Perpetual Harvesting (for fruiting plants)
Step 1: Materials and Starting
You'll need two things for this.
1. An old metal hanger (like one from a dry cleaner) or some rigid wire (that can be bent/formed).
2. Pliers capable of cutting wire.
To start off - straighten your hanger and cut off one end (the hook or other twisty end).