Hydroponics Bardge





Introduction: Hydroponics Bardge

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these tiny plants grow 4 times as fast!! (lentils about 4 days after sprouting)
and it's really easy. With some basic construction scraps you will off and running
Soon i am going to try corn on a few much smaller barges

PLEASE read on!.
and here's something cool! look@ the farthest plant to the right see how it's leaning to the sun!

Step 1:

okay the materials you will need are:
1 piece of blue board foam!
#? uncooked beans!
1 fish tank or rubbermade container
(any thing with a pump and clear sides)
a ruler (or eye ball it ) it does not have to be perfect the plants will not care!!
1 thin stiff object to poke holes with
be creatative! all it has to do is make a hole for the seeds to fit snugly in.
1 pinch of miracle grow (i didn't use any but my water was all ready saturated with nutrients from decaying plants.

Step 2:

start poking holes! start with just one and see how well the seed fits.
you may need a smaller poking device.
Better to have slightly larger holes than slightly smaller holes!!!!!!
depending on you poking device you should end up with cone shaped holes;
turn it over when you done to check

Step 3: Go CRAZY!

Experiment!! that's the purpose!
Try mini barges with small anchors like Aluminum weights and fishing line to hold them in place!
Try any thing! just go for it! You could even add a small amount of yeast to the water (plenty of co2)

Step 4: Results

Just some cool pixs of the same plant every few hours i can get a shot or two it grows crazy fast!
soon i will be doing an Instructable about growing plants in a large magnetic field!! some in a constant some in an oscillating one!



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     do you have to add soil?
    that is a good system. 

     not one bit but adding chicken wire one inch from the base allows the plant to "grab on"      fertilizer would be a good idea!

    yeah I was wondering the same thing I made one and it is awesome but I was wondering if The seed should be at the top if the hole or the bottom? I tried both and since I just made it today I dont know but please respond!

    doesn't really matter as long as long as it gets wet

    Great instructable!

    Glad to see this laid out. I saw a large version of this years ago at one of the Disney parks in Orlando and miniaturized it like this for my daughters science project. We cut foam rings and added a cotton ball in center. This gave a medium to support the roots, wick solution up via capillary type action and made it able to easily lift the baby plant out to transfer to soil pots after the science project was over. I used veggy seeds that I would normally be planing in my garden anyway to make mutually beneficial for both of us.

    awesome mer-plants there so cute

    So the goal is to have the seed suspended in the hole, skimming the surface of the liquid? Or is the foam becoming saturated to keep the seeds damp?

    Interesting idea but I've got questions about the ultimate goal here... are you going to raise them entirely in the water or will you be transplanting to soil? Germinating seeds is easy but bringing them to harvest is another thing. Certain varieties of lentil plants get quite large... and a quick search on the web of harvesting lentils in a hydroponic set up turned up zero to little. So, if you're using hydroponics for germination for later transplanting then more experiments for increasing survivability will be required. Why do I go on so long about this? Because I've done similar and I lost 1/3 of a growing season because none of my hydro seedlings (broccoli, okra, swiss chard, basil, beans) survived going into the dirt. Lettuce and tomatos do ok in hydro ...not much else AFAIK.