Hydroponics – The Easy Way
Grow lettuce or herbs in your apartment or home during the winter time with low startup costs, and high yield results!
0:00 Intro to our Hydroponic Gardening Method
1:13 Setting it all up
6:06 Day 20 of Growth, Pros and Cons
9:40 Summary of How To
11:21 Day 30 of Growth
HERE IS WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
HEAVY DUTY METAL STAND (However – I HIGHLY recommend getting a 4-5ft stand instead of a 3ft! More room for the lettuce to grow and not burn their tips once they reach the height to the LEDs) – https://amzn.to/3dqLvl6
2x LIGHTS (2FT – try to get something that matches the width of your stand though so there aren’t spots without light. We ended up buying two sets and our plants are growing happily with that ) – https://amzn.to/3ExwCcG
AUTOMATIC TIMER – https://amzn.to/3EwsVnl
NETTING POTS – https://amzn.to/3GhWw4p
RAPID ROOTER (to put your seeds inside so they don’t fall through the netting pots) – https://amzn.to/3GioFZ5
CLAY PEBBLES – https://amzn.to/3Exiccg
SEEDS (we used a variety of lettuce) – https://amzn.to/3drmENO
3″ DRILL BIT (to make the holes on the tops of the container, remember to use dish soap to help the drilling process) – https://amzn.to/3rNsbXk
FERTILIZER (I got mine from my Dad, but this looks like an excellent alternative) – https://amzn.to/3rJIR23
PH Strips (PH of the fertilized water should be 5.5-6.5) – https://amzn.to/3Gn1LQx
CONTAINERS (I used these two) –
This method of hydroponics is called the ‘Hydroponic Kratky Non-Circulating’ method, where no pumps or electricity other than your lights are needed. You can set it and forget it! It is the easiest dummy proof way to grow a little garden indoors where you won’t need to remember to water it or tend to it while it grows!
1. To set this up, you will need to get a plant stand (any heavy duty stand you can find that will support a few gallons of water) that will dimmensionally fit the containers of your choosing (make sure the containers are atleast 5″-9″ in height, you need space for the plants to have air inbetween the water and the roots). Ideally you should SPRAY PAINT any clear containers BLACK to prevent algea growth like we had (or buy dark containers)!!
2. Then you space out your holes using a 3″ drill bit and fit your netting pots inside. Fill the netting pots with the rapid rooter and clay pebbles (to hold it in place), and get your water + fertilizer ready in a 5 gallon bucket (something you can buy at home depot).
3. Check that the PH of the fertilized water is between 5.5-6.5. Then fill up your containers (while on your stand – they will be too heavy to move afterwards) up to where the water just touches the bottom part of the rapid rooter soil.
4. After that, set up your lights and plug them into your automatic timer for 12 hours a day on, 12 hours a day off. And then watch it grow!! In a week you will see roots touching the water surface. Then if all goes well, you should be ready to enjoy salads after week 4 🙂 Top off the fertilized water when it gets to under 1″ in height (probably 2 months later). Enjoy!!
Thank you Mike Adams for sharing how to do this method, and thank you Mom for finding it! Thank you Dad for helping to sponsor my video, and thank you Hubby for the idea to do this in the first place!
I hope that helps you guys get one step closer to being self sufficient! Let me know if you have any questions.
Shot on a Sony a7r iii