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How to Build an Inexpensive, Effective Hydroponic Indoor Food Gardening Container

Posted by Shawn on 10/6/2012 to Cheap Hydroponic Indoor Food Gardening
How to Build an Inexpensive, Effective Hydroponic
Indoor Food Gardening Container for $24 (Excluding Fertilizer) 
List Of Materials & Where To Buy




Instructions

Hydroponic Vegetable/Herb Plant Container System built in a few hours, most of the time spent spray painting the container with Krylon Plastic Black paint. and drilling the holes The cost of everything needed was $4.77 for 20 Quart 5 gallon container Walmart $2 for Black Net Pots (25 cents per black 2 inch Net Pot) (About $5 for Clay Hydroton pebbles) ($20 for Hydroponic Concentrated
Fertilizer lasting for years) , $1 fish tank air tubes from Walmart, $1 Air Stone Walmart, $8 Dual port Aquarium Air Pump, $ 1 Sponge material for putting into net pots for seeds, Total Cost $23 (excluding seeds and Fertilizer) Built using modified version of video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxVHS9o5yDA You can add a drill bit that makes circles for your container or borrow one from a neighbor like I did :) I also used another material instead of Rock wool for the plant seed material
Some Modifications we made to the instructions were we did not use Rockwool, but a different material for the seeds to grow in listed below, and a more cost effective concentrated Liquid Fertilizer, a Dual Port Air Pump, so you can connect two of these containers together with one Air Pump, and a Different Size & Brand Container. All of the Parts were acquired from either Wal-Mart locally or through Amazon.com After it is built You can buy some seeds from Lowes or Amazon.com to plant I recommend Tiny Tim Tomato Seeds, Micro Tom Tomato Seeds, and All Season Romain Lettuce Seeds They all do well in Hydroponic Containers. Use a pair of tweezers to drop a seed into the  hole of the already moistened seed plug and cover with a see through plastic material such as a Rotisserie Chicken container, fruit cup container, etc until the seed sprouts. Here is a picture showing it covered


Materials Needed and Where To Buy Them

Krylon Fusion Black Spray Paint for Plastic at http://www.walmart.com/ip/Krylon-Fusion-for-Plastic-Spray-Paint-Black/17211067Fox Farm Hydroponics Concentrated Liquid Fertilizer at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007C9MMM6/ref=oh_details_o03_s00_i00

Digital PH Meter at
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005DWGR20/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00
Hydroton Clay Pebbles at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004IAM29K/ref=oh_details_o02_s00_i00
2 Inch Net Pots at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004IAM29K/ref=oh_details_o02_s00_i0020 Quart 5 Gallon Sterilite Clear Storage Container at http://www.walmart.com/ip/Sterilite-Set-of-6-20-Quart-Storage-Box-White/8282895

Sponges for Seeds or Plants to Put In Net Pot or In Aerogarden at http://parkseed.com/refill-sponges-for-the-original-60-cell-planting-block/p/06565/Aqua Culture 5 Inch Air Stone at http://www.walmart.com/ip/...20-60-Gallon...Aquarium.../10532634
Aqua Culture Dual Outlet Aquarium Air Pump at http://www.walmart.com/ip/...20-60-Gallon...Aquarium.../10532634Aqua Culture 8' Long 2.44mm Wide Air Tube found at WalMart


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