Do It Yourself (DIY) hydroponics systems are in vogue these days. Assembling things yourself starting from scratch gives you a sense of accomplishment and, of course, the activity itself is so much fun! You are more emotionally attached towards your garden as DIY hydroponic systems support life— life of your plants.
DIY hydroponic systems can be little hard on your pockets, so you must be well prepared to spend that extra few bucks on quality products. First, you have to be familiar with the principle of hydroponics and hydroponic systems and then gather required equipment for setting up your own hydroponic garden. You can use some informative instruction booklet or some credible websites, the idea is you should be thorough and clear with the concepts on how hydroponic systems work. You can choose from a variety of hydroponic systems like Nutrient Film Technique (NFT), Ebb and Flow for homemade hydroponic system. NFT injects a thin layer of nutrient solutions over the root zone of your plants whereas Ebb and Flow temporarily floods the root system and then drains off. You can also utilize techniques like aeroponics and bubbleponics to make your hydroponics system more efficient. The bubbler system is one easy way to set up a DIY hydroponic system. For that you just need a 5 gallon bucket to hold the nutrient solution, some netted grow pots, rockwool grow cubes, nutrient solution according to the plants you choose to grow, aquarium air pump, and air stones with some tubing. You would have to cut the center of the lid to fix the grow pot. Map the whole set up to the instruction booklet you have and then start connecting the reservoir with tubes and the pump and place the air stones in the dark coated tub before filling it with water and nutrient.
In DIY hydroponics systems maintaining a clean environment is sacrosanct, or else, it will attract pests and fungus. Adding a tablespoon of chlorine for disinfecting water can be helpful. Remember to dry the tub and pots completely after cleaning. If you’re hydroponically gardening outdoors, place the set up in optimum sunlight. If it’s indoors, just opt for the right lighting system like Metal Halide lamps and High Pressure Sodium lamps. Once your seedlings are ready, transplant them carefully to your set up without damaging the root system. Monitor the water level, temperature, and pH of the nutrient medium and replenish your nutrient system on a weekly basis. Get ready for fabulous yield with your DIY hydroponics systems in place