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Cheap & Simple Hydroponics - The KISS Method

Cheap & Simple Hydroponics - The KISS Method
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Hydroponic Drip Garden DIY Here are the items you will need:1 - 27 gallon heavy duty plastic storage box with recessed plastic lid10' of 1/2" PVC pipe5 - 90 deg PVC elbows3 - PVC T connectors1 - 3/4" to 1/2" PVC reducer1 - 3/4" PCV pipe to 3/4" Male Thread connector4 - 1/2" PVC J-Hook Hangers1 - Male Quick Disconnect to male 3/4" hose thread1 - Female Quick Disconnect to female 3/4" hose thread1 - 1/2" hose barb to female 3/4" hose thread 1 - rubber washer with filter screen3' of 1/2" flexible rubber hose1 - Active Aqua PU160 water pump12' 1/4' O.D. drip line hose12 - Drip stakes or drip nozzles with tie down stakes12 - Square Plastic pots sized to fit 3 across top of tote lid1 - 24 Hr timer with 15 minute on/off timing intervals The first 11 items on the list were all purchased from Home Depot and can be picked up at most hardware stores. The remaining item were purchased from a local hydroponics store in Billerica MA [].

How to build My 50 Dollar Greenhouse First off – you really can build this thing very cheaply, but to do so you have to recycle, freecycle, and scrounge. If you just go out and buy new everything it will probably cost over $200 – still not bad all in all.This Article is featured in Jan 2010 issue of Birds and Blooms Magazine!Want to find out if this thing works before you read all this? Read 6 months in the Greenhouse first.Want to see what happens when a few inches of wet snow accumulates on this? My $50 Greenhouse Welcome Stumbleupon Gardeners! Materials list Construction Steps Hind Sight – What I would do differently The planning is over and construction on my hoop house greenhouse has begun. After some research I’ve decided to build the structure of the hoop house out of 20 ft. joints of three quarter inch PVC plumbing pipe. My hoop house green house is going to be 11 feet wide and 15 feet long, and will be about seven and a half feet tall in the center. If your Greenhouse is too Flat it will collapse! Thusly Thusly.

Hydroponics Reader Brandon Koots is a 15-year-old student from Curacao who's been growing his own food for over 4 years. He runs a site where he talks about hydroponics and gardening, and he shared some great tips on starting a simple hydroponics system, called a "raft system." Build a simple raft system in just a few minutes Hydroponics is an easy way to grow your own food. It can be made very small and put anywhere you want. It reduces work, and you don’t have to water your plants, since that happens automatically. A raft system is a hydroponics system where the plants grow in a medium and their roots hang in the water. In a hydroponic system you can plant more food than in the same area of soil. Materials: a knife or drilla plastic bin (size doesn’t matter)some plastic cupsa markera ruleran oxygen pump - choose one that comes with an airstone Here are the steps: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. You can also use your raft system as an aquaponic system The only extra supplies you'll need are fish and fish food.

Building Fertile Soil - Organic Gardening Building fertile soil means learning how to feed the soil to feed the plants. It's a fundamental axiom of organic gardening and farming, and once you understand what "feeding the soil" means to building fertile soil, you'll also understand why organic methods, and no-till techniques in particular, work so well. Even though you can't see most of it, a complex soil food web lives in your garden; it's teeming with earthworms, mites, bacteria, fungi — all kinds of mostly microscopic, interdependent organisms that release mineral nutrients and create the loose soil structure crops need to thrive. Beneficial mycorrhizal fungi (see "The Magic of Mycorrhizal Fungi," page 24 in this issue) grow in and around plant roots, mining subsoil for nutrients and water to share with your crops. Other microorganisms prevent diseases and help plants withstand insect attacks. Your crops actually help feed all this underground life. But this complex, mostly invisible soil ecosystem can be damaged easily.

DIY Hydroponics: Free PDF To make all of these Instructables, download this collection of How To’s as an ebook. Download » DIY Hydroponics gives you full step-by-step instructions for 18 projects to get your indoor harvest growing. Learn how to get started in the field of hydroponics with projects that range from beginner to fully automated watering systems with grow lights. All projects come from, are written by home-growing experts, and contain pictures for each step so you can get growing today! Instructables is the most popular project-sharing community on the Internet. Sarah James Editor, Food &

Tips on how to properly store fruits and vegetables Mon. Dec. 23, 2013 by Linda Kordich (NaturalHealth365) Whether we are juicing, blending or eating fresh fruits and vegetables, there’s nothing more frustrating than to witness our produce going bad, either because we forgot about it, or we didn’t store it properly. In this article, I have listed several fruits and vegetables, commonly used, and will show you how to store them effectively – so you can extend their freshness as long as possible. At the end of your weekly food – it’s a great idea to find what you haven’t eaten, blended or juiced and make that last healthy juice or smoothie. Simple storage tips: If you live in the Northern part of the United States, you can usually find a good storage bin to store your produce such as, carrots, beets, turnips, potatoes, apples, celery, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower. Sometimes, if you have an extra refrigerator in the garage or basement, you can buy in bulk and save up to 50% off your grocery bill. Veggies in the refrigerator 1.

Build A Hydroponic Indoor Garden From IKEA Parts © Antonio Scarponi/Conceptual Devices. Designer Antonio Scarponi at his 'ELIOOO Desk,' a workspace with a built-in garden. Billy bookcases and Malm bed frames are all well and good, but with a little ingenuity and some DIY skills, familiar IKEA components can become something quite unexpected: hydroponic systems to grow herbs, vegetables, or other plants in your apartment. DIY Hydroponic HacksDesigner Antonio Scarponi of Conceptual Devices, whose prototype rooftop fish farm we covered on TreeHugger earlier this year, is now working on a step-by-step instruction manual to carrying out such hydroponic hacks. © Antonio Scarponi/Conceptual Devices. Scarponi's ELIOOO manual, subtitled 'How to go to IKEA and build a device to grow salad in your apartment.' "I like to design things that anyone can make. © Antonio Scarponi/Conceptual Devices. © Antonio Scarponi/Conceptual Devices.

{how to} Cold Storage 101 | FROM SCRATCH CLUB I’ve pretty much wrapped up harvesting crops on Silly Goose Farm. Apples are done, tomatoes are done, and all that’s left to put-up is a couple of cabbages, a few rows of rainbow carrots, and a whole bunch of pears. The pear trees on our farm are over 100 years old and positively drip with fruit. The gentleman who lived here before us would pack up the pears in bushel baskets in our house’s root cellar and pass them out a Christmastime. While many of you might partake in canning and freezing the harvest, cold storage is another option that is less familiar for the home preservationist. Where: In a cellar/basement (in a spot free from water… so if your basement floods in the spring, think about investing in shelving to keep produce out of water’s way), in an outdoor shelter/shed that protects from the elements, or in a dark and dry pantry. What You’ll Need: Large container (bushel baskets, 5-gallon plastic buckets, Rubbermaid tubs, clean trash cans, etc. Like this: Like Loading...

5 New Solutions For Growing Healthy Produce Indoors Jeffrey GreenActivist Post An increasing number of people are moving into urban environments and away from traditional agriculture. As a consequence, those who have a mind for self-sufficiency can find themselves falling short. Even produce from farmers markets and store-bought organic food will lose peak freshness faster than one might imagine. Most people do not realize that vegetables will lose about half of their nutrients within the first week of being picked. Nothing can beat growing your own fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers. However, several high-tech solutions are becoming available for city dwellers, or those who have a less-than-green thumb. The following inventions offer an exciting way to have fresh produce year-round ... right in your own kitchen, while also presenting a potential reduction in overall cost. 1. Visit the site here. For restaurateurs, here is what the commercial model looks like: 2. 3. 4. 5. Recently from Jeffrey Green: