How To

Hydroponics Gardening - Fast and Easy!

Hydroponics gardening is the art of growing plants in nutrient-rich water, without soil. In addition to suspending plants in water, you can use different items to anchor them such as gravel, mineral wool, coconut husks, pumice, packing peanuts, expanded clay or perlite. In the 18th century, scientists discovered that soil isn’t necessary in gardening because it merely acts as a mineral nutrient reservoir. So, when you introduce mineral nutrients artificially, you don’t need dirt for a plant to grow. You can use almost any terrestrial plant for hydroponics gardening.

Things You Need

  • Disposable or recyclable plastic or paper cup
  • Disposable or recyclable plastic spoon
  • Water
  • 2 teaspoons water-soluble hydroponics fertilizer, like Vitalize from Grower's Secret
  • 1 teaspoon azomite
  • 1 teaspoon blood meal
  • Dark five-gallon bucket with a lid
  • Four to six planting cones
  • Permanent marker
  • Box cutter
  • Four to six root cubes
  • Four to six seedlings

Process

  1. Prepare the nutrients. Mix 2 teaspoons of water-soluble hydroponics fertilizer, 1 teaspoon azomite and 1 teaspoon blood meal in a disposable plastic cup, and dissolve the ingredients with water. Use a disposable plastic spoon to mix the nutrients.
  2. Add the nutrients to a dark five-gallon bucket, and fill the bucket with water.
  3. Trace the top of a planting cone onto the bucket’s lid four to six times, making sure the tracings are evenly spaced. Avoid tracing the cones too close to the edge of the lid.
  4. Use a box cutter to carefully cut out the shapes you traced on the lid. The planting cones should sit on top of the lid, so the shapes you cut out should be slightly smaller than the actual shapes you traced.
  5. Place the lid onto the bucket.
  6. Place the planting cones into the lid’s holes.
  7. Place a root cube into each planting cone, followed by a seedling into each root cube.
  8. Keep the seedlings in an area that receives that appropriate amount of sunlight for your plants.