What is Hydroponic Gardening?
Hydroponic gardening is a method of growing plants without using traditional soil. Instead, it involves cultivating plants in a water-based solution that contains all the essential nutrients required for plant growth. The roots of the plants are directly exposed to this nutrient-rich water, allowing them to absorb the necessary elements for their development.
It’s easy to start at home, allowing year-round growth. Common styles include wick systems, deep water cultures, and nutrient film techniques. Create your own indoor garden effortlessly!
Things you'll need:
2-liter bottle for a container
Knife or sharp scissors
Cotton wick or cotton t-shirt
Hydroponic nutrient solution
Locate and mark the spot on the two-liter bottle where the top curve levels out and forms a straight side, drawing a line around the bottle with a permanent marker along the curve. This creates your cutting line.
Cut along the line with sharp scissors to remove the top of the bottle.
Place the top, with the cap end down, into the bottle so that it nestles inside the top of the cut section.
Place a 6-inch section of cotton wicking through the cap hole so it extends into the bottom of the bottle. You can use a piece of cotton rope or strip of T-shirt material as the wick.
Hold the end of the wick inside the open cavity created by the top of the bottle with your finger while filling the cavity with coconut coir or a mixture of coconut coir and perlite.
Make a small indentation in the mixture with your fingers, and place the roots of a seedling in the hole. Firm the coconut coir around the roots to secure the seedling in place.
Fill the bottom of the bottle approximately halfway with hydroponics solution (follow instructions on solution). Most require mixing a few tablespoons of the concentrated formula with a gallon of distilled water.
Place the top of the bottle inside the bottom so that the wick extends into the solution. Check the unit frequently, and refill the bottom with hydroponic solution when needed.