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1 Hand Watered Bucket 2 Water Culture System 3 Ebb and Flow System HAND-WATERED BUCKET This inexpensive system is one of the Professors favorites It is probably the simplest hydroponics system on the planet Simple yet effective we have seen very impressive results achieved with this easy to build system The series of holes that ring the bucket are about 1 12 inches above the bottom this makes a small reservoir of nutrient solution in the bottom that will be wicked up to the plants roots by the capillary action of the growing mediumThis system is perfect for large plants it can easily handle a single tomato or pepper plant or a couple of smaller plants like lettuce or herbs NOTE With large plants you may need to supply external support to help hold the plant uprightThis system can be automated with the use of a separate reservoir submersible nutrient pump a short cycle timer one that can be set to come on for as short as a minute an air pump air stone as well as a little bit of drip irrigation tubing See drawing on left Materials Required 5 GALLON BUCKET or equivalent water tight plastic container Make sure that the bucket doesnt have any leaks in the bottom it is important that the bucket holds water up to the point of the overflow holes GROWING MEDIUM - The Professor favors straight Prelate or a Prelate Vermiculite mix for this system however there is a vast variety of growing mediums that will work well FIBERGLASS WINDOW SCREEN optional - A small amount of window screen is handy to put over the overflow holes that you must drill in the bucket this helps keep the growing medium from falling out HYDROPONIC FERTILIZER - A good quality hydroponics fertilizer is required regular dirt fertilizers do not contain essential micro-nutrients PH TEST KIT - You will need some
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