Hydroponics generally means cultivation of plants in water without the use of soil. In the earlier days when this phenomenon was new, it was rather more complicated and was usually confined to the people who were experienced and had extensive gardening and technical knowledge.
But now, with the advancement in technological field the scene has completely changed and it is possible for everyone to create a hydroponics system from scratch, that too on less expenses. You don’t need to be a technical geek to build this system. If you are having the ability to insert a tube into a water pump and fixing tray on a reservoir, you can definitely start building a hydroponic system.
Here are five steps to build a hydroponic system:
Step 1. Arrangement
It is the most essential part of the procedure to create a hydroponic system and it is not very hard or complicated. You need to decide what species of plants you are going to cultivate in your hydroponic system. On this basis you will then be able to design your system as per the requirement of that plant. For plants that rely on abundant water, ebb and flow hydroponic systems are considered better whereas for others the sophisticated drip system is recommended. Once decided what you are going to grow, it is recommended that you do a research about the system which the particular plants usually prefer. When this is sorted out, you can then search for the actual plants on the web. If a good research is done, you can find some websites that will offer you free hydroponics plans.
Step 2. Constituent elements
These can be either ordered online or purchased d from local store. They form an important part of your hydroponic system.Many websites provide lists of components in addition to the guide on how to create a hydroponic system from scratch. Many articles can be found across the internet, which list the necessary components for building your system. Once you know what components are required, it’s time for you to buy them. While shopping for the components it is better to pick the exact components that are listed in the list. Never get tempted to try something else. A single change can change the functioning of your system. It has to be kept in mind that the components in the list are chosen by the writer on the basis of being best for the system.
Step 3. Building the system
Once you are through with the shopping of components required for building the hydroponic system, it is time to start building the system. You should try to build a system that can at least last for a few winters. There are certain things that you must keep in mind in this phase. You should look for right dimensions, right balance, and right angles. You should probably start by placing the large things like a nutrient container at a safe place and where it will remain in balance. Then you can attach trays as per the requirement of your hydroponic system. Make sure that you use support fixtures if you feel that the tray lacks balanced and safe way to remain constant to the container.
Step 4. Don’gt ignore small things
Many times a perfectly hydroponic system can be ruined by ignoring small things. Some of these small things can easily skip out of your mind when you are building your system. It is therefore better and recommended to do a full and final check out when the building stage of your hydroponic system is over. It is better that you examine the fixture like loose pipes, dysfunctional pumps, air tubes and off limit drain system at least once. In case suspended system for the plants are being used, make sure they are nicely and properly tucked in it.
Step 5. Miscellaneous
This is all what a hydroponic system can offer to a plant and can handle oxygenation and nutrient feeding, but a plant usually requires more than that. A plant also requires a good temperature, humidity, and sunlight. For these things your plant requires to grow nicely, you will be requiring extra components like humidifiers, hydroponic lights, cooling systems and so on. These are not a part of a hydroponic system as per procedure but there addition to the system is not only much needed but beneficial as well.