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The Aeroponic Experiment – soilless gardens

Aeroponic is a method of growing plants without soil. This method supplies nutrient filled water directly to the roots of the plants.

This is my first aeroponics project and here is the finished container- its ready to go.

I visited a local hydroponic store to get more information as well as purchasing the volcanic pebbles, and air pump and micro-sprinkler heads. (see my article )

I drilled tiny holes in the PVC pipes, where I placed the micro sprinklers.

Pre-made templates for the cuttings was a must. It created uniformity and there were no second guessing. Make sure to get insulation tape to keep the water inside of the container.

The system to make sure all of the mesh pods received enough water.

Estimated total cost to build this system was approximately $30.00

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How to set up an Aeroponics system

Produced by Cara Harpole

Feel free to follow the steps or read my article:

http://caraharpole.hubpages.com/hub/Aeroponics-The-Experiment-in-my-Small-Urban-Garden

Step 1

Gather your materials, before you do anything. Then make a template for each size you will use.

Every system needs a water pump. Consult with a hydroponic pro for the correct unit according to the volume of water used. This pump was over kill.

Step 2

The circles are strategically placed according to the mesh pot sizes used. Place them as you wish. Draw circles accordance with the mesh pots diameters. You will need to make room for a tight snug fit.

Step 3

Cover your openings for a snug fit. You can find something better than what I used at your local hardware store.

Step 4

The lid need to be insulated to make sure water doesn’t leak.  This this tricky business.  I used materials on hand.  Not a good idea.  You need materials which will create an air tight seal.  This is a learning experience.  Find out what works best for you.

Brite Ideas, Hydroponics & Organics (Austin, Texas) is pictured.

You will need to find a Hydroponic store in your area.  You will be making many trips and find yourself meeting others who are passionate about hydroponics.

I used volcanic pebbles. They need to be washed before placement into the mesh pots. You can see a lot of residue in this photo. It might take a few washings before they are ready for use.

Step 5

Design your own water delivery unit which fits both your water pump and your housing unit.  I used PVC pipes for this experiment.  I would have liked to find something made with natural materials.  Bamboos would have been perfect however,  the fit would have been challenging.  Do you own research on safety and alternative materials.  please share your findings with us.

This is what makes or breaks your system.  If you unit can not deliver water and nutrients properly,  the roots of your plants will dry.  Moisture and aeration is a must for your roots.

Step 6

Finally, everything is set in place

It’s time to plant!

You can read my article about the mechanics of Aeroponics at the following link:

http://caraharpole.hubpages.com/hub/Aeroponics-The-Experiment-in-my-Small-Urban-Garden

 
 

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