Maybe you want to grow your own stuff, but you feel like you don’t have the space or the cheddar or the right conditions for such an enterprise?
But there is a great way to culture your own stuff simply by collecting some equipment, mostly basic household materials. Here’s how to build your own inexpensive two-bucket deep water culture (DWC) system that is highly effective for achieving explosive plant growth, as Read Spear, a leader in the field, related it to High Times recently.
Here’s what you need
- 2 x 5-gallon black bucket
- 1 x bucket lid
- 2 x 1.5″ Uniseal pipe-to-tank seal • 1 x 18″ piece of black PVC pipe
- 1 x 1 3/8” hole saw
- 1 x 6″ mesh pot • 1 x heavy-duty airstone
- 1 x two- or four-hose air pump • Standard blue air tubing
- 1 4″ x 4″ rockwool cube, drilled
The two bucket hydroponic system can be easily set up by following the steps given below.
Make holes on the buckets about 2.25” above the bottom. Through this hole you are going to connect the two buckets using a pipe that carries water and other supplements to the plant. Use an 18” piece of PVC pipe for the purpose of joining the two buckets. It is very important that the holes on the bucket perfectly fit around the pipe leaving no space for leakage. It is recommended to use a Uniseal to solve the problem fast and easily. Insert the two ends of the pipe to the buckets until they have reached up to the middle of the bottom of the buckets.
Then, insert the blue tubing through the net pot through one of its holes near its neck. Plug one end of the tubing into the airstone at the bottom of the bucket and the other to your air pump.
Carefully transplant your clone in the net pot and close up the gaps around the rockwool cube. Provide your new DWC system with necessary supplement including nutrients and watch your plants grow. Feel the ultimate convenience of using the non-plant bucket to feed your plants without having to literally pull it out of the culture.