STOP! If you have just arrived at this website looking to build your own top feed system, you might want to go back to page one of this mini-farm plan.
NOW, let's finish up!
16. Now to make the “spaghetti” feeder lines. The large 1/2” tubing that comes up from the pump in the reservoir: arrange it so that it runs at the back top edge of the 3 buckets, and tape in place temporarily.
17. Cut the end of the tube off about 6 inches beyond the third bucket, roll it over 3 times and seal it off with a zip tie. This is the end of “the run”, and you don't want it leaking.
18. Mark off 2 spots on this tube at each bucket. This is where the spaghetti lines will run off the larger main tube to the plants. Each bucket gets two feeder lines.
19. Now get the small 1/4” spaghetti tubing and the barbed connectors ready. Cut six 16” pieces of the tubing for the feeder lines. Take your time and work each tubing piece onto one end of a 1/4” barbed connector. It will take some time to force it down flush. And I mean all the way. Seat it properly now and it won't leak later.
20. Now you want to attach the spaghetti lines to the larger feeder tube where you marked the six spots. You must punch a tiny hole at each of those six spots where you marked them off. We use a hole punch made just for the job. It only costs a couple of bucks in the irrigation section at Home Depot, but we didn't see the added expense to you for just six holes. It does a nice job, though.
22. You can just lay the tubing on top of the pot surface, or secure it
in some way. We usd little metal plant clips we found in the Walmart garden
Note: They sell dripper valves that go on the ends of the spaghetti tubing, but these always get clogged. Save yourself the money and headache and just let them be. The nutrient solution trickles out the end of tubes at the base of the plant. No problem.
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