The Hydroponic Drip System is probably the most common hydroponics system in the world. They are often used in large commercial greenhouses. Once the network of feeder lines is set up, operation is simple.
We like to use the popular Bato®
buckets for our top-drip systems, as they are very inexpensive, come
with a safety reservoir in the bottom, and are easy to set up on a
HERE'S HOW IT WORKS:
nutrient solution is held in a reservoir. A pump comes on periodically
and pushes the solution through a network of "spaghetti" tubing which
trickles out at the base of each plant. The excess drainage out the
bottom of the pot is collected and returned to the reservoir, where it
is reused for the next "watering". The feeding cycle repeats 2-4 times
daily and promotes lush growth.
Dream Big! Learn to build a large hydroponic Drip System [4X4 growing bed with 8 or 16 pots!] Read all about it here: Simon's Simple Hydroponic Plans.
There is a link at the end of the plan series to a nice printable booklet of the process!
Not ready for a large garden yet?, Get started below with our small top drip mini-farm [3 pots] free plans!
Not into Do-It-Yourself? Perhaps one of these complete kits is perfect for you: VersaGrow 10 plant system or The Eurogrower.
3-bucket top drip mini farm
This system is by far the most ambitious of the 5 “mini-farms” we present in this series. You must follow the assembly directions carefully and pay attention to details.
Why go to the trouble? We have found that our top drip systems have produced the most lush and prolific plant growth of all. Also, once it's built, it's pretty low-maintenance.
have designed here a small hydroponic drip system that supports 3 large growpots (Dutch
Bato Buckets). We love Bato buckets because they are inexpensive and
have a built-in safety feature.
A small reserve of nutrient solution is always held in the bottom of each pot. In the event of a power failure, the plants will not die, but can live off the reserve for a couple days.
Top drip Batos form a great, dependable hydroponic unit. This garden cost about $135 (not including a lamp and food). Most of the materials are available from Home Depot or Walmart. A few items must come from a hydroponics supplier (but we give you a good cheap source).
The heart of the Bato bucket
is the built in safety “reservoir” for nutrient solution which rests at
the bottom of the pot. The bucket has a “cutout”, allowing it to sit on
1-½” PVC pipe, into which you drill some drainage holes.
A special port which comes with the bucket allows excess drainage to leave the pot via these drainage pipes. (This will all make more sense to you during assembly of the unit.)
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