Best hydroponics for 1 gallon bottles

by TomC

I would like to start growing some veggies in hydroponics. I have a dozen 3-5 liter plastic bottles (+- 1 gallon) from protein powder that I would like to use, to help reduce the initial cost. Which hp method will be the best? I don't mind tubing and pumps. I would like to grow tomatoes, strawberries, cucumbers, letter and spinach.

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Feb 09, 2020
Gallon Bottles
by: MeMwl

You mentioned several different plants and they all have different varieties. There are vine cucumbers as well as bush, same goes for tomatoes, If you choose the vine type you will have to provide support. Also, what method are you using to change nutrients or refresh the bottles is to be considered once they get a certain size, I would stay with the more compact type. There is passive, using no pumps or my favorite bubbler type, I would definitely go with the airstone in each bottle. Now, next thing to consider: what are you intending to use; clay type grow rocks or perlite.? Are you cutting a hole in top for a pot to sit in? What size pot will you use? I would recommend 3 inch. I use solo cups with holes burnt in using a soldering iron, make holes according to the media. Clay pebbles are better for this because the roots can get to the liquid below faster. Bubblers are the most simple active system in my opinion; some say Ebb and flow aka flood and drain. I suggest you get a copy of "How to Hydroponics", I think you can find it online, I bought this several years ago. Feel free to contact me directly at memwl1949@gmail.com.

Ed Note: How To Hydroponics.

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