Hydroponics, on the other hand, can reduce the overall weight of the upper layers by at least 30%, if not more. This means that you can stack more layers.
The 5-gallon tub or bucket will be the reservoir. The PVC pipe will be placed into the tub by making a proper sized hole in the lid.
- A miter saw (or a hand saw should do the trick)
- A finely bladed jig saw
- Tape measure
- A drill and various sized drill bits
- Pencil and paper
What do you do when you don’t have enough ground surface for all your planting needs? This is a problem that drove humans to develop the concept of vertical farming.
Fruits and some veggies can also be grown. These include:
The plants are usually housed in net cups to allow the water to flow through the root systems.
In a tower design, the plants are grown at an angle, typically around 45 degrees.
- A large PVC pipe (3” or greater diameter)
- End cap for the pipe
- A large bucket, minimum 5 gallons, with a lid
- Submersible pump
- Net pots, around a dozen
- Vinyl hose for the pump, ½ inch inner diameter
- Loctite PVC Epoxy
- LED Grow lights
Panels hanging from the ceiling may not be ideal since all the plants are at different heights. The best way to circumvent is by using multiple vertically mounted lights to cover all the growing surfaces uniformly.
These days there are numerous commercially available readymade vertical grow kits on the market. They are a sure sign of the increasing interest in vertical hydroponics, especially among urban growers.
What do you do when you don't have enough ground surface for all your planting needs?