Start with a small Kratky system
A small system will be easier to manage and will require less materials and space.You can use any food grade container found around the house such as a to-go container from a carry-out meal.
Use Household items
Find a food grade container with a lid.
Use a dark colored container to prevent light from reaching the roots. A plastic storage bin or a small food container with a lid works well for a Kratky system.
Drill holes for net cups
Use a hole saw or a sharp knife to make holes in the lid of the container for the net cups.
Add water and hydroponic nutrients Add hydroponic nutrients to the water in the container according to the instructions on the package.
Add hydroponic nutrients to the water in the container according to the instructions on the package.
Place the lid on the container
This will help to prevent evaporation and keep the plants protected.
Insert net cups
Make sure you have the right size netcups to fit the hole sizes in the container. For example, use 2" drill bit to make a hole for a 2" net cup.
Add growing medium
Fill the net cups with hydroponic growing medium, such as rockwool or clay pellets .
Plant your crops
Plant your crops in the net cups and fill the cups with growing medium around the roots to support the plant at the stem.
Top off the water
Fill the container with water up to the bottom of the net cups.
Monitor the system
Check the water level regularly and add more nutrients and water as needed. Also, monitor the pH level of the water, using a pH meter to ensure that it remains within the optimal range for your plants.
Now, all you have to do is nurture your plants and watch them grow! 🌱
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