Why not grow year round?

This week my cousin Luke and I wanted to be a little creative after being inspired about the simple techniques of having a hydroponic garden. So we decided to make one of our own, one that would be simple to build and take care of. The materials needed are three 10 foot long 3 inches wide PVC piping, ten 3 inch (in diameter) PVC elbows, two 5 foot high fencing posts sturdy enough to hold a considerable amount of weight, a tote to catch the water, 10 foot plank, PVC cement, zip ties, plenty of screws, a fish tank pump with 10 feet of tubing, a sawzall, tape measure, marker and a drill with a hole saw 3 inches in diameter attachment. First we cut the end of the three 10 foot PVC pipes into five 3inch pieces, make sure to leave all three of the PVC pipes at least 9 feet so that you can cut them in half into six 4 1/2 foot piping. With the marker put a marketing every 9 inches up the tubing, this is done so you can take the whole saw and drill into those markings for the plants to be placed in. Next step is to cut the 10 foot wooden board into one 4 foot and two 3 foot pieces. The 4 foot piece of wood you just cut is to connect the two fence posts and the other two 3 foot pieces are used to drill under the fence posts in order to stand them up. Believe it or not you are almost done.  Take your drill and on the right post drill a screw in half way in leaving some of it exposed. Drill in two more screws down from the previous one so that 11 inches separates each of them. The post over to the left drill in two screws also separated by 11 inches but start after measuring 11 inches down from the top. On the opposite side of the posts mirror screwing in nails but start from bottom to top. Take the zip ties and wrap them to the exposed screws so that there is just enough space to slip the PVC tubing you cut. The idea is to have the tubing connect to the elbows, elbows to the 3 inch PVC’s and again to an elbow continuing this process so that the PVC wraps around the erect fence posts like a slide. The PVC cement can be applied reattaching the PVC tubing making the adjustments permanent. Lastly is to put the water pump into the top part of the tubing connecting it from view reservoir where the water will slide back down. Next week I will talk about what I used to keep the plants in place and the nutrients needed to grow.

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