DIY aeroponics might sound like it would be complicated, but the reality is that setting up your own home brew system is actually pretty easy. If you’ve got some standard household tools and are relatively handy, then it should be no problem. Basically, if you can change the oil in your car, then you have the technical skill level necessary to set up a DIY aeroponics system.
Aeroponics is the art of growing plants without soil, which is what you would use in regular agriculture, or even the foam that people use in hydroponics. Instead, the plants are provided with nutrients by way of nutrient rich water that is sprayed on them periodically, eliminating the need for soil. This allows for extremely efficient growth and extremely flexibility with how you can arrange the plants.
Aeroponics systems come in all shapes and sizes, from the huge and hugely expensive commercials system to tiny home brew systems that are about the size of a coffee table. If you’re going to a DIY aeroponics system, then you will probably want to start with a more manageable system.
We’ll cover a small DIY aeroponics system here, but you can build home systems that are much larger than this. You’re going to need a few things to start with; you need a plastic storage container, preferably dark, some PVC pipes, some sprayer and a system to control the nutrient sprays.
The plastic storage bin should have a good tight lid, and should be large enough for the plants that you’re trying to grow in them. A good size to start with is the fifty quart size, but you can go bigger or smaller depending on what you’re going to use it for.
Basically, what you’re going to do is cut two holes in the side of the storage bin, which will allow you to run the PVC pipe through. This pipe is going to serve as your spraying system.
Once you’ve got the pipes in, you need to attach your spray heads to them, trying to keep them evenly spaced. Once again, how much and how many sprayers is going to depend on how large the container you’re using in your DIY aeroponics system, although three or four sprayers for every thirty inches of pipe is a pretty good rule of thumb.
Once you’ve got the pipes and spray head in, you can cut holes in the top of the storage bin to accommodate the plants you’re going to place in it. The storage bin is going to serve as nutrient reservoir for the plants.
You’ll need to connect the reservoir to the nutrient sprayer and then to the PVC pipe. Once this is done, you can put the plants in through the top of storage bin and turn it on. This will have your DIY aeroponics system up and running and you can have your plants growing in no time flat.
The basics are the same for any DIY aeroponics system, so it’s wise to start small, see how that turns out, and then turn your attention to building bigger and better aeroponics systems. If this seems a little too complicated, you can check out a kit like the Aerogarden that does Aeroponics.