Dutch Bucket Hydroponics - How It Works & How To Make Your Own Buckets




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freedom dove: Thank you SO much for the extremely informative video. If watering by hand, do you really only need to do it 3-4 times a day? Are they okay at night while not receiving water? Instead of having a drain pipe, could you just set a bucket under one grow-bin and water each one by itself using a full or half bucket of water (working your way down the line with the same nutrient water)? How do you start your seeds? Directly in those little sponges? Do you have a hydro seed-starting setup with grow lights? How many plant-growing seasons can you go using the same perlite or other growing media? I have had to grow in containers for many reasons and I found out the hard way that you can't use soil in them because it's just too heavy for the plants. After coming up with a soil-less mixture, I found I had to deal with the mixture coming out the drainage holes. I solve the problem by laying a small piece of window screen over the holes before filling the containers. Depending on the size of the container and the number of holes, I sometimes just line the bottom of the container with a piece of screen the same size as the container bottom. It keeps everything nicely in place. I imagine you could also use window screen for this set up; perhaps by cutting a small circle of it and wrapping it over the hole of the pipe inside the bucket and using a rubber band to keep it in place. Window screen purchased in rolls would probably be cheaper than the paint screening bags and it is extremely useful for all sorts of gardening projects (like protecting normal raised garden beds from bugs and animals, and providing some shade when it's very hot). Thanks again. :)

Mike Johnson: bobby, I have built myself a small pvc hoop house which I have the bell peppers and 1 stubborn tomato plant left, is it too early to try lettuce and broccoli? I have a small heater which is avoiding freezing, and have even had to introduce a light and water heater to keep my solution around 65 or so. in tx, but this last cool spell has been a bugger

Adam Grayson: This man would be a messiah during a zombie apocalypse.

Rollin Caswell: Just wanted to say, that after watching your videos last Spring, I decided to try out your dutch bucket system. I found it hard to find buckets that were at least 3 gallons, and when shopping for perlite, I found the price way to expensive for me to afford. I decided to go with what I had available around the house. I came up with using 5 2lb plastic coffee containers. (Maxwell house and Folgers) I installed the rubber grommets along with the pvc elbows just as you did in the buckets. I filled the coffee containers with regular pea gravel from menards, filled up my reservoir with hydroponic tomato fertilizer I found on ebay in Ohio and transplanted my tomato plants into the coffee containers filled with pea gravel. I just want people and yourself to know that I had pretty good success with this. I had a decent yield of tomatoes, plants grew out of hand, I had to prune like crazy mainly because I didn't have much height in this proto-type greenhouse I had put together very quickly out of cattle panels so I only had around less than 6 feet of room from the floor and the containers were on a bench about 2 feet up from the floor. 

Garza Farm: Hello I wanted to start out by saying that I love your videos. My question is what you thought of using pea gravel and perlite together. I was thinking that I would put some pea gravel in the bottom half of the bucket and perlite in the top half. The reason being is that it get so windy out here in Calhan Co i thought that the pea gravel would work for two reasons. One to add weight to the buckets and the other to keep the perlite from going through the bucket. Basically allowing me not to have to use the paint strainers.

chandra0102: mhpgardener: Excellent video; I am a beginner in hydroponics and your instructions are the best of all I have seen. Very helpful; learned a lot. Just one question- Wouldn't this system work better with an aeration stone in each bucket, or you think one aerator in the main reservoir would be adequate? Thanks. 

Timo muxlow: Your a brilliant teacher ! Thank you for the time and effort you put into explaining the setup.

Ariel Martinez: Hey , thanks very informative stuff . I was thinking can I use round buckets , I can't seem to find square one cheap thanks 

Ron Alan: I presume a 2 gallon bucket would work fine too since the bato buckets are about 2 gallons?

Doug Johnson: Great video! I'm just about to make my first venture into hydroponics.

Sandy B: Thank you very much. As a college student I need a fast and easy way to grow some of my food. You make it sound so easy and I think it will be.

Paula Dehart: Do I need a greenhouse to do this

Alexander Køpke: Great video! I don't understand the reservoir thing at the bottom tho. Would it work if it didn't have the reservoir and the water ran directly back to the water pump reservoir? 

pachcha tamilan: using plastic is injurious to health, avoid this system

MikoAgain: How does the returned water make it back to the plants without manually carrying it and manually watering the plants?

Joe Cimbak: Sir, you are a true gentleman for posting this video - I am now a subscriber to your channel. I live in the Houston, TX area and I have a really nice backyard where I can set me up a nice garden. I'm appreciate what you have done to inspire me!

ron powell: outstanding!!! thank you

Lance Heaps: Have you ever tried growing hops with hydroponics? If so, how were the results. If not, do you think it would work.... and how well would it work? Thanks for your time.

FLYGUY5100: You said in the video that you go through and add the water/fertilizer nutrient solution 3 - 4 times a day. I think a timer, pump and a barrel of the solution would be cheap and easier.

LearningDaily: thanks for sharing

Felino Matos: What a man!, you're the man, you're the MVP, thanks for sharing! 

Melissa DeAnn Nez: Superb! Many thanks for making this video! I learned a lot. 

Saravanan R: how much can a tomato plant yield in this system does it work in south india 

Chez Memes: Why do you need the inner elbow? it should work exactly the same without, right? Technically, the outer one could go too. It is needed only to drive the out flow where you want. You were talking about the cost, you could just run it with the piece of tube, your 2 inches evacuation tube will then need bigger openings, but that will be definitively be cheaper.

Lance Heaps: Where did you get the white square buckets? And what size are they? Thanks for your time.

CICERO ARAUJO: You are a hero !! Thank you for a great video Make more videos because you are very good at explaining your ideas

Chase Fraley: how did you build your greenhouse? it looks great and sturdy. do you have the plans or is there a place i can find the plans? thanks. and thanks for the great video. i really appreciate the detail you go into. 

Douglas Hutchinson: if your bucket could hold two plant, would you require a drip line to each plant

Kim S: Very nice set up you have there and awesome instructional video. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us :) I had seen the hydroponics set up on some other videos and did not know anything about them until now after watching your vid. Thanks much and G-d bless you for being so kind to show the rest of us out here how to do it.

Vijay Prasad: Great video! Inspired me to go for it. Very clearly explained. Thanks a lot!

David S: I like that gonna have to try some..

abdullah gamezer: hi i am from iraq but my problem is h dont know how use the nutritat or fertilizer to the water and the 2nd thing that perlite is very expensive 10 Kg about 100 $

Ashrafali Ali: well explained video i am new to hydroponics could you please explain how the entire bucket , root system and thr perlite get water only from one half inch dia tube, i mean as the water start pumping, water will flow vertically down, drain out through the drain pipe and not filling the entire bucket? thanks

Roger Ross: What's your favorite nutrient formula??

CICERO ARAUJO: You are a hero !! Thank you for a great video Make more videos because you are very good at explaining your ideas

DARTHESE: When he says, "30 minutes, three times a day," at 17:09, does he mean to turn on the pump for 30, 3 times a day?

rcfjr: From 1 to 10, you get a nine. God's a ten. Excellent video. Thanks for sharing your knowledge in such a pleasant way. Well received on this end. God bless...

DA Dixon: Bless you Brother, God has lead me here recently and I'm learning so much. Thank you. You mentioned getting oxygen to the roots via air stone. Question. Can you use a open drain hole without the PVC pieces in the bottom of the bucket? A rain gutter could be used to collect run off in this case. What would be the down side of this idea? Thank you

idontgiveafuckaboutyourwaroryourpresident: AMAZING!!

Tom tran: What's the name of nutrient you put in the butch bucket? Can I purchase it at lowes or Home Depot?

Win Aung: Thanks you so much, really easy to understand for me. Cheers Win.

Paul Hails: Could you give part number for Graingers rubber grommets needed for dutch bucket system

Deb Cobern: Great tutorial! Thanks for the excellent share... You made me a believer! 

Rob Hay: great video you used air pump with air stones for oxygen...what did you use to pump the water into in hose to water the plants?

Patrick O'Neal: Great videos ! Simple, easy to understand, something the average person can build. Thanks !!!!!

Noel Munson: That was great! Thank you for the work it takes to put these videos together.

jimmybuffetWDWGDAS: id grow in glass not plastic

Norma Sedlock: Thanks so much!

rambo mando: hello sir I have one question: Does the water have to flow all day and night?

HOSCO FOODS: Great job friend! This video was great!

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