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DIY Self-Sustaining, Economic Hydroponic Garden Build

DIY Self-Sustaining, Economic Hydroponic Garden Build

Seeing as how my home garden has utterly failed for the last 5 years, I wanted to come up with a solution where I could have a high output of vegetables without having to break the bank. I looked at several options and designs online, but they all seemed overly complex and, often, expensive to undertake. With the setup I came up with, it’s possible to have a decent sized hydroponic garden for less than $170 (less than that if you’re a craigslist wizard). So check out the video and then reference the materials and cost list to build your own!

Materials List and Costs:
3 x 55 gallon plastic Drums ($17-$30): $51-$90
1 x 50 gallon plastic tub from Walmart ($15.00): $15.00
3 x 3/4 PVC Pipe ($3): $9
9 x 3/4 90 deg angle ($0.50): $4.50
10 x 3/4-3/4-3/4 T ($0.65): $6.50
1 x tube of caulk: $2.50
1 x 1/2-3/4 thread hose adapter ($1.50): $1.50
1 x 3/4 thread to 3/4 PVC adapter ($0.65): $0.65
1 x 3ft of 1/2″ inner diameter clear hose ($1.00/ft): $3.00
1 x ECO185 Submersible pump with 1/2″ hose adapter: $16 on
1 x Deep Cycle Marine Battery: $40
1 x 200 watt inverter: $20-$25
1 x 68watt solar panel: $100 (now you can find 70 watt panels for less)
1 x Jack’s water soluble plant food: $25
3 x 2×6’s: $12 (mine were left over from a project)
1 cubic yard of river gravel: $34

My total Cost of Garden, including solar equipment: $328.65
Total Cost of Garden Build only: $168.85

About The Author

Savage One

Savage has been shooting and pursuing the hobby of guns, tinkering, and learning about them. He started a YouTube channel at the beginning of 2007 as an experiment and for fun and it has grown into a kind of hillbilly bubba making gun, ammo, and accessory laboratory since then. He lives and works in and around the Spokane area, where there is a vibrant shooting culture and lots of great places to do it in. He has met and worked with lots of great people in the firearms industry there and plans on exploring that more in his videos in the near future. For now, it's all about shooting things and having fun.

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