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DIY Hydroponic Garden Tower - The ULTIMATE hydroponic system growing over 100 plants in 10 sq feet

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Go to https://FoodAbundance.com to join the Food Abundance movement. This DIY Hydroponic Garden Tower grows over 100 plants in less than 10 square feet, by taking advantage of vertical growth space. Get FREE written instructions here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/v7gnn66hqfoh0wc/DIY%20Hydroponic%20Garden%20Tower.pdf For a more professional set of instructions, go here: https://veggardens.wordpress.com/diy-gardens This is a simple hydroponic system made with 4" irrigation pipes. You can buy everything at your local hardware store and a local hydroponics store. It uses 80% less water than square foot gardening and does not require you to break your back bending down to garden. This hydroponics growing system can grow: Spinach Zucchini Peppers Arugula Yellow Squash Chiles Lettuce (of all types) Pickle Cucumbers Basil Cabbage (of all types) Broccoli Mint Peas Cauliflower Cilantro Strawberries Green Beans Oregano Radishes Cherry Tomatoes Parsley Onions Chives Any above ground veggie You can make them shorter and lower, such that it can fit onto the back of even a small patio. This homemade hydroponic system is a version of vertical hydroponics that can easily be disassembled and moved, if you are just renting, or can be put on rollers, if you want to move it around on your back patio. Please consider building on yourself, so that you can produce local food in hyper-abundance. This beats food storage any day, and in a worst case scenario, you can sell the food for top dollar. When millions of people produce their own local food in hyper-abundance, then hunger doesn't stand a chance. To join the Food Abundance movement, go to https://FoodAbundance.com
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tangobayus (11 days ago)
Smart system.
Dahon sa Puno (19 days ago)
Hi! Does it has cover on top? If no, what happens if it rains? Hoping for an answer, thank you.
nrsrchd (1 month ago)
Think I am going to try this but with a second bucket with compost in it to filter in that "earth" flavor.
ELIAKIM Joseph Sophia (1 month ago)
Sweet!
hcarlile73c1 (2 months ago)
how do you stop algae growth?
UC4 FBI (3 months ago)
good video though
UC4 FBI (3 months ago)
if your plants are young they wont reach the water cause you have them slanted so much. i did something similar but i cut a small end cap in half and stuck it inside to keep the water level half way up the tube, your way dont get water like it could
Ilan Hartstein (4 months ago)
I just built the exact same system and am trying to figure out the optimal way to use it. I bought some young basil plants from the nursery and washed away the soil from the roots. I put them into netpots but realize pretty quickly that the roots do not reach the fluid flowing at the bottom of the PVC. By the end of the first sunny day most of them were wilting and dying. I think I will either have to get another batch and grow them in another way until the roots are longer and then move them into the system. Either that or figure out how to raise the water level in the initial stages of their growth.
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Vida Hydroponics (5 months ago)
Hello! I just built this entire system and it came out really well! For those that are interested in learning how to build it, expect a video on my channel coming later this week.
Marian Tyler (5 months ago)
I tried this system but is a little confused as to if I did it right. I have too much water in the bottom PVC. You also use the term trickle down. I don't get a trickle. can you help
Authentic Team Building (5 months ago)
Yes!
Vida Hydroponics (5 months ago)
How are you regulating the water level? Is it just a film of water on the bottom?
Michael Waterman (7 months ago)
I realize this is years old, but wouldn't the plants at the top (beginning) get most of the nutrients and the plants at the bottom (end) get far less? I would like to consider something that allows inverting the layout so the beginning becomes the end and vice versa, maybe each week. Maybe something that isn't quite so vertical, but just invert and switch the pump input to the system and the reservoir container collection point... just sayin :)
KilroyNBC (7 months ago)
A picture..seriously?
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Mira Kittner (9 months ago)
Can someone please post the link to the building instructions? I can't access the ones above.
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Mike Spike (11 months ago)
Plans available? Parts list?
Wayne Osmand (1 year ago)
Do you have baffles of some kind along the inside of the tubes to make sure you have a consistent level of water/nutrient as I cant figure out how the level would be attained on those angles! I do like the way you are using gravity to work the water though as against so many others that RELY on so many joints which of course are each and every one a RISK of leaks! all in all it looks good, thank you for posting
Abdullah Estonia (1 year ago)
beautiful, i like it, got inspiration here, maybe i will do such design at home, if you give me your permission mr FoodAbundance
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Great Vid! How did you get your slope gradient with the pipes? Was it calculated ?
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Gary Rose (1 year ago)
the angle seems extreme to me?
Bryan Dietz (1 year ago)
what kind of pump are you using?
Edward M (1 year ago)
The Dropbox link is 404' not working. Can you please send me the PDF or post the corrected link. Amazing job.
Edward M (1 year ago)
Your other link is only for San Diego, CA people also. I wish it was in Chicago also hehe ;)
Kent VanderVelden (1 year ago)
Great to hear you mention microrhizome additives. I didn't realize this was common with hydroponic systems.
Olivia Engel (1 year ago)
PVC is practically the most toxic thing you could use. Not only will it leach into your plants, but even touching and inhaling it is hazardous. Long term exposure leads to liver damage and cancer. Please consider the toxicity of your materials - especially when growing food and giving other tutorials on how to grow their own. Source: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-09/documents/vinyl-chloride.pdf
Leslie Denise Huey (1 year ago)
how long to build this
paul Cuddle (1 year ago)
Im new to all this but how is the plants getting their minerals if there is no soil or dirt?
Hi. Since I didn't see if you got an answer, sending this... he puts rock dust and mild plant fertilizer in the water reservoir. The rock dust leaches small amounts of needed minerals into the water.
Daniel Rose (1 year ago)
You can increase the stability putting the poles at a smaller distance. For whatever span you want, I recommend to have the pipes overhanging 1/6th of the total distance at each end and 4/6th in the center.
Manaaf Riza (1 year ago)
Hello, how much water solution and at what intervals/time has to be run through the system?
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J Kl (1 year ago)
the dropbox instructions are not loading
Rias 52 (1 year ago)
you dont need ant bait around the posts. use vaseline
William Swift (1 year ago)
so I am just researching for my first hydroponic attempt. wouldn't all those different types of plants need different nutrient levels and ph levels? i would like to do a similar setup, but in am unsure of the nutrient levels and what can grow together. if someone can give some insight into this I would appreciate it.
KalvinistKyle (1 year ago)
so how much water is actually pumping through there? I imagine if it's "trickling" that it might not touch the roots at all. So does it flood it or mist or what? I really like the thorough explanation of the actual working of this. Just that one question
82dockmaster (1 year ago)
can i able to use hydrophonics using just a pump n gravity?
Emma Hankins (1 year ago)
Hi! The drop box link appears to be broken, and the link to the website does not show any build like this, its just trying to get me to join some kind of monthly subscription thing. Do you still have the dropbox written instructions?
deucedeuce22oz (1 year ago)
I also wonder if the fungi in the system would help aerate the roots, because fungi breathes CO2 and exhales 02. Have thought about mixing growing mushrooms with vegetables/fruits, because of that.
deucedeuce22oz (1 year ago)
You think peas would fix nitrogen in a hydroponic system? Would the nitrogen fixing bacteria be present and would it be beneficial for the system, for the other plants or for combating bad bacteria? Would they still fix nitrogen if they were getting enough from the hydroponic nutrients?
John Caleb Villegas (1 year ago)
simple and effective design! :)
Scott N JJ Jaco (1 year ago)
Can you repost the plans??
Steve Freeman (1 year ago)
At the switch-back, don't try to make it flat as it appears in the photo. Be sure to twist the switchbacks so that the water flows as rapidly as possible. I had them flat on mine, and they collected water which means it collected weight on the pipes above it. Also, don't skimp on the type of pipe, get the firmest pipe possible. The "thin pipes" will bend under any adverse weight issues. Also, if I do this again I will drill the holes no closer than 9 inches apart edge to edge. Give the plants some room. I ran my pump on a few hours on, and few hours off, 24/7.
LoLo B. (1 year ago)
Steve Freeman thanks for the tips Steve, so instead of allowing the water to recirculate on its own, you used a timer or did you manually shut the pump off? Why not treat this system like an NFT system?
Bruno E. Santos (1 year ago)
Could you share a list of all items used to build the whole tower and the food to feed the plants?
YES10 (1 year ago)
how many times can you eat that? I have a 4000 square feet of stuff growing year long and it barely supplies enough stuff. 40 rows wide by 40 deep, tomatoes, letuce, onions, garlic, carrots, cabbage everything. And it still barely feeds two people.
Sigmund Q. Freud (1 year ago)
So many complaints about the pipe and drinking water. Perhaps the video needs a disclaimer that you are not drinking the water and plants dont consume toxins and pass them on in their produce. Libs bitching on this video drinking chlorinated tap water and cooking with it. Cause u know they dont actually have property.. smh.
Sigmund Q. Freud (1 year ago)
You sir are a genius and a golfer. Thoroughly impressed. I now have a new idea for the use of my giant bamboo.
ali ibn abi talib (1 year ago)
so when the water pump hits on the big pvc pipes must be filled to half or full of it with water or just low level at the bottom i mean what is the level of the water must reach the net pot?
Seema Rathod (1 year ago)
it seems its out door experiment, will it be possible to highlight on process from seedling, re plantation and insect treatment.
Matt Haligi (1 year ago)
what are the advantages of these system in the vertical growing tower for hydroponics? pls reply
C H (1 year ago)
Pipe angle to steep. Or valuing needs to be added to control the flow. Also better to have the pump on the other side. Less lift for the pump and better flow. Add a solar pump for total off grid.
Dustin Travis (8 months ago)
From my limited reading the past few days, it's 30:1 to 40:1, so for 30" or 40" inches of run (length), it should drop down by 1".
LoLo B. (1 year ago)
Interesting, How Steep would you Recommend each angle being?
Lisa Marie (1 year ago)
What nutrient solution strength is used for such a wide variety of plant?
CJ Hetle (1 year ago)
now to figure out how to do that indoors for us urban gardeners. The structure would be the same, smaller though, but how to light that many pots indoors?
Joe Smith (1 year ago)
How did you determine the angle to put the pipes at??
nunya (1 year ago)
outdoor hydro begs the question how do you keep rain water from diluting or overfilling your reservoir?
Hector Graciano (1 year ago)
Did the instructions say to use 3 inch net pots or 2 inch net pots?
Hector Graciano (1 year ago)
The website doesnt load has anybody have the same problem?How do i build it if the instructions dont show up.
Randy Gepitulan (1 year ago)
How do you make the water go up? Are you using somekind of machine if you are please do tell and what kind of machine and model and brand. Thank you
Anthony Brown (1 year ago)
I'm building them too. For broad leaf plants you just take some scissors and cut off the top half and it keeps rolling
Ca JeffO (1 year ago)
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classicPIPSTER (1 year ago)
this is great & nice to look at
Matt J Foran (1 year ago)
I could no longer access the instructions, could you repost them please?
Peter Sumeghy (1 year ago)
Can you pls send the working links?
Steven Todd (1 year ago)
did you get those?
The Good Life (1 year ago)
awesome, Ill try it
hoshnasi (1 year ago)
Excellent idea. We're looking at efficient vertical gardening as we are moving towards self sustainability in the suburbs. It's time consuming to both do and film to post videos on it though so it has been slow going for us.
Eric Hogan (1 year ago)
Isn't PVC toxic? Won't that leach into your food?
Dan Ceremelli (10 months ago)
Christian, Then the PVC piping in your house is probably poisoning you too, correct?
Xzarida (1 year ago)
http://www.healthychild.org/easy-steps/reduce-your-use-of-pvc-in-plastics-and-other-household-products/ Yes
Shane Wolcansek (1 year ago)
There are two types of PVC, one is rated potable, and the other is DWV (drain, waste, vent) NSF potable PVC is safe for drinking and is what I would recommend. DWV pipe is made for waste and is not approved for drinking water.
CyBrtekComputers (1 year ago)
hmm unconclusive results on the hazards of pvc posted from someone pushing a garden product site ... thats a shocker
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Daryen Dav (1 year ago)
links in the description do not work. do you have instructions for it.
MrsPaul08 (1 year ago)
LOVE this system! Awesome video too, thanks much! Just wanted to let you know though, the links in your description aren't working properly.
Ebbaneeza feelgood (1 year ago)
Ants eat spider mite amd other pests Very nice set up. Im going to try this in the spring thank you
MySetDancer1 (1 year ago)
This appears to be an abandoned video. Also, the instructions are a bad link.
zacktube100 (1 year ago)
I think that these should be called diagonal hydroponic gardens instead of vertical. Does the pump run continuously or do you have a timer or something? Did you need to limit the flow from the pump with an orifices to prevent overflow?
MySetDancer1 (1 year ago)
It would be nice to have an update after 3 years so we can get an idea how it worked-out.
a13thhour (1 year ago)
Your links are broken.
TonyHiep (1 year ago)
Great idea!!! I want to build one just like your. What kind of the water pump are you using? Thank you!
Jim Martin (1 year ago)
Should put a pvc pipe to form a ridge so you can easily cover it with plastic if it gets to cold so they will not freeze. You could even put a pvc with holes in it and attach a cheap hair dryer to it to keep your plants from freezing.
Lewis Wilson (2 years ago)
what happened to your written instructions? I would like a copy of it.
Troy W. Holtz (2 years ago)
Awesome
DrDangerPuppy (2 years ago)
Both links mentioned above are no longer active.
Jeff Streeter (2 years ago)
it was a short list for me. I may never post a video. but Hobby and health benefits are adequate enough. I also like to build things and have the satisfaction and enjoyment of a functioning work. Making the system more complex by growing something makes it more rewarding because then I am "getting payed" for my efforts with savings from my grocery bill.
Taneesha Harris (2 years ago)
WOW amazing.. i just got introduced to this method of planting last month. Right now im still using soil. But this is absolutely amazing! I would love to learn this method
Chicken Friedfish (2 years ago)
how do you start your plants? rockwool?
Debra W (2 years ago)
How often do you water? or is it continual flow? thank you
Colin Edwards (2 years ago)
Why did you not place the reservoir at the other upright closer to the highest point?
Jeff Streeter (2 years ago)
I agree
Colin Edwards (2 years ago)
That is exactly what I meant - why pump up a long slope when you can take the shorter route to the highest point and let gravity do the rest.
Jeff Streeter (2 years ago)
I believe he meant to the left, not up top.
Jeff Streeter (2 years ago)
I get what you mean. I was curious about why he didn't adjust for one final run to place his reservoir on the same side (post) as his inlet to decrease the distance necessary to pump the water into his NFT system.  It is still a fine system.
Colin Edwards (2 years ago)
Thanks.
Gary Grimm (2 years ago)
Don't know if this was asked.....what Rock dust do you use?
shay leibovich (2 years ago)
hey, which pump exactly did you use? (L/hr, W) thanks
K Tao (1 year ago)
No answer?
Kurt Euler (2 years ago)
Hi. Thanks for the video. I'd like to ask: How do you maintain the water level such that the net pots/roots are adequately covered. Is it simply a function of the slope of the pipe and the volume of water being pumped, optimized via trial and error?
Fran Sahm (1 year ago)
Often folks use 12 volt pumps and keep a car battery on a "maintenance" charger to run the pump. I added a solar panel to maintain the battery.
Jeff Streeter (2 years ago)
He has such a slope to he pipes. Would almost have to have a very high flow rate unless his roots were already developed enough before he transplanted them into his system then I could grasp the system working so well.
komalthecoolk (2 years ago)
I think this system leans more towards the NFT method where the nutrient solution just flows over the roots continuously and that's enough for the plants to grow as their roots get enough oxygen as well. The only danger being power cuts and the roots will dry out very quickly.
Abdullah Jan (2 years ago)
isn't any soil, than how planting is going on and how you give compost
fourburnerbreakfast (2 years ago)
roots can grow in water too, as long as they have nutrients and maintained to be free from bacteria, fungus etc. the added nutrients in a hydro (water) ponics systems has nutrients in it; like compost
Carlyn3676 (2 years ago)
I would like to get the building instructions ,Please. Neither one of your links are working. I keep getting 'No-Can-Find' messages. Can direct me to the right working link. Please?!
co (2 years ago)
Yes I did enjoy the video! So informative!
moiz25883 (2 years ago)
i suspect once the plant grow it can block water.
Leslie Ward (2 years ago)
I built one of these last year and it did great. I never got how long to leave the pump running. Was it continuous or cycled? I ran mine continuous

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