Monday, April 29, 2013


Most of my seedlings are growing (hopefully) inside this little box. It is a "Nelson Pluggbox" with room for 49 plants.

Nelson pluggbox
My little greenhouse

The box is like a mini greenhouse. Once the plants have grown the middle tray is pushed down to the bottom container which will "pop up" the plants.

Plants leaning towards the sunlight

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Deep Water Culture

I'm starting with a Deep Water Culture (DWC) system since it's fairly simple to get started with, I think. DWC is a hydroponic method of plant production by means of suspending the plant roots in a solution of nutrient-rich, oxygenated water.

My DWC system will consist of:
  • Bucket (food grade)
  • Air curtain
  • Air pump
  • Silicone air hose
  • Net pots
  • Clay pellets
  • Nutrients
  • Check valve
Unfortunately the only food grade bucket I could find was transparent. This is not good for a hydroponic system since it will not block off sunlight from the water and nutrients solution. This will cause algae to start growing inside the bucket. To avoid this I will also use spray paint to paint the outside of the bucket and the lid.

Parts for my DWC system
Parts for my DWC system


Hi, this post will only be a short introduction.

I currently live in an apartment and have started to take an interest in growing vegetables indoors. A year ago I started growing stuff in soil with great success. But now I'm bored. During the winter time I've read about different methods of growing stuff and I have decided to try at least two of those methods. During my vacation I also got an idea to build a self-watering system for my plants by using an Arduino.

So, I guess that is what this blog will be about.The two methods I mentioned is DWC (Deep Water Culture) and a Windowfarm.

I will not buy any complete system but instead build it myself. This will be quite a challenge since I'm not good with tools. Well, except with computers.