As promised, here is my post for how to plant seedlings in our DIY hydroponic vertical garden. The beauty of hydroponics means that no soil is needed; the roots of the plants are fed by nutrients added to the constantly running water.
Recently, Checkers (a local grocery store) ran a ‘Checkers Little Garden’ promo, where you received a box of seedlings for every R 150.00 spent (equivalent to about USD 11.00 at current exchange rates). Needless to say, we grew a small collection of these and a few of were now ready to plant.
Since not all of the seedlings would be suitable for the small pots, we decided to supplement our supply with some lettuce and green pepper seedlings from our local garden centre as well. Lettuce has previously done well in this set-up, let’s hope that the peppers will do well too!
Also, because we are lazy and doing this ‘on the cheap’, we decided to not go with the suggested pebbles to support the plants (since there is no soil to do this). Hubs cut supports out of an old foam puzzle instead!
Foam Cut outs:
- Trace the size of the pot out on your foam piece
- Cut along the traced shape (we used a pair of scissors for this)
- Use your scissors to make a slit half way through the circle
- Cut small slits from the centre of the circle; this will create the hole in which the plant will sit
- Snip the pieces between the slits to make the hole
- This is what the final product should look like
Now we get to the fun part – the planting!
You will need a bucket of water for this part.
- Remove the seedling from the packaging
- Wash the roots off in your bucket of water; be careful not to damage the roots during this process
- Gently place your foam cut-out around your plant
- Place your seedling in the pot
- Put your potted plant into your garden, it’s as easy as that! 😀
- The next step if probably the most important – adding nutrients to the water! You will need to do this approximately once a week (maybe more in blooming season). It’s easy though, just follow the instructions on the food bottle!
The kids had such a blast with this little project; they can’t wait for the next one! I couldn’t resist showing some extra photos of them 😉
That’s it, really – so simple once you have the system up and running. The kids love it as well, they have so much fun when they get to mess about in the garden!
Tell me what you think, I’d love to hear your opinions!