This week I learned how not to build a hydroponic garden. First, I tried to use my filter to put the water in the garden. This was suggested on a site I found, and it ended up being disastrous. I had to carve out a place for the filter. Which led to breaking a box cutter blade.
I pried it out, and did a test run that seemed very successful. So, I filled the container with coconut coir, but alas the coconut coir leaking out of the filter hole. I fixed that with the aid of an old t-shirt and some rocks, but then I realized the water output was way too much, and the garden would flood in 2.5 minutes. Extra drainage holes did not fix this problem. I had to buy a pump and a new container. The filter will be used as a way to aerate the water, and the new small pump will get the water to the garden. Meanwhile the air pump broke, so I ordered a replacement for that too.
I have figured out a functional set-up which I will beautify as a final step (yes I used empty cat food cans to make it so the garden wouldn’t be at an angle):
I’m at a stopping point for a bit because we have decided to rearrange our house. So this project is on hold until we can get that done. In the meantime the kids and I are making a light box to grow some plants, and we will be starting a straw bale garden in the backyard.