How To Grow Hydroponic Herbs
I’m not much of a gardener. I’m too afraid of snakes and spiders to enjoy playing in the mud. And, the one year I really tried to grow something, my entire yield was three green peppers and a rotten watermelon.
The one exception to my purple thumb is hydroponic herbs. Growing hydroponic herbs is so easy, even I can do it. It’s a no-brainer.
How To Set Up A Hydroponic Garden
There are dozens of ways to set up a hydroponic garden, but I’m going to teach you to do it like I did. Besides being the fastest and easiest way, it’s also the cheapest.
1) Run out to the store and purchase herb seedlings, a package of large disposable plastic cups, a package of medium disposable plastic cups, vermiculite, some plant fertilizer and an 1/8 of a yard of polyester fabric.
2) Punch a hole in the bottom of one of the large plastic cups.
3) Cut out one 1″ x 6″ piece of polyester.
4) Thread the piece of polyester through the hole in the large plastic cup. Half of the length of fabric should sit on each side of the hole.
5) Holding the top end of the polyester straight up with one hand, fill the large plastic cup with vermiculite. The vermiculite should just about cover the polyester.
6) Fill a medium plastic cup 1/4 of the way up with water and a little bit of plant fertilizer.
7) Place the large plastic cup into the medium cup. There should always be a gap of air between the bottom of the larger cup and the water in the medium cup. The bottom half of the piece of polyester should hang from the larger cup, through the air, and into the medium cup.
How Does the Hydroponic Garden Work?
The piece of polyester works as a straw to suck water and fertilizer from the bottom cup into the top cup.
How To Use A Hydroponic Garden
To use the hydroponic garden, dampen the vermiculite with water. Then carefully rinse and shake the dirt from a herb seedling. Once the dirt is completely removed, place the seedling into the larger cup, gently fitting the roots into the vermiculite.
When the water in the bottom cup gets too low, pour more water/fertilizer through the vermiculite and into the bottom cup. Keep your plant on a sunny windowsill in a south facing exposure. Harvest herb immediately before use.