Get ev­ery­thing ready

go! Platteland - - DO IT YOURSELF -

“Here, we show you how to grow one row of plants, but you can use the same ba­sics and in­struc­tions to add an­other row. Just keep in mind that the big­ger your sys­tem, the stronger the pump has to be – and this is the most ex­pen­sive part. Our sys­tem (pic­tured op­po­site) is in fact two sys­tems, one above the other, with two rows of plants in each. The rea­son is we have two small pumps.” SHOP­PING LIST

• a 3m piece of down­pipe (round or square)

• 2 gut­ter el­bows

• 3 brack­ets

• 12 hy­dro­pon­ics bas­kets

• 6 screws and wall plugs

• a large plastic crate with a lid

• a 4m piece of gar­den hose Dif­fi­culty Cost of ma­te­ri­als Time needed

4-5h

• a small fish-pond pump that can pump at least 1,2m high (ap­prox­i­mately 800ℓ/h)

• a bag (1,5ℓ) of grow­ing medium such as Leca, chip­pings or coir

• an ex­ten­sion cord to the near­est power point plus a power plug

±R800

• a grom­met, to en­sure a wa­ter­tight seal where the ir­ri­ga­tion pipe fits into the hole in the gut­ter

• a 1m piece of black 22mm ir­ri­ga­tion pipe

• a tube of PVC ce­ment glue

• 12 seedlings (leaf or fruit­bear­ing plants, not mixed)

TOOLS

• a hole saw with a di­am­e­ter slightly smaller than the bas­kets you’re us­ing

• an elec­tric drill with a screw­driver

• a pen­cil

• mea­sur­ing tape

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