How To Build A Windowsill Hydroponic Herb Garden (Part 1 of 2)

Part 2 link: In this video I show step by step how to build a small windowsill deep water culture herb garden for 8 plants. I also show what nutrients I use and the amount of nutreint to add. Here is the link to the templates I used in this video for free download:
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25 Responses to “How To Build A Windowsill Hydroponic Herb Garden (Part 1 of 2)”

  1. thanks friend!

  2. While the plants are young in your first month let it go 4 weeks without changing. After that you’ll need to change the water every 2-3 weeks. Just lift the top off and avoid damaging the roots. Dump it out into your garden outside if you have one (it only helps). Just be sure not to use tap water that is chlorinated without getting the chlorine out first (bubble it 24 hours).

  3. do you change the water in it at all? if so how ?

  4. Ty, I was wondering that myself. I am making the exact same setup but mine will be left outdoors in the alaskan midnight sun :)

  5. why didn’t you just buy a colored bucket instead of wasting money on paint?

  6. The paint is on the outside of the container. I checked the Sterilite website for the container and they claim to be BPA-free and phthalates-free. The aquarium tubing I’m not sure of.

  7. Did you check to see if the plastic tubs, parts, and paint are food safe so you are not getting toxic BPAs and other toxins into your food?

  8. 85 watt (actual watts) or higher and 5000K – 6700K. That’s for shorter plants. Tall plants 105 watt minimum and higher to penetrate the leaves to the bottom when the plant gets tall. Or add supplemental lights near the bottom.

  9. watz Hydrotin and were can you by it dueed i neeed helpp

  10. Yes. For lemon basil sometimes I let 2 go in one cube. Sweet basil grows fast and huge so thin that out to one.
    All depends what you are growing I guess.

  11. I put 3 seeds in each rockwool, now that they have all sprouted am I supposed to thin them out?

  12. The rockwool I used are 1 inch cubes. What I have found is that you can just soak the rockwool in plain water, let the seeds sprout, when the 2nd set of leaves appear you can either put it in the unit or use a very weak nutrient solution to keep the rockwool moist. I like to wait till the roots pop out of the rockwool before putting it in the unit.

  13. What size rockwool? When the seeds are sprouting do you put solution in the bottom of the cookie box??

  14. You can get them on Amazon, Ebay or a hydroponics store.

  15. question… where do you get rockwool? and the nutrients? and how much do they cost?

  16. are those seeds gmo free?

    On another note… Does USDA Organic = GMO Free?

  17. i found enamel spray paint says it doesnt work for planstic but it does

  18. This one was the right size and all are translucent at the store. Larger containers are easy to find that are solid.

  19. why wouldn’t you buy a bin that is not translucent?

  20. The bubbles from the air stone burst and get the hydroton rocks wet. I’m currently filming a time lapse of this unit under CFL lights. On week 3 of it and the plants are taking off.

  21. Great video! One question, though. How do the roots get nutrients if the water level is below the basket?

  22. The pump was about $5 but get a little bigger one for about $9. The nutrients run about $13 for a 1.2lb bag.

  23. This video is dragging. Slow talk, no patience to watch it whatsoever.

  24. I would really like to know just 3 things and would appreciate your help SleestaksRule!

    1: how expensive was the hydroponics food you bought in part 2?
    2: how expensive is the air pump from walmart?
    and 3; I’m not sure if you have any idea, but is it possible to grow flowers, specifically spider flowers(cleome), using hydroponics?
    Thanks!! – Christian

  25. i disagree slightly and would think you did a good job going with black paint. i though into this a little and know that people who clone plants often use heat wires on their hydroponics system to keep the roots warm, reason being roots like warmth to help growth.. if you paint the container black, not only willy it keep light out, but the black plastic will gather and retain heat from the sunlight and thus warm the roots and help your plants grow faster/healthier :)