A step by step pictorial guide to building your very own Grow Bed used in Hydroponics by Heavy Metal Maniac Pritham Dsouza
Since i live in a farm, i decided to make use of the natural resources that lie waste in our farm. so we decided to make our very own, grow bed using wood from Arecanut(Areca catechu) palm tree. The above pic shows Narayana selecting strong & healthy trunks of the areca palm tree
The above 3 pics shows how all sharp edges are removed by sickle & saw blade, to give a very smooth finish.
after measuring the required size, the trunk is cut accordingly as shown above
the wood is then placed on the ground & the outer frame is worked on as shown above
framing work completed
the bottom of the grow bed is completed above
next, the long pieces of wood are used as legs of the grow bed as shows in the figure above
it must be noted that the legs should be of equal size or it will result in tilting or uneven balance of the grow bed.
next 2 support strips are nailed across the legs of the table on both sides as shown. since the areca wood is thin, we wanted to give the legs extra strength to be able to carry the weight of the substrate and the growing plants
most important. since the wood used is thin, there are chances that the nails go right thru the wood & protrude from the other side. such nails are then bent using a hammer, or it could seriously cause injury to self
Narayana checking for protruding nails & correcting them
Arecanut body based simple grow bed done. time taken to make by single person, 54 minutes
next, a double layer of black poly sheet is used, as this acts as the base for the growing plants and substrate.
a drain hole is drilled 1 inch from the base of the bed and tank joint placed as shown. then it is trial tested for any leaks etc.
my dog 'hitler' wonders if the grow bed could also act as a private pool if made leak proof