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We've been growing a small backyard garden for a couple of years using raised beds. We would like to progress from the hobby stage to growing a larger quantity of the vegetables we consume.
I have been researching hydroponic systems for about a year off and on. The commercial systems are nice, but most of the vertical stacking systems cost about $700 for four stacks with about 80-90 plants. The cost is not unaffordable for us, but it doesn't seem like a good use of our money. I'd like to find something I can make that will provide the same effect = lots of food in little space.
EasiestGarden.com sells a DVD for building one of these systems as a DIY project. I am leaning more toward purchasing the DVD and trying it. I like vertical stacks, but the website explains that containers are better for vegetables. Five gallon buckets seem like good candidates.
After reading more and more about the way our food is grown and cared for before it arrives at the store, I am more and more interested in growing it myself -- like my grandmother did.