Hydroponics – The Easy Way – Indoor Gardening in an Apartment or Home

Hydroponics – The Easy Way – Indoor Gardening in an Apartment or Home

Grow lettuce or herbs in your apartment or home during the winter time with low startup costs, and high yield results!

0:00 Intro to our Hydroponic Gardening Method
1:13 Setting it all up
6:06 Day 20 of Growth, Pros and Cons
9:40 Summary of How To
11:21 Day 30 of Growth

HEAVY DUTY METAL STAND (However – I HIGHLY recommend getting a 4-5ft stand instead of a 3ft! More room for the lettuce to grow and not burn their tips once they reach the height to the LEDs) – https://amzn.to/3dqLvl6

2x LIGHTS (2FT – try to get something that matches the width of your stand though so there aren’t spots without light. We ended up buying two sets and our plants are growing happily with that ) – https://amzn.to/3ExwCcG

AUTOMATIC TIMER – https://amzn.to/3EwsVnl

NETTING POTS – https://amzn.to/3GhWw4p

RAPID ROOTER (to put your seeds inside so they don’t fall through the netting pots) – https://amzn.to/3GioFZ5

CLAY PEBBLES – https://amzn.to/3Exiccg

SEEDS (we used a variety of lettuce) – https://amzn.to/3drmENO

3″ DRILL BIT (to make the holes on the tops of the container, remember to use dish soap to help the drilling process) – https://amzn.to/3rNsbXk

FERTILIZER (I got mine from my Dad, but this looks like an excellent alternative) – https://amzn.to/3rJIR23

PH Strips (PH of the fertilized water should be 5.5-6.5) – https://amzn.to/3Gn1LQx

CONTAINERS (I used these two) –


This method of hydroponics is called the ‘Hydroponic Kratky Non-Circulating’ method, where no pumps or electricity other than your lights are needed. You can set it and forget it! It is the easiest dummy proof way to grow a little garden indoors where you won’t need to remember to water it or tend to it while it grows!

1. To set this up, you will need to get a plant stand (any heavy duty stand you can find that will support a few gallons of water) that will dimmensionally fit the containers of your choosing (make sure the containers are atleast 5″-9″ in height, you need space for the plants to have air inbetween the water and the roots). Ideally you should SPRAY PAINT any clear containers BLACK to prevent algea growth like we had (or buy dark containers)!!
2. Then you space out your holes using a 3″ drill bit and fit your netting pots inside. Fill the netting pots with the rapid rooter and clay pebbles (to hold it in place), and get your water + fertilizer ready in a 5 gallon bucket (something you can buy at home depot).
3. Check that the PH of the fertilized water is between 5.5-6.5. Then fill up your containers (while on your stand – they will be too heavy to move afterwards) up to where the water just touches the bottom part of the rapid rooter soil.
4. After that, set up your lights and plug them into your automatic timer for 12 hours a day on, 12 hours a day off. And then watch it grow!! In a week you will see roots touching the water surface. Then if all goes well, you should be ready to enjoy salads after week 4 🙂 Top off the fertilized water when it gets to under 1″ in height (probably 2 months later). Enjoy!!

Thank you Mike Adams for sharing how to do this method, and thank you Mom for finding it! Thank you Dad for helping to sponsor my video, and thank you Hubby for the idea to do this in the first place!

I hope that helps you guys get one step closer to being self sufficient! Let me know if you have any questions.

Shot on a Sony a7r iii


  1. Ezzy Does It on July 3, 2022 at 10:40 pm

    I’m 3 weeks into my grow now since i got inspired by your video. Love this setup and adding air pump now

  2. OttKnot2Dew on July 3, 2022 at 10:40 pm

    Great video, And it was nice to see grumpy cat.

  3. E With love on July 3, 2022 at 10:53 pm

    Thank you so much awesome content I love you and this ❤️

  4. Robert Ing on July 3, 2022 at 10:53 pm

    I enjoyed your video, very straightforward. However, I am unsure how much water you have in your containers. Is it enough to practically immerse your rapid rooter material or is it just enough to come up over to not more than a quarter or half of the rapid rooter? Your help in clearing this up would really be helpful.

  5. Charity White on July 3, 2022 at 10:56 pm

    Thank you for the idea! I think it is so cool you had the courage to try this.

  6. Lindsy Bystroff on July 3, 2022 at 10:58 pm

    How often do you have to refill with water? And what is your method for doing that?

  7. Simba The G on July 3, 2022 at 10:59 pm

    why do I want a salad now….

  8. Toon Vos on July 3, 2022 at 11:00 pm

    This is so neat and easier than the more complicated builds. I’m getting the items now to try it out!

  9. Julie A on July 3, 2022 at 11:01 pm

    I have my hydroponic garden outside. I live in Arizona where the temperatures are getting to be in the 100 degree mark, it’s to hot for them!
    I love the simplicity of this setup, thank you!!!

  10. Johann Enslin on July 3, 2022 at 11:05 pm

    Planning to connect such a system to my large fish tank and grow some veggies and herbs to reduce the nitrates.

  11. Felipe Arevalo on July 3, 2022 at 11:08 pm

    Wow, thank you for sharing your video, it was informative, I enjoyed it. 🙂

  12. Julie A on July 3, 2022 at 11:08 pm

    You said that you ended up buying 2 sets of lights for your existing setup? So did you hang 2 lights on each shelf above your bins? I’m getting ready to place my order but I want to make sure I’ve got this right, lol thank you!!

  13. princess Leia on July 3, 2022 at 11:09 pm

    YOU ROCK.. Awesomesharing Show and tell is my best learning media.
    Perfectly shared you 2. Great detailed info ..

  14. Charles Bory on July 3, 2022 at 11:09 pm

    Super cool Nina. I have just the room to do this!

  15. Nixza Gonzalez on July 3, 2022 at 11:11 pm

    I love this! We are moving to a 1 bedroom apartment but without a balcony

  16. Koltrasten on July 3, 2022 at 11:12 pm

    Try to avoid clear containers overall to eliminate the algae.
    Algae wont affect the plants in itself but it will steal nutrients from the water that would go to your plants otherwise, so indirectly it will slow down the growth of your plants.

  17. Mario Quadros Archviz on July 3, 2022 at 11:15 pm

    Cool! Very good idea for who lives in apartment.

  18. Green Bionomy on July 3, 2022 at 11:20 pm

    Nice video ! 🍀

  19. Rob K on July 3, 2022 at 11:30 pm

    Bless your dad’s heart for coming through for you on the supplies.
    I’m strictly an indoor-in-organic-soil guy and my father recoiled in horror when he saw what I have growing in my basement.
    The price of veggies has my wife giving the nod to another grow light and a crack at hydroponics. Gonna grow something innocent for a change.

  20. J. J. on July 3, 2022 at 11:31 pm

    Nina: did you use your fertilizer full strength according the package directions? great job, thanks for posting

  21. Nancy Lontz on July 3, 2022 at 11:33 pm

    Did you get a chance to stain your boxes. I want to do this but was wondering how staining the boxes worked out.

  22. Caroline Hidalgo on July 3, 2022 at 11:34 pm

    Can you only grow lettuce with that particular pH? What other plants could you grow via this method?

  23. Julie A on July 3, 2022 at 11:38 pm

    I finally ordered my grow lights, two 45 watt grow lights. I ended up bringing in my hydroponic garden because it’s to hot outside for my plants, there not doing well.. 💜

  24. giovanna provenzano on July 3, 2022 at 11:38 pm

    hi it is Alessia

  25. Juan Fernando on July 3, 2022 at 11:38 pm

    How often do you need to change the water or add more nutrients?

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