The Deep Water Culture Hydroponic Bucket Kit - An Excellent Beginner's Kit

This is a basic but complete hydroponics kit. It offers lots of value for the price. 

And the Deep Water Culture kit is an excellent intro kit for hydroponic newbies. 

It's easy to assemble and set up. And yet it will provide a thorough introduction to the science of hydroponic cultivation. 

For the price, this might be the best hydroponic beginner's kit on the market.

A Complete Kit - Everything Except Nutrients and Seeds

If this will be your first foray into hydroponic growing, the Deep Water kit will provide just about everything you need.

You'll just have to supply the seeds and the nutrients (which will depend upon the plants you choose to grow). 

And this kit will provide you with a thorough introduction to the science of hydroponic growing.

An Easy Start to Hydroponic Growing

The Deep Water kit is easy to set up, and will provide a fast and (relatively) confusion-free intro to hydroponic growing. 

And since the kit provides everything you need to get started (except seeds and nutrient), it helps to eliminate the confusion that often accompanies getting started in hydroponics. The kit even provides rockwool plugs to be used for starting your seedlings. 

You'll just have to decide what you want to grow, and purchase the seeds and appropriate nutrient.

Provides an Oxygen-Rich Nutrient Reservoir

The basic setup of the kit consists of a 5-gallon nutrient reservoir, the lid of which incorporates a 6" netpot (also available in 10"). 

You'll plant your seedlings in the netpot's growstones, and the roots will grow down toward the nutrient reservoir. The growstones will also wick nutrient solution to the roots of your plants. 

An important feature of the kit is an air pump that must run continuously to oxygenate the nutrient solution. It does this by bubbling air through an air stone. 

(Many hydroponic newbies get into trouble by allowing the nutrient solution to become too low in oxygen content - a fatal condition for plants.)

Pros and Cons

All products have their good points and not-so-good points, and the Deep Water kit is no exception.

Here are some of the highs and potential lows to consider if you're thinking about trying this product.

Positives: 

·        Price. If there's a better value on the market for a basic but complete hydroponic beginner's kit, I have yet to discover it.

·        Easy Setup. Though it's a complete system, the Deep Water kit is a simple system. And that means that it's easy to setup. Most users report that setup requires only minutes.

·        Quality. Company has a strong reputation for producing quality products.

·        Portability. This is a self-contained unit, so would be easy to relocate as needed. (But does require access to an electrical outlet.)

Negatives:

·        No Included Support System. If you want to grow a crop that's big and requires support or trellising, like tomatoes, you'll need to rig up your own support system.

·        Air Pump. Some users have reported dissatisfaction with the effectiveness of the air pump, and have decided to replace.

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