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Your First Hydroponic Plant (Beginner’s Guide)

st5-300x225Start your very first miniature hydroponic plant! A recommended guide for beginners who both loves planting and technology. I’m going to show you how to make one in less than 15 minutes, out of household materials! Our tiny “Hydroponic System” kinda cost us $5-7.

 

Recommended Seeds/ Plants:
– Tomato Seeds/ Plant
– Mung Beans/ Plant (We used this one)
– Chili Pepper

 

Step 1: Gathering Your Tools And Materials

Parts & Materials: (Some links are just alternative, I bought mine for $5)

– Recycled Container (Free)
– Controlled Fertilizer ($1.00)
– DC Water Pump ($4.00)
– A Cheap Mini Funnel ($0.10)
– Aquarium Tubing ($0.40)
– Water Flow Valve ($0.20)
– T-Shaped Splitter ($0.10)
– Super Glue/ Epoxy ($1.00)

Recommended Pump Kit: DIY Water Pump Motor Water Pipe Power Supply Set ($12.90)

Tools & Equipment:
– Leatherman Multitool (Gift From: Instructables)
– Rotary Tool (Dremel/ Black & Decker)
– Permanent Marker
– Soldering Iron
– Hot Glue Gun
– 12inch Ruler

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Step 2: Installing The Water Distribution System In Your Funnel

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Our hydroponic setup uses a simple water drip system. Water needs to reach the plant, also needs to get distributed evenly.

1st.)  Drill a hole on your funnels side for the T-splitter.
2nd.) Measure the inner circumference of your funnel and cut a strip of tube [Formula: (2)(π)(r)]
3rd.)  Slit some hole on your tube using a knife, be sure to slit it on 5 even sides. Use a ruler!
4th.)  Connect your tube on the T-shapped splitter
5th.)  Apply a few drops of super glue to mount your assembled drip system (tube) on your funnel

Step 3: Glue The Assembled Funnel To The Cover

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This is a three step procedure, be careful in handling knives and hot-glue.

1st.)  Trace your funnel on top of your container’s cover
2nd.) Use your leatherman’s knife  to cut a hole cleanly
3rd.)  It’s now time to warm up your gluegun and mount the funnel to your container’s cover. Be sure to seal in the gaps!

Step 4: Installing Your Water Pump

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There are some factors to consider in buying water pumps, the AC (outlet type) consumes a lot electricity and isn’t compatible with solar panels, the DC (battery type) can be easily hooked to a solar panel w/battery, providing free electricity 24/7.

Okay lets get started! What I have here is a non-submersible water pump, which I found from my inventory. I had to drill a hole on the container in order to add a pinch valve (water flow valve). The pump is slightly elevated since it is not water proof.

Step 5: Finalizing The Setup

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I saw this pack of fertilizer lying around my our garden, it was my dad’s. It’s a typical complete & controlled fertilizer for general purpose. For my setup, I just dropped 2 table spoons of fertilizer. If your concerned for your plant’s nutrition, there are some fertilizers designed for hydroponic setups found in Amazon.com

Use smooth pebbles to hold your plant’s roots, make sure they are tucked in firmly.

Step 6: Soil Planting Vs. Hydroponics

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Here are our the results of our experimentation for our investigatory project in school. You can find a significant difference between the comparison of the soil planted plant and the hydroponic plant. The hydroponic plant started as the underdog, time passed it managed to surpass the growth of the soil planted plant.

Bottom Line: Plants planted on a hydroponic medium, grows faster = Hydroponic Wins!

By Ascas

This article can also be viewed here at Outlive The Outbreak

Evacuation Preparedness

Evacuation Preparedness / The DayOne Gear Blog

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The vast majority of people are unaware of what exactly Red Cross provides and can guarantee in an evacuation shelter outside the disaster zone, and it is critical to understand what they will provide and what you must provide for yourself.

Do NOT expect to receive anything except a roof over your head and toilet facilities.

You will more than likely receive some necessary items, especially from nonprofits other than the Red Cross, but it might take a few days. They will work with FEMA and other nonprofits, but Red Cross does not directly provide cots, sleeping bags, food, clothes, diapers, etc. If they receive donated items, they will store them until there is enough to distribute to everyone, but remember that Red Cross will only distribute new items which takes a lot of time and money to procure.

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Red Cross does a pretty good job of doing what they do, and it’s free. FEMA will NOT reimburse for hotel rooms prior to being accepted for assistance, and that’s only IF you qualify for assistance. Hotel rooms get very, very expensive quickly, and following a disaster, money is tight. What you get from FEMA and/or insurance will doubtfully cover all your losses and costs, and it is a long, slow road to recovery. If you are staying in a shelter and qualify for FEMA assistance, you may become eligible to stay in selected hotels, and FEMA will cover the room rent. The shelter is your best bet for conserving money and getting assistance.

This Article is intended to outline the necessities for living in a shelter situation (specifically Red Cross shelters) as it is the most probable outcome in the event of a major disaster. These recommendations are based on government and NGO recommendations and personal experience/knowledge, and these recommendations are also based on the assumption of a necessary, speedy evacuation from home. This Article does not cover in-home survival or evacuation while away from home. Additionally, this Article does not detail all the complexities of FEMA, home/rental insurance, all the nonprofits that help in disaster recovery, city shelters, etc.

Step 1: Transportation

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Depending on your resources, you will either drive yourself to a shelter or be driven by bus to a shelter. In unusual circumstances, you will be airlifted or transported by boat to safety.

If you have a vehicle, make sure it is clean on the interior, tuned, and fueled. If your vehicle breaks down on the trip or you run out of gas, you might be SOL. During and shortly before a disaster (e.g., incoming hurricane), gas prices increase, lines form at the pumps, and gas stations run out of fuel. If you can ensure you always have 100 miles worth of gas in your tank, you will have a better chance of getting out and finding a station en route. It is also advisable to have a vehicle emergency kit in your vehicle at all times. Depending on your vehicle, location, and season, this kit might include a first aid kit, inflate-a-tire, a fire extinguisher, and a flashlight.

Step 2: Packing Container

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Pack items in garbage bags, duffel bags, backpacks, and/or conventional luggage.

Store bagged items in a large garbage can with a tight fitting lid that has been rigged for a padlock.

Note: Garbage cans with tight fitting lids keep critters and water from getting in, and if you need to evacuate by bus, bagged items can be easily removed from the can to be stored in compartments under the bus. If you can haul the garbage can with your items into a shelter, keeping a padlock on the can discourages snooping and stealing. A determined thief can break into it with a knife, but that will attract attention. For reference, my husband and I did not hear horror stories of stealing while we were helping the shelters.

Maintain a chart on the can for expiration dates and seasonal changes.

Note: You will want to change out items if they go bad, when seasonal clothing is no longer seasonal, when information becomes out-of-date, etc. You can set a schedule to check on the can every 3 months.

Store your packed container near an exit of your home such as the garage door.

Step 3: Bedding

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Pack a warm weather sleeping bag and pillow.

Note: Shelters are generally maintained at room temperature and gym floors aren’t exactly comfortable. Pack according to what you can afford and what you find the most comfortable.

If you or any member of your household has a difficult time getting up from the ground, pack a cot.

Pack ear plugs and a sleeping mask.

Step 4: Money

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Store a reasonable amount of cash or what you can afford.

Note: Singles and quarters are the most valuable for vending and laundry.

Note: Cash never goes out of style. Unexpected expenses may arise, and banks may become unresponsive leaving debit cards worthless.

Step 5: Consumables

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Pack food that does not require heating or cooking such as energy bars.

Note: Red Cross shelters do not provide cooking facilities, and you may not have an immediate opportunity to visit a grocery store.

Pack a water bottle for carrying water from a fountain or tap.

Pack baby food and/or formula if necessary.

If space allows, pack a cooler for storing ice and items that might need refrigeration once in a shelter.

Step 6: Clothing

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Pack 3 days worth of clothing with the intention of layering.

Example:
3 sets of underwear
3 pairs of socks
3 t-shirts
2 long-sleeved t-shirts
1 sweatshirt
1 jacket
1 pair of hiking pants
1 pair of running shorts
1 pair of leggings

Pack a poncho or raincoat.

Pack a hat such as a baseball cap.

Pack a pair of sturdy, comfortable shoes.

Step 7: Toiletries

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Pack necessary toiletries.

Example:
Soap
Shampoo
Conditioner
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Floss
Deodorant
Razor
Shaving Cream
Towel
Hand Sanitizer
Tissues
Sunscreen
Lanolin Cream
Wipes
Brush/Comb
Hair Clips/Bands

Pack feminine hygiene products if necessary.

Pack baby products if necessary.

Example:
Diapers
Lotion
Baby Powder
Wipes

Step 8: Personal Records/Data

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Complete and pack your Emergency Financial First Aid Kit.

Pack your passport.

Note: Passports count as 2 forms of ID and can be stored in the kit when not being immediately used.

Pack all necessary medical information (e.g., prescriptions, names and phone numbers for doctor(s), and list of diagnoses).

Pack a backup of your hard drive.

Note: This will save a lot of necessary data and personal information along with photos and other memorabilia.

Pack a list of your utility providers, account numbers, and phone numbers.

Store documents in a file folder.

Note: During and following a disaster, you will quickly accumulate paperwork, names, and phone numbers. Staying organized will speed the recovery process.

Step 9: Other Considerations

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Pack a spare pair of glasses or contacts along with your prescription.

Pack items for entertainment.

Pack a charger for your cell phone.

If you smoke, include a pack of cigs.

Step 10: Pets

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Note: Not all shelters will accept pets, but more and more are allowing them with the aid of local animal rescue groups.

Keep crates, carriers, harnesses, and leashes accessible.

Pack pet food.

Pack bowls.

Label all items with your name, your pet’s name, and your phone number.

Keep ID tags on your pets up-to-date.

Pack current photos of your pet.

Pack vet records with proofs of vaccination and treatments.

Pack bedding, litter, etc.

Pack baggies for cleaning up poo.

This article was written by AngryRedhead and can also be viewed here at OutLive The OutBreak