The 5 Best YouTube Videos – Build Your Own Hydroponics

Simple Non-Circulating Hydroponic Systems Made from Soup Containers

While you think building your own Hydroponics can be a challenging task – it doesn’t have to be. There are some really good videos out there that show you step by step on how you can get started quickly and on your way to a great harvest. The following are the 5 Best YouTube Videos I found to help you with DIY Hydroponics.   As part of the review, I have included links to the video (click on pic) date published, number of views, and number of likes.   More importantly, I have added the Steve Scale.

What you never have heard of the Steve Scale?   It is grade based upon if I could do it ranging from scale 1 – No Way Dude to 10  – Yea,  Where’s the Power Drill.  Water Bottle Kratky Hydroponic for Tomato

Water Bottle Kratky Hydroponic for Tomato

  • Khang Starr
  • Published Nov 21, 2017
  • Steve Scale:  9

A fun way to grow herbs, lettuce, tomatoes, or even peppers indoors.   A great very basic introductory video using reused bottles and containers.  Great for those who like to get going with a windowsill setup.   A great video for teachers to introduce Hydroponics to students.

2 Liter Bottle Hydroponics Tutorial2 Liter Bottle Hydronics Tutorial

  • Epic Gardening
  • Published Dec 19, 2013
  • Steve Scale:  8

A two-liter bottle method.   Very detailed items list with great visual graphics – almost completely Steve proof.   Unfortunately, does not show the actual video of making the setup, but the drawings are very good and simple for even Steve to understand.  You will need to order some material that you might not initially be familiar with, this will be not a major issue.  Overall another great beginner video for anyone.

Simple Non-Circulating Hydroponic Systems Made from Soup ContainersSimple Non-Circulating Hydroponic Systems Made from Soup Containers

  • Khang Starr
  • Published Mar 27, 2016
  • Steve Scale:  10

Containers, paper bags and tape oh my….. this was my favorite videos showing how to use stuff from the trash can or around the house.   Again, another great video from Khang Starr.  Just a little more than the bottle method this video helps you on your journey towards a complete system from beginning sprouting to a Kratky method.

How to Make a Mini Kratky Hydroponic System for LettuceHow to Make a Mini Kratky Hydroponic System for Lettuce

  • Khang Starr
  • Published Jun 15, 2015
  • Steve Scale:  10++

My Holy Grail – “LETTUCE” All I want to grow is lettuce!!!!    In this video once again Khang Starr shows us how to use some very simple basic containers for sprouting and transferring to a larger container.  In this video Khang covers everything step by step from drilling holes (please note reversing the drill, sporting unto to final harvest.   This is the best video I’ve reviewed, with every step being covered in the video.

World’s Most Simple $5 DIY Hydroponic Setup QUICK EZ & CHEAPWorld’s Most Simple $5 DIY Hydroponic Setup QUICK EZ & CHEAP

  • MIgardener
  • Published Dec 17, 2014
  • Steve:  9

This Hydroponic setup is cheap, easy, and quick to setup.   While more complex than using simple used containers systems – this bucket system is the next step up from our previous videos.   In the video, you will be given an honest assessment of price and very detailed step by step instructions.  The only reason that it was given a rating of 8 is not due to the quality of presentation – it is due to the fact you are going to need to know how to use a hand drill and you are going to need to find a food-grade bucket.  This is one system I am going to try this summer.

Let me know how you do with any of these projects.  Of course, there are inexpensive systems and books you can buy off of Amazon and similar sites if you like to just get going.   That’s totally up to you – in any case, Hydroponics can be fun and very rewarding.   Look forward to your comments and questions.


  1. We did not realize until now that there is a cheap, easy, and quick-to-set-up hydroponics system. Thank you for all the information, the step-by-step instructions as well as the interesting videos.

    We will surely check and try this one out.

    • Glad to have been of help – thanks for dropping by. If you try any of these DIY systems – I would like to know how it went. Thanks again for the comment.

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