Here is where I will keep a running list of items that I think you will probably need for your lab. Please comment if you think I could use something else!
- PVC pipe system - you can build this, but we had PTO money so we bought one that was already precut. It came in a big box and we had to assemble, but it was worth it. If you have a shop class that needs a project, this may be it! Design plans are all over the internet.
- UV light - Plants cannot grow indoors without that light.
- UV Tent - absolute must to keep from burning out the eyeballs of everyone!
- Large but low-walled plastic bucket - Put under the PVC pipe system to hold the water and water pump.
- 5-gallon bucket(s) - I have 2 because that is about how much water is needed for this particular setup. I fill them up about 3/4 full in the custodian's room and carry them to my classroom. It's my workout for the day! I change out the water and nutrients about every 2 weeks. Once a month I give the bucket that holds the water and water pump a good cleaning by wiping it out after draining the water.
- Sharpie - Label EVERYTHING!
- Paper towels - I spill water and nutrients everywhere. I also use them to wipe down the pipes when algae/mold start to grow
- Old Towels - Nothing like a leak over the weekend to learn why you need these...
- Plastic bucket - I hold all my supplies in this. Plastic is best when working with water. I've had to modify the size as I have learned what I can and cannot do.
- Zip ties - I used these to attach the UV light to the tent and to strap cords and whatnot to the frame.
- Large, flat plastc tray - to start the seeds
- Random sized plastic buckets/containers - I use these to organize things like the small plastic transplanting baskets, seeds, sponges. They are also used for soaking the sponges, holding groups of seeds that have started sprouting in the sponges.
- Various sized plastic cups - Put plants in to give to people after they have matured, measure nutrients, etc.
- Transplant baskets - These are the things that you put the sponges in. I keep reusing them (after I clean them in a disinfectant)
- Seedling sponges - after the seeds pop out some little feelers (this occurs (usually) after you have taken the soaked seeds and put them in-between wet paper towels for about a week)
- Clorox - to disinfect everything between the shutting it down (like during the summer) and starting them up. I also use it to clean the baskets.
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