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Session 6 Growing Containers Lesson Plan

OVERVIEW: Garden containers for simplified hydroponics are shown and discussed. In the practical section containers are actually built to take home. Once options are understood then new materials or recycled materials can be found for a garden

PURPOSE: To learn the types of containers that can be used for simplified hydroponics.


  1. Understand what type of containers can be used for simplified hydroponics
  2. Understand the basic design features of a successful growing container
  3. Know how to build a variety of growing containers from discarded materials
  4. Be able to construct simple hydroponic growers
  5. Be able to construct a floating bed grower

RESOURCES/MATERIALS: For the practical part of the class, the students build hydroponic growing containers. So tools are needed for the students and then materials to build containers. to build climate controls.


Building Containers

Home Hydroponic Gardens Containers
Tub Growers
Bed Growers
Substrate or Media Bed Grower
Floating Bed Growers
Bag Grower
Canoe Grower
Trough Grower


  1. Present the slides for the construction of containers
  2. Take time for questions from the students or comments
  3. Go into the outside area and have the class construct growing containers.
  4. Do a fabrics and poles model of weather protection
  5. Meet for a review of the material

Slide Shows

  1. 1. For solid substrates
  2. 2. Floating Beds
  3. 3. Types of Containers
  4. 4. Materials Used for containers
  5. 5. Small containers out of found objects
  6. 6. A Collective community garden

TYING IT TOGETHER: At the end of the session, the student should be able to build a few types of hydroponic containers and feel comfortable using the tools. They should have at least one growing container to take home and place in their own garden

Revised: 1 January 2005
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