I've learned so much from this site that I thought I'd make a DIY to give back to the community. I've been impressed with some of the hempy bucket grow journals that I'm pursuing this method for my next grow. But it wasn't easy to find a step-by-step for hempy buckets so I put together one for you guys. In this DIY we'll be doing 4 buckets. Why 4? Because that just sounds like a good number and its easier to mix this stuff when you do more than just 1. Here's the first set of supplies From left to right: 1 - Particulate mask. You'll be working with vermiculite. In the past, this was made with asbestos. I don't think thats the case any more but why risk it? Plus you'll be kicking up a lot of dust. I enjoy smoke and even have a cigar every once in a while. But asbetos? Homey dont play that. Get the mask its only like $22 2 - A drill with a 3/16" bit. You can use something smaller but definitely nothing bigger than 3/16" 3 - Gloves. These are simple nitrile gloves to keep the dust off your hands 4 - Knife to cut open the bags 5 - Beer. Yes, you can finish this job quickly but you still need a beer You also need an empty plastic tote, in fact, it would be helpful if you had two of them. This is a 20-gallon tote. Some 5 gallon buckets from our favorite hardware store, Lowes. Yes, you can use Home Depot buckets, I just find that the Lowes buckets are better made. You'll also need some perlite and vermiculite. I don't know why but it always seems easier to find this stuff at Lowes than Home Depot; they just have a better gardening department Yes, that's a lot of bags. That's 10 bags of perlite and 2 of vermiculite. You can play with the ratios a bit but this is how many you'll need for 4 5-gallon buckets (you figure 2.5 bags of perlite for each 5-gallon bucket). The original "recipe" for hempy buckets is 4-1 on vermiculite. This is 5-1 but I don't think it makes a huge difference. Each bag of perlite and vermiculite will cost you about $4 each. Finally, you'll need a plastic tarp and some plastic overflow dishes like these Be aware that stores will have 2 kinds of plastic dishes. There are some that are slightly decorative with like chili peppers (something your mom would buy) and the plain ones. Get the plain ones, they only cost about $1.50, the other ones cost $4!!! You might not need the plastic tarp. I'm just including it in case you want to protect your floor. If it doesn't matter to you then you can do without the tarp. First, you mix the perlite and the vermiculite in the tote, just like this. Start with 5 bags of perlite and 1 of vermiculite. Then you mix the perlite and vermiculite so that it looks like this You should still have half your bags left, so repeat the last two steps. Use the second tote if you need to. NOTE - this process will kick up a lot of dust, the mask will come in handy at this point. Next, you need to drill a small hole in the bucket. You just need one hole. You want the hole to be 2-3" from the bottom of the bucket. If you're using the Lowes buckets, just drill right at the bottom line of the warning message just like this picture Next you fill your buckets with the perlite/vermiculite mix. You dont have to scoop it, just pour from with the tote. It will look like this You're basically done at this point. Now you just want to make sure that you wet down the mix so that the bottom reservoir is filled. Make sure that you set your bucket in one of your plastic overflow dishes. Pour in water through the mix like this: This will make a "hole' in the mix, but don't worry about it you'll tamp it down later. Keep on pouring in water, SLOWLY, until it starts to flow out the hole you drilled like this You're almost done! Here's the easy part of a hempy bucket setup - this timer is all you need from the wall. Just a simple timer for your lights. If you've dealt with pumps all that, this is a nice change! I've also laid down the plastic tarp in my grow area to protect the carpet. Here's the whole setup, with the plastic tarp and overflow dishes, completely ready to go. That's it, you're all set to go!