Hydroponics : Soil-less Farming that uses less Resources Efficiently…...

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What you plant now,

You will harvest later.



Hydroponics is a method of growing of crops without soil. Plants are grown in rows or on trellises, just like in a traditional garden, but they have their roots in water rather than in dirt. Most of us confuse soil with nutrients. In fact, soil provides structure, not the actual food itself, for plant roots.

What is Hydroponics?

· Hydroponics, by definition, is a method of growing plants in a water based, nutrient rich solution

· Hydroponics does not use soil, instead the root system is supported using an inert medium such as perlite, rockwool, clay pellets, peat moss, or vermiculite

· The basic premise behind hydroponics is to allow the plants roots to come in direct contact with the nutrient solution, while also having access to oxygen, which is essential for proper growth.

· I highly recommend reading through this guide and learning as much as you can about hydroponics before you start your garden.

· Even if you don’t plan on growing with hydroponics, you can still learn a lot about what plants need in their various stages of growth by reading about the basics of hydroponics.

Why Choose Hydroponics?

· Hydroponics is an excellent choice for all types of growers.

· It is a great choice because it gives you the ability to meticulously control the variables that effect how well your plants grow.

· A fine tuned hydroponic system can easily surpass a soil based system in plant quality and amount of produce yielded.

· If you want to grow the biggest, juiciest, yummiest plants you can possible imagine, then hydroponics is the right choice for you.

· It may seem intimidating at first with all the equipment and work involved, but it will all seem simple enough once you get the hang of the basics. Start small, keep it simple, and your hydroponic system will never cease to amaze!

· The cool thing about hydroponics is that there are many different types of hydroponics systems available.

· Some of the best hydroponic systems on the market combine different types of hydroponics into one hybrid hydroponic system.

· Hydroponics is unique in that there are multiple techniques you can use to get the nutrient solution to your plants.

Deep water Culture

Deepwater Culture (DWC), also known as the reservoir method, is by far the easiest method for growing plants with hydroponics

· In a Deepwater Culture hydroponic system, the roots are suspended in a nutrient solution.

· An aquarium air pump oxygenates the nutrient solution, this keeps the roots of the plants from drowning.

· Remember to prevent light from penetrating your system, as this can cause algae to grow.

· This will wreak havoc on your system.

The primary benefit to using a Deepwater Culture system is that there are no drip or spray emitters to clog.

This makes DWC an excellent choice for organic hydroponics, as hydroponics systems that use organic nutrients are more prone to clogs.