The word hydroponics conjures up a vision of a futuristic biosphere with complicated equipment and constant maintenance but nothing could be further from the truth. As a kid, if you ever suspended an avocado pit with toothpicks in a glass of water to watch it sprout roots, you’ve done some hydroponic gardening.
Hydroponic plants yield more than traditionally grown plants and often produce better tasting and more nutritional food. They can also be grown year round, even in a climate like Colorado’s! We have hydroponic set ups that range from compact and simple to sophisticated and complex. Find out how easy and economical a year round indoor garden can be!
As with any method of crop cultivation, hydroponics, has its advantages and disadvantages. Whether it is right for your lifestyle may simply be a matter of your personal tastes. Many partake in hydroponics gardening as a hobby because it can be fascinating and satisfying however, the many intricacies of hydroponics can make it a difficult and frustrating skill to master.
Commercial green houses and other large hydroponics operations are able to grow fruits and vegetables for profit, but, for the average individual hydroponics gardening is more expensive than maintain a traditional soil-based garden. Setup costs are generally very high, so it is important to ensure that you have both the financial resources and the time to make starting and maintaining a hydroponics garden a practical endeavor.
Here is a breakdown of some of the most significant pros and cons associated with hydroponics gardening.
If you've ever placed a plant clipping into a glass of water in the hopes that it will develop roots, you've practiced in a form of hydroponics. Hydroponics is a branch of agriculture where plants are grown without the use of soil. The nutrients that the plants normally derive from the soil are simply dissolved into water instead, and depending on the type of hydroponic system used, the plant's roots are suspended in, flooded with or misted with the nutrient solution so that the plant can derive the elements it needs for growth.
The term hydroponics originates from the ancient Greek "hydros," meaning water, and "ponos," meaning work. It can sometimes be mistakenly referred to as aquiculture, but these terms are really more appropriately used for other branches of science that have nothing to do with gardening.
As the population of our planet soars and arable land available for crop production declines, hydroponics will offer us a lifeline of sorts and allow us to produce crops in greenhouse's or in multilevel buildings dedicated to agriculture. Already, where the cost of land is at a premium, crops are being produced underground, on rooftops and in greenhouses using hydroponic methods.
Perhaps you'd like to start a garden so that you can grow your own vegetables, but you don't have the space in your yard, or you're overwhelmed by pests and insects. This article will arm you with the knowledge you need to successfully set up a hydroponics garden in your home and provide suggestions of plants that will grow readily without a big investment.
Proper care and maintenance of your hydroponics system is essential for both the longevity of your equipment and the quality of plants you grow. The Grow Your Own experts can help you develop a functional maintenance routine that will keep your setup running smoothly and producing abundantly.
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