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Top Ten Reasons to Grow a Hydroponic Garden

1051. Grow year-round indoors – Hydroponic gardening is one of the best ways to grow fresh vegetables year-round. It is also a great alternative for growing a variety of plants in smaller spaces, such as indoors. Depending on the size of your system, electricity costs of growing indoors will usually be less than $3 a month. You can install your hydroponic setup outdoors as well. (This is what I do because I have a small house) By growing indoors however you can avoid several environmental problems such as insects and other pests such as squirrels and birds that want your tasty veggies too! Heavy rain, strong wind, or excessive heat that damages your plants aren’t a concern either when growing indoors.

2. Grow more in less space – In a hydroponic garden nutrients are pumped directly to the plants, so you can grow plants closer together. This is made possible because the plants roots do not have to compete for water and nutrients. For instance, if you wanted to grow plants the traditional way you would have to space the plants out far enough in the soil so that they could each take up enough water and nutrients to grow properly. If you wanted to grow 20 lettuce plants in soil it would require an area of approximately 20 square feet. In a hydroponic setup you could grow 20 plants in an area of only 8 square feet.

3. Control all growth factors – In a hydroponic system you can control all of the factors such as the amount of light, water, and nutrients by simply turning on a switch or adjusting a timer. You also control the PH of the nutrient solution as well. With a traditional garden planted in soil this is much more difficult. For instance, you cannot control the soil quality without adding expensive fertilizers of back filling with potting soil. Nor can you control the lighting as some days may be cloudy. Watering your garden is easy to control however if you don’t have soil that retains water very well then you may have to water more which would ultimately run up your water bill, especially if you live in a dry climate. The ability to control these factors gives you the ability to make your plants grow faster, healthier, and produce a more bountiful harvest.

4. No weeding – Nuisance weeds do not grow in a hydroponic set up (unless you plant them there)

5. No backbreaking work – You don’t have to work the soil in a hydroponic system because there is no soil. Typically a hydroponic system is raised up a few feet so no need to be hunched over as you tend your garden.

6. Scarcity of fresh water – Ocean water may cover more than 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, but thirsty humans rely on finite supplies of freshwater for hydration and agricultural purposes to stay alive. It is estimated that only 3% of all water supplies is fresh water most of which is locked up in the arctic. And with exploding human population growth, especially in poor countries, these finite supplies get quickly spoken for. Hydroponics can help to mitigate this problem as many systems recycle the nutrient solution. According to researchers, hydroponic systems use 10 times less water than conventional agriculture. This can be reduced even further by using vapor condensers in greenhouses where hydroponics is used.

7. Poor soil quality – Soil is the most commonly used medium for plants that not just provides support, nutrients, oxygen, it also conveys water and other helpful microorganisms to the roots. This tried and true type of growth is still use overwhelmingly in all major parts of the planet. On the other hand, frequently this same soil carries with it risks to your plant because of issues such as bug infestation, PH, inadequate drainage, poor water retention, or wearing because of soil erosion. Soil infertility owing to constant cultivation brings about inferior yields and low quality produce. For these reasons, hydroponic growing is an attractive option for many producers.

8. Where you live – Hydroponics is an option for people who live in an urban setting. Typically, residents of apartment buildings do not have access to an open plot of land where they can grow vegetables. Often times they have a balcony or patio, however only a small number of plants can be grow in containers due to limited space. Hydroponics solves that problem by allowing more plants to be grown in a smaller space.

9. Less dependency on foreign oil – Of all the oil that is imported to the US, 60% of it is used to produce food. Whether the oil is used by farmers to cultivate or truckers to transport it to market. Our desire to eat requires substantial quantities of oil. Growing food locally via hydroponics will reduce those food miles traveled and will retain more nutrients in the food, help the environment, reduce the country’s dependence on foreign oil and create a less centralized food chain, with less risk of widespread disease or terrorism. Nationally, more and more incidents have come up. For instance, the recall of fresh spinach grown in California because of a threat of E. coli contamination. When any of these food incidents happen, it seems like there is a heightened interest in people wanting to know the origin of their food. People want local produce and local fruits. Eating seasonal and purchasing locally keeps the local economy stable, and helps everyone eat better.

10. It’s fun – Another reason to grow a hydroponic garden is quite simply its fun and interesting. If you like to tinker with stuff then this may be for you.

6 Basic Systems of Hydroponic Gardening

105Hydroponic gardening is the method of growing plants which uses hydrophilic medium such as gravel or clay balls and liquid solution instead of soil. The liquid solution contains all the required nutrients that plants need to grow. Plants don’t really need soil to grow. What they need are the nutrients that soil contains. In a traditional garden, a plant puts almost all its energy in developing a large root system because it is looking for food and water deep in the soil.

In hydroponics, the nutrients that plants need in order to grow are delivered directly to the roots. Since plants no longer have to look for food on their own, their growth and energy are refocused on producing foliage, fruits or vegetables and flowers. The root system of plants in a hydroponic garden are smaller compared to those planted in soil. Thus, you can plant more and yield more for less space.

All you need are certain hydroponic garden supplies such as a bloom enhancer and you’re ready to reap the benefits of hydroponic gardening. These benefits include the ability to optimize plant growth and health, having smaller and more efficient root systems, less time-consuming maintenance, less water usage and larger yields in a smaller space.

Most people think that a plant which is grown in a hydroponic garden is directly suspended into the liquid solution. However, this is just one type of hydroponic gardening called N.F.T or Nutrient Film Technique. Aside from N.F.T, there are numerous methods and variations used in hydroponics.

1. Wick System – This is the simplest form of passive hydroponic gardening. This is known as a passive system since it does not consist of any moving parts. It uses a wick which transports the nutrient solution from the reservoir into the growing medium. This system may use different kinds of growing mediums such as Vermiculite, Perlite, Coconut Fiber and Pro-Mix. The problem with this system is that bigger plants may require or consume more nutrient solution than the wick can provide.

2. Water Culture – This system is the simplest system in active hydroponic gardening. It uses a platform which floats on top of the nutrient solution. Air is pumped into air stones to bubble out the oxygen and nutrients towards the roots. This hydroponic system is ideal for classroom use as it is one of the most inexpensive systems in hydroponics.

3. Flood and Drain – This system works by filling the grow tray with the required nutrient solution temporarily. This is typically done with a submersible pump and a timer. When it is time to feed the plant, the timer turns the pump on to flood the growth tray with the solution. Then, the timer turns the pump off and the solution flows quickly back to the reservoir.

4. Drip System – This is the most commonly used hydroponic system in the world. It also makes use of a timer and a pump. When the pump is turned on, the solution trickles or drips into the roots on a small drip line. There are two variations of the drip system. First is the Recovery Drip System which collects the run-off solution to the reservoir for another cycle. The second variation is the Non-Recovery System wherein the run-off is not collected for re-use.

5. Nutrient Film Technique – This is the most popular system is hydroponics. It does not use a timer for the submerged pump because the plant is continuously supplied with nutrient solution. When the solution is pumped into the tray, it flows into the roots and is drained back to the reservoir. Typically, no growing medium is required other than air. The plant is usually placed in a small plastic basket wherein the roots are suspended into the nutrient solution.

6. Aeroponic – This system is the most advanced system in hydroponic gardening. In Aeroponic, the roots are left hanging in the air and are adequately sprayed with nutrient solution. Since the roots are suspended in the air, they are sprayed at regular intervals to prevent them from drying out.

Hydroponic Gardening – Grow it in the Bath Tub!

104Do you have an extra bath tub in your house? One that no one uses? If so, then you have the perfect place for growing your hydroponic indoor garden!

Now why would you want to use the bath tub? First of all, if it is never used, then you are paying for that extra real estate it is taking up. You might as well put it to use.

Second, a bath tub gives you the benefit of having a drain built right in to your container. That way you can flush out the water reservoir on an as needed basis and then provide new and fresh nutrients for your plants.

Third, with the larger space that a bath tub provides, you can either grow more plants or grow fewer but much larger plants.

Let’s get started!

First you will need a medium to hold up your plants. In typical, outdoor gardening, this is the soil. In hydroponics, it is something else. With a bath tub hydroponic garden, you can use styrofoam or another buoyant container. The object is to keep your plants floating in the nutrient solution so that the roots can soak up the nutrient rich water.

You will also need a pump or bubbler which will add oxygen to the water. This is needed if you are allowing the entire root to soak in the reservoir. A large pump made for a fish aquarium should work fine. Another choice is to suspend the plants a little above the reservoir so that only part of the roots are in the solution. The top of the roots will get oxygen, and the bottom of the roots will absorb the nutrients.

Now you will need some lighting to help your plants to grow. You may be able to hang a light from the shower curtain rod. If not, you can rig a base for your light. The light must be strong enough to support the growth of your plants. However, since this is a small, enclosed space, the lights will likely generate a lot of heat. You may want to put a fan blowing lightly on the plants to keep the temperature manageable.

Bath tub hydroponics may look a little strange to your visitors, so be sure to explain that you have another place for them to bathe. And then watch their amazement when you serve them fresh fruits and vegetables that you grew in your bath tub!

Don’t you find hydroponic gardening fascinating?

You get all those healthy foods which make a healthier you without all the restraints of conventional gardening.

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