Gardening the Hydroponic Way
When we hear the word hydroponic gardening we may know the term but not actually understand what it means. We have the basic idea that hydroponic gardening can deliver larger fruits, vegetables, and plants. Also, that hydroponic gardening can deliver these plants quicker than traditional gardening. However, what hydroponic actually means and how it is done, we usually do not hear a lot about or even know what goes into it.
The word hydroponic is derived from the Greek word hydro which, means “water” and ponos, which means “labor” or it can also mean “water-working”. So, with hydroponic gardening you are growing the plants, fruits, or vegetables without soil, their roots are in a nutrient rich solution instead. Hydroponic gardening is actually very simple, it is not more difficult than any other type of gardening.
Hydroponic gardening still requires light, water, temperature, and humidity to grow the fruits, vegetables, and plants. The only difference is there is no soil used in hydroponic gardening. In place of the soil is a substitute of nutrients that holds the roots. The roots still carry the water and vitamins and minerals that the plant needs the same way as it would if there was soil. This is actually a very efficient way of gardening and is done indoors and plants respond well to this method.
One of the major things to remember and consider is that the nutrient rich soil needs to maintain a pH level of 5 to 6 after diluting. So these needs to be checked and maintained. Also, with hydroponic gardening the plant will need to be watered three times a day using a pump and timer. Keep the temperature at 71 to 76 degrees Fahrenheit when indoors, however this may change slightly with that type of plants that you are growing. Hydroponics gardening also required sufficient sun light for the plants, they should be placed somewhere that they can receive direct sunlight whenever possible. Also, using sun lamps can work too when sunlight is not available. Keep the room humid is always a good idea, this will keep the soil moist and will slow down any drying out.
A very nice feature about hydroponic gardening is that it can be fully automated. Using timers and other kits that are available to do a lot of the work for you, especially since there are no weeds to pull or the need to dig to plant your garden or flowers. One other plus is that the water is recyclable and can be re-used creating very little waste.
Hydroponic gardening is great for anyone with very little room or who is looking to do some gardening in a more efficient and waste less way. Hydroponic gardening works well and can be done by anyone, even if you do not have a green thumb.