Hydroponic gardening uses less space and can produce high yields. Hydroponics allows you greater control over what you grow. Since you can grow during winter months, you don’t have to go without fresh, home grown greens or herbs.
Hydroponics doesn’t have to be complicated. There are several methods ranging from the simple to the very complex, and they all work, providing you give your plants what they need. Like you and me, they need food, water, a comfortable temperature, and air. Of course, plants also need light for photosynthesis.
As for nutrients, pre-mixed nutrient solutions can be found from a variety of sources or can be made by you, the home gardener. If you are a beginner at hydroponic gardening you don’t have to be a chemistry whiz. You may want to keep things simple and opt for the pre-mixed nutrient solutions. You just need to be sure that nutrients are fully dissolved in the mixture before being circulated through the vegetable plants’ root systems.
The nutrient solution can be used for a maximum of two weeks when plants are small. When your plants have matured the nutrient solution should be replaced every week. One benefit of hydroponics is it doesn’t require nearly as much water as soil gardening.
Plants have different requirements for light, temperature, and humidity. Often a serious problem growing indoors is that plants don’t get enough light. You can spend a lot of money on lighting systems, or buy shop lamps and fluorescent bulbs to place close to your plants.
One of the simplest ways to grow hydroponically is to use self watering planters.
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