Hydroponics

Hydroponics Garden Design

  • Hydroponics – to grow plants in a liquid-based system, traditionally without soil or using a soil-less growing media.

This method of gardening delivers several benefits, including greater control, lower risk of soil-based pests and diseases, nutritional advantages and larger harvests in smaller spaces. Roots are contained with the system and plant nutrients are delivered in an efficient, controlled manner, resulting in exceptional production.

Starting or expanding your hydroponic garden will take time and careful attention. But once this system becomes established, routine care yields impressive results.

A Few Helpful Startup Hints

Talking to an expert on hydroponic garden is the wisest first step. Our staff is on hand to discuss hydroponic garden design, keeping in mind your specific needs and space limitations. Offering our experience and sharing a passion for hydroponics and organic gardening is the goal of Perpetual Harvest.

Tip 1 – Start off with the right plants.

Herbs, peppers and tomatoes are ideal for beginning gardeners. Look for seedlings that have been started in a soil-less mixture, specifically grown for hydroponic gardens. You can use seedlings started in soil, but be sure to wash the roots thoroughly (and gently) in a steady stream of water until all dirt has been cleaned off.

Tip # 2 – Decorative pots add visual interest.

Make your garden beautiful by planting a single plant or a pair of plants in a simple glass pot or container. Or use a double-walled pot or hydroculture pot that catches your eye. Add polished rocks or marbles for more visual appeal.

Tip # 3 – Anchor your plants.

Although they offer nothing in the way of nutrients, rock wool, gravel and vermiculite should be used to anchor your plants in the pot and add the support required for a soil-less garden.

Tip # 4 – Follow instructions.

When mixing your hydroponic solution, always follow package instructions carefully. These fertilizers provide all of the necessary nutrients (both minor and major) for your plants.

Tip # 5 – Use a bubbler.

Much like a fish tank, hydroponic systems require the use of a bubbler to maintain the oxygen supply to the roots. Use marbles, clean gravel or polished rocks to cover the device, if desired.

Tip # 6 – Always monitor the pH levels.

Keep tabs on the pH levels of your hydroponic system and change out the nutrient solution and water as required. Check the instructions on your system, but most should be changed once every few weeks.

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