Getting Started/why hydro

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January

Getting Started - Why Hydro?

The popularity of hydroponic gardening has surged in the last few years, gaining exposure across North America. Growing plants in a nutrient-water solution, as opposed to soil, is a growing trend and a rewarding lifestyle. You can harvest fruits and veggies from nearly any space, at any time of year and with less work involved.

Hydroponic systems can be set up indoors or out, in small spaces or large areas, and using a variety of set ups. Plants can be grown in water-filled containers or in pots full of growing media such as sand, gravel, crushed stone or vermiculite.

Advantages of Hydroponic Gardening

You will realize several advantages when gardening with hydroponics, including these primary benefits:

  • Simple – gardeners do not need power tools for hydroponics, and you can skip digging in the dirt, raking, tilling and pulling weeds.
  • Space-saving – hydroponic gardens can be grown indoors and in limited spaces.
  • Efficient – hydroponic garden systems operate with much less water than traditional systems, sometimes up to 66 percent less water.
  • Affordable – a bountiful harvest can be grown with minimal investment and maintenance costs, and gardeners can start small.
  • Greater Yields – hydroponics are more productive, based on the size of your garden.
  • Enhanced Results – grow better tasting fruits and vegetables with greater nutritional benefits.
  • In Any Season – never wait for spring again, hydroponics allow you to grow in any and every season of the year.
  • Enjoyable – easy and productive, hydroponics offers people of all ages a relaxing hobby.

The Basics of Hydro

Hydroponic science states that water and nutrients are the only two elements required for plant growth. Soil acts as a way to deliver nutrients to the roots, but hydroponic gardens utilize a different, more efficient method of delivery. Soil also provides support for the root system, which can be replaced by other stable growing media.

Most hydroponic systems are set up indoors, such as in a basement or greenhouse, but this type of garden can be grown outdoors. You need only a small space and the proper elements to get your harvest ready. Efficient and easy to grow, plants in a hydroponic garden require an exact nutritional solution delivered directly to the roots on a regular basis. This system also avoids any stress or strain that occurs when plants experience a lack of water or nutrients.

Experts agree that hydroponic systems perform better than traditional gardens in most cases. If every garden in North America used top quality soil mixtures and every gardener had the time to cultivate plants and the land to grow them in abundance, hydroponics would not have a place. As it stands now, this method of gardening addresses several factors we cannot ignore.

Soil varies in consistency and quality, depending on where you live. Fertilizers may not be needed for plants growing in the best organic soil mixes, but most gardens require fertilizers and constant maintenance to recreate this scenario. Those of us who live in condos, apartment buildings or suburban homes often lack the space to plant a garden, never mind quality soil to enjoy.

But hydroponics provides a solution to these problems. Grow plants, fruits and vegetables in the smallest of spaces, using a soil-less method and direct delivery of essential nutrients. Adapt that garden to your needs and use individual containers, pots or entire systems that utilize the advantages of hydroponic gardening.

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