More and more people these days are realizing that the above statement is true. Hydroponics is the best, cleaner and more controlled way to grow. From your prize flowers’ blooms to the sparkling fresh taste of the salad you just picked to the satisfying taste of your fresh vegetables picked and eaten the same day. I say, you can do it better with hydroponics.
WHAT IS HYDROPONICS?
There is nothing magic or mysterious about hydroponic garden growing. Hydroponic gardening is merely a method of removing or replacing the usual soil with a clean substitute such as rock wool, coco grow, peat, clay pebbles,etc.
In the method of soil gardening the plant’s roots dig and search into the soil for their needed nutrients whereas in hydroponic growing the exact nutrients designed to each plant’s requirements are supplied and controlled in an automatically timed feeding.
It follows that as the plant doesn’t have to work as hard for their nutrients the results are more energy being supplied to produce lush blooms for flowers and healthier more abundant vegetable crops.
WHY NOT SOIL GARDENING?
So often these days soil has become depleted from over use and contaminated with harmful chemicals. In other words not dependable for healthy produce. With hydroponic growing there is no worries about lack of nutrition in your hydroponic grown vegetables and fruit and no worries about you or your family consuming pesticide or other chemical residues while you are eating the food. The only thing that gets into your hydroponic grown food is what you put into it.
HOW DO YOU BEGIN A HYDROPONIC GARDEN?
A small easy to use complete hydroponic system for home use is easy to get on-line and quite affordable, too. Easy and fun to set up, the systems come complete with all that you need to get started together with all the how to instructions and guidelines for success. There are even videos on You Tube that educate one on nutrient supply and explain the set-up of the systems. Quality manufacturers here in the United States are standing by ready to help in any way they can with technical support or parts replacements if needed.
An indoor hydroponic garden can easily become a child’s or family project. How about a science project?
WHAT KIND SHOULD I GET?
That depends solely on how much and what you want to grow? There are a wide delightful variety of hydroponic indoor garden systems to choose from. The systems come in different sizes from the small 6 planter such as “Emily’s Garden System” all the way to the “Aeroflo2 – 60” which is expandable from 60 to 120 plant sites. Some of the “Aeroflo” series are long and narrow and fit easily along a window for the natural sunlight. Then there is the “Ebb Monster” which is used for growing berries or fruit trees or larger vegetable varieties. There are some systems which double for plant cloning and/or plant cultivation.
So, you see, whatever you want to grow: whether it be carrots, tomatoes, kale, flowers, citrus, berries, peppers, the hydroponics people have you covered.
Whatever your desires or goals there are systems to go along with it.
NOW YOU HAVE IT! WHERE WILL YOU PUT IT?
Some people think closet growing works best for them. It’s relatively easy to control lighting and temperature in a small closet area. No drafts, etc.
Some, like me, prefer their garden out in the open to watch and enjoy maybe as a focal point as you would place or use a pretty house plant. On the top of an end table or corner table or dining room table. Some people have a complete vegetable garden set up inside their garage. There are small indoor greenhouses available and affordable that work well in a garage environment: controlling temperature, humidity and light.
WHAT ABOUT LIGHT?
Outdoor growing, of course, depends entirely upon the sunlight. Indoors it works well also if you have placed your hydroponic system near a window or in a well-lit inside porch. If not you could consider something like the affordable and efficient Jump Start Lighting System which comes in two convenient sizes, 2 feet and 4 feet in length, and is entirely portable with a T5 fluorescent light bulb that can simulate the sun.
There is a video for the set up of this light on the suppliers or manufacturers website and also You Tube.Com.
NUTRIENTS! HOW DO I KNOW WHICH TO USE?
Easy! Nutrients are usually included with each new system along with amounts guidance. The manufacturers of the nutrients offer much instructional guidance and how-to. Again, there are videos to explain the use and amount. There are wonderful liquid plant nutrients available all the way from encouraging your flowers to have larger more frequent and colorful blooms to helping your fruits and vegetables blossom earlier and more abundantly. There are nutrients to make your berries, grapes and citrus taste sweeter. hydroponics wholesaler
WHERE WILL YOU GET YOUR PLANTS TO PLACE IN YOUR NEW INDOOR HYDROPONIC GARDEN?
You can always grow them from seeds as usual. There is help out there for that also. A Germination Station, or Hot House Plus is a great help in the sprouting of seeds. Most of the seedling/germination kits have heat mats and humidity domes to make sure of your success by making the ideal environment for your seedlings to increase their growth rate.
Or if you want to skip the seedling part of the deal you can get a new plant directly from rooting cuttings of your neighbor’s or friend’s thriving plants.
There is help out there also for that. The propagation or cloning machines, or aeroponic systems are available, affordable and easy to get online with instructional guidelines and how-to to get you started in the right direction. They are easy to use. You just place your cuttings in the small holes provided in your system and beneath the covered area there is timed automatic spraying of the cuttings with either a plant nutrient water mix or oxygenated water such as the method used in the “OxyClone” System.