Many gardeners are beginning to switch to a hydroponics home garden for many different reasons. A hydroponics garden can be small, can easily be grown inside and are perfect for most vegetables, especially the red tomato. Additionally, hydroponic gardening supplies are relatively inexpensive and they are quite easy to manage.
Indoor hydroponic gardening is the growing of plants without soil, in other words, “dirtless gardening”. There are many methods of a hydroponics home garden, most of which work better than regular soil gardening because it is easier to give the plant exactly what it needs when it needs it. Plants will only receive what you give them; therefore you will be able to regulate the pH, nutrients, nutrient strength, water and light amount. This makes it imperative that you research the kind of plants you will be growing so you know what they need to survive.
Indoor Hydroponic gardening is only as difficult as you make it. It can get complicated if computers with sensors are used to control water cycles, nutrients, and light for the plants. However, it can also be as simple as a hand held watering bucket and a single plant. The normal hydroponics home garden system is usually made up of a few basic parts: a growing tray, light (natural or artificial), a reservoir, a water controlled pump for watering (or some type of watering equipment), and some form of air pump to give oxygen to the nutrients.
The growing medium used in a hydroponics home garden can be any number of things, such as Rockwool, perlite, coconut fiber, gravel, sand, vermiculite, or even air. You can get instructions from a gardening store or shop online. You can ever buy separate parts to build your own. There are also kits already assembled for sale in gardening supply stores.
There are certain micro-nutrients that are necessary for healthy plant growth including magnesium, sulfur, calcium, cobalt, boron, iron, copper, manganese, and zinc. These nutrients are absolutely essential to plants. If they are missing it would cause the food to become unhealthy and in some cases even cause health problems for those who eat it. It is very important that you use a quality fertilizer when building hydroponic garden.
Another important aspect of a hydroponics home garden that must be closely regulated is the pH balance. When the pH balance varies the plants will lose the ability to absorb the nutrients that it needs. The ease with which the pH in Hydroponics gardening is tested and controlled give it a huge advantage over regular dirt gardening.
Even though there are hundreds of different variations, Wick, Water Culture, Ebb and Flow, Drip, N.F.T., and Aeroponic are the six most basic types of Hydroponics gardening systems. Indoor hydroponics gardening is easy, affordable, and you can have fresh produce, flowers, herbs & spices all year long!
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Kali Winters is a gardening enthusiast and author who spends much of her time teaching others how to setup and maintain beautiful, amazing gardens. Her latest book, “Holistic Herbs~A Beginners Guide to Herbal Gardening” is available Here!
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