Hydroponics is, simply put, the process of growing plants without soil. While most people typically assume plants need soil to grow, this is not always the case. Soil is important for plant growth because it is able to contain water and necessary nutrients, and to support the growing plant. However, it turns out, as would be expected, direct application of nutrient rich water is much more efficient for growing plants.
If you have ever tried conventional gardening, then you most likely know that all plants are different and require various methods and techniques in order to find success. Hydroponic growing is no different, there are many variables that can be tweaked and changed in hundreds of different ways. But don’t despair! Hydroponic systems are not as complicated as they may seem initially, and I am here to help break it down to give even the most novice of gardeners all the knowledge required to be successful! and for all the experienced conventional soil and dirt gardeners out there, I hope to convert you to the future of gardening.
Hydroponic systems are able to grow plants up to 20% faster, resulting in higher yields due to more frequent harvesting. Even better, hydroponic systems can be used indoors, and take up much less space than conventional soil gardens. Even more exciting, all types of fruits, herbs, vegetables and flowers can be grown hydroponically, the possibilities are endless!
There are four types of hydroponic systems aeroponics, deep water culture, drip system and nutrient film technique. all hydroponic systems are just a variation of the same idea; nutrient rich water is put in direct contact with the plants roots, the plants themselves are supported by a growth media. future posts will give more details on each of these systems, the growth media, nutrient solutions, lighting, and much more!