Benefits of Hydroponics Gardening
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Hydroponics is essentially a branch of agriculture where you grow plants without soil. In place of soil you can use a nutrient solution which is prepared by dissolving nutrients in water. The nutrient solution gives your plants the nutrients that otherwise would be derived from soil. Etymologically, ‘hydroponics’ comes from the Greek words ‘hydro’ – water, and ‘ponos’ – work. Hydroponics is a technique of plant cultivation that primarily uses water as a base; or in other words, it is a soil-less cultivation process. In the absence of soil to source nutrients from, hydroponics uses methods like the nutrient film technique (NFT) to gather plant nutrition. Hydroponics does not mean your plants are left completely at the mercy of water. There are, of course, different types of growing media that you can use in place of soil, and tested hydroponics nutrients developed by companies who have years of proven success in developing these formulations. You can use hydroponic growing media like perlite, gravel, sand, coir among other materials in place of soil, depending on the crop you choose to grow hydroponically.
Hydroponics has countless benefits to offer to its growers. With the population soaring and arable land becoming more and more scarce and costly, this revolutionary technology is becoming increasingly popular. Plants can be grown in greenhouses, multilevel buildings, basement or rooftops. Rooftop gardening using hydroponics system is also becoming prevalent in bigger cities where the cost of procuring land is very high.
As the process of growing plants using hydroponics is easy and convenient, it is increasingly becoming easier to become an amateur grower. You grow more plants in the same surface area as compared to what you could grow using soil-based cultivation techniques. This is an eco- friendly technique which will help save water and you can even recycle it to save this priceless and limited resource. You can use hydroponic growing media like perlite, gravel, sand, coir among other materials in place of soil, depending on the crop you choose.
The yield from hydroponics is much higher – almost 30-35% more and the quality of food much better. With food shortage crises plaguing the world, hydroponics could be a plausible solution to the impending food scarcity. Since hydroponics takes up less space, it won’t interfere with existing green cover by decreasing forest space that might be converted to agricultural zones.
Moreover, hydroponics is not climate dependent and is most effective when the plants are grown indoors. Just because it’s winter, you need not let go of the opportunity to grow the tomatoes you love so much, lovingly sun-drying them later to use in warm offerings of food. You no longer have to spend time worrying about the right season and the right weather to grow your crops in. Hydroponic gardening liberates you from all those hitherto unavoidable natural weather conditions that prevented you from growing your choicest crops throughout the year.
This kind of gardening is best achieved if you grow your crops in an indoor grow room or a climate-controlled greenhouse. Using systems that deliver precise artificial light to your hydroponics garden and temperature mechanisms, you can simulate the heat and light conditions that plants might naturally grow in. Hydroponic gardening is fun because it gives you a great amount of control on what you grow and where you grow it. So jump on the hydroponics bandwagon as soon as you can!