Understanding Hydroponic Gardening

If you want to grow some of your own food, or simply want to own aesthetic gardens but lack garden plots, yards or space, you should consider investing in an indoor or balcony hydroponics garden. Technological advancements have made hydroponics systems efficient, convenient and affordable and therefore, the best option. Hydroponic garden is the finest way to grow fresh vegetables and fruits all year round. When plants are grown hydroponically, their roots do not need to seek out the required nutrients for survival and instead, they are provided with all the necessary nutrients for sturdy, vigorous growth directly. Results wise, root systems are smaller and plant growth is more abundant.

There are numerous advantages to hydroponic gardening. For example, all the necessary elements for vital growth can be provided, controlled and maintained conveniently such as light, pH, temperature, water, nutrients etc.
In indoor gardening, light can be provided through both natural and artificial means depending on your setup. However, it must be remembered that the provided light is adequate for fruitful flowering and growth. Also of equal importance are temperature, pH and humidity levels. Several hydroponic gardening kits are available to facilitate beginners and home gardeners. Generally, room temperature is optimum for plant growth, but the humidity levels need to be maintained at 50 to 70 percent and the pH levels need to be maintained at levels ranging from 5.8 to 6.3 for a vast majority of plants. Ventilation for plants can be proved through windows, ceiling fans or oscillating fans.

Hydroponic gardening fertilizers and water kits are specifically designed to provide the needed nutrients and water. At least once or twice a month, the nutrient solution comprising of fertilizers, water and nutrients needs to be drained and renewed. Despite this, hydroponically grown plants require less maintenance, for example there is no weeding or no soul borne diseases contaminate the roots or no pests attack them. There are also different methods used for providing this nutrient solution.

1) Passive method: this is the simplest form of hydroponic gardening which allows you to control the usage of nutrient solutions by plants for example wick systems that use Styrofoam trays which float on top of nutrient solutions.
2) Flood and Drain method: it is also a very easy method which used growing trays or pots that are filled with nutrient solutions to the brink which are then drained back into reservoir tanks. This method requires a pump and a constant supply of nutrient solution to keep it from running dry.
3) Drip System methods: this method requires the use of a timer, which is started when timing the pump on. There are two basic kinds, recovery and non-recovery. Recovery drip systems collect the excess runoff while the non-recovery ones do not.

Nearly anything, from flowers to vegetables, can be grown with hydroponic gardening. It’s an easy, clean, affordable and effective method for growing plants, especially when space is limited. Hydroponic gardening adapts well to most indoor settings and produces healthier plants with higher quality yields.

There you have it. You now know the art of Hydroponics!

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