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The Basics of Hydroponics

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For people who want to have their own small garden in the comfort of their homes but have little real estate to work with, hydroponics can be an ideal solution to address this need. Hydroponics is the method of growing common vegetables like tomatoes without using soil. From the term itself, hydroponics only utilizes water – or more accurately mineral nutrient solutions – to supply the plant roots with the needed mineral for growth without having to put soil on which the plant can grow. 

At first glance, the method may seem difficult but the truth is that it is fairly easy. Using any of the two common methods known as static and continuous hydroponics, homeowners can utilize small indoor spaces to grow a variety of vegetable produce. 

In static hydroponics, the plant is grown in containers with nutrient solution which can either be homemade or bought from a specialty store. The containers can be anything from residual plastic food containers to bucket tubs or tanks. In contrast, continuous hydroponics requires that the nutrient solution flows across the roots of plants. In some cases, a pump may be required to circulate the mineral solution through the root bed so that all the plants get their fair share of nutrients for growth. 

Any of these methods present considerable advantages over conventional growing techniques, especially in the context of homeowners who have little space to work with. Because there is no soil is necessary for plant growth, in can be done in practically any location, even those with arid climates. The nutrient solution can also be controlled to maintain the nutrient supply all throughout. The yields are proven to be stable and high enough to make it practical. And best of all, water is constantly recycled so water costs are lower in a hydroponics culture. 

Such an innovative approach as hydroponics is already taking the world by storm, empowering people from virtually any country to grow their own gardens even in the middle of winter. Indeed, it’s well worth the effort for those eyeing their own year-round supply of vegetables. All that you need to do is try it out and you might just have found a hobby to last the rest of your life. 

Comments (1)

  • I am VERY interested in learning how to do this. My wife and I just moved into our home and I have my eye on this corner of the room that has nothing there right now. I’d love to grab it before she claims it ;-) How much does it cost to get started?

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