Many people have realized the benefits of hydroponics for gardening, but it’s not widely known, yet. Indoor growing is certainly not just for people growing marijuana. As people become more aware of hydroponic advantages, home gardeners are picking up on the idea for increased crops, and flowers with more blooms.
In hydroponic gardening, you don’t need any soil. Instead, you put your plant roots in a specific growing medium with nutrients that are delivered to your plants’ roots. Soil is more often used for growing, of course, but it is less efficient than a nutrient-rich medium. Plants that live in soil spend a lot of their energy seeking through dirt for nutrients and water. When you give plants constant nutrients, they can grow in the region of 50% more quickly than they can when planted in soil.
There are other benefits to gardening without the use of soil. You control the nutrients your plants receive, and you can make adjustments to speed up growth. There are fewer diseases and soil pests when you grow hydroponically. You feed them in a concentrated way, which means you won’t be wasting water. In addition, it’s relatively easy to maintain nutrient and pH levels.
Hydroponic growing can ease the strains that farmers place on our environment. The systems can be used to feed needy families, and you can recycle nutrients and water, which reduces what you need in order to grow your own food.
Hydroponic systems that use recycling use only about 10% of the amount of water used by traditional agriculture. In areas that are very dry, growing indoors lessens the dependency on irrigation. You need virtually no pesticides and herbicides, and only about 25% of fertilizer amounts used in traditional gardens.
Hydroponic gardening is environmentally friendly, since the amount of land that can be farmed decreases ever year. You can grow crops indoors using about 20% of the space needed on a traditional farm. You’re not dependent on the seasons anymore, so you can harvest crops a few times a year instead of only once. Speculations reveal that in coming years, hydroponic gardening will be a much more significant source of food, especially for urban areas that are over-crowded.
There are a few disadvantages to hydroponics, as there are with any growth medium. The equipment can be a bit costly, especially when you are just setting up your grow tent or room. The prices may well decrease when more people join the ranks of hydroponic gardeners. Once your garden is set up, it’s much cheaper to run than traditional gardening in soil.
Hydroponic systems that are run by pumps are susceptible to power failures. You can set up a power source in a back-up position to cover this problem. Some people think that hydroponic gardeners need to have a great deal of technical knowledge, but you can find most of the information you need for free, online. If you’re ready to start gardening hydroponically, you’ve probably researched the equipment, and you may also have a good deal of experience in traditional gardening. You don’t have to be daunted by hydroponic gardening if it’s a hobby or business you are interested in getting into. The benefits far outweigh the negatives.