What is Hydroponics?

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Hydroponic farming or gardening is a practice that involves growing plants in nutrient-filled water so the plants can focus on producing fruits and vegetables rather than searching for food underground.

The process involves no soil but may include materials such as gravel to offer support that plants’ roots will grow through. Hydroponics provides an ideal nutrient balance for plants, producing nutritious, abundant crops.

It also reduces or eliminates pests, reduces time spent gardening, and makes it easier to grow plants even in arid regions. A number of vegetables and a number of fruits will thrive in this hydroponics system.

Only by adopting an innovation that focuses on maximizing conservation and ethical food production techniques, can we be able to establish a future of production techniques that work.

There is a need for us to intensify production, but that needs to be done the right way. We don’t only need to rely on finite resources because, in the long run, it won’t work.

The most efficient method of feeding plants is through the introduction of pure nutrient salts into the water. When you remove the soil from the equation, you bypass soil-borne diseases and the plant’s roots no longer have to search through the soil for nutrients.

With hydroponics, you can grow twice as much in half the space, and there’s also zero run-off, which means fertilizers don’t wind up leaching through the soil and causing damage to natural watersheds, and everyday garden pests are less likely to take up residence.

The Best Plants for Hydroponic Greenhouses

Greens

Lettuce and many other leafy greens such as chard, spinach, and cabbage grow well in hydroponic greenhouses.

Vining Plants

Vining plants such as tomatoes and cucumbers are known to grow well in hydroponic conditions, as long as you provide them with ample support. To provide support, wrap the vine plants around a vertically-tied string as they grow.

Root Crops

Root crops can thrive in a hydroponic garden/greenhouse, and they grow best in a large container crossed by deep channels that gives the roots room to grow.

Fruits

Small and light-weight fruiting plants also do well in a hydroponic system. A tree can be started in a hydroponic system, and then transplanted to the soil once it outgrows its container. Berries like strawberries and raspberries make excellent hydroponic plants.

Herbs

Some herbs like Chives and basil grow exceptionally well hydroponically, and this system may dramatically increase its flavor. Mint will thrive in a hydroponic greenhouse as well, alongside numerous other herbs including oregano, rosemary, watercress, sweet marjoram, parsley, and dill.

 

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